John F. SissonExecutive Managing Director, Site Selection The Next Move Group
John brings his 30 plus years of site selection experience and a proven site section process for use by the siting clients of The Next Move Group. Our offices are in Greenville SC, New Orleans LA, and St Louis MO with additional alliance partners in other cities. We offer a full range of siting services including Logistics, Engineering, and Real Estate and Incentive Negotiations to assist clients with the location of facilities. John was elected to the Site Selectors Guild in 2013 and is a committee member for SSG advisory Forums.
Geographic Areas Served:
- North America (US, Canada and Mexico)
Industries or Specialties:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Call Centers
- Paper Mills
- Consumer Products
- Food processing
- Site Selection
- Incentive Negotiations
- Logistics Analysis
- Real estate
Areas of Expertise: John has performed and managed site selection and incentive negotiations during a 30-year career in site selection and economic development. John and The Next Move Group are presently working on siting assignments for call centers, plastic molding, advanced manufacturing, food processing and distribution clients in the US. We are also assisting energy companies with transition efforts for closing power plant locations at several locations.
John has completed hundreds of successful site selection assignments for his clients with a total investment value exceeding $32 billion with incentives exceeding $2 billion for his clients. These projects have included oil gas and chemical manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, consumer products, food processing, regional and national headquarters and shared service locations. The variety of projects ranges from investment of 10 of billions of dollars for an oil refinery in China to the rental of ten square feet in office buildings for AT&T telephone equipment in 20 cities across the US.
Additionally, John developed, sold, and implemented certified site programs in New York, Oregon, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and communities in North Carolina, Maryland, and South Carolina. He has also performed multiple adaptive reuse projects for decommissioned power plants, textile, and automotive facilities that were taken out of service.
Past Employment: John was employed for 20 years in Finance at Ford Motor Company and Mallinckrodt Chemical Company where he was controller of large manufacturing plants and the Medical Products Group at Mallinckrodt. He began his site selection and real estate Career in California in 1986 with Location Management Services, moving companies such as Sargent Controls, Wiser Lock, Sloan, and Heinz Pet Products out of California to lower cost locations. John moved to Chicago in 1992 where he continue site selection with Polina Corporate Real Estate and was president of the Chicago Chapter of NACORE. He was responsible for siting assistance to AMMACO on several shared service projects across the US.
IN 1995, John joined the Fluor Global Location Strategies (GLS) team in Greenville, SC working on large and small investment projects in Europe, the US, and Africa, John and his partner eventually were selected by Fluor to operate an outsourced Global Location Strategies as an alliance partner with Fluor. John organized site selection for multiple cellular tower locations projects and leasing of small spaces for AT&T office equipment. But John also completed projects as large as 2.5 billion dollars for the location a Wacker Chemie poly silicon plant and a 10-billion-dollar refinery in China for Kuwait Petroleum, Sinopec, and DuPont. Additionally, John developed and organized the process for the Build Now New York and Pennsylvania Select and Select Teck site certification process at GLS.
Notable Past Clients:
- Consumers Energy Company
- General Motors
- Kuwait Petroleum
- Republic Paperboard
- Shell Oil Company
- Smorgan Steel
- Wacker Chemie AG
- Undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois – Economics
- Master’s Degree in Economics from Wichita State University
- President of Chicago Chapter of NACORE and Carolinas chapter of CoreNet
- Master of Corporate Real Estate at Corenet
- Advanced Marketing courses Dartmouth
- Real Estate Broker for 25 years presently licensed South Carolina
Personal: John has one son living in Seattle with his granddaughter Charlotte. He was born in Dayton, Ohio and has lived in Kansas, Michigan, Texas, California, Illinois and South Carolina – now the longest at 21 years. In his career, he has traveled to 68 counties, and all states except Alaska and has worked in most of them on siting assignments.