Pictured above (left to right): Ernie Caldwell, President of GJ Hopkins; Craig Floyd, President of Branch & Associates; Will Karbach, CEO of The Branch Group, and Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks.
The Branch Group, Inc., headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, is an employee-owned construction company whose work touches all aspects of the built environment through its subsidiaries: Branch & Associates, Inc., Branch Highways, Inc., G. J. Hopkins, Inc., and E. V. Williams, Inc. The Branch Group, portfolio includes building infrastructure from highways and bridges, Higher Education, Healthcare, and Government, to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems that make a facility operational. One such project in 2003 is the above pictured VT KnowledgeWorks Office Building, constructed by Branch & Associates. In 2015, Engineering News-Record Top 400 List ranked The Branch Group as the #176th largest construction company in the United States, with 2015 revenues of $382.6 million and a work force of over 883 employees.
Thank you, The Branch Group, Inc., for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2016 Global Partnership Event!
The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social and academic relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.
2015 Winners: The grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to Team Visionear of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Bangkok, Thailand. Read more about the winning teams! Read about the 2015 event outcomes and publicity.
- Here’s a first look at the Student Track schedule of events for the 2016 Global Partnership Event!
- Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 18, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, to get a seat at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. Attendance is free on a first-come, first-served availability. Details here.
- Join us Friday, August 19 at 5:30 PM for the Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception at The Hotel Roanoke to celebrate with our winning teams and global participants. Ticket information available here.
- View the Global Partnership category on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks
- View the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge category on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks
VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles, access to timely, relevant information, and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.
VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors
Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust Company, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchool, Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SMBW, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.