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naplesnews.com - January 20, 2016

European generals: Military alone won’t defeat Islamic State
Scoffing at calls made last month by Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz to carpet-bomb the terrorist group ISIS into oblivion, four European generals told a North Naples audience Tuesday that more bombs won't defeat the Islamic State. ....
... Bischof and Lissner, along with brigadier generals Giovanni Magazzino of the Italian Air Force and Mikael Christofferson of the Swedish Royal Air Force, spoke at the invitation of the European American Network, a local group that helps people with mostly European ties make connections in the area. The group has hosted panels with a number of European generals and military leaders from Central Command over the last five years to speak on Iraq, Afghanistan and, more recently, on the rise of the Islamic State and the record-setting influx of migrants and refugees in Europe .... (Open full article)

Bonita - July 27, 2013

EAN Board of Directors planning the program year at their yearly retreat.


News Press - March 06, 2013

European American Network monthly business luncheon set for March 19 in Bonita Springs
The European American Network will have its monthly business luncheon on "European Mediterranean Countries and Florida" from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 19 at the Bonita Bay Club, 26660 Country Club Drive, Bonita Springs.
The panel will give an incisive economic and financial analysis to help attendees identify business opportunities with Portugal, Italy, Spain and Greece. Distressed to some means opportunity to others.
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FGCU - February 20, 2013

Opportunity to Meet with International Guests
Hope this note finds you very well. I would like to make you aware of some international guests that will visit FGCU this and next week in case you would like to meet with them. .... (More Information)

Gulfshore Business Online - February 6, 2013

KAMM, WALL, REGISTER TO APPEAR AT EAN MEETING
The European American Network’s Feb. 19 luncheon meeting at the Bonita Bay Clubhouse, 26660 Country Club Drive, Bonita Springs, will include individuals representing workforce education initiatives in Florida and programs supported by the German American Chamber of Commerce and the German Embassy based on the German Duel System of education. Scheduled to appear are Bryan Kamm, director of government/public relations and business development for the Bauer Foundation Corp. and assistant director with the German American Chamber of Commerce; Jim Wall, director of communications for the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board /SW Florida Works; and Bruce Register, the new director of Collier County’s Business and Economic Development Office. Admission is $25 for members and $35 for guests. Reservations are needed by Feb. 15. Information is available at (www.europeanamericannetwork.com).
 

Gulfshore Business Online - January 7, 2013

FOUR TO PRESENT AT EUROPEAN AMERICAN NETWORK LUNCHEON
Four leaders of top Southwest Florida international associations will be featured presenters at the European American Network’s monthly luncheon on Jan. 15 at Bonita Bay Club, 26660 Country Club Drive, Bonita Springs. Past President Arnold Haake will moderate a discussion with Veronica Culbertson, president and CEO, SWFL Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Jim Hollars, president of the German American Business Chamber of SWFL; and Norma Henning, president of the EAN and Leadership Committee member of the Florida chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch starts at noon. Admission is $25 for EAN members and $35 for guests. Reservations are available at (www.europeanamericannetwork.com).
 

News Press - October 06, 2012

The European American Network of SW Florida
The European American Network of SW Florida (EAN) will kick off its upcoming season Tuesday, Oct. 16, with a free networking mixer beginning at 5:30 p.m. at British Open Pub, located at 224630 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs. Reservations are required.
The EAN is a Southwest Florida organization of individuals, businesses and academic professionals that provides opportunities to create business, social and cultural connections.
“We are excited to kick-off our program year with an evening event that will showcase the EAN and the services we provide .... (Open article)

News Press - April 18, 2012

EUROPEAN UNION ECONOMIC CRISIS
Jolt felt here

EUROPEAN UNION ECONOMIC CRISIS
Jolt felt here
Tourism, real estate could be affected, experts say.
The European Union's economic crisis is rife with uncertainties and, as it evolves, it could impact Southwest Florida's economy.
That was the buzz at the European American Network luncheon on Tuesday at the Bonita Bay Club. About 25 members and guests gathered to learn about the state of the European Union and what economic effects it could have in the U.S. and in the region.
'If there is inflation in Europe, the value of the euro is going to go down, Europeans won't be able to buy as many American goods,' said Nikolai G. Wenzel, a speaker at the event and visiting assistant professor of economics at the FGCU's Lutgert College of Business.
Even before the economic crisis in Greece, it appeared American banks were relatively isolated. .... (Open article)



naplesnews.com - February 16, 2012

European American Network and German American Business Chamber to Host Evening Networking Social
The European American Network will host an event in conjunction with the German American Business Chamber on Tuesday, February 21st at The Center For the Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs beginning at 5:30 p.m. .... (Open article)

News Press - October 19, 2011

Migrant workers play a far-reaching productive role in Florida economy
Think you want tougher immigration laws?
Existing laws already hold back tourists coming to spend millions here, business owners and workers willing to take jobs that many Americans don’t want.
That was the discussion Tuesday among Southwest Florida immigration experts who discussed the impact tourists, foreign investors and immigrant workers have on the local business community. They spoke to about 35 people who turned out for an event put on by the European American Network at the Bonita Bay Club. .... (Open article)








gulfshore BUSINESS DAILY- August 11, 2011

LEONARD NAMED ZONTA’S WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Trish Leonard has been named the Zonta Club of Bonita Spring’s 2011 Woman of the Year (www.zontabonitasprings.org). A former president of the club and leader of several business groups and nonprofit fundraising efforts, Leonard will receive her award during the club’s third annual Glass Slipper Ball on Nov. 18 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. Leonard is director of marketing for Florida Gulf Coast University’s Small Business Development Center Office (SBDC) and president of TLC Marketing and Creative Services, her own firm. Leonard’s current community roles include president of the European American Network and vice chair of City of Bonita Springs Arts in Public Places Board.

Congratulations Trish! 

News Press - April 10, 2011

Chamber connections: European American Network
German tourists bring dollars to Southwest Florida, and area business leaders can learn how far they stretch into the local economy.
On April 19, the European Ameri­can Network, in cooperation with CIVIC Naples, have invited Eva Count­ess Kendeffy, German consul general from Miami, and Lee County Port Authority Executive Director Robert M. Ball to discuss .... (Open article)

Gulfshore Business Online - April 7, 2011

LAST EAN MEETING APRIL 19
>>European American Network of Southwest Florida (EAN) (www.europeanamericannetwork.com), in cooperation with CIVIC Naples, will host its last business luncheon for the season at noon on April 19 at Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs. Featured guest speakers are Consul General Eva Countess Kendeffy, German Consul General, and Robert M. Ball, executive director of the Lee County Port Authority. The speakers will discuss the economic relationship between Germany and Florida. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by a lunch. Cost to attend is $25 for or EAN members and $35 for guests. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting (www.europeanamericannetwork.com).

News Press - March 20, 2011

Chamber connections: European American Network
European American Network members and guests enjoyed a candid discussion on higher education at the group’s monthly luncheon March 15.
About 45 members and guests gathered to hear Wilson Bradshaw, president of Florida Gulf Coast University; Terry McMahan, president of Hodges University; and Jeffrey Allbritten, president of Edison State College’s Collier campus, discuss the importance of emphasizing higher education while students are in high school, middle school and even elementary school, said Trish Leonard, president of the network .... (Open article)

Gulfshore Business Online - February 25, 2011

EUROPEAN AMERICAN NETWORK SCHEDULES MARCH LUNCHEON
>>Join the European American Network (EAN) (www.europeanamericannetwork.com) for a panel discussion on, “The State of Higher Education,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on March 15 at Bonita Bay Club. Panelists include Wilson Bradshaw, president of Florida Gulf Coast University; Terry McMahan, president of Hodges University; and Jeffery S. Allbritten, president of Edison State College-Collier Campus. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. RSVP to attend by March 11. To RSVP or for more information, call (239) 244-3164.

News Press - February 10, 2011

Diplomats Drop In: Envoys in Estero
Mayors meet ambassadors Bonita Springs Mayor Ben Nelson, right, greets Austrian Ambassador to the U.S. Christian Prosl, left, and Luxembourg Ambassador to the U.S. Jean-Paul Senninger during an event Wednesday for the European American Network at the Rookery Pointe development in Estero. Both ambassadors also met Cape Coral Mayor John Sullivan (Open article)

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Gulfshore Business Online - February 01, 2011

THE EAN HOSTS TWO AMBASSADORS
>>The European American Network (EAN) (www.europeanamericannetwork.com) will host an evening with Christian Prosl, Ambassador of Austria to the United States; Jean-Paul Senninger, Ambassador of Luxembourg to the United States; and Louise Äkerblom. The reception will begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Rookery Pointe Club House. A donation of $20 is suggested. For details and to RSVP, call (239) 948-9680, (239) 948-9680 or e-mail ajhaake@comcast.net.

News Press - January 11, 2011

European American Network still taking applications for small business of year award
The European American Network will give its first European American Small Business of the Year award in conjunction with its 10th anniversary celebration. The award will be given ... (read article)

News Press - January 09, 2011

Trish Leonard, president of the European American Network, said the group had guests from Sweden and Switzerland among other countries at its annual holiday gathering ...
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Upcoming Euro­pean American Network events
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Gulfshore Business Online - December 28, 2010

EAN TO HOST EUROPEAN-AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS
>>The European American Network (www.europeanamericannetwork.com) of Southwest Florida will host its first European-American Small Business Awards in conjunction with their 10th anniversary, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 18 at Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs. To submit a company, e-mail your qualifications to the European American Network by Jan. 7 at tleonard@tlc-consulting.biz. Judges from outside of the organization will choose one business as the over-all winner.

News Press - October 20, 2010

BONITA HOSTS GENERALS
Europeans tout their effort in Afghanistans
Four European military leaders told more than 75 people Tuesday about their countries' commitment to the conflict in Afghanistan. The European American Network hosted the lunch­eon at the Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs.
Brig. Gen. Juergen A. Beyer of Germany, Brig. Gen. Rosario Sivestro Moschella of Italy, Rear Adm. Patrick Martin of France and Brig. Gen. Her­man Oude Lohhuis of the Netherlands spoke about their efforts to train mili­tary and police and their desire to build schools and hospitals despite eroding support of citizens in their countries.
The four work with the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
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Gulfshore Business Online - October 18, 2010

EUROPEAN NETWORK HOSTS INTERNATIONAL MILITARY LUNCHEON
>>The European American Network (EAN) (www.europeanamericannetwork.com), in cooperation with the Council for International Visitors in Collier County (CIVIC), will feature four top-ranking military officers at an EAN luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs. The officers are: Brig. Gen. Juergen A. Beyer of Germany, Brig. Gen. Herman Oude Lohhuis of the Netherlands, Brig. Gen. Rosario Sivestro Moschella of Italy, and Rear Adm. Patrick Martin of France.

News Press - October 09, 2010

European partners in terror fight to speak in Bonita
Afghanistan focus of panel
Four men. Four nations. One common cause.
They'll form a panel to give their perspectives on the conflicts in the Middle East - focusing on Afghanistan - at a European American Network luncheon open to the public Oct. 19 at the Bonita Bay Golf and Country Club.
They are senior national representatives, part of the Coalition of Nations that works with the U.S. Central Command in Tampa:
- Brigadier General Juergen A. Beyer, Germany
- Brigadier General Herman Oude Lohhuis, The Netherlands
- Rear Admiral Patrick Martin, France
- Brigadier General Rosario Sivestro Moschella, Italy
The network hosts monthly networking luncheons on the third Tuesday of the month. ... (read article)

gulfshore BUSINESS Daily - Sep 23, 2010

FOUR EUROPEAN MILITARY OFFICERS SPEAK AT EUROPEAN AMERICAN NETWORK
>>The European American Network (EAN) (www.europeanamericannetwork.com), in cooperation with the Council for International Visitors in Collier County (CIVIC), will kick off its 2010-‘11 program year at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at Bonita Bay Club with a luncheon event featuring four top-ranking European military officers. All four are currently serving as senior national representatives of their nations at the Coalition of Nations at the U.S. Central Command in Tampa. Reservations are $25 for EAN members and $35 for guests. Reservations are required.

News Press - May 11, 2010

Euro’s losses could be SWFlorida’s gain
Foreigners face possible ‘last opportunity’ to grab American real estate on the cheap
The financial chaos that has gripped Europe and rattled Wall Street in the past week might not be so bad for the Southwest Florida real estate market.
That’s the opinion of one banking executive who spent more than 30 years in Europe and the Middle East with Chemical Bank of NewYork, handling billions of dollars a month in foreign exchange.
“For a lot of Europeans, they might look at this being the last opportunity to buy that vacation or retirement home,” said Arnold Haake, of Bonita Springs, who founded Royal Palm Bank of Southwest Florida in 2001 ... (read article)

News Press - Feb. 13, 2010

Europeans, Americans make connections
What Trish Leonard enjoys most about her involvement with the European American Network is meeting new people and learning about their cultures.
"It's just amazing how things are different," said Leonard, the group's president. "I think they also want to learn from us. It's really a win-win for everyone." The European American Network, formerly the European Chamber of Commerce, provides ... (read article)

News Press - Feb. 7, 2010

Estero couple named to diplomatic posts
Residents Donald, Gerda Hansen are consuls

Even though more than 420,000 Europeans visit here each year, Southwest Florida has few cultural and economic exchanges with European governments. Estero residents Donald and Gerda Hansen hope to change that ... (read article)