On the eve of the International Champions Cup, Saturday, July 21, The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation staged a welcoming reception for the top management of Borussia Dortmund, including BVB’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and soccer legends Roman Weidenfeller, Patrick Owomoyela and Lars Ricken. Approximately 120 guests convened at Fahrenheit to celebrate and welcome one of the most outstanding German soccer teams. Mayor pro tem Julie Eiselt welcomed the guests of honor in the name of the City. Klaus Becker, Chairman of The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation, himself a Dortmund native, had been instrumental in bringing BVB to Charlotte. Special thanks go to our corporate sponsors Evonik, Atrium Health, VS Furniture, GreerWalker, PNC, Huber Technology, Lagadére, and Dachser, whose generous support made the event possible.
Photos by Brandon Scott Photography
Chairman Klaus Becker gave the sequel speech today (the second one in half a year) at Rotary North in Charlotte outlining Germany’s position in the geopolitical world and the challenges it faces with its neighbors in Europe but also with Russia, China and the United States.
In order to counter the gloom which seems to be prevalent in today’s geopolitics, he showed slides showing Germany’s tourist places, memorable and historic monuments and technical marvels like boat lifts.
At lunch, on Tuesday, June 20, Sharon Decker, the former Secretary of Commerce in North Carolina, spoke to a very interested audience about the upcoming FEI World Equestrian Games. Over 500,000 spectators, 70 countries, 1000 horses and 1500 riders are expected to arrive in our area in September. The Equestrian Games will be the fourth largest spectator event in the WORLD in 2018! The other large events are: The Olympics, The World Cup and Tour de France!
This meeting was co-organized by four international institutions:
which shows the coherent strength of international cooperation in Charlotte.
Gunda Knese, President Of The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation, Receives Leadership In International Commerce Award
(Charlotte, N.C.) — Gunda Knese, president of The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation received the 2018 Leadership in International Commerce Award from the Carolina World Trade Association (CWTA).
CWTA works to expand global trade in the Charlotte area for the benefit of the entire community. The Leadership in International Commerce Award recognizes individuals who are making a positive impact in promoting international commerce in the Carolinas.
“Your selection for this award is a testament to your commitment to promoting international commerce in the Carolinas. Your efforts are making a tremendous impact in our state and beyond, and I commend the great work you are doing,” said U.S. Senator Thom Tillis in a written statement.
“We are grateful for your current and future involvement in our ever-growing international community,” said Vi Lyles, mayor of Charlotte.
Knese, who speaks German, English and Spanish, serves on CWTA’s board of directors and is also an active member of several other professional affiliations to promote international and cross-cultural business.
In her capacity as the director of business development with GreerWalker, a regional CPA firm, she helps clients by aligning her deep knowledge of international marketing for service firms and her expertise of culture in global business to strategically grow their businesses.
The N.C.Zeitgeist Foundation hosted its 3rd White Asparagus Feast on May 31, 2018 at the Charlotte City Club. The evening was opened with a champagne reception, followed by an exquisite 3-course white asparagus meal. The Foundation’s president, Gunda Knese, gave a lighthearted introduction to the history of asparagus while guest speaker John Williams’ shared entertaining insights on Country, Company and Culture.
A special thank you to our guest speaker John Williams, President & CEO of Domtar and to our event sponsor Pat Riley, President & Chief Executive Officer of Allen Tate Realtors.
Thank you to all who attended!
Charlotte City mayor, Vi Lyles, and Tom Murray, CEO Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, officially announced yesterday at Romare Bearden Park that BvB Borussia Dortmund will play against Liverpool in the Bank-of-America Stadium in Charlotte on July 22 of this year.
German Honorary Consul Klaus Becker attended the ceremony and welcomed both teams while also sharing with the crowd his special relationship with Borussia. He grew up in Dortmund, just one kilometer away from Borsigplatz, an eponymous square in the northern part of Dortmund, famous for being the birthplace of football club Borussia Dortmund in 1909 and still today the traditional meeting place for fans celebrating the club’s victories.
One of Germany's highest ranking judges, Prof. Dr. Peter Huber, Justice at the German Supreme Federal Constitutional Court, and Judge Al Diaz, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, discussed at yesterday's event how two of the world's leading nations differ and compare in their upholding and enforcement of the rule of law. The engaging and lively panel discussion was moderated by Judge Louis Bledsoe, III, N.C. Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases. The event, held at the Charlotte City Club, was co-hosted by The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation and the Charlotte World Affairs Council.
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