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10/30/2019 7:31:00 AM
The Man In The Middle

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


For nearly a decade now, Panico Peres and his firm, No Borders Consulting, has been engaged helping international companies do business in the US and American companies do business in other countries.

A native of Brazil, he has developed a specialized niche in working as the go-between for US and Brazilian companies. 
 Having served as Executive Vice President of Sabo, now known as Kaco, he was instrumental in bringing that company to Lincoln County in 2011.  

As Chairman of the Centralina Workforce Development Board, Peres was recently interviewed on the podcast First in Future: Where Emerging Ideas Take Flight with Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute of Emerging Issues at NC State University.  The podcast was part of a week-long focus on emerging workforce issues. You can listen to the 29-minute podcast on iTunes at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/reinaldo-panico-peres-chairman-centralina-workforce/id1203179407?i=1000449330273 



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Highlights of the interview include: 

  • Host Leslie Boney sharing fascinating diversity data on the Charlotte region workforce.  

  • Why the Charlotte area is a great place to work and locate an international company 

  • Recognition of Centralina Workforce Development Board’s successful certification of its eight career centers through NC Works. 

  • The importance of a multi-generational workforce being willing to continually learn including the basic soft skills imperative for success. 

  • Funding streams available to Carolina workers for retraining, development and advancement and NC Manufacturing Institute’s role in making opportunities and training accessible to residents and industry. 

  • Centralina Workforce Development Board’s Career Headlight program for individuals to see into their future and what it will take to gain those opportunities. 

  • The difference between a job and a career and how Centralina Workforce Development Board is helping high school students embrace the difference through its NextGen Services program.  

  • The biggest workforce issue the region needs to improve upon in order to make significant strides in labor shortage areas. 

  • Three books worth reading including: A Whack on the Side of the HeadDestiny and Powerand Outlier. 

  • How a 70+ year old worker for Home Meals in Lincoln County is an example of what is at the heart of our future in the next decades 

We talked with Panico earlier this week and he told us that things are improving in Brazil and that bodes well for continued potential expansion into the US for Brazilian companies.



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