|Team NEO CEO Thomas Waltermire (right) and Jonas Taeger, Cleveland Plus Europe|
Ohio's Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO) is hosting companies in Cologne, Germany this weekend at networking receptions and business presentations surrounding a Cleveland Orchestra performance at the Cologne Philharmonie. Team NEO, an international business development consulting firm operating as Cleveland Plus Europe, is hosting meetings with 14 companies and industries from across Europe. Representatives from Amsterdam, Belgium, and Germany attended a pre-concert reception welcomed by Team NEO CEO Thomas Waltermire. Cleveland Orchestra General Manager Gary Ginstling and Assistant Conductor James Feddeck spoke to the guests about the Orchestra's role as Ohio's most important cultural ambassador and the music on the program. Violinist Isabel Trautwein, a native German speaker, also greeted guests.
“The Cleveland Orchestra is proud to call Northeast Ohio home and to carry our city’s name around the world,” said Gary Hanson, Executive Director for the Cleveland Orchestra. “We’re pleased to partner with Team NEO to help tell European business leaders about our region’s great assets.”
Team NEO capitalized on the Orchestra’s appearance in Switzerland last year. “We were able to meet with a dozen companies and industry associations, resulting in four direct investment opportunities for Northeast Ohio,” said Mr. Waltermire. “We anticipate similar results from the response to this visit.”