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.
Billy Demong, Olympic Gold Medalist in Nordic Skiing
Billy grew up jumping in the Lake Placid Ski Club. A cross country skier as soon as he could walk, he added the longer skis when he was 8 and fell in love with Nordic Combined. After a World Cup career spanning 5 Olympic games, he retired from the competitive side following the 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden. Having played a major role in developing USA Nordic Sports from its origins as USA Ski Jumping, adding Nordic Combined and ushering in many of the organizations key donors, Demong took on the role of Executive Director in the spring of 2016 because of his love for the sport and desire to see the organization find athletic and financial sustainability.
Demong is America’s first Olympic Gold Medalist in Nordic Skiing and in addition to his passion for skiing has experience as the Global Marketing Director at Reynolds Cycling and longer term experience as a Board Member USA Nordic and the National Nordic Foundation (NNF).
Panel Discussion: Brexit/NAFTA: Beginning of the End of Free Trade?
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.
Seminar: Evaluating Incentives
Allea Newbold, Principal, Ryan
Allea Newbold, CPA, specializes in Federal and State planning for her clients. She negotiates credits and incentives for new and expanding companies nationwide, helping them maximize return on investment. Her tenacity and creativity have built a record of success in property tax abatement, sales tax refunds, cash grants, and Tax Increment Financing (TIF). In addition, she assists companies with various credits including research and development (R&D), Enterprise Zones and WOTC. While manufacturing and data center space leads her list of specialties, clients of all sizes and industries seek out Ms. Newbold’s over 20 years of professional expertise.
Jerry Szatan, Founder and Principal, Szatan & Associates
Jerry Szatan has more than thirty years experience in site selection, economic development and real estate investing in the United States and abroad. He formed Szatan & Associates, a location strategy, site selection and economic development consulting firm based in Chicago, in 1998. Site selection projects include headquarters, R&D, manufacturing, distribution centers, call centers, back offices, and other corporate facilities for companies including: Boar’s Head Brand, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Davis Selected Advisors, Equiserve, First Card, GAF, Inc., Hewitt Associates, Nature’s Path, Organics LaGrange, Sun Microsystems, Union Pacific Railroad, Waste Management and Wausau Insurance.
Think Tank: Site Selection Case History
David Hickey, Senior Director, Hickey & Associates
David Hickey is a Senior Director of Hickey & Associates, a global site selection, public incentives and workforce solutions firm. Celebrating thirty years in the industry, the firm has active project work in every corner of the world.
David is a trusted advisor and partner for the firm’s clients in providing strategy and advisory in site selection, economic incentives, and labor analytics. With a wide array of experience in the field, David is often called upon to take leadership roles in projects based in the United States, Europe, and other regions around the world. David has led numerous seminars and workshops on global location strategies, and is a frequent contributor in industry media.
Seminar: Importing Skilled Labor
Angelos Angelou, Principal Executive Officer/Chief Strategist, AngelouEconomics
Angelos Angelou is the Founder and Principal Executive Officer of AngelouEconomics, bringing nearly 30 years of experience in economic & business development and site location consulting. AngelouEconomics is a leading economic development consultancy in the US. The firm has an impressive list of clients in both the private and public sector, having conducted over 650 economic development strategies for its clients and the location of nearly $18 billion in capital investments projects throughout the world.