Mark WilliamsPresident Strategic Development Group, Inc.
As Founder and President of Strategic Development Group, Mark Williams specializes in manufacturing and office facility site selection and negotiation for mid- to large-size US and multinational corporations in chemical, automotive and transportation, distribution, life science and steel sectors.
Prior to founding Strategic Development Group, Mark served as Chief Development Officer for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, where he directed South Carolina’s domestic and global business recruitment activities, including the operation of Commerce’s international offices in Frankfurt and Tokyo. He has served as an advisor to US governors, mayors, legislators and directors of state development agencies in matters related to business retention, strategic planning and target marketing initiatives.
Nationally recognized as an expert economic developer, Mark has earned the professional designations of Certified Economic Developer (CED) and Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). He chaired the former American Economic Development Council’s Certification Board, which certified professional economic developers in the US and Canada and was President of the South Carolina Economic Developers Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus in mathematics and civil engineering and an MBA from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.
Mark is currently an active member and Past Chairman of the Site Selector’s Guild, a professional association comprised of the world’s most respected site selection consultants and is a frequent US and international speaker on site selection trends. Other recognitions include being named “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. Mark has also received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor that can be given to a South Carolina citizen, for his success in business recruiting.
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