AGENDA

2022 AGENDA
To view the 2022 agenda, click on the program below for a full PDF.

8:00am – 9:00am

Registration & Networking

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

9:00am – 9:10am

Opening Remarks

CHARLOTTE REGIONAL BUSINESS ALLIANCE

9:10am – 9:25am

Welcoming Remarks

THE HONORABLE VI ALEXANDER LYLES
Mayor, Charlotte, North Carolina

9:25am – 9:50am

Featured Presentation

CARRIE COLE
Vice President, Business Development, ROI Research on Investment | Gazelle.ai

 

The State of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities

9:50am – 10:00am

Coffee & Networking Break

Sponsored by: Edifice General Contractors

10:00am – 10:05am

Featured Remarks

DR. KANDI DEITEMEYER
President, Central Piedmont Community College

10:05am – 10:30am

Featured Presentation

The State of Foreign Investment in North Carolina

10:30am–11:30am

Panel Discussion

Sponsored by: J.P. Morgan Chase

MODERATOR

COLIN KISER
Director of Business Development, Spotit

 

Cybersecurity & Data Privacy: Risks and Solutions for Carolinas’ based Global Businesses

PANELISTS

Henk De Jonghe,  Strategic Consultant, Automation COE Lead 

Pieterjan Donck, Group IT Infrastructure Manager, BekaertDeslee Holding

Sarah Hutchins, Partner, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Team, Parker Poe

Steven Vynckier, Founding Partner, Spotit

11:30am – 12:55pm

Lunch Program

Sponsored by: ROI Research on Investment & Gazelle.ai

General Session & Luncheon Speakers

11:40am – 12:10pm
SPECIAL BREAK-OUT SESSION

CARRIE COLE
Vice President, Business Development, ROI Research on Investment | Gazelle.ai

Gazelle.AI – A One-Stop Investment Attraction & Lead Generation Platform

 

12:20pm – 12:55pm
KEYNOTE ADDRESS

KATARINA FJORDING
Head of Volvo Car University & Sustainability Americas, Volvo Car USA LLC

Volvo Car’s Corporate Sustainability Initiatives: Where Rubber Meets the Road

12:55pm – 1:25pm

Featured Presentation

HARRY M. LIGHTSEY, III
Secretary, South Carolina Department of Commerce

 

The State of Foreign Investment in South Carolina

1:25pm–2:25pm

Panel Discussion

Sponsored by: Gresham Smith  

MODERATOR

RICHARD KUGELMANN, CEC®, CCA®, AAC®
Dean of Skilled Trades and Public Services, Central Piedmont Community College 

 

Foreign Direct Investment in the Carolinas’ Food & Beverage Sector:
Challenges & Opportunities

PANELISTS

Jeff Kellar, Chief Executive Officer and President, VPET Plastics

Hal Teegarden, Chief Operating Officer, HS Growers LLC

Karsten Uhlmann, Chief Executive Officer, BCA Brewing Corporation of the Americas Inc. 

2:25pm–2:55pm

Featured Presentation

A Fireside Chat: Global Manufacturing and the Renewable Energy Sector in the Carolinas —
Charging Forward towards a Sustainable Future

Sponsored by: Parker Poe

FEATURING:
Katherine Ross 
Partner, 
Energy & Environment Practice Group 
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP 

Andrew Tate
Director,
North Carolina Economic Development
Duke Energy

2:55pm–3:10pm

Coffee & Networking Break

Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Bank

3:10pm–3:45pm

Featured Presentation

Sponsored by: Rödl & Partner USA

JAMES E. (Jim) GLASSMAN
Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Head Economist, Chase Commercial Banking

 

The Challenging Road Returning to Normal

3:45pm–4:45pm

Panel Discussion

Sponsored by: Myers & Chapman, Inc. 

MODERATOR

David Verner
Executive Vice-President, Gresham Smith

 

Foreign Direct Investment in the Carolinas’ E-Mobility Sector: Challenges & Opportunities

PANELISTS

Steve Christian, Senior Director, Americas Sales, STAR EV Corporation

Morgan Crapps, Principal, Site Selection Consultant, Parker Poe Consulting, LLC 

Ravi Nagarkar, Chief Executive Officer, Bharat Forge Aluminum USA 

Leighton Yates, Senior Manager, Government Affairs, VinFast US  

4:45pm–5:00pm

Closing Remarks & Networking Session

 
 
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