The AGP is THE organization for facilitating collaboration between businesses and individuals with ties to Alabama and Germany.

To develop and support relationships and friendships between organizations and individuals with ties to Alabama and Germany and to increase and improve business opportunities and foster cultural exchange.



Promote and publicize the cultural heritage of Germany and German-related events taking place in Alabama.


To stimulate and pursue education opportunities though language, cultural and exchange programs.


To provide support to local and state-wide organizations engaged in business development with Germany by encouraging direct investment and trade


To actively recruit new members and provide services for existing members.


To regularly communicate to the public and our membership (Alabamians and Germans) through meetings and appropriate media.


To serve as an information network for existing and new organizations and relationships in Alabama and Germany.


Board of Directors

Warren McCullars, Alagasco
Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Dr. Anne-Katrin Gramberg, Auburn University
Vice President - Education
Dr. Wolfgang Kneer, SWJ-BREILMANN U.S. LLC
Vice President - Business Development
Brian Hilson, Birmingham Business Alliance

Vice President - German Business 
Albert von Pelser, REHAU Automotive, LLC
Vice President - Communication
Devin Dolive, Burr & Forman LLP

Vice President - Culture
Dr. Thomas Fox, University of Alabama
Vice President - Membership
Claudia Zimmermann, Alabama Power Company

Kirk Atkinson, Adah International, Inc
Arnold Servo, Rödl & Partner
Immediate Past Chair
Bryan Winter, Winter McFarland, LLC
Honorary German Consul
Michael H. Johnson, Baker Donelson 
Judy Benson, Johnson Controls Inc.
Dr. Thomas Bice, State Board of Education
Jo Bonner, The University of Alabama System
Daniel Braun, Hoebiger Automotive
Tom Brinkley, Maynard Cooper & Gale PC
Michael Brooks, Alabama International Trade Center
Billy Joe Camp, World Business Advisors, LLC
Chip Cherry, Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County
Trudy Clements, AATG
Frank Fogarty, Alabama State Port Authority
Lucas Gockel, Calhoun County Economic Development
Caleb Goodwyn, PowerSouth Energy Cooperative
Chris Grissom, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
 Andreas Hackstedt, Thermission USA, Inc. 
Dr. Mark Heinrich, Department of Postsecondary Education
Warren Hicks, TVA Economic Development 
Joachim Hofmann, MBUSI
Dr. John Horack, ViaLight GmbH
Lori Huguley, City of Opelika
Bobby Ingram, JamisonMoneyFarmer, PC 
Mark Jackson, Moreson Conferencing
Wiley Lott, Southeast Alabama Gas District
Roberto Patino, BLG Logistics, Inc
J. Clark Pendergrass, Lanier Ford 
Albert von Pelser-Berensberg, REHAU Automotive, LLC
Rita Powell, FDSK
Glen Pringle, Retirement Systems of Alabama
Jeff Rabren, Regions Financial Corporation
Thomas Reinert, Boysen USA Alabama, LLC
Jim Schmalz, Fifth Third Bank International
 Bob Smith, Alabama Development Office
Don Smith, St. Clair County Economic Development Council
Ted vonCannon, Jefferson County Economic & Industrial Development Authority
Troy Wayman, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Robert Weigel, Auburn University
Alan Wood, S.S. Nesbitt & Co., Inc.

Past Chair 
Rex Lysinger, Bill Mathews, Don Erwin
Dr. Phillip Crunk, Lamar Smith, Jim Robertson,
Dara Longgrear, Dr. Jane Stanfield,
Dr. Clara Gerhard, Al Reisz, Joachim Hofmann, Arndt Siepmann,
Gerhard Graf, Bryan Winter
Executive Director
Tine Hoffmeister