Guild Member Profile

Board Advisor
Associate Member

Tess Fay

Principal and VP of Location Intelligence

Global Location Strategies
Greenville, SC

As principal and vice president of location intelligence, Tess leads site selection projects and the firm’s overall location intelligence strategy. She advises companies on making informed location strategy decisions that drive growth and success. Tess also oversees report development, data management, and analytic processes for the location intelligence.

With years of experience attracting major capital investment to both metropolitan and rural communities, Tess has an eye for impact. While at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, she recruited jobs and investment into the state, evaluating the long-term returns that could result from $14 Billion of potential new business investment from manufacturing and industrial projects. She recommended competitive sets of tax credits and economic incentives that could be offered to business investors and supported by the community and state. She also coached communities across the state to help them advance towards investment readiness and has a passion for helping rural communities succeed.

She is a proud associate member of the prestigious Site Selectors Guild, the only association of the world’s foremost professional site selection consultants. Tess is passionate about telling a story through data and speaks at site selection and economic development conferences regularly.

North America International
Energy Automotive Pharma
Medical and Life Sciences Chemicals and Plastics Advanced Manufacturing
Food and Beverage Logistics, Warehouse and Distribution Paper
Electronics Forestry, Minerals, Metal Aerospace, Aeronautics and Aviation
Trex Company Logan Aluminum Braidy Industries
TOPY America Novelis SEMCORP

Tess holds dual bachelor’s degrees in English and French from Centre College and an MBA from the University of West Georgia. She enjoys gardening and hiking with her husband Michael, son, and two dogs.