The TBIC Advisory Council

Find out more about the distinguished experts that serve on the TBIC Advisory Council.

Council President:

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Matthias Beier

Transatlantic Business & Investment
Council (TBIC)

Matt is the President and CEO of the Transatlantic Business and Investment Council (TBIC), with offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Berlin, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark. He gained work experience worldwide at an international consultancy and is an expert in European American business relations.

Council Members:

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Adam Murray

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

Adam Murray is a target market specialist with TVA Economic Development in Global Business. His primary responsibility is to recruit advanced manufacturing, aerospace and defense industries to the TVA region.

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Alessia Paolicchi

Italy-America Chamber of Commerce

Alessia graduated from University of Pisa Law School, Italy, and later added a Master’s degree in Personnel Administration and Human Resources Management from the University of Bologna. Alessia was International Sales Manager and Production planning & scheduling for a large Italian shoe company for two years before becoming Director of Operations for CTT in 1997. CTT, a holding with 1200 employees, is responsible for public transportation services in the north-west area of Tuscany.

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Alexander Kos

The American Dream – US Visa Service

Alexander Kos is CEO of the Berlin based service agency for U.S. visas and U.S. entry. Alex has over 10 years of industry experience and advises companies interested in obtaining an appropriate visa for the United States, for instance when setting up a branch in the United States. Alex studied Law at the Humboldt University of Berlin with a focus on foreign law and loves to travel regularly to the United States since his exchange year in Philadelphia.


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Aryan Zandieh

USA Representative of the German
Federal State of Niedersachsen

Aryan Zandieh is the USA Representative of Germany’s Federal State of Niedersachsen with over 10 years of experience in transatlantic trade and investment promotion. The U.S. representation of Niedersachsen operates under the umbrella of the North American subsidiary of Deutsche Messe AG Hannover Fairs USA in Chicago, IL.


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Bernard van der Lande

Tula Executive Search

As a trusted partner for successful executive searches, Bernard van der Lande, Managing Partner of Tula Executive Search, identifies candidates of proven performance who have extensive experience and understand the critical issues of their industry. Tula Executive Search specializes in advanced manufacturing, energy and emerging technologies.


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Emily J. Tucker

American Electric Power

Emily Tucker is a global business attraction manager with American Electric Power, one of the largest energy companies in the U.S. With more than ten years of international business experience, Emily spent seven years in economic development at the state level for both Michigan and Ohio. She is responsible for identifying and assisting internationally-owned businesses seeking to expand or locate in AEP’s 11-state footprint.

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Florian Stamm

Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP

Florian Stamm is a Partner at the law firm of Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP, where he represents European investors, primarily from Germany, Switzerland and Austria. He focuses his practice on site selection and economic development.


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Gene A. Stinson

Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC)

Since March 1998, Gene has served as the President of the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC). SEDC is a professional association for economic development practitioners and serves 17 states in the American South. In the role of President, Gene is responsible for overall operations of the association and for the implementation of the association’s annual program of work.

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Henning von Gersdorff


Henning von Gersdorff is a Senior Relationship Manager at Commerzbank AG and covers the International Corporate Banking business out of Commerzbank’s headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Jeff Forsythe

Forsythe & Associates

Jeff Forsythe has more than twenty years of experience in location consulting and economic development. As the President of Forsythe & Associates, his experience predominantly includes location consulting throughout North America for manufacturing, distribution, and office projects. He has managed projects that have resulted in more than $3 billion in capital investment, 14,000 full-time jobs, and 15 million square feet being developed, and secured greater than $1 billion in realizable incentives support for clients.

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James Blair

Navigator Consulting

Founder of Navigator Consulting, a site selection consulting firm with locations in Atlanta (USA) and Dusseldorf (Germany) which has located 18 projects in 4 years representing over 3,100 jobs and $ 2.1 billion in capital investment. Blair has 32 years of site selection experience having worked as Director of the State of Georgia’s European Office (Brussels) and Managing Director of the Site Selection Group of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the South (Atlanta). Navigator also offers customized FDI strategic planning and intercultural communication workshops for Economic Development organizations.


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Katharina Strenge

HWF Hamburg

Katharina Strenge is a Project Director handling all U. S. related topics for the HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation. She is an expert in market entry as well as location consulting to investors and companies. Her close relations to the U. S. and various players on both sides of the Atlantic make her an excellent point of contact in connecting Hamburg and the United States.


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Matthias Oertzen


Throughout his career, Matthias has built an impressive network worldwide as a business executive, recruiter and sales consultant. As a trusted advisor, he recommends customizable recruitment solutions allowing his clients to focus on their core competencies rather than expending valuable resources in identifying and recruiting talent. Matthias is a German native with a multicultural and bilingual background, and a true groundbreaker when it comes to matching top American candidates with European companies.


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Rajesh Balakrishnan

Corporate Designers Network

Rajesh Balakrishnan is CEO and Founder of Corporate Designers Network (CDN), an advertising agency based in Germany. As CEO he has more than 16 years of experience in marketing and strategic consulting. Among others he worked with the German American Chambers of Commerce (GACC) and private companies on transatlantic marketing projects.


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Sabrina Greenman

Frenkel & Company

Sabrina Greenman is a Vice President and Manager of Frenkel & Company’s International Division. Sabrina has over 10 years of industry experience with expertise in handling a variety of international accounts from high-end retail to large industrial manufacturing companies, originating primarily from Germany, Switzerland, France, and Italy.

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Sebastian Eich


Sebastian Eich is Managing Director of NAVIGO Corp., an international market entry consultancy with offices in Atlanta, GA, Miami, FL, and Cologne, Germany. NAVIGO provides site selection and representation services to German, Austrian and Swiss investors. Sebastian‘s experience and expertise include international site selection and economic development strategy.


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Taurus Wright

Entergy Mississippi

With more than 15 years of economic development experience, Taurus Wright serves as Entergy Mississippi’s Senior Business Development Manager. He is responsible for generating new leads and managing large projects and business-related opportunities for Entergy Mississippi.

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Thomas Schwegmann

Pons Atlantic Partners

Thomas Schwegmann is President and CEO of the Berlin based transatlantic site selection consulting firm Pons Atlantic Partners. Thomas advises European investors interested in setting up manufacturing operations in the United States and inversely also facilitates European market entry for U.S. investors.

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Tim Kastens

Chesterfield LLC

A native German with over 14 years of experience in the U.S. real estate and construction industry, Tim Kastens assists European companies plan, finance and build their manufacturing and/or office facility projects successfully. At Chesterfield, he focuses on providing one-stop commercial real estate solutions ranging from technical site selection support to design and construction project management and oversight, and start-to-finish buildto-suit turnkey project delivery including project financing.


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Ullrich Kämmerer

Rödl & Partner

Ullrich Kämmerer is a Partner at Rödl Langford de Kock LLP, where he focuses on market entry, site selection and taxation of European investors in the United States.


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Werner Beermann

Gray Construction

Werner was hired as Manager, European Business Development in 2011 to develop Gray’s European sales efforts. Having spearheaded the U. S. expansions of several Austrian and German automotive companies prior to joining Gray, Werner possesses a clear understanding of the unique needs of the European business community.

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