If you’re visiting Greenville from Europe, there’s a fair chance the new leader of the Carolinas chapter of the European American Chamber of Commerce can speak your native language.
Samantha Spratt, a Brazil native with advanced degrees in law and business, was recently hired as executive director of the Greenville-based chamber chapter.
She’s fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. She also speaks Italian and is learning French.
The 41-year-old Spratt also runs a Greenville consultancy that helps companies expand into foreign markets. Before, she was Latin America regional director for Wahl Clipper Corp., an Illinois-based maker of hair care and grooming products.
Spratt said she’ll strive to make the chamber chapter a “strong source of expertise” and a “solid networking platform that stimulates business between Europe and the Carolinas, raising the region’s profile as an international business partner.”
The chamber chapter has hosted European trade officials and a Wells Fargo economist at three separate events in downtown Greenville since its founding last year.
Its next public event – at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport on Sept. 21 – will focus on transportation infrastructure.
Speakers will include Gregor Ulbrich, business development manager for Senator International, a German freight-moving company that flies cargo twice a week between GSP and Munich, Germany.
Also speaking will be Dave Edwards, GSP president, and Micah Mallace, manager of strategic projects for the S.C. State Ports Authority, which operates the Inland Port next to GSP in Greer.