WBT Podcasts

Dr. Tony Zeiss together with CPCC President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer and members of CPCC’s leadership team and other community visionaries are being featured weekly on WBT radio. These interviews give a local perspective on Charlotte’s growth and how our city is preparing for the area’s advancement in global commerce. Click here for a full list of our WBT podcasts.

February 7, 2017

Bo Thompson talking with Greg Sizemore, Director of U.S. Commercial Service and U.S. Export Assistance Centers in Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh. Sizemore discusses an export committee and getting more small businesses engaged.

February 1, 2017

Bo Thompson speaks with Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, President of CPCC, about global efforts at Central Piedmont Community College.

January 30, 2017

Bo Thompson spends some time talking with American Airlines Regional Director of Government Affairs, Tracy Montross, about how they are going global.

January 19. 2017

Bo Thompson talked with Mike Hawley, a Charlottean who works for the global law firm, K & L Gates. Hawley discussed how Charlotte is being recognized as a global player.

January 10. 2017

Bo Thompson chats with L.J. Stambuk, President & CEO of World Affairs Council of Charlotte, about attracting ambassadors to Charlotte.

January 4. 2017

Bo Thompson talks with Craig May from CPCC's Going Global

December 14. 2016

Bo Talks with Shelia Cox President of Global Match LLC. Shelia is part of the "Move-it" group of Going Global. Get the Updates here.

December 5, 2016

Bo talks with old friend CPCC President Dr. Tony Zeiss. Get the Latest on the Going Global Progress.

November 22, 2016

Bo Thompson catches up with Wayne Cooper on Going Global. Brought to you by JP Morgan Chase.

November 14, 2016

Bo Thompson talks with Louis Foreman, chairman of the 'Create-It' Committee, on this weeks Going Global Episode by Going Global. Brought to you by JP Morgan Chase.

November 1, 2016

Bo Thompson chats with John Galles in CPCC's Going Global. Bo gets the update on Charlotte's movement into a Global Hub. Brought to you by JP Morgan Chase.

October 25, 2016

Bo Thompson talks with Clifton Vann on the latest edition on Going Global Brought to you by JP Morgan Chase. Bo Catches up with Clifton Vann on the 'Make it' Committee's progress.

March 15, 2016

Dena Diorio, Mecklenburg County Manager, discusses how area constituents work in collaboration to provide incentives so companies representing fields such as health, energy, defense, finance, motorsports and film relocate to the Charlotte area. This same group is busy creating a regional economic development plan, that will lure companies to not just Mecklenburg County, but also to the region because a strong region is good for everyone.

March 8, 2016

Jennifer Roberts, mayor of Charlotte, talks about the city’s Chinese American Chamber and how Charlotte is becoming a place where global events happen. The Democratic National Convention, as well as the upcoming NBA All-Star Game and PGA Championship, are opportunities for Charlotte to be on global television networks, raising its profile around the world.

March 1, 2016

Greg May with JP Morgan Chase talks about the Brookings Institution and how the organization is providing the Global Vision Leaders Group with information that will allow them to accurately compare Charlotte to other peer metropolitan areas. The institution’s Global Benchmarking Database includes information focused on trade, innovation, talent, infrastructure and more that will help the group determine how well Charlotte is positioned for globalization.

February 23, 2016

Ronnie Bryant, president and CEO of The Charlotte Regional Partnership, discusses how Charlotte continues to maintain its presence in 10 domestic markets and two international markets, specifically in western Europe and Canada. As a result, it is staying at the forefront and in the minds of key influencers and consultants across the globe.

February 9, 2016

Chase Saunders, special counsel for McNair Law Firm, reports the N.C. Leadership Delegation, has visited six major Chinese cities to tell them the story of the Carolinas. As a result of that visit, a Chinese ambassador was sent to the Carolinas. His visit was broadcast to more than half a billion people in China, allowing the Chinese to learn more about the opportunities in the Carolinas and its impact on the global market.

January 26, 2016

Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of CPCC, has spearheaded the Charlotte as a global hub of commerce initiative. He discusses how “going global” is going to predict Charlotte’s future and develop the prosperity for the region for decades to come. Thanks to a JP Morgan Chase grant, the initiative will begin to investigate Charlotte’s competitive assets to determine how it can best become more globally engaged.

January 19, 2016

Dr. Michael Helmick, president of Western Piedmont Community College, discusses how excited WPCC is to be a part of the global initiative. WPCC is located in Burke County, which is home to several foreign companies that are headquartered in France, Norway, England and Germany. As a result, WPCC was a natural fit to be a part of the global hub discussion and its leader is enjoying serving as an active

January 12, 2016

Gaston College offers an international study tours program that is open to the college’s students, faculty and local community. Dr. Patricia Skinner, president of Gaston College, discusses how the program helps individuals develop an attitude of cultural relativism, teaching participants how to be respectful, tolerant and appreciative of other people’s cultures, customs and ways of life that may differ from our own in America.

January 5, 2016

Dr. Stanley Sidor, president of South Piedmont Community College, discusses the institution’s credential credit and continuing education programs, which, in some cases, are helping 9th grade students acquire skills that can easily be converted into college-level certificate programs. This process will help more students move into well-paying professional positions with credible employers.

December 15, 2015

What’s next for Charlotte? Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of CPCC, discusses the efforts of the Global Vision Leaders Group, comprised of more than 150 leaders throughout the Carolinas, and how it is helping propel Charlotte into the global economy. The team recognizes that while Charlotte has a number of assets, it must assess which assets are missing and fill in those blanks, so that it may become a globally known hub of commerce.

December 8, 2015

Dr. Carol Spaulding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, discusses how RCCC is partnering with Alevo, a leader in the energy industry, to recruit, train and screen approximately 2,000 new employees. In addition, the college is spearheading the Institute for Manufacturing, which is helping individuals get ready for the jobs of the future.

December 1, 2015

CPCC is at the epicenter of the region’s effort to make Charlotte a global hub of commerce. Ed Dalrymple, chair of the CPCC board of trustees, discusses how vested CPCC is in ensuring a prosperous future for the Queen City. As a result, the college has hosted a series of Global Competitive Summits that bring college and business leaders together to learn how CPCC and others are committed to raising awareness of Charlotte on the global level.

November 24, 2015

It’s important that community college training programs include a global focus. Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, president of Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C., discusses the institution’s Manufacturing Solutions Center and how it has successfully connected with more than 42 countries around the world to help American manufacturers work and think globally.

November 17, 2015

The face of Charlotte Douglas International Airport will soon be changing, thanks to the facility’s Destination CLT capital plan. Brent Cagle, aviation director of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, discusses Destination CLT and how it will help the airport remodel, renovate and expand its facilities to meet future needs. Details of the plan include adding more gates, expanding the facility’s roadway, making the terminal lobby larger and adding new facilities inside the terminal.

November 10, 2015

John Galles, owner and publisher of Greater Charlotte Biz, discusses what makes Charlotte unique from other cities across the globe. Charlotte has access to six different ports, two major railroad lines and multiple trucking companies, giving businesses several different shipping options, enabling businesses to lower their shipping costs.

November 3, 2015

Michell Community College (MCC) in Iredell County is able to support local businesses through its workforce development programs. Tim Brewer, president of the college, discusses how MCC is forming a Collaborative Consortium between business and industry and public schools to ensure a well-trained pipeline of individuals are ready to matriculate into the workforce and serve companies across the globe.

October 27, 2015

Charlotte’s airport is an important economic hub and intermodal facility for the region. Brent Cagle, aviation director of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, discusses the airport’s new strategic plan, which will serve as a roadmap for the facility’s growth, as well as its proximity to an intermodal yard which will give it the opportunity to attract other complementary businesses that can help the region grow further.

October 20, 2015

Charlotte has many assets, such as its quality of life, Charlotte Douglas International airport, educational opportunities, healthcare and others. Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of CPCC, discusses branding for the global economy and how the Charlotte brand has evolved to be more regional in nature – and now includes a 26-county region of North and South Carolina.

October 13, 2015

How is Charlotte recruiting foreign businesses? Ronnie Bryant, CEO and president of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, discusses how the Charlotte region is aggressive in its outreach to foreign businesses and how a Charlotte delegation, comprised of representatives from a 16-county region and the private sector, works hard throughout the year to target specific businesses to come to the United States, specifically Charlotte.

October 6, 2015

The United States is attractive for foreign director investment. We have more than 1,000 companies in the region that are foreign-owned companies. Bob Morgan, CEO of the Charlotte Chamber, explains how the Chamber’s economic development officers are marketing Charlotte to other countries, such as China, so it is well positioned to land foreign jobs and investments going forward.

October 1, 2015

It’s important for the Charlotte region to focus on being a global hub of commerce. Craig May, market manager with JP MorganChase, discusses how it’s important to help metropolitan areas, such as Charlotte, use global trade and engagement to grow the economy and create jobs.

September 15, 2015

Irvin Wieckowski, vice president of factory automation for North America with Bosch Rexroth in Charlotte, discusses what Charlotte needs to do to attract foreign business – from being a place where people want to live to retaining, educating and training workers in order to create a strong workforce.

September 8, 2015

From a global standpoint, we know what Charlotte can produce, but what about Charlotte as the product? Michael Gallis of Michael Gallis & Associates discusses the importance of how the world sees Charlotte, especially in a transportation age that allows people to travel anywhere across the globe. As a result, Charlotte has to focus its energy on how it’s going to set itself apart from the competition and make itself appealing to the masses.

September 1, 2015

Foreign investment is helping to shape Charlotte’s global landscape. Al Guarnieri of Parker, Poe Law and director of the American Council in Germany – Charlotte Chapter, discusses how he has been successful in bringing foreign business to the Queen City. Guarnieri credits the city’s location, airport, business climate, as well as CPCC’s training programs as some of the main reasons why Charlotte has succeeded in this area.

August 25, 2015

From a manufacturing perspective, how does Charlotte compare globally? Clifton Vann with Hyde Park Partners discusses how he is working to improve workforce development across the Charlotte region. To accomplish this, he’s engaging Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools through a program called STEMersion, to ensure teachers are communicating to today’s students that manufacturing jobs are still a viable career option.

August 18, 2015

Sheila Cox, president of Global Match LLC, is spearheading a project that takes an inventory of Charlotte’s transportation services, including its port authorities and steam ship lines, airport and airlines, and rail lines. Listen as she explains how doing this will allow the project team to see the services Charlotte has to offer and what it still needs to attract in order to gain a better global presence.

August 11, 2015

In addition to being the director of CPCC’s Small Business Center, Renee Hode is chair of the Creative Committee, a group focused on creating three target resources for entrepreneurs: business incubators, business accelerators and prototyping centers. Learn how the group, which sees these initiatives as the drivers to spurring economic development, innovation and new ideas, is seeking to connect entrepreneurs to the resources they need to make their business a success.

June 23, 2015

Mecklenburg County’s main focus is human capital. Trevor Fuller, chairman of the Mecklenburg County Commission, discusses the county’s many responsibilities as well as its growing partnerships with a number of German companies that are increasingly calling Charlotte home.

June 16, 2015

How can Charlotte become a more global city? Dan Clodfelter, mayor of Charlotte, answers this question and more, stating that Charlotte is succeeding at connecting to other cities and surrounding regions throughout the southeast.

June 9, 2015

What are honorary and career consuls? Wayne Cooper, honorary consul of Mexico and Charlotte, discusses how he became a consul, the responsibilities of the position and how his role works with the government to protect U.S. citizens.

June 2, 2015

The number of ambassadors visiting Charlotte has grown over the years. According to L.J. Stambuck, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, this growth can be attributed to the Queen City and the narrative it has to tell. In his role, Stambuck introduces global visitors to Charlotte, helping them discover everything the city has to offer so they may return to their home country and share the city’s story with others.

May 26, 2015

What is the Charlotte Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy? Executive Director Michael Almond explains the organization’s mission and how the group is striving to provide the people and the workforce that is needed to support the economic development agencies in the greater Charlotte region.

May 19, 2015

What are foreign trade zones? Wayne Cooper, honorary consul of Mexico and Charlotte, explains how these areas can be assets to local companies that export goods. That’s because these designated areas are allowing organizations to become more competitive on the global marketplace thanks to their “no tariff” rule.

May 12, 2015

The four pillars of global competitiveness are create it, make, move it and market it. Sheila Cox, president of A Global Match, LLC, discusses how companies such as Norfolk Southern and CSX are not only taking advantage of Charlotte’s prime geographic location, but also the city’s airport to internationally “move” and transport goods.

May 5, 2015

Charlotte is increasingly becoming a globalized economic system. Mike Hawl, partner with K&L Gates International Law Firm, talks about Charlotte as a global friendly leader and how the city is building international relationships thanks to a number of pioneers who are placing a focus on cultural awareness and global thinking, transforming Charlotte in the process.

April 28, 2015

The state of small business in North Carolina is important to the growth of the nation’s economy. Renee Hode, executive director of the CPCC Small Business Center, discusses the importance of creating a new business and how today’s small business owners can go global, thanks to international commerce and with the assistance of local resources, such as CPCC’s the Small Business Center.

April 21, 2015

Learn about Director of U.S. Commercial Service and U.S. Export Assistance Centers of Charlotte, Greg Sizemore’s plans on export assessment. Together with various economic entities, his vision is to survey Charlotte area industry (10,000 companies) to determine what companies have export needs and devise a strategy to customize export services for the Charlotte MSA.

April 14, 2015

Charlotte is capable of making goods and services the rest of the world wants. Clifton Van, CEO of Hyde Park Partners, expresses his desire to make Charlotte a manufacturing hub. According to Van, a good workforce development program, correct regulatory and tax environments, and moving products are all key factors in “making it.”

April 7, 2015

How do you solve disputes that may arise from international business relationships? Those in business recognize arbitration is the means by which they resolve matters. Chase Saunders, special counsel for McNair Law Firm, believes Charlotte and the International Arbitration Society need to be the hub that handles these issues.

March 31, 2015

Create a more welcoming international environment. Listen as Lucia Zapata Griffith, CEO of Metro Landmarks, describes the potential for the region, and especially Charlotte Douglas Airport, to be more internationally-friendly.

March 24, 2015

How can we grow all business sectors in Charlotte? Chase Saunders, special counsel for McNair Law Firm, emphasizes the importance of our intermodal airport on imports and exports. Saunders explains how this airport makes us a true inland port with overnight access to East Coast and Gulf Coast ports, which attracts businesses to our region.

March 17, 2015

If you’re a manufacturer and need to know where to export your product, look no further than international honorary consoles. Chase Saunders, special counsel for McNair Law Firm, explains how these sources are gateways to nations that could be huge consumer markets. .

March 10, 2015

Charlotte has all the components necessary to increase its base of foreign-owned companies. Ronnie Bryant, CEO and president of The Charlotte Regional Partnership, shares how international businesses are attracted to our area; including airport proximity, convenient geographical positioning on the East Coast and infrastructure that supports international development.

March 3, 2015

CPCC President Dr. Tony Zeiss discusses how Charlotte has become a regional hub of global commerce. Learn about the Global Vision Leaders Group, Global Competitiveness Summit, The Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy and CPCC’s small and medium business export training.

February 24, 2015

Connect Charlotte to the world. Learn how L.J. Stambuk, president and CEO of World Affairs Council of Charlotte, connects Charlotte businesses to the world through ambassadorship, high-level trade delegations and honorary councils.

February 17, 2015

What steps need to be taken to export your product or service? Greg Sizemore, director of U.S. Commercial Service and U.S. Export Assistance Centers of Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, discusses the impact of exportation on the regional and state level, and also provides detailed information on how to begin the export process.

February 10, 2015

Tim Chapel, president of the Board of Directors for The Charlotte World Trade Association, discusses the group’s mission-- “Growth Through Trade”-- and infrastructure resources in the region.

February 3, 2015

There is a market to provide in-depth, advanced manufacturing training. To meet this demand, Richard Zollinger, CPCC vice president of learning, explains that CPCC has purchased high-end manufacturing equipment from Festo to use in a “showroom” in the Advanced Technologies Center for training purposes.

January 27, 2015

Eleven regional community colleges and their presidents have teamed up to form the Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy. This collaborative will lead the strategic plan of the Global Vision Leaders Group, with an emphasis on exporting and ensuring there are no gaps in skills training.

January 20, 2015

It is a competitive advantage for a business to have a lean, efficient supply chain. To address this need, CPCC’s Center for Global Workforce and Logistics Education is providing continuing education courses and will introduce a new associate degree program in Global Logistics and Distribution Management Technology starting in September 2015.

January 13, 2015

The Greater Charlotte Region is the fastest growing exporter of manufactured goods in the United States. Germany, Switzerland and Austria are important stakeholders in advanced manufacturing; therefore, CPCC has established partnerships with German businesses to provide customized Mechatronics training.

January 6, 2015

Discover how CPCC is addressing the workforce skills gap by building hands-on laboratories and providing work-based learning for students through co-ops, internships and apprenticeships.

December 30, 2014

Helping entrepreneurs start small businesses is a critical part of going global. Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of CPCC, discusses how the Charlotte Entrepreneurial Alliance is helping the Queen City better identify, enhance and connect its small business owner population.

December 23, 2014

The gross product of the I-85 corridor between Virginia and Alabama is $1.3 trillion. Learn how the Carolinas can work more closely together to develop an integrated strategy that will better serve the country’s southeastern companies seeking to distribute their products globally.

December 16, 2014

Why should a business relocate to the Charlotte region? During this segment, John Galles, editor of Greater Charlotte Biz, lists the Queen City’s many attributes, including its low-cost electricity, inexpensive gas and ideal location, among others.

December 9, 2014

With the expansion of the Panama Canal, the Carolinas and Georgia are poised to attract more manufacturing companies to the southeastern U.S. But how should Charlotte communicate with its neighbors to become an inland port? John Galles, editor of Greater Charlotte Biz, explains.

December 2, 2014

The widening of the Panama Canal, combined with the merger of US Airways and American Airlines, will bring both great promise and challenges to the Charlotte region. Discover how Charlotte can best fit into this merger and further secure its rightful place as a global hub of commerce.

November 25, 2014

To be a successful global player, Charlotte must take advantage of its rail modality at its airport – a feature that allows it to move both people and freight. Learn how this unique feature can help Charlotte become the fourth largest freight hub on the East Coast.

November 18, 2014

Charlotte not only has the benefit of being located at the crossroads of I-77 and I-85, but also of being home to one of the best airports in the world. Discover how its geographic location can help it become more of a global hub and player.

November 11, 2014

For Charlotte to take the international stage, it needs to place a greater focus on manufacturing. Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of CPCC, discusses how the college is concentrating on advanced manufacturing training to produce skilled workers who are prepared to enter the workforce.

November 4, 2014

Discover how Charlotte will accomplish its mission of becoming a global hub of commerce – by creating, making and moving things.

October 28, 2014

Charlotte has seen tremendous growth. Learn how the Queen City is achieving its goal of becoming a global hub of commerce.