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.

Take a look at last year’s Executive Conference Program, and check back for updates on the 2017 Executive Conference Program.

Keynote: Growth Without Borders


Navigating your way through the bustling intersection of trade and economic development is critical for success in today’s global market. Join our blue-ribbon panel as we explore the latest trends in foreign direct investment and exports, identifying the strongest FDI magnets and the best practices for expanding exports. 


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Peggy Philbin
Deputy Executive Director/COO
SelectUSA, US Dept. of Commerce
Courtney Fingar
Editor in Chief
fDi Magazine

Jack Rogers
Editor in Chief
Business Facilities Magazine

Betty McIntosh

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.


Adam Wasserman

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
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.

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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.


Accelerating Innovation
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.

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