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Maximizing your investments in the US while minimizing your risk- for start-ups to established subs

Thursday, Nov 10 2011 1:00PM to 6:30PM

Various Panelists and Speakers
Duke Mansion 400 Hermitage Road Charlotte, NC

 BIG Global Event in Partnership with the NC Dept of Commerce:

“Maximizing your investments in the US while minimizing your risk-  
                                 for start-ups to established subsidiaries”

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2011

Location: Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte                
Time: 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm followed by a cocktail reception 



1:00 pm- 1:45 pm   Registration and Networking


1:45 pm- 2:00 pm    Introductions


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  Managing the Cultural Differences

Moderator: Jean Davis, Director of International Trade, NC Dept of Commerce

Kurt Waldthausen, President, Waldthausen & Associates, Inc.; Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany

Marco Fregenal, COO, Evoapp

Eric Wolff, Commercial Officer, Charlotte U.S. Export Assistance Center



3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Establishing the Right Infrastructure: Banking, Risk, Compliance, Legal, Tax

Moderator: John Norman, Tax Partner, Greer & Walker

Daniel Reck, Vice President, JKJ & H International

Jody Shoup,  Fifth Third Bank

Brigitte Hartenstein, CFO, STEAG Energy Services, LLC

David Jones, Senior Tax Manager, Greer & Walker, LLP

Al Guarnieri, Partner, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP



4:15 pm – 5:15pm  Marketing and Sales Strategies- the American way

Moderator: Jim Worrell, Ameristart

Tom Duncan, CEO, Positec Tool Corporation

Julie Nance, Turning Point Advisors

Lothar Burger, Managing Director, Groninger USA, LLC

Doug Oaks, President, Combi USA, Inc.


5:15 pm – 6:15 pm Managing the Human Resources

Moderator: Kurt Waldthausen

Alan Gordon, Alan Gordon Immigration and Naturalization Law, PA

Sandi Guy, Human Resources Manager, Greer & Walker, LLP

Daniel Feldkamp, Partner, Get Ahead AG

Emily Knowles, Senior Benefits Consultant, Benefit Controls


6:15 pm – 6:30 pm Wrap Up by Jean Davis

 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Networking Reception




Program Cost:  BIG Members free

                              Guests $75 in advance, $90 at the door


Registration: RSVP to terry@bigcouncil.com or register below. 

Dress Attire: Business casual