Global Company Leaders and Foreign Direct Investment Professionals in the Carolinas to Network and Discuss Opportunities and Challenges


COLUMBIA, SC – The seventh annual Global Carolina Connections Conference – the premier conference on foreign direct investments and international manufacturing in the Carolinas – will be held on Wednesday, August 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the USC Alumni Center in Columbia.

Presentations and panel discussions focusing on the international investment and manufacturing landscape in North and South Carolina are on the agenda, with topics ranging from attracting and retaining global business talent, the state of foreign direct investment from China and Europe and emerging legal, tax and trade trends impacting FDI and foreign investors in the Carolinas. Additionally, there will be topics related to the state of the US Economy and trends in FDI in the United States as well as presentations from NC and SC economic development leaders on international investment attraction.

“The Carolinas are a decade into an era of unprecedented economic expansion, with unique challenges continuing to emerge. We’re looking forward to spending a day examining how to turn these into opportunities,” said Steven Jast, Founder and President of Montreal-based ROI Return on Investment, a Diamond Sponsor of the GCC.

Keynote speakers and panelists include senior state commerce leaders and executives from the private sector, including major corporations such as BMW, Giti Tire, Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase, and European specialty manufacturers who have established operations in the Carolinas such as EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics and K-FLEX USA.

Hundreds of executives and managers from foreign-owned and affiliated companies will be in attendance, along with state and local economic developers, consulate and chamber representatives from Austria, Belgium and Germany, international law practitioners from Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, international tax advisors from Rödl & Partners USA and presenters from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

“Together, the information and networking offered at the GCC make it a must-attend for management of foreign companies with operations in the Carolinas as well as for anyone with a stake in international manufacturing and direct investment in the Carolinas. We’re grateful to our sponsors, speakers and panelists for their participation, and we’re looking forward to another record attendance,” said Oliver Hecking, an event co-founder and Partner at Rödl & Partner USA.

“Business is about people, and the GCC conference once again promises to be the best opportunity of the year to meet with and hear from thought leaders and corporate decision makers who are advancing to keep the Carolinas on the leading edge of international business recruitment and expansion,” added Sam Moses, also a GCC co-founder and Partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP.

The Global Carolina Connections Conference is presented by Global Carolina Communications, Rödl & Partner USA and Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP and is returning to Columbia after being held in previous years across the Carolinas, including in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greenville and Charleston.