Guild Member Profile

Tess Fay


Global Location Strategies
Greenville, SC

With experience in state economic development, Tess understands the many factors that clients must consider when facing a site selection project. During her two years with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, she worked with clients representing many industries, from heavy manufacturing to agribusiness to high-tech shared service, and evaluated the long-term returns that could result from $14 billion of potential new business investment.

As a Principal at GLS, Tess has a deep understanding of workforce, infrastructure, and supply chain needs within manufacturing and industrial sectors. Her most recent project experience includes multi-billion-dollar projects in the metals and battery industries, as well as major investments in the consumer goods and automotive industries. She is passionate about matching companies and communities for mutual, long-term success.

Prior to her time in the economic development field, Tess worked in marketing, public relations and business development at Big Ass Fans, where she learned first-hand the challenges faced within the manufacturing industry.

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

Tess earned her BA from Centre College and her Masters from the University of West Georgia. When not traveling or hiking, she and her husband, Michael, stay busy renovating their house and taking care of their son, Emmett.