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GreerWalker sponsors Global Competitiveness Summit II

Charlotte, N.C. -- Charlotte-based Certified Public Accounting firm GreerWalker is one of the sponsors of the "Global Competitiveness Summit II" which will take place February 21, 2013 in the Harris Conference Center at Central Piedmont Community College. The sold out event will cover the evolving global marketplace's effect on the region's manufacturing and distribution, construction, finance and employment and Charlotte's leadership role in those sectors.


The discussion of how changes in global commerce will affect the Charlotte region will feature speeches and panel conversations with civic and business leaders from Charlotte and across the state. Speakers include: Dr. Tony Zeiss, President, Central Piedmont Community College, Sharon Decker, North Carolina Secretary of Commerce, Dr. John Silvia, Managing Director and Chief Economist, Wells Fargo, Michael Gallis, Principal, Michael Gallis & Associates, Anthony Foxx, Mayor of Charlotte, Seth Harris, United States Acting Secretary of Labor, Mike Manis, Director, Community & Economic Development, Centralina Council of Governments, Bob Morgan, President, Charlotte Chamber, Ronnie Bryant, President, Charlotte Regional Partnership, Peter Ammon, German Ambassador to the United States, and Tanja Gonner, Board Chair, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Agency for International Cooperation).


"As a firm with particular expertise in international business, we are excited to foster conversations about the Charlotte region's place in the global marketplace," said Michael A. McNamara, partner with responsibility for GreerWalker's international audit practice area. "For instance, our clients have an interest in the intermodal freight facility coming to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport as well as the shift it represents in the future of commerce in the region. GreerWalker intends to put our clients in the best possible financial position to take advantage of this growth."


The event is the second in a series, building on the success of the August 2012 summit. Its subtitle, "Adoption a Global Vision for the Charlotte Region," speaks to the level of commitment some feel is necessary for Charlotte to compete in the economy of the future. 


"As business becomes more global, the successful companies will capitalize on information from seminars such as this as well as the counsel of trusted advisors whose role it is to address the challenges of the growing international business environment. Whether you're a Charlotte-based company doing business abroad or an international firm with a Charlotte presence, these changes represent an opportunity for growth," McNamara said.


Founded in Charlotte in 1984, GreerWalker provides assurance, accounting, tax and business advisory services to a diversified client base of privately held middle-market companies with operations throughout the Carolinas and around the world. Affiliates include GreerWalker Wealth Management and GreerWalker Corporate Finance. For more information about the firm, call 704-353-8226 or visit