The Charlotte Warburg Chapter was formed in October 2003 and is part of the vibrant German and international community in the region. Home to over 200 German-owned companies, the region boasts one of the highest concentrations of German business in the United States.
The Charlotte Chapter hosts events covering a range of political, social, cultural, economic, and business topics of current interest at breakfast briefings and lunch or evening discussions. The events generally appeal to the German-American business community, academics, and those community members interested in global affairs. The Chapter also partners with local secondary schools and universities to organize events tailored to students and faculty when possible.
The Charlotte Chapter works in cooperation with the German Honorary Consul, the German American Chamber of Commerce, the N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation, Davidson College, the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, the Charlotte Chamber, the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the Alemannia Club, the German Language and Cultural Foundation, and the German Consulate in Atlanta.
In 2017, the Charlotte Chapter hosted more than two dozen events with speakers such as Daniel Andrich, President and CEO of Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT); Dr. Benjamin Braun, John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University; Dr. Thomas Seidel, First Secretary, Political Affairs for the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations; Benjamin Rohé, Co-Founder of Germantech Digital and Founding Managing Director of the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC); Erik Kirschbaum, Author and Journalist; Prof. Hannes Adomeit; Cornelius Adebahr, non-resident fellow at Carnegie Europe; Prof. Dr. Michael Haspel, Director of the Evangelischen Akadamie Thüringen and Professor for Systematic Theology; Prof. Dr. Norbert Frei, Director of the Center for 20th Century History at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena; Dr. Christine Benz, Training Manager at Trumpf, Incorporated; Ambassador Thomas Mattusek, former Senior German Diplomat; Prof. Birgit Glorius, Associate Professor at the Technical University in Chemnitz; and Eckart von Unger, Senior Manager of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Speakers covered a variety of topics from German-Russian relations, to the migration crisis, to cyber security, and the EU after the Brexit.
About the Chapter Director
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
Al Guarnieri has been the Director of the ACG’s Charlotte Chapter since 2007. He is also a Partner at the law firm of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, and has extensive experience with international business transactions. He represents U.S. and foreign corporations and individuals on foreign investment and site selection, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate matters.
Mr. Guarnieri is the past Chairman of the International Committees for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and past Chairman of the International Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He is the Membership Director for the North Carolina Chapter of the German-American Chamber of Commerce and serves on various boards.
Mr. Guarnieri received his BA from the University of Michigan and studied law at the University of Virginia.