Leadership Series

Globalization Series Part II: North Carolina’s Competitiveness and China – An Evening Conversation with NC Secretary of Commerce John Skvarla

The North Carolina Chinese Business Association (NCCBA) is pleased to host an evening of conversation with The North Carolina Secretary of Commerce John Skvarla, co-hosted by the following North Carolina Chinese American community organizations: Carolina Chinese Chamber of Commerce (CCCC), The China Center; Carolina China Council (CCC), CAFA, and the China Press.

North Carolina was ranked 9th in GDP in the US (2014), 1st place as the top competitive sate (Site Selection Magazine), and the Best State for Business & Careers (Forbes, 2014). China was North Carolina’s 3rd largest trading partner - Chinese companies have invested nearly $5.5 billion in North Carolina since 2000, making North Carolina the 3rd largest state in the US for Chinese investment.

Join us to hear the Secretary’s perspectives on leading North Carolina’s competitiveness in the Global economy. Reserve your seat today!

About Our Speaker:

John E. Skvarla, III

Secretary, N.C. Department of Commerce


Governor Pat McCrory named John E. Skvarla, III Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce in Dec. 2014, and he assumed those responsibilities on January 5, 2015.

Mr. Skvarla comes to Commerce after serving as Governor McCrory’s Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the two previous years.

Prior to his government service, Mr. Skvarla enjoyed a successful business career, most recently serving as chief executive officer for Restoration Systems, an environmental mitigation firm based in Raleigh that helps improve and restore wetlands and waterways. He also led Wilkinson Hi-Rise, a manufacturer of waste management and automated recycling systems. Mr. Skvarla previously served as chief executive officer for Proactive Therapy, one of the largest physical therapy providers in the Southeastern United States.He also was chief operating officer of The Aviation Group, Inc., a company that emerged as the world's largest all-cargo airline during his tenure.

An attorney, Skvarla in 1978 founded and served as senior partner to the Raleigh-based Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton law firm, where he specialized in corporate and tax matters, as well as public and private capital formations.

Join the conversation with the secretary Skvarlar in what is sure to be an enlightening evening. Reserve your seat ASAP!

This event is made possible with the financial support from NCCBA, CCCC, and our generous sponsors including WellsFargo Financial Advisors and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

Registration Fee:

  • All members: Free
  • Non-members: $10
  • Registration is required for all attendants

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