Klaus Becker

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Born (1953-02-04) February 4, 1953 (age 71)
Marburg, Germany
EducationMaster of National Economics
Spouse(s)Concha Becker

Klaus Becker was born in Marburg, Germany in 1953 and grew up in Dortmund, where his father worked as a technician in a steel production company. . He graduated from an apprenticeship program as Merchant of Foreign Trade. Traineeships took him to Italy, Brazil, and the US.[1] Later, he studied Business Administration and National Economics and received a master’s degree from the Ruhr-Universität in Bochum.[2]

Since 1979, he has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he has been an entrepreneur in the international steel trade for the past 40 years.[3]

Becker’s company SouthStar Steel Cooperation that he founded in 1991[4] developed into the position of largest importer of stainless-steel bars in the US within five years [5][6] and earned the top spot of the fastest growing privately held companies in the Sothern Piedmont three years in a row unprecedently[7], as well as place 21 in Inc. Magazine’s “The Inner City 100”[8]. With Warehouses in Charlotte, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, and in Houston, the company created innovative new supply lines and distributed stainless steel bars from renown producers in as well as from Spanish, Korean, Brazilian and Italian manufacturers.[9]

Currently, Becker owns NIROSTEEL, LLC, an international steel trading company based in Charlotte, North Carolin. Nirosteel imports steel and steel related products into the United States, Mexico and several European Countries.[10]

Becker is a frequent speaker at academic institutions, like UNC Charlotte, ASU, Georgia Tech, Duke, U., Wake Forest U., UNC Chapell Hill and Greensboro, as well as in companies and associations like Rotary Clubs in the U.S., Italy and Germany.


Becker was voted Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in North Carolina in 1996[11] and by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce in 1998[12]. He has also acted as President of the Charlotte World Trade Organization, and served on the board of the World Affairs Council Charlotte. Additionally, he has served as president of the N.C. Chapter of the German-American Chamber of Commerce for seven years, from 2004 to 2011.[13]

Personal Life

Klaus Becker has been married to Concha Becker since 1983. They have a daughter, Fiorella.[14]

Honorary Consul

In 2013, Klaus Becker was appointed as Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for North Carolina.[15] In this function, he founded The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation. The goal of the Foundation is to inform about German culture, industry, politics, as well as history.[16] Initiatives of the foundation brand and promote Charlotte as a key US location for international business, trade, and investment.[17] Becker continues to engage German and American businesses and has made an impact on the greater Charlotte region creating a platform for German culture, art and foreign politics.[18] He was instrumental in bringing the renown soccer clubs FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to Charlotte to play against foreign teams within the ICC Tournament.[19]


  1. "KLAUS E. BECKER". KLAUS E. BECKER. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  2. "An Evening with Klaus Becker - German Consul in Charlotte". Wharton Club of Charlotte. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  3. "An Evening with Klaus Becker - German Consul in Charlotte". Wharton Club of Charlotte. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  4. Spelling, Ian. "Nerves of Steel: His response to disaster? Start a Business". Success. May 1998: 56–58.
  5. Cary, Michael (December 1998). "Steel Away: German-born Klaus Becker shows his metal in Charlotte by becoming the top U.S. importer of stainless-steel bars". Business North Carolina: 22–29.
  6. "Klaus Becker: Chairman, SouthStar Steel Corporation, Charlotte, NC". Atlantic Journal of Transportation: 5A. October 27, 1997.
  7. "SouthStar Steel's continued growth ranks it a three-peat". The Business Journal: 3A. October 7, 1996.
  8. "The Inner City 100: The first annual ranking of the fastest-growing, privately held inner-city companies in America". Inc.: 82. May 1999.
  9. "A rising star: South Star Steel". The Business Journal: 3. October 17, 1994.
  10. "Bloomberg".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Retail Distribution: Why It Is better to Light Thousants of Candles-It All Started with a Kitchen brew of crayons and string". Ernst&Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year Magazine: 37. Fall 1996.
  12. "Tar Heel Tattler: Steel dealer folds, draws a new hand". Business North Carolina: 14. November 1999.
  13. "German Diplomat Klaus Becker to Speak at Appalachian's Kristallnacht Commemoration". High Country Press. 2016-11-08. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  14. "Klaus Becker".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. Amt, Auswärtiges. "Honorary Consuls - Consulate General Atlanta". www.germany.info. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  16. "Klaus Becker: A Hidden Champion Recruiting German Businesses to Charlotte". THE N.C. ZEITGEIST FOUNDATION. Retrieved 2019-10-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. "GERMAN INFLUENCE IN CHARLOTTE".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. "N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation Promotes Appreciation and Exchange Between Germany and North Carolina".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. "German businessman gets an assist with FC Bayern appearance".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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