Together we’ll go FAR

Posted on December 11, 2016

What started about a year ago as an idea, came full circle this week. Made in Germany's Founder and CEO Jens Kiel graduated from Barbara Weaver's 2016 Federal Acquisition Management class as one of 170 graduates in a decade of this demanding but ever useful coursework. The understanding of the FAR, the Federal Acquisition Regulation, builds the foundation for successful Federal Government contracting opportunities. We are thrilled about the ...

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Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

Posted on November 1, 2016

Watching the Hamilton documentary on PBS a few days ago, the hit Broadway musical’s final song title stayed with me. November 2nd marks a special day for me, and one in a particular year. In the Summer of 1986, school summer break had just started for me; my father asked me to teach a two-week course on desktop publishing to the graphic artists of the advertising agency Stamm-Werbung, where he had been CEO for over ten years. At the time, ...

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‘The Connector’ Helps Communicate Success Stories

Posted on May 17, 2016

By MARLA PISCIOTTA for The State Journal, May 13 2016 Priding himself with German efficiency, Jens (pronounced “yens”) Kiel is a West Virginia transplant from Germany. “After working decades in the advertising and technology industries throughout Europe and North America, I chose Central Appalachia to create opportunities for clients and help write their success stories,” Kiel said. (more…)

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Thank You, West Virginia!

Posted on May 5, 2016

"The title of "U.S. Small Business Administration's West Virginia Small Business Champion of the Year highlights the best of the best among small business leaders, exemplifying hard work, leadership, and dedication, making Mr. Kiel the ideal candidate for the award. We are proud to have him represent West Virginia."

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Holiday Message 2015

Posted on December 24, 2015

“Everything is going to be all right!” This year, we greet you with a promise. As we are driven by optimism, a love for what we do, an attitude of service, and the belief in a greater good, we want to share this hope with you. (more…)

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Businessman harnesses German roots in WV

Posted on September 15, 2015

WV State Journal / WOWK-TV 08-20-2015 Jens Kristian Kiel moved to West Virginia not only from a different culture, but a different country. Kiel is the owner of Made in Germany, a marketing and creative strategy firm based in South Charleston. Kiel has lived in the state for several years, moving in 2005 to marry a woman he met online. That woman, Marianna Lyon, had such an influence on Kiel they agreed to begin dating long distance for ...

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Happy Birthday, Made in Germany!

Posted on August 15, 2015

We celebrate Made in Germany’s second anniversary today; it’s been 24 months since that memorable trip to the Secretary of State’s office. I remember that it caught a few people by surprise, especially my West Virginia family and my network of collaborators. My Father-in-Law knew of my entrepreneurial roots, and he had been encouraging me for years to put the skillset that I forged in the metropolitan area of Germany’s Ruhrgebiet to ...

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The Apple Watch

Posted on May 8, 2015

As an early adopter and tech aficionado, I have used a few smart watches in the last two decades. I owned a Pager Swatch in 1993, and a Timex Datalink in 1994, and my curiosity arose when I saw a wristband offered for the iPod Nano in 2010. It seemed then, that the so-called iWatch was not very far. Now we know that Sir Jonathan Ive and the Apple Design Team started their work on a new product category that year, and when Tim Cook announced ...

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The Proof Is In The Pudding

Posted on March 15, 2015

The other day, I talked to a friend about the way solopreneurs work. He knew that I worked my share in the marketing and advertising industry, and that our family owned and operated an advertising agency very much in line with the principles of David Ogilvy. As the son of two entrepreneurs, I was groomed to run a company, and after earning my wings working as the in-house agency of a Microsoft OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), I spent most ...

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DCE Workshop Video Online

Posted on March 15, 2015

An introductory workshop session to help transpose your analog skills for application in a digital world. As the media of communication have changed, so has the way we communicate within them. It demonstrates how to communicate your message clearly across different media and platforms, and circumvent the pitfalls of email communication and social media. 00:00 Greeting 02:08 Email Etiquette 35:20 VOIP & Telephone Etiquette 52:00 Social ...

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