German American Business Outlook 2020

Thursday, Jan 30, 2020

The German American Business Outlook” (GABO) is one of the most important economic indicators of German American business relations. It is compiled by the German Chamber offices in the U.S. and is based on a survey of 2500 German subsidiaries on their views of the U.S. as an investment location in the United States. This event will take place in partnership with the German American Chamber of Commerce Inc. New York and hosted here in Boston.

You can view this year’s results (GABO 2020) here.


6:00PM to 6:30PM  Registration

6:30PM Welcome followed by

  • International Business Update by Morgan McGrath, Head of International Banking, Commercial Bank at J.P. Morgan
  • Presentation of GABO 2020 Survey Results by Andreas Glunz, Managing Partner, KPMG Germany
  • Panel Discussion:
    • Tyler Rollins, Executive Director J.P.Morgan (Moderator)
    • Peter Hoecklin, President & CEO, TRUMPF Inc.
    • Bruce Watkins, President and General Manager, KARL STORZ Endoskope
    • Ulrike Bauer, CFO, The Brueckner Group USA Inc.

Reception / Mingling to conclude the event.


Morgan McGrath, Managing Director
Head of International Banking | Commercial Banking at J.P. Morgan

Morgan McGrath is Head of International Banking, responsible for the global relationship management of Commercial Banking clients headquartered in the U.S. and overseas. He joined the firm in 1983 and launched the International Banking Team in 2005. The Commercial Banking team serves the needs of organizations with annual revenues generally ranging from $20 million to more than $2 billion—as well as real estate investors and owners—with a range of domestic and international financial solutions designed to help them achieve their business goals. Morgan has extensive experience in investment banking and commercial banking client coverage, and as a line of business executive in the U.S. and overseas. Throughout his career, he has worked with a wide range of U.S. and foreign companies, financial institutions and governments in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Morgan was based in Asia for eight years where his roles included Regional Executive for Southeast Asia and India, Country Head for Singapore and Country Head for Indonesia. Morgan’s outside activities have included serving on the boards of Helen Keller International, the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council and the Securities Industries Council for the Government of Singapore. He holds a master’s degree in international economics and European studies from The Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC and Bologna, Italy. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and Gonzaga University in Florence, Italy.

Morgan lives in New York, is married and has two children. His hobbies include mountain trekking and collecting ethnographic objects from across Asia.

Industry Panelists:

J. Tyler Rollins, Executive Director (Moderator)
Global Corporate Banking | J.P. Morgan

J. Tyler Rollins is an Executive Director in J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Banking division, working with the North American subsidiaries of German multinational corporations on their credit and non-credit banking requirements. Mr. Rollins’ work in international corporate banking began in 1991 with Wachovia Bank, where he was eventually named Managing Director. He spent four years in London developing business with some of the most prominent companies in Europe. He has also worked with a wide variety of firms located across Latin America. Beyond his experience in financial services, Mr. Rollins worked as a senior facilitator for Richardson Company, delivering consultative selling, negotiations, and coaching programs to Fortune 1000 companies.

Mr. Rollins has lived for personal and professional reasons in Germany, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. He is fluent in Spanish and German, and conversational in Portuguese and French. He received a B.A. cum laude from Brigham Young University and an International MBA (MIBS) from the University of South Carolina. He has also completed an Executive Leadership Program at UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business.

Mr. Rollins and his family reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

Peter Hoecklin
, President & CEO

Peter Hoecklin is currently President and CEO of TRUMPF Inc. with responsibilities for subsidiaries and business operations in North America. Previously he served as President and Managing Director of TRUMPF (China) Co. (2007-2014), and as Director of Purchasing at the Headquarters in Ditzingen, Germany.

Before joining TRUMPF, Mr. Hoecklin held a variety of functions in consulting with McKinsey & Co., and with Emerson Electric Co. in both the US and Europe.

Mr.  Hoecklin graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with an MBA, M.Eng and a B.Sc.


Bruce H. Watkins, President & General Manager
KARL STORZ Endovision Inc.

Bruce has more than 30 years’ leadership and management experience leading businesses spanning technologies as diverse as high volume consumer goods, high precision machining, fine chemicals enterprises, pharmaceutical-food grade operations, and medical device companies. He skillfully integrates a hands on leadership approach that combines the entrepreneurial mindset of a small company with the discipline of a large stable organization to deliver high impact results. In his current position as President and General Manager of KARL STORZ Endovision located in Charlton MA, Bruce was recruited to lead a business turnaround, delivering unprecedented levels of customer service, quality, and cash flow. He has more than 18 years lean leadership experience, and has successfully implemented lean operating systems in several different businesses. A nine time Boston Marathon qualifier and runner, Bruce understands the discipline required to deliver a long term plan, while executing day-to-day operational excellence. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce and for the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership (a Toyota lean consulting non-profit organization based in New England), and for the last eight years has guest lectured, taught, and has served as an executive process improvement coach for students enrolled in the Masters of Business and Operational Excellence at the Fisher School of Business at The Ohio State University. Bruce holds a BS Mechanical Engineering degree from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Rochester, Simon School of Business. He and his wife Eileen have 3 grown children and currently reside in Wenham, MA.

Ulrike Bauer
, Chief Financial Officer
Brueckner Group USA

Ulrike Bauer is the Chief Financial Officer of Brueckner Group USA, the reseller and after-sales service company of Brückner Group, a manufacturer of specialized machines and systems for film stretching, packaging, medical and appliances, in the US, Canada and Mexico. Before joining the Brückner Group end of 2016, Mrs. Bauer worked as a Director in the Transaction Services group of Deloitte in Munich. During this time, she provided buy-side and sell-side financial advisory services for large multinational corporate and private equity investors in international M&A projects.

Mrs. Bauer holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Münster and worked as German certified tax advisor (Steuerberater) and auditor (Wirtschaftsprüfer). Mrs. Bauer and her family reside in Kittery, Maine.


Early Bird (until 12/31/2019)
$35 member |  $55 non-member

Regular Price (starting 1/1/2020)
$45 member / $65 non-member

J.P. Morgan
50 Rowes Wharf, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110

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