Our Board

Our Board is made up of professionals experienced in various aspects of international trade and development.

Richard G. Catlin, PE, PG
CATLIN Engineers and Scientists
Founder and President

Rick has worked in the engineering profession for over 30 years. He is President and Owner of CATLIN Engineers and Scientists, which is headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina.

CATLIN Engineers and Scientists specialize in the fields of environmental, civil and geotechnical engineering. Incorporated in North Carolina in 1985, CATLIN is a multi-disciplined consulting firm comprised of professionals with disciplines in civil, environmental and geotechnical engineering; hydrogeology; geology; and environmental science. CATLIN specializes in soil and groundwater assessments and remediation at sites throughout the Southeast. CATLIN also has offices in Raleigh, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia.

Rick has worked for the past 25 years as an active leader in Local and State Commissions. His contributions as an involved citizen range from improving our environment to deepening our ports and protecting our beaches. His voluntary service has included:

  • Outgoing Chairman, Wilmington-New Hanover County Ports, Waterways, and Beach Commission
  • Executive Committee Member, North Carolina Water Resource Congress
  • Chairman, North Carolina Shore and Waterway Association
  • Member, Wilmington Passenger Rail Study Commission
  • Member, Congressional Coastal Advisory Council
  • Member, North Carolina House of Representatives
Charles “Chuck” Schoninger

USA INVESTCO, LLC
FOUNDER

Mr. Charles “Chuck” Schoninger is the founder of USA InvestCo (USAI), a real estate development company based in Wilmington, North Carolina. USAI looks to identify, analyze and acquire projects that have significant upside potential. USAI specializes in raising capital through the Employment Based 5 (“EB-5”) program, a program designed to create new jobs and increase foreign investment in the USA. Currently, USAI is developing two projects in the Wilmington area.

Prior to relocating to North Carolina, Mr. Schoninger lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he founded and operated Zephyr Development. His company focused on the acquisition, entitlement, development and sale of mixed-use real estate projects. His company built more than 30 projects totaling in excess of 1 million square feet with costs in excess of $250 million in Colorado, Florida, Oklahoma, California, Texas, and North Carolina.

Lance Kenworthy

Assistant Port Director
NC Ports, Wilmington, NC

Lance has many responsibilities in the Business and Economic Development Department with NC Ports bring me into direct contact with foreign and domestic shippers, ocean carriers, manufacturing firms, stevedoring firms, freight forwarders, distribution centers, government agencies, trucking carriers, railroads, and barge operators. I work directly with these entities to come up with effective supply chain solutions for NC Ports’ customers that utilize our facilities in Wilmington, Morehead City, and Charlotte. My role also includes negotiating new and managing existing port services contracts. Duties include travel domestically and abroad giving presentations focused on NC Ports Value Proposition and NCSPA mission to enhance the economy of NC. Academic: BSBA with focus on International Business – UNC Kenan-Flagler, MBA UNC Wilmington.

Richard Lindenmuth

Verto Partners

Richard has been an Interim CEO in a number of industries, with business models ranging from high technology and services to heavy- and basic-industries. He has lived and worked around the Globe, building factories in China, Africa, The Middle East and Europe. He has 30+ years general management experience in domestic and international operations, and is noted for his comprehensive execution skills in both high-growth and distressed environments. Lindenmuth is a Managing Director and founder of Verto Partners http://www.vertopartners.com. He is also the Chairman of the Association of Interim Executives and author of The Outside the Box Executive.

Eric Reeves

International Account Manager UPS

Eric has been with UPS since 2001 and have spent all 17 years in international supply chain and logistics consultation. Prior to that Eric worked as an Account Manager with Emery Worldwide Freight Forwarding. Eric has over 20 years of combined experience in international supply chain and logistics consultation. Prior to that he spent 9 years in the consumer finance industry.

Todd Rizzieri
Todd Rizzieri

JP Morgan, Executive Director | International

Todd is an international product specialist with J. P. Morgan’s international banking team. He partners with the bank’s multinational clients across the Southeastern US in efforts to identify core solutions and strategies to optimize the management of their international business around the world. He has over 19 years of international banking experience, covering core cash management solutions, liquidity, trade, credit, and foreign exchange. He has been with J P Morgan for six years, and is a graduate of Princeton University. Todd resides in Charlotte, NC.

Wayne Boyles

The Boyles Company

Wayne has over a quarter of a century of experience working in both the Federal Legislative and Executive Branches of government. Mr. Boyles served on the Senate staffs of Senator Mack Mattingly of Georgia (1981-1982) and Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina (1982-2003), United States Department of Energy Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management and Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, (2003-2007), and Senator Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina (March to April 2007). Serving for 22 years, he is one of the longest serving U.S. Senate staff members in the history of the State of North Carolina.

After a distinguished 26 year career, he founded The Boyles Company, Inc. His firm assists clients with all facets of their federal legislative and executive branch public policy needs. He works with clients to design and implement legislative and communication strategies to help them achieve their public policy goals in Congress and works with clients on their regulatory issues before federal departments and agencies.

Gary Salamido

NC Chamber of Commerce

Vice President of Governmental Affairs

With decades of experience and a proven track record representing North Carolina business interests at the N.C. General Assembly, Gary leads the Chamber’s lobbying, advocacy and political efforts. Before joining the North Carolina Chamber in September 2011, Gary worked 19 years at GlaxoSmithKline, the last 10 years serving as GSK’s director of state government affairs. Gary’s lobbying responsibilities covered a broad range of issues including corporate tax, environmental impact, tort and liability reform, economic development, workforce development, employment and Medicaid.

Gary’s previous work experience includes serving as senior account manager, integrated healthcare markets for GSK and as director of professional and state government affairs for GlaxoWellcome. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, N.Y. and a master’s degree in pharmacy administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Gary completed an executive residency in association management with the American Pharmaceutical Association and has experience in hospital and community pharmacy practice.

Jerry Cook

Hanesbrand, Government and International Trade Relations

Jerry is currently VP. International Trade and Government Relations, dealing with International Trade, logistics, Customs, Manufacturing, CSR, Sourcing and commerce for 30+ years; Licensed US Customs Broker. He is part of the Hanesbrand team that is one of the Original 6 Companies –CTPAT. He has been involved in Exporting /importing Operations for 25+ years and is an early member of BASC. Additional roles include NC State Port Authority Board Member and NC Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Member. Jerry is very involved in business development, strategic studies for highway/port and economic development and can offer expertise on International Trade, Transportation, Customs, and Global Issues/Opportunities.

Dwight Hendrickson
Dwight Hendrickson CPIM, C.P.M.

Planning and Performance Manager Caterpillar Corporation
Member at National District Export Council-Steering Committee

Dwight has been a Caterpillar employee for 23 years. He has served in several roles within the Building Construction Products Division. These include Commercial Purchasing Analyst, Operations Team Facilitator, Lead Facility Buyer, Operations General Supervisor, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Logistics Manager, Program Manager, and Supply Chain Strategy/Performance/Planning Manager for facilities in North America and the UK. He was recently selected to attend the their executive development program called “Powering Up” at Bradley University in Peoria

He was recently re-appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to serve on the North Carolina District Export Council (NCDEC). He is currently a sitting member of that Council. These international trade professionals use their knowledge and international business experience to act as consultants to small and medium sized businesses who want to export their products into markets outside of the United States.

Dwight Hendrickson CPM, CPIM was recently re-elected to serve on the (NDEC) National Export Council Steering Committee by his peers in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The National Steering Committee, together with the 59 regional District Export Council executive committees, government leaders, and international trade experts work to create an annual strategic plan for all of the major DEC initiatives. In addition, this collective effort builds consensus to address important issues related to trade and exporting, while ensuring a consistent and constant effort to accomplish the mission of the DECs. Closely affiliated with the U.S. Commercial Service’s U.S. Export Assistance Centers, the 59 District Export Councils (DECs) nationwide are organizations comprised of leaders from their local business community.

Previously, Dwight served as the President of the Triangle Chapter of APICS. APICS, The Association for Operations Management is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in supply chain and operations management, including production, inventory, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for its superior training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources and worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals

Dwight is also a member of the Global Logistics Advisory Committee for Wake Technical College. In this role he supports the program managers as they develop curriculum and improvements in the program. He has also served as an advisor to the NC State Supply Chain Consortium and the NC State Supply Chian club. He is also a member of Triangle World Trade Association, and is serving as a Senior Advisor to the local APICS chapter Board as a past officer.

Charles S. Baldwin
Charles S. Baldwin

Partner – Brooks Pierce

Charles S. Baldwin, a partner in the Wilmington office of Brooks Pierce, has a diverse corporate practice focusing on cross-border, venture capital, and transactional matters. He has extensive experience in international and transportation law and is recognized as one of North Carolina’s leading attorneys on these issues. He is a frequent speaker on topics related to business law and international trade. Charles also counsels municipalities such as the Village of Bald Head Island on environmental and regulatory concerns. Charles holds a BA from UNC Chapel Hill, a JD and MA from American University, and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center.

Charles S. Baldwin
David S. Robinson

Counsel Nexsen/ Pruet

The global commercial marketplace is rapidly becoming both more complex and interwoven. David is a member of the International Team at NexsenPruet. He has assisted clients in cross-border transactions around the world. He has been to over 40 countries and has run two US subsidiaries of foreign companies. David helps global businesses integrate corporate compliance and operational programs into subsidiary operations, facilitate the transfer of personnel among operations, comply with export control and boycott regulations, and negotiate commercial and joint venture relationships.

David serves on the Best Practices Committee of Invest in USA, an EB-5 Trade Association. The committee recommends industry best practices to the $6 Billion/year foreign direct investment visa program run by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. David is the Honorary Consul of Japan for North Carolina and is fluent in Japanese.

Charles S. Baldwin
Ruth Ravitz Smith

New Hanover County, NC

Following an extensive career based in Washington, DC, Ruth joined New Hanover County in September 2015 to lead its external relations as the county’s first Chief Communications Officer. Her role encompasses media and government relations, community outreach, oversight of NHCTV – the county’s public television station, and marketing and branding of county activities.

A strong advocate for promoting trade, Ruth’s experience working on trade policy issues goes back to the reauthorization of the Export Administration Act in 1985. She has served in senior government roles at the federal, state and county levels, had government relations responsibilities at major corporations, and assisted companies, associations, and non-profits in their interaction with governments. In addition to owning her own consulting business, Ruth led global government affairs and policy for GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, and held similar positions with GE Oil & Gas, Alstom, Brown Rudnick, The Travelers, Northeast Utilities, and the Aerospace Industries Association. While at GE, Ruth served as the chairman of the US-Poland Business Council.