Economic Development Contacts

We look forward to working with you regarding your business relocation or expansion needs.  Please contact one of us for further assistance.

The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance’s economic development team was recognized as the highest performing economic development organization for communities 250,001 – 1,000,000 in population by Atlas Advertising for 2011-2012.  The team was also named as one of the Top 10 Economic Development Groups in the nation by Site Selection magazine two years in a row for their work in 2009 and 2010.


Kati HynesKati Hynes
Managing Vice President
Phone: 704-378-1371

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Kati Hynes’ years of economic development experience have enhanced her work on all types of projects. Her primary industry focuses are corporate headquarters, financial services, energy and health care. Over her economic development career, Ms. Hynes has worked with companies that include Albemarle Corporation, Frito-Lay, Walmart, MetLife, Chiquita, Chobani, JELD-WEN, Kellogg, AREVA, LPL Financial, MSC Industrial Direct Co., SPX, Celgard, Maersk Line, Speed Channel, NASCAR Media Group, US Airways, Westinghouse, Toshiba, GMAC (Ally Financial), Citco Fund Services, Capgemini, American Red Cross, BAE Systems, Compass Group and XPO Logistics.

Ms. Hynes joined the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance in April 2000 as director of economic development. She was promoted to vice president in 2005. Prior to joining the chamber, Hynes served in various roles at Browning Ferris Industries, MGM/UA Movie Production, Mattel, Inc. and the Carolina Panthers (NFL).


Eileen CaiEileen Cai
Vice President, Economic Development / Asian sector
Phone: 704-378-1316

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Eileen Cai joined the economic development staff in 2007 to help expand the Alliance’s international reach to China and other parts of Asia.

Ms. Cai is involved in the recruitment of all sizes and types of business to Charlotte. She has traveled to China on recruitment trips with former North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue and Charlotte’s former Mayor, Anthony Foxx as well as with the Charlotte Hornets NBA team. Several of the higher profile companies that Eileen has assisted include Time Warner Cable, Mitsubishi (MNES), Pactera, Combi, Greenspring Energy, Jetion Solar, Yu Consulting and Zenta.

She earned a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from State University of New York. Her professional experience includes accounting, hospitality management and real estate development.

Prior to joining the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Ms. Cai lived in China, Switzerland, New York and Virginia. She is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.


Sven Gerzer
Vice President Economic Development / European sector
Phone: 704.378.1310

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Sven Gerzer’s responsibilities as an economic recruiter are focused on foreign direct investment attraction from Europe and India as well as working with domestic projects. Services include client and project management, business location consulting and site selection, negotiation of financial incentives and transaction agreements, human resource development and recruiting, arranging professional services for investors, and interfacing between the investor and the state and local governments.

Mr.e Gerzer joined the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance in September 2012. Prior to joining the Alliance, he held the post of director of the State of West Virginia European Office in Munich, Germany. He has worked in economic development for more than 13 years. He also served as vice president of the Council of American States in Europe, representing the interests of all American states in Europe with national, regional and local governments as well as industry associations.

Companies that Mr. Gerzer has worked with in Charlotte include: Dimensional Fund Advisors, AIG, Convergys, Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, Ring Central, Kübler, Getzner, Octapharma and Flexi. Mr. Gerzer is a native of Munich and holds a B.A. and an M.A. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. He is fluent in German and English.