Mark WilliamsPresident Strategic Development Group, Inc.
Mark Williams is Strategic Development Group, Inc.’s (“SDG”) President. SDG is a fully-staffed business-consulting firm founded in February 1999 that provides a variety of site selection and location incentive negotiation services designed to enhance operational performance and produce significant cost savings to medium and large corporations and their suppliers during the site selection process.
SDG has completed highly successful site location projects with major U.S. corporations and multi-national corporations based in Europe and Asia including Bridgestone, British Petroleum (BP), ASMO, Tupperware, JTEKT, and Commercial Metals Corporation. During the last three years the firm has sited projects with capital investments valued at over $1.6 billion.
Mr. Williams previously served as Chief Development Officer for the South Carolina Department of Commerce. In this position, he directed South Carolina’s domestic and global business recruitment activities, including the operation of Commerce’s international offices in Frankfurt, Germany and Tokyo, Japan.
Mr. Williams is nationally recognized as an expert economic developer. He has earned the professional designations of Certified Economic Developer (CED) and Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) and chaired the former American Economic Development Council’s Certification Board, which certified professional economic developers in the United States and Canada.
Mr. Williams is a board member and treasurer of the Site Selector’s Guild which is a professional association comprised of the world’s most respected site selection consultants. He has also 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. He 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.
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