The Advisory Council (AC) supports the TBIC with its expertise and its network. It consists of site selectors, consulting firms and other advisers who are experienced in working with European investors in the USA.

Council President:

Matthias Beier, Transatlantic Business and Investment Council

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:

Stefan Aengenheyster,
Federal Foreign Office of Germany

Stefan has worked as Director for European Affairs since day one of TBIC. He lead the European Office in Berlin for almost three years and played a key role in making TBIC what it is today. In his role as Advisory Council member he provides assistance to TBIC and European companies. Throughout his career he has supported creating more than 1,000 jobs and over $1.6 billion in capital investment through foreign direct investment in the United States. He now serves at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany on international cooperation.


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.

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 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. 

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 market.

Ullrich Kämmerer,
Rödl & Partner

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

Sebastian Eich,

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

Rajesh Balakrishnan, 

Rajesh Balakrishnan is CEO and Founder of Corporate Designers Network (CDN), an advertising agency based in Germany. As CEO he has more than 15 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. 


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.

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 repre-senting 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 intercultural communication workshops for Economic Development organizations.

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 USA. 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.


Sabrina Greenman, Frenkel & Company

Sabrina Greenman is a Vice President and manager of Frenkel & Company’s International Division. Sriabna 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.


Tim Kastens,
Chesterfield LLC

A native German with over 14 years of experience in the US 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 build-to-suit turnkey project delivery including project financing.

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.


Charlotte Nytoft,
CNR-Consulting, IVS

Charlotte Nytoft is the founder and owner of CNR-Consulting, a boutique consulting firm working with European companies entering the U.S. market through direct export or by establishing their own production or through joint venture partners. Charlotte brings experience from 25+ years in international trade and business development and has served as President of the Danish American Chamber of Commerce as well as Deputy Head of Mission at the Trade Council of Denmark in Atlanta where she has worked with 150+ companies to secure successful entry on the U.S. market.

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.


Florian Stamm, Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP

Florian Stamm practices corporate and international law with an emphasis on American-European cross-border legal matters. These matters include the acquisition, merger, financing, site selection and economic incentives, corporate governance and shareholder rights, business and family succession, as well as the establishment of subsidiaries in the American market. He serves as U.S. legal counsel to German, Austrian and Swiss companies, including privately held and publicly traded companies in the automotive, industrial, chemical and renewable energy sectors.

Matthias Oertzen, YER

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.

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 USA and inversely also facilitates European market entry for US investors.

Gene A. Stinson, Southern Economic Development Council

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.

Katharina Strenge,
Hamburg Invest

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

Henning von Gersdorff, Commerzbank

Henning von Gersdorff has been a Relationship Manager in the corporate banking business for more than 25 years and has in-depth knowledge of corporate banking between Germany and the USA, having been Head of the International Desk of Commerzbank's New York branch from 2008 to 2014.  Today, he is Senior Relationship Manager at Commerzbank AG and covers medium-sized companies in the Kiel branch.

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.

Aryan Zandieh,
Hannover Fairs USA Inc. 

Aryan Zandieh is the Head of Sales of Deutsche Messe’s US subsidiary Hannover Fairs USA. In this role he manages all US sales for domestic and international trade shows with a sales team of eight. Prior to this position, Aryan was the in the economic development role as the US Representative of the Germany’s Federal State of Niedersachsen.

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