Von HatleyManaging Director Jones Walker Consulting
Jones Walker Consulting is a wholly owned subsidiary of the 83 year old law firm, Jones Walker, headquartered in New Orleans, La., with 13 offices encompassing 34 practice areas located across the United States from New York to Arizona.
Our team has helped negotiate dozens of high-impact projects resulting in billions of dollars in investment, creating tens of thousands of jobs. Our professionals have experience in the private sector in both functional area and executive director leadership positions. For the public sector, we have served on all sides of the negotiating table, having held senior positions in regional and state economic development organizations, public-private partnerships, tax and revenue agencies, and at the executive, legislative and judicial branches of federal, state and local government.
We also have direct and immediate access to the considerable legal resources of one of the nation’s leading economic development law firms. We work closely with the firm’s leading lawyers in government relations and compliance, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate governance, state and local taxes, environmental, real estate, LEED construction and labor relations, among others. We regularly speak at industry and economic development conferences and develop thought leadership content for most all of the major U.S. economic development publications on a variety of topics focusing on job creation.
Geographic Areas Served:
- North America
- Western Europe
- Central and South America
- Pacific Rim
Industries or Specialties:
- Industrial and advanced manufacturing
- Aerospace and Defense
- Automotive and rail manufacturing
- Maritime and shipbuilding
- Petrochemical, plastics, oil and gas
- Renewable energy
Areas of Expertise:
Our primary areas of expertise include; building and real estate evaluation, transportation and logistics, site evaluation and preparation, workforce analysis, state and local taxes, incentives negotiation, economic development legislation (including development of public/private partnerships), contract creation, monitoring and compliance. We have also helped local, regional and state organizations develop and implement economic development strategy, both holistically and in select target clusters.
Served under three separate Governors as Louisiana State Cluster Director of Durable Goods/Manufacturing. This included approximately 6,400 companies employing over 250,000. During this time, total manufacturing GDP grew over 160%, propelling Louisiana to become the #1 state in manufacturing momentum (Business Facilities Magazine). Authored and implemented a suite of legislative actions that collectively contributed to numerous awards for best performing Economic Development Organization in the United States from multiple industry publications over numerous years. Total project wins resulted in over $10 billion in investment, 20,000 jobs created and over 30,000 trained.
Served as Project Manager for Kearney, one of the globe’s premier strategic management consulting firms. Managed operational improvement efforts for Global 1,000 corporations throughout the United States and Western Europe. Managed over $25 million in consulting team revenue and identified over $500 million in savings.
Served as International Operations Manager for Intralox, Inc. at their headquarters in New Orleans during a period of exponential expansion, both domestically and globally. Managed injection molding and assembly operations while the business grew from $6 million in annual sales to over $150 million. Performed site selection, start-up and overall operations for multiple plants in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.
Notable Past Clients:
General Electric Aviation
Rolls Royce Aerospace
- University of Louisiana – Lafayette (BSBA) Production Management
- Loyola University – (MBA) Marketing and Finance concentration
- Certified Production and Inventory Control Manager (CPIM)– Association for Supply Chain Management
- Southern University, New Orleans – Former adjunct faculty
- Licensed Real Estate Salesperson – Louisiana Board of Realtors
Lives in Mobile, Alabama with his wife Rachael, (Assistant Professor at Springhill College) and his two sons, Oliver and Samuel.
“I decided to join the Site Selectors Guild to continue developing and promoting value added thought leadership to the economic development industry. It supports our firm efforts to continue fostering the individual and team member relationships we have developed via successful job creation projects through our involvement. It allows me to meaningfully support the collaborative learning environment that the Guild provides in working with our clients, the economic development community, public officials and each other.”