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AUSTRIA CONNECT a resounding success

Austria Connect
September 17, 2010

Biggest Austrian business event ever held in Chicago

For the third time, the Austrian Trade Commissions in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York organized a forum for an exchange of ideas and experiences between Austrian companies and their partners in the US under the title AUSTRIA CONNECT. A group of renowned financial, legal, economic experts and consultants gave presentations to an audience of approximately 120 top-level Austrian executives and answered some of their most frequently asked questions during the conference on September 10, 2010. The event drew important decision makers from over 80 companies representing a variety of industries.

Almost 500 Austrian firms have subsidiaries in the United States and employ roughly 20,000 people. The general consensus of the business community is to view the future with cautious optimism. The United States continues to reflect the greatest potential for growth for Austrian companies.

We would like to thank the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for their generosity in hosting the conference as well as our sponsors Austrian Airlines and Mesirow Financial, with generous support from DB Schenker, RZB Finance, Bank Austria and Erste Bank. Our speakers represented the top of their respective fields:

• Diane Swonk, Senior Managing Director & Chief Economist, Mesirow Financial
• Gary Litman, Vice President Europe Policy and Initiatives, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
• Owais Succari, Associate Professor, DePaul University, Department of Management
Brian DeHart, Acting Coordinator of Reference Services, DePaul University Loop Campus Library
• Robert Wolcott, Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Executive Director of Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN), Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

as did our distinguished panelists:

• Friedrich K. Boehm, Senior Partner, White Oak Partners
• Andrea Hunt, VP Regenerative Medicine, Baxter Int.
• Wolfgang Litzlbauer, CEO, Miba Bearing Group
• Mike Uhrenbacher, President, Pewag, Inc.

The Fourth Annual AUSTRIA CONNECT will take place next September in New York. The exact dates will be announced shortly.