FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2015
Angela Rogers Group
For: Site Selectors Guild, Inc.
Office: (501) 835-3399 Cell: (501) 940-5636
SITE SELECTORS GUILD GROWS AGAIN NEW BOARD MEMBERS ANNOUNCED
LITTLE ROCK, AR (January 14, 2015) – The Site Selectors Guild Inc. is proud to announce the induction of two new members, bringing the number of professional consultants in the elite organization to thirty-six. This year’s distinguished roster deepens the Guild’s experience base and further extends its membership in North America and Canada.
New members include:
Lawrence Moretti, Principal of LFM Corporate Location Solutions
Lawrence Moretti has served as a corporate location strategist and site selector for the past 29 years, including service with Fantus Consulting, Deloitte, and as head of global site selection for Hewlett-Packard. His business location strategies experience has spanned across the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has spoken and written frequently on topics pertaining to corporate geography, economic development marketing, and site selection. Mr. Moretti holds a Masters of Urban Planning degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University.
John R. Rocca, Managing Director at CBRE Consulting
John Rocca is a founding principal of the CBRE Economic Incentives Group (EIG), a Fortune 500 company. CBRE is the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm with clients across the domestic U.S. and Canada. John has been with CBRE for 12 years, and has 17 years cumulative experience in real estate consulting. His specific expertise is in the areas of incentive negotiations, location analysis/site selection, portfolio optimization, headquarters strategies and organizational planning services. He holds a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California among other credentials.
In addition to a new slate of officers, the Site Selectors Guild also is pleased to announce the election of three new board members: Didi Caldwell, Bob Hess and Mark Williams. Each has been invaluable to the growth and development of the Site Selectors Guild and is thrilled to be stepping into new leadership roles to help further advance the organization. The three newly elected board members are replacing expired term positions held by Jay Garner, Jerry Szatan, and Deane Foote, all of which were founding members of the Site Selectors Guild. The current board roles are as follows: Phil Schneider as Board Chair, Darin Buelow as Vice-Chair, Michelle Comerford as Secretary and Mark Williams as Treasurer.
New Board members include:
Didi Caldwell, Principal at Global Location Strategies
Didi Caldwell is in her second decade of consulting in the site selection, incentive negotiations and capital financing arenas. She has lead consulting projects in North and South America, Canada, Europe and Asia in numerous industries. Caldwell has also assisted in numerous companies with site selection, incentive negotiations and capital finance with a total investment value of over $15 billion. She holds dual citizenship in the United States and Australia and hold advanced academic degrees.
Bob Hess, Executive Managing Director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Global Corporate Services
Bob Hess is preeminent, sought-after service provider and respected leader in corporate location strategy and site selection across multiple industries and asset types in North America. He has conducted over 250 assignments on a global basis, including major CAPX projects in Asia, Europe and Mexico. He has led the strategic placement of over 40 million square feet of real estate across multiple geographies (and urban, suburban and rural) and helped secure over $1 billion in incentives to support these efforts. Hess has 24 years of experience and holds advanced academic degrees in economic geography and urban planning.
Mark Williams, President of Strategic Development Group, Inc.
Mark 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. He has been named as “One of the Top 10 Site Consultants that know the South Best” and “One of the Top 3 Site Consultants in South Carolina” by Southern Business and Development Magazine. Williams has also been awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor that can be given to a South Carolina citizen, for his success in economic development during the 1990’s.
About The Site Selectors Guild
The Site Selectors Guild is a professional association comprised of the world’s most respected site selection consultants. The mission of The Site Selectors Guild is to advance the profession of international corporate site selection by promoting the profession and providing education, networking and other services to those involved in the industry.
All members of The Site Selectors Guild have been nominated and approved by their industry peers. As the first and only group of its kind, the Site Selectors Guild brings together a dynamic network of site selectors from around the world, combining their talent and expertise to create an invaluable resource, unmatched in its quality, for both corporations seeking site selection assistance and economic development organizations.
For more information see www.siteselectorsguild.com.