Corporate Membership and Support: Will You Invest in the World Affairs Council of Charlotte?

Why become a Corporate Member of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte?

  • Learn about international affairs from foreign government /state officials, renowned authors, and world leaders.
  • Build professional networks through Council events
  • Support International education in the Charlotte community.
  • Increase corporate publicity through program and education sponsorships.
  • Reach out to sophisticated and high level individuals in the Charlotte community.
  • Build, maintain and strengthen client relationships.
For more information regarding Corporate Membership with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, please contact Lauren Osga or call (704) 687-7758.

Corporate Envoy

chs-list1 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 HealthCare System.


wells-fargo-list Wells Fargo & Company is a 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 ( and across North America and internationally.



UNCC-list1 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.


BOFA-LIST1 Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individuals, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company serves approximately 56 million U.S. consumer and small business relationships. It is among the world’s leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading.


Corporate Councils

duke-energy-list1 Duke Energy makes life better for millions of people every day by providing electric and gas services in a sustainable way – affordable, reliable and clean. We are the largest electric power holding company in the United States, supplying and delivering energy to approximately 7.2 million U.S. customers. We have approximately 57,700 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – 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 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.


Chase-list1 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.


charlottechamber-list1 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.



ingersollrand-list Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands – including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® -work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $13 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit


crp-list1 A nonprofit, public/private economic development organization, the Charlotte Regional Partnership leverages regional resources to market the 16-county Charlotte region. The Partnership’s business development activities position Charlotte USA for sustained, long-term growth, job creation and investment opportunities.

With 16 counties – 12 in North Carolina and four in South Carolina, Charlotte USA has a wealth of assets for the Charlotte Regional Partnership to market. The Partnership serves as a catalyst for government/business collaboration to market and promote Charlotte USA as a highly competitive, vibrant region with an increasingly attractive quality of life. In fact, our region is the case that proves the point that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Although each of the 16 counties has its own strength, each experiences greater economic success – and is more competitive – by working together than alone.


suntrust-list1 SunTrust Banks, Inc., one of the nation’s largest financial services organizations, is dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being for its clients and communities. Headquartered in Atlanta, the company serves a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients. As of June 30, 2015, SunTrust had total assets of $188.9 billion and total deposits of $144.9 billion. Through its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, the company operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic States and a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery channels. The company also serves clients in selected markets nationally. Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through its various subsidiaries, the company provides mortgage banking, asset management, securities brokerage, and capital market services. The SunTrust Internet address is a creative firm located in Charlotte, N.C., specializing in design and content development for magazines, custom-published books and promotional marketing pieces. We help businesses demonstrate tangible value through the power of beautiful design combined with compelling words.


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AREVA-LIST2 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.



BABCNC_logo We are the leading transatlantic business organization in the Carolinas dedicated to helping its members build and manage their business by providing business contact and referrals, marketing opportunities and business intelligence. The BABCNC is part of a network of organizations in 21 major cities in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, several of which have been in operation for over 20 years (over 70 years in New York).


Established in 1978 and located in Charlotte, North Carolina, EDIFICE is one of the leading commercial contractors in the Southeast. This privately held business has a diverse portfolio in all major markets enabling its teams to excel in projects ranging from the intricacies of interior renovations to complex, multi-faceted structures.


fifthird-list1 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 2,449 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.


greerwalker-list1 Founded in 1984, GreerWalker LLP has developed into one of the leading Charlotte-based accounting and business advisory firms, with a total staff of over 90 associates including thirteen partners. Rated as one of the ten largest firms in the greater Charlotte region in the 2014 List of Accounting Firms published by the Charlotte Business Journal, the firm has been recognized for consecutive years as one of the nation’s “Best of the Best” accounting firms by Inside Public Accounting. We focus primarily on the needs of privately held middle-market companies, their owners, and their executive management teams.

However, we also offer a range of consulting services that are directed to publicly traded companies as well. In addition to assurance, accounting, tax, and consulting services, we offer exit planning and merger and acquisition services to our clients through our investment banking affiliate, GreerWalker Corporate Finance. We also provide wealth management services through our affiliate, GreerWalker Wealth Management LLC, offering high net worth individuals and their families the convenience and security of having their investment management and tax services under one roof.


haskell Haskell, one of the industry’s leading design, engineering, and construction organizations, offers client-focused solutions in the industrial, commercial, government and civil infrastructure markets. Haskell provides planning, architectural, engineering, construction, systems integration and program management services with a 50 year history of delivering the right solution for every client.


HSBC-LIST HSBC 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 95 countries and territories, we combine in-depth local knowledge with unmatched global reach to provide a comprehensive range of services to millions of customers.


KLGates-list1 K&L Gates 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-list1 At 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’ needs. 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.


MIDREX-list1 Midrex was founded on an idea. Dedicated pursuit of that idea led to our corporate success. Continuing to learn and adapt based upon our practical experiences fuels our innovation…and that in turn leads to new ideas.

The need for a new source of metallics in the global steel industry led to the development of the MIDREX® Process more than 40 years ago. Development of the technology was just the beginning as Midrex took this process and executed projects worldwide, overcoming technical, geographic and logistical obstacles.

Although we do not own and operate these plants, we stay involved with plant operation through our technical services and aftermarket support. This synergistic relationship enables us to continue to innovate by addressing new challenges and provide better solutions for our clients.

It is this continual improvement that made the MIDREX® Process the world’s leading technology for the direct reduction of iron ore. For more than two decades, MIDREX® Plants have produced 60 percent or more of the world’s DRI each year and we continue to develop some of the industry’s most efficient and successful technologies.


mp-list1 McClean Power MacLean Power Systems, a MacLean-Fogg Company, is a leading manufacturer of products used by utilities for building transmission and distribution lines and substations. MPS product families include hardware and connection products as well as insulation and protection products. With global raw material sourcing capabilities, MPS produces over 10,000 items in seven domestic production facilities.

The MPS business model supports local manufacturing for high service levels, diversity development programs and also sustainability and green initiatives. MPS products include: automatic splices and bolted connectors; silicone rubber, hollow core and porcelain insulators; surge arresters; guy and foundation anchors; pole line hardware; aluminum and ductile clamps; fiberglass brackets; crossarms and guy strain insulators; steel fabrications; porcelain and polymer fuse cutouts; grounding equipment; formed wire; aluminum mounts; enclosures and pads; and vibration control products.


Parker-Poe-list1 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 finance practices. 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.


pnc-list1 The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. 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.


Since 1960, Robinson Bradshaw has been providing innovative, valuable legal services to clients across the country. Clients appreciate our distinct collaborative structure, which enables us to approach legal matters differently than other law firms. We assemble the team that is best positioned to efficiently and effectively handle a matter – across practices, if need be – and we focus on our client’s best interest at every stage of the process. The bottom line? You get the right lawyer for your legal needs.

Another thing that sets Robinson Bradshaw apart is our large number of shareholders. Clients are guaranteed effective, experienced staffing and senior level attention – making us a strong partner that produces better results.

Our ability to efficiently deliver excellent service is based on experience, teamwork and talent. In order to best serve our clients, we hire a diverse range of lawyers with both exceptional academic achievements and practical problem-solving skills. Our firm and lawyers are repeatedly recognized as leaders in the legal community.


Founded in 1925, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 250 lawyers and five offices in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota, Florida; and Charlotte, North Carolina.  Shumaker is a premier provider of quality legal services.  Whether it’s commitment to clients or work in the community, involvement lies at the core of all of Shumaker’s initiatives.
Sumter Packaging Corporation was founded in 1958 as Kankakee Container Company. In 1981, we expanded to our present headquarters in Sumter, South Carolina. Since that time, we have expanded to 4 locations serving the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia with over 350,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space. Sumter Packaging has been a family owned business for three generations and has been committed to continuous improvement for over 50 years. Sumter Packaging continues today to serve its customers through personal service and quality products with fast, dependable delivery.
Founded in 1897, Troutman Sanders LLP is an international law firm with more than 650 lawyers practicing in 16 offices located throughout the United States and Asia. The firm’s clients range from large multinational corporations to individual entrepreneurs and reflect virtually every sector and industry. The firm’s heritage of extensive experience, exceptional responsiveness and an unwavering commitment to service has resulted in strong, long-standing relationships with clients across the globe. In recognition of the firm’s strong service culture, Troutman Sanders has been on the BTI Client Service A-Team for 12 consecutive years.

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