The Consul General Dr. Klaus Schmidt and Brian Jessel BMW organized a “Together in Motion” Event celebrating 30 years of German Unity. VIP’s, members of the German Business and Academic circles as well as other guests met up in the giant showroom at 2311 Boundary Road and Loughheed Hwy for an evening of networking and fun.
Speakers included Dr. Klaus Schmidt, Abdel Karim Awwad, Sales & Marketing for Brian Jessel, and Jim Murray, Managing Partner at Brian Jessel. Guests included members of the German Canadian Business Association, academics from UBC or SFU, VIP’s like the Hon. Philippe Sutter, the Consul General of France in Vancouver. There were also successful entrepreneurs such as Ozzie Jurock and Dmitry Bogouslovski.
Although masks were mandatory, there were still occasions we were able to take them off – for example while eating delicious Bavarian treats or when taking photographs alone, like selfies. We also had the choice of beer, wine or fizzy water. After formal speeches, there was the obligatory cutting of the – delicious – cake and opportunities for trying out the canapes and Bavarian pretzels with cheese sauce.
The BMW’s above are shown as “Black, Red, Gold” – the colours of the German Flag. The balloons were also a nice, fun, touch, adding festivity to the occasion. This was my first visit to the Brian Jessel Showroom, and it was bigger and more visually stunning than I expected.
Dr. Klaus Schmidt announced that he was planning to organize a “soccer watching event” in the Brian Jessel Showroom in 2021 when FIFA is finally able to stage their World Cup: The tournament, to be held in 12 cities in 12 UEFA countries, was originally scheduled to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020.
On 17 March 2020, UEFA announced that the tournament would be delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, and proposed it take place from 11 June to 11 July 2021, which was confirmed on 17 June 2020. The competition was postponed in order to reduce pressure on the public services in affected countries and to allow time for the completion of domestic leagues that had been suspended. The tournament will still retain the name “UEFA Euro 2020”.
The 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2020 or simply Euro 2020, was scheduled to be the 16th UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Europe organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
I look forward to more events in the Brian Jessel Showroom and hope to meet him in person one day.
Thank you to Abdel Karim Awwad for being such a good host. And for letting me sit in his car!