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Affairs Council of Charlotte?
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about international affairs from foreign government /state
officials, renowned authors, and world leaders.
professional networks through Council events
International education in the Charlotte community.
Increase corporate publicity through program and education
out to sophisticated and high level individuals in the
maintain and strengthen client relationships.
Carolinas HealthCare System is one of the
finest providers of healthcare in the country. However, we are
much more than just a collection of physician practices,
hospitals and other facilities. We are an interlocking set of
partnerships operating together for the good of the patients and
communities we serve. We are a vital part of each community in
which we operate. We rely upon our employees to care for
patients and to contribute to the well-being of each community.
We depend upon our doctors, who trust us to provide the best
care possible to the patients they send us. And we join with
local governments to strengthen community health systems.
Partnerships with hospitals and physicians throughout the
Carolinas ensure that quality care is always close by; and, when
specialized care is needed, patients can find it at Carolinas
BAE Systems is a leading global defence, security and aerospace
company delivering a full range of products and services for
air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics,
security, information technology solutions and customer support
services. With approximately 105,000 employees worldwide, BAE
Systems' sales exceeded £18.5 billion (US $34.4 billion) in
2nd largest global defence company based on 2008 revenues*
Approximately 105,000 employees worldwide
Customers in over 100 countries
2008 sales exceeded £18.5 billion
applications filed in 2008 cover more than 200 new
*Source: Defense News Annual Ranking, 2008
Our facilities, advanced medical treatments and procedures, as
well as our highly qualified staff have distinguished
Presbyterian Healthcare as a not-for-profit healthcare leader
for the residents of the southern piedmont region of North
Carolina for over a century. With five hospitals, physician
practices, outpatient surgery centers, rehabilitation and
community health outreach programs,
Novant Health really is
"Remarkable People. Remarkable Medicine."
UNC Charlotte is North
Carolina’s urban research institution. With an enrollment
ranking it fourth among the 17 schools in the UNC system, it is
the largest public university in the greater Charlotte
metropolitan region. A doctoral institution, UNC Charlotte
serves the region through applied research, knowledge transfer
and engaged community service. For fall 2009, approximately
24,700 students, including 5,300 graduate students, were
enrolled in one of the University’s comprehensive doctoral,
master’s or bachelor’s programs.
Corporate Universal Sponsor
General Dynamics is a market leader in business aviation; land
and expeditionary combat vehicles and systems, armaments, and
munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and mission-critical
information systems and technologies. The company employs
people worldwide and reported 2007 revenues of $27.2 billion.
Energy makes life better for millions of people everyday by
providing electric and gas services in a sustainable way –
affordable, reliable and clean.
We are one of the largest electric power
companies in the United States, supplying and delivering energy
to approximately 4 million U.S. customers. We have approximately
35,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the
Carolinas and the Midwest, and natural gas distribution services
in Ohio and Kentucky. Our commercial and international
businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in
North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of
renewable energy assets.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy
is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange
under the symbol DUK.
A not-for-profit organization owned and operated by
business leaders who care about our community, the Charlotte
Chamber’s mission is :
The Charlotte Chamber creates competitive advantage by
growing the economy, advocating pro-business public policies and
delivering innovative programs and services.
With more than 120,000 people in 40 countries,
Capgemini is one
of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and
outsourcing services. The Group reported 2011 global revenues of
EUR 9.7 billion. Together with its clients, Capgemini creates
and delivers business and technology solutions that fit their
needs and drive the results they want. A deeply multicultural
organization, Capgemini has developed its own way of working,
the Collaborative Business ExperienceTM, and draws on Rightshore ®,
its worldwide delivery model.
W. Duke Kimbrell Foundation
is a global Fortune 500 multi-industry manufacturing leader
with over $5 billion in annual revenue,
operations in more than 35 countries and over 18,000 employees.
The company's highly-specialized, engineered products and
technologies are concentrated in three areas: Flow Technology,
infrastructure, and vehicle service solutions. Many of SPX's
innovative solutions are playing a role in helping to meet
rising global demand for electricity, processed foods and
beverages and vehicle services, particularly in emerging
markets. The company's products include food processing systems
for the food and beverage industry, power transformers for
utility companies, cooling systems for power plants; and
diagnostic tools and equipment for the automotive industry. This
description of SPX does not contemplate the pending sale of the
Service Solutions business. For more information, please visit www.spx.com.
Charlotte Regional Partnership is
a nonprofit organization comprised of 16 counties dedicated to
the planned growth and prosperity of the Charlotte region.
Corporate Council Patron
AREVA, world energy expert, offers its
customers technological solutions for highly reliable nuclear
power generation and electricity transmission and distribution.
71,000 employees are committed to continuous improvement on a
daily basis, making sustainable development the focal point of
the group’s industrial strategy.
BDO is a leading accounting
and consulting organization with an extensive national and
global footprint, sophisticated and loyal clients, and a
talented team of people. Yet, despite our size and stature, BDO
remains a family business in spirit, holding steadfast to the
ideals of competence, honesty and integrity, professionalism,
responsibility and accountability, and dedication, M.L. and the
Seidman family ingrained in the culture of the firm. These core
values have helped BDO grow to serve clients through 41 offices
and more than 400 independent alliance firm locations
nationwide. As the U.S. independent Member Firm of BDO
International Limited, BDO serves multinational clients through
a global network of 1,082 offices in 119 countries.
Dedicated to quality service for more than 100 years...
People who know, know BDO.SM
Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business
of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial
services firm with assets of $2.3 trillion and operations in
more than 60 countries. Chase serves more than 50 million
consumers and small businesses through more than 5,500 bank
branches, 17,500 ATMs, credit cards, mortgage offices, and
online and mobile banking as well as through relationships with
auto dealerships. More information about Chase is available at www.chase.com.
Clariant is an internationally
active specialty chemical company based in Muttenz near Basel.
The group owns over 100 companies worldwide and employed approx.
16,200 employees as of December 31, 2010. In the financial year
2010, Clariant produced a turnover in excess of CHF 7
Clariant is divided into twelve business units: Additives;
Catalysis & Energy; Detergents & Intermediates; Emulsions;
Functional Materials; Industrial & Consumer Specialties; Leather
Services; Masterbatches; Oil & Mining Services; Paper
Specialties; Pigments; Textile Chemicals.
Elliott Davis, PLLC
is one of the largest accounting, tax and
consulting services firms in the Southeast and ranks among the
top 60 CPA firms in the U.S. With 10 locations, including
Charlotte, N.C., and more than 400 employees, the firm provides
clients across a wide range of industries with smart, customized
solutions and its people with rewarding opportunities. Serving
both U.S.-based companies that do business internationally and
foreign-based companies that operate within the U.S., the firm’s
International Tax Practice provides services such as transfer
pricing analysis, tax strategies, inpatriate and expatriate tax
services, accounting regulatory compliance and due diligence.
Founded in 1925, Elliott Davis is a member of The Leading Edge
Alliance, an international professional association of
independently owned accounting firms based in the U.S. and is
strategically aligned with LEA Europe and LEA Asia Pacific, a
worldwide network of more than 450 offices in 90 countries
around the globe. For more information about Elliott Davis
and its services, visit
Fifth Third Bancorp
is a diversified
financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Company has $110 billion in assets and operates 15
affiliates with 1,313 full-service Banking Centers, including
102 Bank Mart® locations open seven days a week inside select
grocery stores and 2,448 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana,
Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia,
Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third
operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch
Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third
also has a 49% interest in Fifth Third Processing Solutions,
LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the
Midwest and, as of March 31, 2011, had $274 billion in assets
under care, of which it managed $26 billion for individuals,
corporations and not-for-profit organizations.
is one of the largest and most trusted banking and financial
services organisations in the world. With a international
network extending to 9,500 offices in 85 countries and
territories, we combine in-depth local knowledge with unmatched
global reach to provide a comprehensive range of services to
millions of customers.
K&L Gates LLP
comprises nearly 2,000 lawyers who practice in 36 offices
located on three continents: Anchorage, Austin, Beijing,
Berlin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Dubai, Fort
Worth, Frankfurt, Harrisburg, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles,
Miami, Moscow, Newark, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto,
Paris, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Research Triangle
Park, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, Singapore,
Spokane/Coeur d'Alene, Taipei, Tokyo, Warsaw, and Washington.
K&L Gates represents capital markets participants and leading
global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, and
entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public
sector entities, educational institutions and philanthropic
organizations. Our practice is robustly a full market
practice — at once regional, national and international in
scope — and it is cutting edge, complex, and dynamic.
McGuireWoods, we deliver quality work, personalized service
and exceptional value. We use technology to provide efficient
legal solutions and employ a diverse workforce to bring
real-world and innovative perspectives to meet our clients’
With approximately 900 lawyers and 17
strategically located offices worldwide, McGuireWoods uses
client-focused teams to serve public, private, government and
nonprofit clients from many industries including automotive,
energy resources, health care, technology and transportation.
Parker Poe traces its roots back to
1884, when it was founded by Heriot Clarkson, later a Justice of
the North Carolina Supreme Court. By 1990, the Firm (then known
as Parker, Poe, Thompson, Bernstein, Gage & Preston) had grown
to more than 65 lawyers, and had one of North Carolina's most
sophisticated general corporate and business practices, as well
as strong practices in the areas of litigation, the environment,
tax law, real estate and lending.
In 1990, the Firm merged with the 30-lawyer
Raleigh firm of Adams, McCullough and Beard, which was founded
in 1965 by Senator Terry Sanford and several other attorneys and
which was recognized for its litigation, legislative and public
Today, Parker Poe has grown to more than
210 attorneys as we continue to meet the needs of our clients
across the Carolinas, the United States and the world.
Financial Services Group, Inc. (www.pnc.com)
is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services
organizations providing retail and business banking; residential
mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and
government entities, including corporate banking, real estate
finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset
management. Follow @PNCNews on Twitter for breaking news,
updates and announcements from PNC.
The Shaw Group Inc.
was founded in 1987 by Jim Bernhard, our Chairman, President,
and Chief Executive Officer, and two colleagues as a fabrication
shop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Driven by leaders with bold
vision and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, the company has
evolved into a diverse engineering, construction, technology,
fabrication, environmental and industrial services organization
with 27,000 employees in strategic locations around the world.
Throughout our rapid growth, our core values have remained
constant-honesty in decision-making, personal responsibility and
accountability, and leadership by example. These principles are
at the heart of our ability to create and respond to market
opportunities and have
fueled our dramatic expansion.
Wells Fargo International Group
|Wells Fargo & Company
diversified financial services company with $1.2 trillion in
assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and
consumer and commercial finance through more than 10,000 stores
and 12,000 ATMs and the Internet (wellsfargo.com and
wachovia.com) across North America and internationally.
Corporate Council Sponsor
Williams Wealth Management
Davidson College, Dean Rusk Program in
Keane Capital Management
Midrex Technologies, Inc.
Non-Profit and Education Partners
American School of Charlotte
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC)
Charlotte Country Day School
Charlotte School of Law
Providence Day School