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.
Each year, the Charlotte Chapter hosts nearly two dozen different events. Recent speakers have included Annette Schavan, former Federal Minister of Education and Research; Riprand Graf Arco, Founder and Chairman of the American Asset Corporation; Dr. Joyce Mushaben, Professor of Global Studies and Curators’ Professor of Comparative Politics and Gender Policies at the University of Missouri – St. Louis; Helga Barth, Head of Political Affairs at the German Embassy in Washington; Martin Klingst, Senior Political Correspondent with DIE ZEIT; Metin Hakverdi, Member of the German Bundestag (SPD); with Ambassador John Kornblum, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany; Knut Detlefson, Head of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Washington, DC; and Ralf Fuecks, Managing Director of the Center for Liberal Modernity and Author of Defending Freedom: How We can Win the Fight for an Open Society.
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.