EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE PROGRAM
Business Facilities LiveXchange will present a comprehensive, practical and strategic conference program that helps delegates better plan and manage their companies’ relocation or expansion projects. This unique experience will be supplemented by an all-star list of guest speakers, who will be making presentations and leading discussions on a number of hot-button issues.
General Session: Making Strategic Expansion Decisions
Betty McIntosh, Senior Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Ms. McIntosh brings more than 20 years of experience in assisting major U.S. and international clients in making strategic decisions related to expansion. She has represented clients in automotive, consumer markets, industrial products, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, steel, telecommunications, IT solutions, and retail industries, including Porsche, Primerica, Siemens, Namasco Steel, Graphic Packaging, IVC, Nash Finch Company, Tiger Direct, Honda, The Gillette Company (Duracell), Engelhard, Alkermes, Home Depot, Seton Healthcare Systems, ThyssenKrupp, Knology, and Intec.
The Impact of Global Logistics Strategies on Location Decisions
Adam Wasserman, Managing Partner, GLD Partners
Adam Wasserman is GLDPartners Managing Partner and has a senior background in economic strategy, project finance, infrastructure development, ports management and public policy. Adam has an extensive knowledge of transportation, global logistics, infrastructure, economic development and finance.
Adam has experience in the public and private sectors in the US and Europe in senior leadership roles in ports and economic development. Adam planned and delivered large infrastructure and property projects such as the redevelopment of a 350 acre site to a maritime-oriented industrial district, a new $600M marine terminal & 1200 acre international logistics park and the development of a port hinterland district around the UK’s largest ports complex. Adam has public policy experience in the US and Europe leading efforts to gain support from the US federal government, UK Government and the EU.
Case History Workshop
Jason Hickey, President, Hickey & Associates
Jason M. Hickey, President of Hickey and Associates, a Global Site Selection and Public Incentive Support Firm representing a diverse set of industries, which includes Consumer Products, Health Care, Aerospace/Defense and Renewable Energy, among many others. Notable clients have included UnitedHealth Group, Lockheed Martin and General Mills. Jason specializes in location selection strategies, federal incentives, loan guarantees, grants and the creation of other public/private partnerships. While working for the Firm, Jason has also assisted Elected Officials develop public policy recommendations, at both the Federal and State levels, including the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Attracting the Millenial Workforce
Al Jones, Chief of Scouts, aljonesbusinessgrowth
Al Jones is Chief of Scouts at aljonesbusinessgrowth. In his position, Mr. Jones grows companies and organizations in a sustainable way. He’s been responsible for many turnarounds, start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, market expansions, new product introductions/development, new facilities and industrial park/TIFD development, business recruiting, business financings, energy generation development, and R&D work.
Negotiating Incentives, Land Costs and Energy Costs
Mark Williams, President, Strategic Development Group
Mark Williams is Strategic Development Group, Inc.’s President. SDG is a fully-staffed business-consulting firm founded in February 1999 that provides a variety of site selection and negotiation services designed to enhance competitive advantage and produce significant cost savings to large corporations and their suppliers during the site selection process.
SDG has completed highly successful site location projects with major U.S. corporations and multi-national corporations based in Europe and Asia including Bridgestone, British Petroleum (BP), ASMO, Tupperware, JTEKT, and Commercial Metals Corporation.
SDG also provides a variety of economic development consulting services to state, regional, and local economic development organizations across the U.S. These services include strategic planning, goal setting, marketing studies, and organizational analysis. Mr. Williams has served as an advisor to U.S. Governors, Mayors, legislators, and Directors of State Development agencies on a variety of business retention, strategic planning, and target marketing initiatives.
Angelos Angelou, Founder and Principal Executive Officer, AngelouEconomics
A highly visible leader in the field of economic development, Angelos is widely regarded as an expert on technology based economic development, public policy, investment attraction, marketing and entrepreneurship. The national and international media regularly seek his comments and insights in the technology sector and on economic development issues. He is also widely regarded as the chief architect in the establishment of Austin as a nationally recognized high tech center.
Angelos recently received a Proclamation from the Texas Governor and the Mayor of Austin in recognition for his 30-year leadership and contribution to economic development in the State of Texas and Austin.