Site Selectors Guild Annual Conference

Network at the Guild’s Most Popular Event

Each year, the Guild holds its marquee Annual Conference event with all global Guild members in attendance. The cornerstone of the Annual Conference is knowledge sharing, an interactive exchange of ideas and networking between Guild members and economic developers and investment promotion professionals from around the world.

At the conference, the ratio of Guild members to economic development organization (EDO) participants is eight to one (eight attendees for every one Guild member). Members plan all conference content, serve on panels and participate in interactive breakout sessions with conference attendees for the purpose of sharing insights and fostering discussion. Additionally, our awards program for the Annual Conference gives EDOs, their partners and communities the opportunity to be recognized within the industry and receive complimentary registration.

See below for general registration, sponsorship opportunities, agenda and other information.

Event details

Date & Time

March 12-14, 2025


Orlando, FL


Hyatt Regency Orlando


All events are located at the Hyatt Regency Orlando hotel unless otherwise noted. Event locations, times and participation assignments are subject to change.

WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2025

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Conference Badge Pick-Up
Location TBD

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Presenting Sponsor event
(Private event for Presenting Sponsor & Guild Members)

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM | Welcome Reception

THURSDAY, March 13, 2025

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM | Breakfast
Location TBD

8:05 AM – 10:00 AM | Conference Programming
Location TBD

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Break
Location TBD

10:30 AM – 11:30M | Breakout Sessions – block 1
Session topics, participating Guild Members & locations TBD

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM  | Lunch, Ady Scholarship & ED Award Presentations and Conference Programming
Location TBD

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  | Breakout Sessions – block 2
Same Guild Members & locations as previous block

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM | Conference Programming
Location TBD

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM | Break
Location TBD

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM | Conference Programming
Location TBD

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Silver Sponsor Reception
(Private reception for Silver Sponsors & Guild Members)
Location TBD

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Happy Hour
Location TBD

FRIDAY, March 14, 2025

7:45 AM – 8:45 AM | Breakfast
Location TBD

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM | Conference Programming
Location TBD

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM | Break
Location TBD

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM | Conference Programming
Location TBD

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Conference Conclusion
Location TBD

General Registration

Registration Fee

The 2025 registration fee will be announced. The registration fee is per attendee and is non-transferrable between other Guild events such as the Annual Conference and/or Fall Forum and can only be transferred to another attendee within the same organization.


To be eligible to attend the Annual Conference, you must be a practicing professional from a local, regional, state or national economic development organization in the U.S. or abroad. Each registration will be vetted for eligibility before attendance is confirmed. Once eligibility is confirmed, you will receive notification of your acceptance and provided information in regards to payment.U.S. or abroad. Each registration will be vetted for eligibility before attendance is confirmed. Once eligibility is confirmed, you will receive notification of your acceptance and provided information in regards to payment and the hotel link.

Upcoming Annual Conferences

Dates & Locations

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Past Annual Conferences

Previous Dates & Locations

2024 | Nashville, TN | April 3-5, 2024
2023 | San Antonio, TX | March 29-31
2022 | San Diego, CA | March 2-4
2021 | Orlando, FL | June 10-12
2020 | Atlanta, GA | March 9-11
2019 | Salt Lake City, UT | March 25-27
2018 | Cincinnati, OH | March 19-21
2017 | Tucson, AZ | March 13-15

Participating Guild Members

Alex Ash

Alpha Strategies
London, UK

Sydney August

CBRE, Inc.

Johan Beukema

BCI Global

Robert Boehringer

Wayne, PA

Tracey Hyatt Bosman

Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company
Chicago, IL

René Buck

BCI Global

Didi Caldwell

Past Chair

Global Location Strategies
Greenville, SC

Michelle Comerford

Vice Chair

Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company
Cleveland, OH

Kim Williams Davis

Quest Site Solutions
Greenville, SC

David Dera

Berlin, Germany

Jan Desmaretz

Antwerp, Belgium

Dennis Donovan

Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting
Bridgewater, NJ

Andreas Dressler

Location Decisions
Berlin, Germany

Courtney Dunbar

Burns & McDonnell

Tess Fay

Board Advisor
Associate Member

Global Location Strategies
Greenville, SC

Jay Garner

Past Chair

Garner Economics, LLC.
Fayetteville, GA

Larry Gigerich

Board Member
Past Chair

Indianapolis, IN

Jeannette Goldsmith

Strategic Development Group
Greenville, SC

Ford Graham

McGuireWoods Consulting

Taylor Gravois

CSRS, Inc.

Will Hearn


Site Dynamics, LLC
Atlanta, GA

Bob Hess

Arlington Heights, IL

Jason Hickey

Hickey & Associates
New York, NY

Chris Lloyd

Board Member
Past Chair

McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC
Richmond, VA

John Longshore

Greenville, SC

Natalie Lynch

Deloitte Consulting

Seth Martindale


CBRE, Inc.
Orange County, CA

Dennis Meseroll

Tractus Asia Limited
Bangkok City, Thailand

Kim Moore

Board Advisor

Dallas, TX

Larry Moretti

Board Member

LFM Corporate Location Solutions

Denise Mullis

J.M. Mullis, Inc.
Florida and Tennessee

Mike Mullis

J.M. Mullis, Inc.
Memphis, TN

Sarah Raehl

Deloitte Consulting LLP
Chicago, IL

Andrew Ratchford

Site Selection Group
Greenville, SC

Scott Redabaugh

JLL Business Consulting
Washington, D.C.

Jim Renzas

BCI Global
Irvine, CA

Wolfgang Riedel

Riedel Consulting
Stuttgart, Germany

John Rocca


JLL Consulting
Los Angeles, CA

Matt Ryder

Avison Young

Don Schjeldahl

DSG Advisors
Cleveland, OH

Phil Schneider

Past Chair

Schneider Strategy Consulting, LLC
Milwaukee, WI

Spencer Schobert

San Francisco, CA

Alexandra Segers

Tochi Advisors LLC
Atlanta, GA

Tom Stringer

New York City, NY

Chad Sweeney

Greater Indianapolis

Gray Swoope

VisionFirst Advisors

Jerry Szatan

Past Chair

Szatan & Associates
Chicago, IL

Matt Szuhaj

Strategic Development Group
Oakland, CA

Rajeev Thakur

Seattle, WA

Monty Turner

Atlanta, GA

Elias van Herwaarden


Patsy Van Hove

IBM-PLI (Plant Location International)
Brussels, Belgium

Leslie Wagner

Indianapolis, IN

Gregg Wassmansdorf

Past Chair

Greater Toronto

Matthijs Weeink


Sarah White

Global Location Strategies
Greenville, SC

Mark Williams

Past Chair

Strategic Development Group, Inc.
Columbia, SC

Carter Wood

Ernst & Young, LLP

Gary Yates

Atlanta, GA


Once again, I found the Annual Conference to be very informative with great networking opportunities. I appreciate all the work that goes into having such a meaningful event.

— Alen Neel, East Tennessee Economic Development Agency

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