Thursday, May 21, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Dressler's Restaurant
1100 - E Metropolitan Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204

                    $25 CWTA Members
                $35 Non-Members

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Questions regarding registration, please contact our chapter executive, Dawn Sakai, at (704) 733-9156,

Cancellations: please email with your cancellation.  Refund requests will be honored  through Monday, May 18, 2015. 





Dawn Sakai
Charlotte World Trade Association


Charlotte:  Influence of German Business and Political Thought

Guest Speaker


Klaus was born in Marburg, Germany, and grew up in Dortmund in the Ruhr Valley, where his father worked as a technician with a steel producing company.

After he graduated from high school, Klaus participated in apprenticeship programs in Germany, Italy, Brazil, and the US. He earned a Masters Degree in National Economics and Business Administration from Ruhr Universitšt Bochum.

For three years, Klaus worked for a third party, before deciding to take the entrepreneurial path that he has followed ever since. He pitched his tent in Charlotte, NC and over the course of many years, he founded several companies involved in the international steel trade. His latest endeavor Nirosteel LLC, will celebrate its 5th anniversary in 2014.

In addition to his professional life, he served many years as president of the German American Chamber of Commerce in North Carolina and was appointed as Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2013. He has a passion for contemporary art - shown as "Art in the Office" at his NIROSTEEL, LLC location in Charlotte, NC.

Klaus has been married to Concha, who is a native Mexican, for more than 30 years. They have a grown-up daughter, Fiorella, and a Chihuahua named Jolie.