Annual Summer Barbecue in Meerbusch

Remarks by U.S. Consul General Pauline Kao; Dr. Stephan Keller, Mayor of the City of Düsseldorf; and Jim Tomsula, Head Coach for the Rhein Fire in the European League of Football (ELF)
Pictured from left to right: Jim Tomsula, Frank Jørgensen, Theresa Winkels, Daniel Andrich, U.S. Consul General Pauline Kao, Christian Zaum, Dr. Stephan Keller (Photo Copyright: Michael Lübke)

The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany and its Regional Chapter North Rhine-Westphalia hosted the annual Summer Barbecue on Wednesday, August 23 in Meerbusch that brought together members of the transatlantic business community in North Rhine-Westphalia as well as their friends and families. The event was attended by over 100 people who had the chance to network, socialize and discussed current events in German-American business.

Regional Chapter Chairs Theresa Winkels and Frank Jørgensen welcomed our guests gathered at this year’s Summer Barbecue.

U.S. Consul General Pauline Kao emphasized the significance of working together with the business community and the City of Düsseldorf. She shared how the transatlantic business community has evolved in North-Rhine Westphalia’s capital. The Rhein Fire American football team, direct flights from Düsseldorf Airport to the United States, and Sister Cities with partnerships between municipalities in the U.S.and NRW were highlighted as examples of transatlantic partnership. Moreover, Kao underlined three pillars of transatlantic relations, which are security, prosperity, and common values.

Dr. Stephan Keller, Mayor of the City of Düsseldorf, stressed the importance of German-American cooperation and the strong transatlantic footprint felt between Düsseldorf and the U.S. He emphasized the NFL’s commitment to local engagement.

Jim Tomsula, American football coach and head coach for the Rhein Fire in the European League of Football (ELF), then continued with his remarks, in which he gave insights into American football and emphasized that working together in community is true teamwork.

A special thank you goes to our sponsors: BNP Paribas Factor GmbH, ISR International School on the Rhine, Janssen-Cilag GmbH, KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf Wirtschaftsförderung, United Parcel Service Deutschland S.à r.l. & Co.                          

Heather Liermann

Head of Department

Membership Engagement & Development