Site Selectors Guild Elects New Board

Site Selectors Guild Elects New Board

May 21, 2019

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Site Selectors Guild (SSG), the association of the world’s leading corporate location advisors, elected a new board at the organization’s 2019 Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in March. Along with the election of new board members, Andrew Shapiro was elected chairman of the board.

“I am pleased and delighted to have been chosen by my peers to Chair the Site Selectors Guild over the next year,” says Shapiro. He continues, saying that, “This will be a particularly crucial period in the Guild’s evolution.  With an experienced pro like Rick Weddle now in place as our first, full-time Executive Director, the Board and I hope to move more rapidly towards our goal of ensuring that every corporate location decision is guided by an experience’s location strategy profession, and in particular, a member of the Site Selectors Guild.”

Shapiro was one of the founding members of SSG which was founded in 2010. He leads Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company’s new West Coast Practice Office in Walnut Creek, CA and brings more than 30 years of experience to the profession.

In addition to the chairman, the following Guild members have been elected to the board and will serve as officers:

  • Didi Caldwell, principal of the Global Location Strategies and immediate past board chair will remain on the board as vice chair
  • Will Hearn, director of site selection and real estate at Origis Energy, joins the board as secretary
  • John Sission, executive managing director at the Next Move Group, will continue to serve as board treasurer
  • Chris Lloyd, senior vice present and director of infrastructure and economic development at McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC, remains on the board
  • Gregg Wassmansdorf, senior managing director, consulting at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank joins the board
  • Jay Garner, president of Garner Economics, LLC. also joins the board


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 awareness of the value professional location strategy and site selection services create for corporations.

Professional site selectors often serve as a barometer for the overall economy – when companies are growing and expanding, they turn to site selectors for location advisory assistance. If projects slow down or stop coming in to site selectors, it is an early indicator that business may be headed for a downturn. Guild members are also committed to 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.

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