The North Louisiana Economic Partnership will showcase Shreveport-Bossier to an influential group of national site selectors during our 2017 NLEP Site Selectors Guild Familiarization Tour.
NLEP, an Accredited Economic Development Organization, annually hosts five members of the Site Selectors Guild, the world’s foremost association for professional site selection consultants.
These consultants provide location strategy to corporations across the globe from every industry sector. They have guided and influenced the corporate location decisions of major Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Apple, Coca-Cola, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Toyota, and Procter & Gamble.
During the tour, which runs Oct. 4-6, the site selectors will visit companies in Shreveport-Bossier, hear first-hand about our workforce and business climate, and meet with key stakeholders and business leaders.
The site selectors will receive a comprehensive overview of opportunities and programs in our region as well as tour Metro Aviation, Eatel Business Tier III Data Center, CSRA, Bossier Parish Community College and the Port of Caddo-Bossier.
The following site selectors will be visiting our region:
Angelos Angelou, Founder and Principal Executive Officer
AngelouEconomics – Austin, TX
Angelos Angelou brings 30 years of experience in site location, economic and business development consulting.
AngelouEconomics is a leading U.S. economic development consultancy. The firm has worked on nearly $18 billion worth of economic development projects for Fortune 1000 clients throughout the world.
Prior to starting AngelouEconomics, Angelos spent nearly 12 years with the Austin Chamber of Commerce as Vice President of Economic Development. During his time at the chamber, Angelos was responsible for the recruitment of 400 technology companies and some 70,000 employees. These companies include IBM, Apple, Samsung, Motorola,
AMD, Cypress Semiconductor, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, and Sematech. Angelos is widely regarded as an expert in technology-based economic development and considered the chief architect in the establishment of Austin as a nationally recognized high-tech center.
Angelou holds a Master’s degree in Economics, Summa Cum Laude from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has also completed one yeartowards his Ph.D. in Economics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Angelou also received the Economic Development of the Year award by Site Selection Magazine. He was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the oversight board of CPRIT, a $3 billion grant fund for cancer-related commercialization and R&D.
Deane Foote, President/CEO
Foote Consulting Group, LLC – Phoenix, AZ
Deane Foote has over 30 years of economic development and site selection experience. As President and CEO of Foote Consulting Group (FCG), a Phoenix-based consulting firm, Foote has worked with Fortune 500 clients, including MeadWestvaco, Staples, Simplot, TranSystems, Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, and Sisener, a Spanish renewable energy company.
Foote was formerly Senior Project Manager for Real Estate and Economic Development with Jacobs (formerly Carter & Burgess), where he directed site selection and economic development projects. He was also a Vice President with Paragon Decision Resources, Inc., a full-service relocation company, in charge of site selection and economic development. Foote was the President of the Greater Urbana-Champaign (IL) Economic Development Corporation.
He is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma. Deane is a founding Board Member and Treasurer of the Site Selectors Guild, Inc., a professional association of the top site selectors in the world.
Mike Mullis, President & CEO
J.M. Mullis, Inc. – Memphis, TN
J.M. Mullis, Inc. provides professional project location specialist services on an international basis for various private client groups in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Mike Mullis has worked on site selection projects involving the following industry sectors: aerospace, automotive, food processing, distribution, e-commerce, and headquarters.
For the last 38 years, Mullis has assisted Fortune 500 clients on projects, ranging from site selection, workforce analysis and development, real estate and incentives negotiations, financing, and physical development. His long list of notable clients includes Academy Sports + Outdoors, American Eagle Outfitters, AutoZone, Boeing, Briggs & Stratton, Continental, Hormel, Kohler, MARS, Pirelli, Rockwell Automation, Spirit AeroSystems, Tractor Supply Company, Toyota, and Wal-Mart distribution centers.
Mullis attended the University of Tennessee, Lambuth University, and Union University, and he holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Physics and Mathematics. He is an active member of several state, regional, national, and international economic development organizations, as well as CoreNet and IAMC.
Chris Lloyd, Senior Vice President and Director
Infrastructure and Economic Development
McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC – Richmond, VA
McGuireWoods Consulting’s Infrastructure and Economic Development team represents clients nationwide in their site selection and incentives negotiation efforts. It is part of a full-service public affairs company with a significant state and federal lobbying program to help comprehensively address issues related to corporate real estate decisions.
As a founding member of McGuireWoods Consulting, Chris Lloyd specializes in site selection projects in the following sectors: food & beverage; logistics & distribution; advanced manufacturing; and corporate services, including headquarters and shared services/data centers. His clients include Fortune 500 companies: AFLAC; Booz Allen Hamilton; Capital One; Continental AG; Hilton; Honda/HondaJet/Honda Aero; Ingersoll Rand/Trane; Lidl; Lockheed Martin; Lumber Liquidators; Maersk/APM Terminals; Smithfield Foods/John Morrell Foods/Farmland; and Starbucks.
Lloyd is considered an expert in site selection, regulatory/administrative process, incentives negotiations, and workforce training. He previously served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade for two Virginia governors. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government from College of William and Mary.
Gregg Wassmansdorf, Senior Managing Director
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank- Toronto, Canada
Gregg Wassmansdorf is responsible for service delivery and process innovation across all consulting service lines for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Global Corporate Services. He specializes in real estate portfolio optimization, business location strategy, facility site selection, and economic incentives.
Wassmansdorf is a trusted advisor to corporate clients in a wide variety of industries, including aerospace; automotive; advanced manufacturing; financial and business services; engineering; food & beverage; life sciences; supply chain; andothers. He proudly points to hundreds of millions of dollars in client savings on past projects. His Fortune 500 clients include: Banco do Brasil, Cameron, Caterpillar, Celestica, Goodrich, Invesco, LifeLabs, Magna, Maple Leaf Foods,
McAfee, Martinrea, Pepsi Bottling Group, Procter & Gamble, Purac Biomaterials, Raytheon, Roll Form Group, Samsung, Sara Lee, ThyssenKrupp, Toyota, Transcom, and US Bank.
Wassmansdorf is a U.S. and Canadian citizen, a corporate real estate specialist, a LEED accredited professional in sustainability, a cross-border business expert, and a member of the exclusive Site Selectors Guild. As such, he regularly contributes to industry trade magazines and is frequently invited to speak at major conferences.
Gregg earned his Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Urban and Economic Geography from Queen’s University. He then secured a national fellowship and relocated to Los Angeles to earn his Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Southern California (USC). He further pursued doctoral studies in urban geography, regional economics,industrial location theory, and urban planning at USC, UCLA, and the University of British Columbia.