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Company Profile - ALTEN

ALTEN is a global leader in engineering, technology, and IT consulting with over 3,000 employees globally and over 1,800 employees in the US with offices in more than 20 states. ALTEN Technology USA, Inc. in Greensboro, NC (formerly known as XDIN) is a subsidiary with especially strong Swedish ties based on ownership and close collaboration with the Swedish entity ALTEN Sverige.

ALTEN’s offer of services range from autonomous and electrical vehicle expertise, IT solutions, supply chains for life sciences, 5G implementation of smart factories, and everything in between. With a strong technical knowhow and a flexibility to customize the support according to the exact needs of our customers, ALTEN has been able to build an extraordinarily strong relationship with clients.

ALTEN also has a deep knowledge in the field of visa and immigration where they many times can help customers with transfers of consultants from abroad. The Treaty Investor visa program has proved especially successful with over 300 engineers transferred.

Featured Interviews

Cristian Olsson - NeuraMetrix, Inc. 

Christian is a Co-Founder and VP of Marketing at San Francisco-based NeuraMetrix, Inc. Since January 2020, he is based in Asheville, North Carolina.

NeuraMetrix have invented a novel highly precise software tool for treatment feedback and ongoing monitoring of Neurological diseases and Psychiatric disorders. Installed on a personal computer, it captures typing cadence (the rhythm with which we type on a keyboard) in milliseconds, allowing the detection of subtle changes in cognitive and motor function and calculation of a digital bio-marker.

Christian has extensive marketing, alliances and sales management experience with startups, including Co-Founder/VP Marketing of three software startups, VP/Director Business Development of two software startups including Protegrity and President of one software startup (turn around). He has also served as the Swedish Trade Commissioner to Australia. Christian spent 14 years at Xylem, Inc. (previously known as Flygt AB) in various sales and marketing management roles in the U.S., Sweden and Australia.

He serves as a board member of Silicon Vikings, a tech industry networking organization intersecting Silicon Valley and the Nordic & Baltic countries. Christian is also a member and former Chairman of SACC San Francisco / Silicon Valley.

Christian is born and raised in Helsingborg, Sweden and holds dual citizenship since birth due to his mother being an American citizen. He holds an MBA from Lund University (Sweden) and a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the Tycho Brahe Technical College (Sweden).

Keith Hiatt - Breslow Starling Frost Warner Boger Hiatt PLLC

Keith is a certified public accountant and partner with the firm Breslow Starling Frost Warner Boger Hiatt PLLC in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has over 35 years of experience in the areas of corporate and individual taxation, with a special emphasis on tax, estate, retirement and financial planning for individuals and owners of closely held businesses. His experience also includes assisting foreign nationals working in the U.S. and U.S. citizens working overseas. Much of this international experience began with his employment with Deloitte, a large international accounting firm (where he was employed for 11 years).

His experience working with Swedish nationals began in 1981 when he helped the newly formed Volvo White Corporation in Greensboro, N.C. His relationship with many Swedish nationals (and with Volvo Truck Corporation) continues to this day as he assists with various tax and financial planning matters. The range of services provided includes pre-arrival planning, tax return preparation, and departure planning. He values the friendships formed with many of these individuals as he has helped them with a number of taxes, estate, and retirement planning issues.

Keith has a passion for helping individuals and businesses save taxes. He emphasizes the need for tax planning before tax preparation. He assists clients with an "annual financial checkup" as a critical step to stronger financial health.

Keith is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant. Keith is involved in the community. He is a graduate of Leadership Greensboro and his Leadership Greensboro study group helped start HealthServe Inc. - an organization devoted to providing health care to the poor and needy.

Company Profile - A Society

The Swedish company A Society was founded 1998 and has since grown to a global company with 1500 consultants. The US operation was established 2011 and is based in Winston Salem, NC. Their vision is to create a platform that connects tech talent with the most relevant and exciting job opportunities, while also offering personalizedguidance, support, and training. 

A Society helps consultants to act within the consultant market, and at the same time increase their possibilities to succeed and network. The company is part of the Danir Group, a global organization with 13,000 employees and a proven track record of delivering innovative solutions across various industries and sectors. Danir's entrepreneur-driven and decentralised leadership plays an important role in the group's subsidiary groups being so successful. Danir encourage local drive and energy in order to create the success that makes us stable,
reliable and strong.

"Our global and independent network of experts and specialists is one of our greatest strengths. We build long-term relationships with customers and partners around the world. We provide our global customers with skilled consultants daily and provides a supportive platform to maximize our consultant's possibilities to thrive within the consultant market. We stay at the forefront of the fast-changing consultancy service market. A Society is a global supplier on the terms of the local markets, we call it "Glocalness! " 
says Filip, CEO of A Society North America.

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