Guild Member Profile

Bob Hess

Vice Chairman, Global Strategy

Arlington Heights, IL

Bob Hess is a Vice Chairman of Newmark and Head of it’s Global Strategy Consulting Practice, responsible for practice management, strategy development, business development, and overall client service and care. He is a preeminent, sought-after service provider and respected leader in corporate location strategy, site selection and incentive negotiations. Bob has conducted over 300 assignments globally, across a variety of industries and asset types, including mega-facility projects in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Mexico. He has worked projects in over 30 countries.

Bob has led over 40 major economic development strategy development initiatives, including states, regions, utilities and private sector developers.

He has led the strategic placement and boardroom level business case support of over 100M SF of operations (all asset types), 50,000+ employees all across the U.S. and many global markets and helped secure over $5.0B in bottom line cost reduction and financial incentives to support these efforts.

North America
Data Centers IT Automotive
Medical and Life Sciences Advanced Manufacturing Apparel
Logistics, Warehouse and Distribution Forestry, Minerals, Metal
PAST CLIENTS Boeing China Corning
Gap Inc GRAIL Nike
Novartis Samsung SK Food Group
U.S. States of AL, MS, NY & WI Thyssenkrupp

Hess earned his BA in Economic Geography/Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota – Duluth, and an MBA in Marketing Management from DePaul University in Chicago. He has completed executive development programs at Northwestern University in Global Supply Chain Management, Factory Physics/Lean Manufacturing and Leading w/Advanced Analytics and Automation; MIT for Creative Problem Solving/System Dynamics; Oxford University for Scenario Planning; and multiple leadership development courses at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Mr. Hess is an accomplished speaker, having completed over 60 speeches and panel events in his career to a wide array of audiences. Mr. Hess is a past Board member and current shareholder member in the Site Selectors Guild, an association of the top corporate site selection professionals in the world. He is a preeminent, sought-after service provider and respected leader in corporate location strategy and site selection.