February 21, 2019 Speaker

Klaus E. Becker


For three years, Klaus worked for a third party, before deciding to take the entrepreneurial path that he has followed ever since. He pitched his tent in Charlotte, NC and over the course of many years, he founded several companies involved in the international steel trade. His latest endeavor Nirosteel LLC, celebrated its 5th anniversary in 2014.

In addition to his professional life, he served many years as president of the German American Chamber of Commerce in North Carolina and was appointed as Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2013. He has a passion for contemporary art – shown as “Art in the Office” at his NIROSTEEL, LLC location in Charlotte, NC.

Klaus has been married to Concha, who is a native Mexican, for more than 30 years. They have a grown-up daughter, Fiorella, and a Chihuahua named Jolie.

February 4, 1953
Born in Marburg, Germany

High School
Dortmund, Germany

1972 and 1974
Apprenticeship with large international steel trading company, Hoesch Handel, in Dortmund between

1974 – 1979
Studies at the Ruhr-University of Bochum, Master of National Economics and Business Administration

German (native); fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish, knowledge in Brazilian Portuguese

1979 – 1982
Manager International Division of IMC, Charlotte NC (IMC was a group of companies importing and exporting steel products, running a pipe and a steel mill)

1983 – 1999
Co-founder, co-owner and president of BecMen Trading International, a steel trading company

1991 – 1999
Co-founder, co-owner and CEO of SouthStar Steel, the largest importer of stainless steel bars in the United States

1995 – 1999
Co-founder, co-owner and CEO of Estrela Specialty Steel

1999 – 2008
Co-founder, co-owner and CEO of AMS Specialty Steel

2009 to present
Founder, owner, president and CEO of Nirosteel LLC