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.

Tom Barber

Continental Airlines Executive (Retired)

Tom served as Vice President, Continental Airlines for 16 years. Duties during his career included worldwide responsibility for over 130 airport station operations. Mr. Barber enjoyed increasing levels of responsibility that included worldwide aircraft ground handling sales and purchase contracts, airport operations policy & procedures, and oversight of operational integration of all code share alliances with domestic and foreign airlines. Tom served as President of Bar Harbor Airways, a component of the Continental Express subsidiary, and as VP of Continental’s Houston Hub with over 550 flights per day.

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.

Tracey Flemmings

UPS International

Tracey has 25 year experience with UPS with 8 years of International logistic experience. She started her career with UPS in 1991 after spending 5 years in the Banking & Finance industry in Tennessee. Tracey advanced through UPS in various levels of responsibilities starting as a Sales representative in Knoxville, Tennessee and relocating with the company to NC for various responsibilities to include District sales Manager, Region Sales Training Manager, Sales Operations Manager & International Areas Sales Manager.

Tracey has worked on several Corporate & Region assignments at UPS Headquarters in Atlanta, GA., helping to integrate the Supply Chain network into the UPS small package infrastructure.

Tracey has worked diligently within her communities working with United Way, Junior Achievement, National Association of Women’s Business Owners (NAWBO), National Urban League, Wake County Business Alliance and North Carolina Foreign Trade Promotion.

Donna Phillips

Duke Energy, Economic Development Manager

Donna is a Senior Economic Development Manager for Duke Energy and is responsible for new and expanding industrial and commercial business recruitment in the eastern portion of Duke Energy’s Carolina’s service territory. Phillips joined Duke Energy in September 2015 after gaining economic development experience at the North Carolina Department of Commerce/Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina along with experience in Wayne and Duplin County Economic Development offices. She is a graduate of Chowan University with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration while continuing to receive a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Marketing and a Master’s in Business Administration from East Carolina University. She is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.

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.

Jake Cashion

NC Chamber of Commerce

The North Carolina Chamber is a nonpartisan business advocacy organization that works to proactively drive positive change to ensure that North Carolina is a leading place in the world to do business. Through an engaged business community, the North Carolina Chamber has established a three-tiered strategy to drive North Carolina’s Jobs Agenda. The North Carolina Chamber Foundation envisions a long-term strategy for economic prosperity, the North Carolina Chamber advocates for the policies that move the state forward and the North Carolina Chamber Political Program analyzes and shapes the political landscape to make change possible. Together we are securing North Carolina’s future.

Jon Rosborough

Director of ILM International Airport, Retired

Jon coordinated the construction of ILM’s Business Park and its US Customs and Border Protection International Customs Facility. Jon’s expertise includes Employment Training and aviation negotiations with airports and airlines. He also served on the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Strategic Planning Committee and is actively serve on the NC Foreign Trade Promotion Council. In past years Jon served on various Community Boards to include, but not limited to New Hanover Regional Health Network; Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees.

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.

Tim Burgess

Assistant Manager, New Hanover County

Tim has experience working on economic development projects on behalf of New Hanover County and can offer areas of training/consulting expertise on New Hanover County processes and procedures as they relate to commercial and industrial development.

Dan Ludwig

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Retired

Dan has over thirty-five years of leadership experience with over 20 years of assignments outside the contiguous US, and extensive global travel. He led manufacturing operations for Goodyear EMEA with facilities throughout Europe, plus Turkey and South Africa, with a total of 10 years based in Germany and Luxembourg. He also managed production for a tire facility near Mexico City, plus nearly 5 years as a leader in a green field start-up in Ontario. Other business travels included Australia, Japan, China, Brazil, Chile, and Korea. Dan conducted business in Spanish and German during respective assignments. His exporting experience includes leading production of tires for shipment and was part of EMEA operations team in various capacities. His expertise includes sensitivity to culture in other countries and how this affects businesses from an operational standpoint.

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.