Dennis J. Donovan
Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting
Dennis J. Donovan is responsible for worldwide site selection services at Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting (WDGC). He is one of the firm’s partners. WDGC has been advising corporations on office and industrial facilities location for 37 years. Its client base captures about 1/3 of the Fortune 500. Additionally, WDGC has consulted with a wide array of middle market companies.
Client assignments have spanned an array of industries (e.g., manufacturing, distribution, business services) and functions (e.g., headquarters, back offices, R&D centers, warehouses and production facilities). Among companies that Dennis has advised on site selection are Amerigroup, Amylin, Apria Health, Bank of America, Barclays, BOC/Linde, Covance, Chubb, Gardner Denver, Genentechl/Roche, Harbor Freight Tools, Marriott, Pitney Bowes, and Target. Middle market clientele have included Metalized Carbon (carbon graphite), Plibrico (refractory materials), Grafco (plastics), Indo-Mim (precision metals), and PFERD (brushings).
Dennis has assumed a leadership position in the industry’s primary trade association — CoreNet Global. He created and teaches the organization’s site selection course both for certification and professional development. Additionally, Dennis was a member of CoreNet Global’s 2020 Strategy of Place Task Force, which assessed future trends in the design and execution of global location strategy. Dennis is a frequent CoreNet workshop presenter and earned one of the organization’s luminary awards for the “Around the World in 90 Minutes” sessions.
He is also a prominent speaker and author on the subject of corporate site selection. Recent articles written by Dennis have addressed manufacturing location trends, the latest in customer service site selection, aerospace location strategy, and headquarters relocation.
A geographer by trade, Dennis earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He was awarded a master’s degree in economic geography from the University of Rhode Island.