March 23, 2017
Westlake, TX – The Site Selectors Guild (SSG), the world’s largest group of senior site location advisors, honored Westlake town manager Tom Brymer with the 2017 Excellence in Economic Development award at its annual conference.
Winning professionals and economic development organizations (EDOs) are nominated by SSG members and are selected based on mastery of process; ingenuity and creativity; going above and beyond; political acumen; staying power; and personal, caring touch.
“We recognize the top performers in economic development,” said SSG Board Chairman Mark Williams. “They are indispensable partners of the Guild and their outstanding efforts deserve to be celebrated.”
When Charles Schwab was looking for a location for their new shared services center, they evaluated Ft. Worth Metroplex, a suburb of the Dallas. They were concerned that their 1,200-employee corporate campus might overwhelm the small community and by the lack of a full-time economic developer in the community to assist them. Tom Brymer stepped up to lead the project and developed a timeline and incentive package that struck the right balance to ensure that the small city could handle the economics of the large project and that local services would not be adversely impacted. Brymer monitored the progress from start to finish and worked to maintain full support from the county and state for the new project.
“Tom perfected the art of maintaining a project timeline while engaging local officials to ensure smooth implementation from day one,” said SSG Member Larry Gigerich, who nominated them for this award. “His ability to step into a new role and execute it flawlessly makes him more than worthy of this award.”
The Excellence in Economic Development Awards were created to promote positive interactions between site selection professionals and EDOs, to encourage innovation by highlighting EDO best practices, and to introduce and advance high standards for the site selector profession.
About The Site Selectors Guild
The Site Selectors Guild (SSG) is a professional association comprised of the world’s leading corporate location advisory consultants to companies looking to build or expand. The mission of SSG is to advance the profession of corporate location strategy by raising the awareness of the value professional location strategy and site selection services create for corporations, sharing thought leadership and best practices, developing and nurturing relationships between SSG members, economic development organizations and corporate stakeholders and contributing to policy discussions that affect location strategy and the future of the profession.
All members of SSG have been nominated and approved by their industry peers. As the first and only group of its kind, SSG brings together a dynamic network of site selectors from around the world, combining their talent and expertise to create an invaluable, top quality resource for both corporations seeking site selection assistance and economic development organizations.