BUSINESS FACILITIES LIVEXCHANGE EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE
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.
Keynote Session: Top States for Business
Brent A. Pollina, Esq., Vice President, Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc.
Brent will present Pollina’s Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2014 Report, featuring the firm’s comprehensive analysis of state-by-state business climates. He will detail the criteria used for this annual evaluation and explain why these critical factors loom large in the site selection decision-making process for corporate executives.
Mr. Pollina is Vice President of Pollina Corporate Real Estate. Mr. Pollina works closely with corporations in order to ensure that they achieve and surpass all of their real estate goals. He actively represents corporations in all aspects of the companies’ real estate transactions, including site and building evaluation, lease negotiations, purchase contracts, and lease administration.
As a consultant, he assists clients nationally with strategic planning and all other forms of real estate consulting. His responsibilities include real estate financial analysis, such as lease vs. buy analysis, and sale/leasebacks. Mr. Pollina also conducts location analysis studies, which include analysis of all relevant location factors such as state and local taxation, labor availability, cost and reliability, transportation costs, and utility costs. In addition to working for many corporate clients Mr. Pollina had preformed numerous economic development studies for various Regional, and Local Economic Development groups as well as Chambers of Commerce and Business Organizations.
General Session Panel: New Priorities for Site Selection
Seminar: Negotiating Incentives, Land Costs and Energy Costs
Mark Williams, President, Strategic Development Group
Mark Williams is Strategic Development Group‘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.
Seminar: Evaluating Incentives
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 development and site selection. He is responsible for strategy development and heads up the firm’s site selection practice.
Think Tank: Site Selection Case History
Jason Hickey, President, Hickey & Associates
Jason M. Hickey is 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.
Workshop: Workforce Availability/Workforce Training
Jerry Szatan, Owner, Szatan & Associates
Jerry Szatan, Owner of Szatan & Associates, has more than twenty years experience in location strategy and site selection consulting and an additional ten years experience in regional economics, economic development strategy and real estate investment. He works with corporate clients to address organizational change and location strategy, relocation feasibility and risk, labor market analysis and other location issues. Economic development engagements have included labor market analysis, community asset and liability analysis, target industry identification, consensus building, research park benchmarking and other assignments
Deane Foote, President & CEO, Foote Consulting Group
Foote Consulting Group, LLC is a development-related consulting company located in the Phoenix area. FCG provides real estate, site selection, workforce, and economic development services. President and CEO Deane C. Foote, CEcD has over 30 years experience in the development field. Foote Consulting Group has assisted site selection projects that created almost 5,000 jobs and over $1 billion in capital investment for clients such as MeadWestVaco, Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, Staples, Country Fresh, Forest City Stapleton, and W.W. Grainger.
Seminar: Location Strategies
Kathy Mussio, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Atlas Insight
Kathy is the co-founder and Managing Partner at Atlas Insight, with 25 years of combined experience as a management, incentive and site selection consultant. She is widely considered an industry expert in the site selection and incentive negotiation business. Her consulting career has focused on securing incentives for various projects as well as helping site selection clients to select optimal locations for expansion projects.