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 various 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 cooperates with the German Honorary Consul, the German American Chamber of Commerce, 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 Thomas Silberhorn, Member of the German Bundestag and CDU/CSU Spokesperson for Transatlantic Relations; Oliver Jörg, Secretary General of the Hanns Seidel Stiftung; Ambassador (ret.) Stefan Schlüter, Program Director at the Diplomatic Academy of the German Foreign Office in Berlin; Helga Margarete Barth, Director for Human Rights, International Development, Health and Social Affairs and Coordinator for Sustainable Development at the German Federal Foreign Office.
Speakers covered various topics, from Germany and the global world order to domestic politics, the migration crisis, and cyber security.
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.