Global Carolina Connections 2021 will feature prominent speakers from industry, government, and academia. In addition, it will also comprise three core topical panels and additional presentations on subjects of interest to foreign businesses operating in the Carolinas.


To view the 2019 agenda, click on the program below for a full PDF.

To view past agendas, click on one of the programs below for a full PDF.

Conference Organizing Committee

Scott Burgess

Founder and Owner, Global Carolina Communications

+1 (803) 338-1599

Scott Evan Burgess is the founder and owner of Global Carolina Communications, a PR and marketing firm dedicated to providing value collateral to foreign-owned and -affiliated companies and organizations in the Carolinas.

Scott studied communications at the University of South Carolina and also spent a number of years on exchange at the University of Bamberg, Germany. In 1995, he received a Fulbright stipend to work and do research at the University of Erfurt, Germany. Scott has worked in the Carolinas and abroad for a range of companies including the global software giant SAP, as well as a number of smaller local suppliers and service providers.

Oliver Hecking, CPA

Partner, Rödl & Partner USA

+1 (704) 376-2145

Oliver Hecking is a Partner at Langford de Kock LLP, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Rödl Langford de Kock LLP Greenville, South Carolina (both “Rödl & Partner USA”), where he specializes in international taxation and auditing for European, primarily German, speaking companies in the U.S. Oliver assists foreign companies with their first U.S. market entry and is also a frequent speaker on various international tax and accounting topics.

Oliver has more than 20 years public accounting experience in the U.S. Before joining the Carolina Practice of Rödl & Partner USA in 2009, Oliver worked in several offices around the world, including Atlanta, Georgia; Nuremberg, Germany; and Moscow, Russia.

Areas of Expertise
  • Attest services (audits, reviews and agreed-upon procedures) in accordance with US-GAAP, IFRS and German GAAP
  • US-GAAP/IFRS/German GAAP conversions
  • International taxation and planning
  • Corporate and individual taxation planning
  • Specialized in consulting with European companies that conduct business in the U.S.
  • Assistance with market entry which includes site selection
  • Frequent speaker on accounting, tax and general business aspects of establishing subsidiaries in the U.S. market

Sam C. Moses

Partner and Co-Chair, Manufacturing & Distribution Industry Team
Parker Poe Adams and Bernstein LLP

+1 (803) 253-6842

Sam Moses is a corporate and economic development attorney who represents U.S. and international companies, including manufacturers, distributors, industrial developers and renewable energy businesses. He advises on a variety of transactions and coordinates business expansion and incentives projects for companies throughout the United States.

Prior to joining Parker Poe, he served as managing director of the State of South Carolina’s European Office in Germany, advising European investors on U.S. site location projects. He also managed South Carolina’s export development program for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, advising U.S. companies on international trade and market entry strategies. In 2002, he was selected to serve as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in Frankfurt, Germany, during which he worked for Credit Suisse First Boston and Gleiss Lutz, a leading German law firm.

Since 2010, Sam has been involved in business expansion and incentives projects resulting in more than $6 billion in capital investment, as well as the creation of more than 6,000 jobs in various industries, including food processing, automotive, powertrain, metalworking, advanced materials, electronics, renewable energy, chemicals, agribusiness and aerospace.

Sam has received multiple accolades from the legal and business communities over the years for his advising in the area of international business and economic development.  Most recently he was ranked in The Best Lawyers in America,® whose rankings are among the highest standard in the legal industry. He is one of the Co-founders of the Global Carolina Connections Annual conference.  Sam stays active in multiple professional organizations including the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States, where he has just finished his term on the Board of Directors.



Why attend GCC 2021?



There are many reasons to attend Global Carolina Connections...

Share Ideas

Our panels bring together local experts on important topics including industry trends, workforce development, and global economics. Global Carolina Connections keeps you up to speed.

Make Connections


Extensive networking opportunities allow you to strengthen connections — new and old. GCC 2019 was attended by more than 200 global execs — and 2021 promises to be bigger than ever.


Hear Prominent Speakers

Speakers include SC Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt and CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of NC Chris Chung — plus C-level executives from top OEMs and Tier 1 and 2 suppliers.

Grow Your Company

Global Carolina Connections provides insights from leading companies on how they have expanded and grown their businesses in the Carolinas. Come listen to their stories — and make your own in the process.

Drive Innovation


Companies that cultivate global connections are four times more likely to develop major innovations than those that just operate in an industry cluster. Come to GCC 2021 to make your connections!