Please join us for an informal, off-the-record breakfast meeting with the United States Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs in Berlin, John McCaslin. A Cincinnati native, John serves as the senior commercial counselor for the United States in Germany. He has a deep background in helping U.S. business in global markets, having served in prior posts in India, Korea, Poland, Russia and Washington, as well as being Director of the Cincinnati Export Assistance Center in Cincinnati from 1990-1997. John currently also serves as Regional Senior Commercial Officer for Central Europe.
John will be speaking as an individual on August 8 and not for publication. This is a rare opportunity to get a first-hand view of today’s Europe from someone serving the USA in the heart of central Europe.
John McCaslin joined the Commercial Service in 1990 after serving as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State for five years. He was an Economic Officer in Korea, spending time at the U.S. Consulate in Busan and the Embassy in Seoul. After Korea he worked in Washington at the Economic and Business Affairs Bureau negotiating bilateral trade agreements in the textile sector and then served briefly on the staff of the Deputy Secretary of State focusing on Eastern Europe. This was during 1989-90, when these formerly Communist states were beginning their transitions to democracy and free market economies. Soon thereafter he transferred to the Commercial Service. Prior to becoming a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department, he was a social science instructor at a private, independent day school in Dayton, Ohio from 1981 to 1985.