2023 North Carolina Gateway Award


Atlanta, GA – October 2, 2023  – Past Friday, the German-American community came together at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC for this year’s GACC South 2023 North Carolina Gateway Award Ceremony.

This year Huber Technology was awarded the North Carolina Gateway Award for their longtime involvement with the German community as well as their significant growth since 2001, becoming a top equipment manufacturer in the US and Canada. HUBER Technology, Inc., a US and Canadian subsidiary of HUBER Group is a global manufacturer of innovative municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment machinery and remains committed to sustainability and providing customers with top-quality equipment at the highest value.

The event was an overall success: Around 120 guests, not only from North Carolina, but from all over the Southern US region came together, enjoyed the sprawling views from inside the Carolina Panther’s Stadium, connected with industry leaders within the GACC South community, and most stayed well beyond the last call to continue conversations.

During the Award Reception Klaus Becker, President at Nirosteel, LLC, Chairman at The NC Zeitgeist Foundation, and former Honorary Consul of The Federal Republic of Germany was recognized and received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

GACC South is thanking the following sponsors who helped make this year’s North Carolina Gateway Award Reception a full success:

Steve Cooper, Rödl & Partner USA | Presenting Sponsor

Griffin Miller & Sean Phaler, Carolina Panthers |Venue Sponsor

Sloan Kormelink, Edifice | Bar Sponsor

Stanislaw Schmal | Lufthansa Industry Solutions US | Exhibitor

Silvia Judy, JAS | Exhibitor

Henning Bruns, Conmoto | Table Sponsor

Henk-Jan van Ettekoven, HUBER Technology US & CA | Table Sponsor

Daisy Birtalan, Moore & Van Allen PLLC | Table Sponsor

Dirk Hoppmann, Software Projects Consulting | Table Sponsor


The Gateway Award is a signature event that has been taking place in the Carolinas for almost two decades. Companies with tremendous contributions to the German-American business community in the Carolinas through job creation, investment, and philanthropy need to be recognized, and GACC South does so on a yearly basis.


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