May 19, 2021

10:00 am / 11:30 am

CWTA NC Ports: Economic Impact & Virtual Tour
CWTA NC Ports: Economic Impact & Virtual Tour
— One State Two Ports: Categorically No. 1!
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
Add to Calendar

This is an online event.
Please  CLICK THIS LINK to register and a ZOOM link will be sent in your confirmation email!

John Galles
Carolina World Trade Association (CWTA)


CWTA Luncheon – Roundtable Discussion
Thurs. Jul. 15, 2021
11:30AM – 1:00 PM
CWTA is currently planning to hold its first post-COVID in-person lunch meeting as a roundtable discussion of issues and policies affecting international trade at the local, state and federal levels. As a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, it is our ambition to provide a nonpartisan forum for the free exchange of knowledge and ideas, for a discussion of the challenges we face, and for an opportunity to bounce ideas off peers, enriching to you personally and professionally. We believe that meaningful shared dialogue and interaction between business leaders can result in powerful connections forged. No topic is too small or too broad-tariffs, counterfeiting, intellectual property theft, immigration, supply chain logistics, you name it.
Please contact me if you have more specific thoughts!

This is the annual renewal period for CWTA membership. CWTA depends entirely on membership revenue to bring you important and timely international trade information. If you have received your membership invitation, please make payment. If not, you may directly access the membership link here:

Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase the CWTA Jeweled Lapel Pin, engraved on gold-tone metal with a magnetic fastener (no holes in clothing) and featuring a crystal jewel representing the greater Charlotte region. Look for the CWTA Jeweled Lapel Pin on your Registration Form!

Carolina World Trade Association
Founded in 1964, CWTA is a chapter of the North Carolina World Trade Association (NCWTA), which promotes growth of trade between North Carolina and the world by providing education and networking opportunities for our global ecosystem.
As a business-driven non-profit organization, CWTA’s mission is to promote, foster and encourage international commerce success and expand economic growth in the Carolinas region. We do this by:
  • Advocating the interests of businesses engaged in international trade on local, regional, state and federal levels;
  • Educating businesses and their employees to the issues, policies, and practices within international trade;
  • Promoting opportunities for expanding inbound and outbound international commerce; and
  • Celebrating the successes of international trade in the region.
Dear John,

North Carolina Ports offers two deepwater port locations in Wilmington and Morehead City, as well as an inland port in Charlotte central to the Southeast, providing customers the fastest turn times on the East Coast and garnering international recognition for speed and efficiency.
Join us to hear about NC Ports’ economic impact and enjoy a virtual tour, and learn how the North Carolina Ports Authority is preparing for and responding to international trade challenges to continue to offer the benefits and advantages that have been the keys to its success!
The Carolina World Trade Association (CWTA) is pleased to invite you to a program on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, from 10:00 – 11:30 PM via ZOOM, featuring a virtual tour of the North Carolina Ports and discussion with the key figures in its leadership and operations.

Also, please take advantage of networking opportunities in the half hour or so following the end of the presentation where additional thoughts can be shared and points of view can be aired!
 North Carolina Ports offers two deepwater port locations, Wilmington and Morehead City, each with unique benefits but both offering extensive warehousing, open storage and easy access to interstate highways and major railroads, as well as an inland port in Charlotte central to the Southeast. NC Ports offers its customers the fastest turn times on the East Coast and has been internationally recognized for its speed and efficiency by the Journal of Commerce.
The Port of Wilmington offers terminal facilities serving container, bulk, breakbulk and ro-ro (roll-on/roll-off) operations. It offers a deep 42-foot navigational channel, nine berths, four post-Panamax and three neo-Panamax container cranes.
The Port of Morehead City is a breakbulk and bulk facility located four miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The port is equipped with nine berths and multiple gantry cranes. Storage offerings include a dry-bulk facility with 220,000-ton capacity warehouse and a 177,000-square-foot warehouse for housing commodities like rubber, paper, steel and lumber.
The Charlotte Inland Port is a hub with direct access to major distribution corridors in the Southeastern U.S. The Queen City Express intermodal rail service between Wilmington and Charlotte offers reduced transit costs and no dwell times at either location.
The availability of the Port of Wilmington, the Port of Morehead City, and the Inland Port of Charlotte plays an important role in the supply chain decisions of companies which currently have operations in North Carolina and those considering locating manufacturing and distribution operations in North Carolina, and their economic contribution fosters economic development across the state.
North Carolina Ports contribution substantially to the state’s economy:
  • $15.4B Economic Output to NC
  • 87,700 Jobs Supported in NC
  • $4.3B Employee Compensation
  • $687M Local and State Tax Revenue

Brian Clark,
Executive Director
Brian Clark was appointed Executive Director of the North Carolina State Ports Authority in June 2020 and assumed the position in January 2021.
Under Clark’s leadership, North Carolina Ports completed critical infrastructure improvements including container berth renovations, turning basin expansion, air draft improvements, and the addition of three new neo-Panamax cranes. Additionally, Clark is leading the container terminal master plan aimed at increasing the capacity of the Port of Wilmington. In May 2020, NC Ports welcomed its largest container vessel to ever call the Port of Wilmington.

During Clark’s tenure, the Port of Wilmington was recognized by the Journal of Commerce as the most productive port in North America, as well as the fastest growing port in the United States.

Clark has more than 25 years of experience in the maritime industry, having worked in senior positions in port operations in several U.S. locations. Most recently, Clark served as Managing Director for APM Terminals in Port Elizabeth, New Jersey. In addition to his time at Port Elizabeth, Clark worked as Project Director for APM Terminals in Mobile, Alabama and served in various operations role with APM Terminals and Sea Land Services, Inc. in his early career.

Clark is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He is also a graduate of Duke University Fuqua School of Business Executive Education Program.

Clark can be reached at

Hans Bean,
Chief Commercial Officer
Hans Bean was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of North Carolina Ports in 2019. Bean has been a member of NC Ports since 2016, most recently serving as the Senior Vice President of Business Development.

Bean has played an integral role in the organization’s record-breaking success, applying his extensive commercial experience to attract new business and grow existing business at North Carolina Ports. As a vital member of the Business Development team, Bean helped support the Ports Authority’s record Fiscal Year 2018, the addition of several new container service lines and the relaunch of an enhanced intermodal rail service.

Prior to his time at NC Ports, Bean worked as the Senior Director, Commercial – Sales and Marketing for APM Terminals, North America. During that time, he led the development and contracting efforts that resulted in double digit growth in the United States, more than $150 million of new, profitable revenue streams and increased North American terminal activity by more than 10 percent. Additionally, Bean spent over 10 years abroad with Maersk Line.

Bean can be reached at

Aaron Brott,
Senior Director,
Key Client & Trade Development
Aaron Brott joined North Carolina Port in June 2019 as the Senior Director, Key Client & Trade Development and has 25 years of diversified management experience in sales, marketing, operations, and customer service in the Supply Chain and Logistics industry spanning warehouse and distribution, domestic air freight and trucking, international order management services, and international freight forwarding.

Prior to joining North Carolina Ports, he has held leadership positions across a variety of supply chain companies including Roadrunner Transportation Systems, APL Logistics, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, and Emery Worldwide.

Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Mansfield University.

Brott can be reached at

CWTA on Facebook     CWTA on LinkedIn     CWTA on Twitter

We sincerely appreciate your interest in Carolina World Trade Association events and invite any and all feedback from those in attendance as well as any suggestions for conduct of meetings or topics of interest for the international trade business community!

John Galles
Carolina World Trade Association (CWTA)