During a five-day trip to Germany in early May, the members of the Senate of the Economy, Inc.’s delegation met with their German counterparts. Attending from the United States were Leslie Williams, partner of Wilson, Keadjian, Browndorf LLP, co-founder of the Senate, John Gosch of Prager, Metis, Jack Holcomb, a Los Angeles lawyer and co-chair of the American Council on Germany, and President of the Senate, Michael Rolland.

The delegation first met on May 5, in Ludwigsburg, near Stuttgart, to attend a day-long conference on “Best Practices of World Market Leaders from Baden Wuerttemberg.”

The conference, sponsored by the Academy of World Market Leaders and the German Senate of Wirtschaft, included key speakers Robert Friedmann, board member of Wuerth Group, Dr. Mark Hiller of Recaro Aircraft Seating AG, and Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG.

Of the best practices discussed were how leaders can enter foreign markets and not only maintain a presence, but experience actual growth. At the end of the conference, Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the German Parliament, addressed the attendees. He provided his close insight and deep perspective on the current economic and political climate in Europe.

Afterwards the delegation traveled to Hamburg to meet members of the German Senate and the former Vice President of the EU Commission, Günther Verheugen. There, they discussed the importance of transatlantic relations under the new Trump Presidency. In the evening, 50 members of the German Senate and the U.S. delegates took an evening tour of the harbor in celebration of Hamburg’s Harbor Day.

On the final stop of the trip, on May 8 in Berlin, the delegates held an afternoon meeting with the Deputy Governour and Economic Secretary of Rheinland-Pfalz, Dr. Volker Wissing to exchange of thoughts on prospects for trade and investment between this German state and the West Coast, notably in smart farming and biotechnology.