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TEDC Spring Conference

2017 Young Professionals Meet the Consultants
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11/1/2017 to 11/2/2017
When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
12:00 PM
Where: The Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe St
Chicago, Illinois  60603
United States
Contact: Matthew Darius

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Hotel Panelists


A message from the Young Professionals Planning Committee

"We hope that all of you will plan to join us in Chicago for our Annual YP Meet the Consultants event.  We are still finalizing the lineup, but this year’s event will feature representatives from well-known consulting firms that will share their thoughts on current trends and issues facing the economic development community.  We have no doubt that you will benefit from the information shared by the speakers and will be able to take this information back to your organization to aid in your economic development efforts. In addition to the consultant interaction and presentations, this event provides an opportunity to network with your peers from organizations all across the SEDC territory.  You will have the chance to meet or reconnect with other Young Professionals involved in our field of work.  These relationships can be a tremendous asset to all of us as our careers advance.  We sincerely hope that all of you will take time to join us for this important event and make lasting relationships with your peers."

-The YP Planning Committee


Registration Rates:    

  Regular Onsite
Member: $250 $300
Non-Member: $350 $400



• SEDC offers no partial or daily registrations

• SEDC reserves the right to limit or restrict registration

• Registration must be received no later than October 25th, 2017. After this date, registrants must register and pay fees on-site.

SEDC policy states that full payment is required prior to the start of the event.  Anyone with an outstanding balance may be denied entry.


Registration deadline is October 25th, 2017. After this date please plan to register on-site. In order to obtain a refund, all cancellations must be received in writing at the SEDC office. Refund policy is as follows: Cancellation notices received by October 2nd, 2017- amount refunded less an administrative fee of $50. Cancellation notices received between October 3rd, 2017 and October 16th, 2017- amount refunded less an administrative fee of $150. Any registrant who does not submit cancellation correspondence by October 20th, 2017 is required to pay the balance in full. Registrants may substitute attendees without penalty upon notification, however, appropriate member/non-member rates will apply to substitute attendees. SEDC is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), conference management will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities at its meetings. If you need assistance or if you have dietary restrictions, please indicate this on your registration form or call the SEDC office at 404-523-3030.


Member and non-member registration fees include: all conference sessions, lunch, breaks, as well as the evening event.

Descriptions and speakers subject to change

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Incentives Panel

Panelists: Minah Hall, True Partners Consulting; Richie Kurtzman, Ernst & Young
Brad Migdal, Cushman & Wakefield

Moderator: Morgan Crapps, Nexsen Pruet

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Networking Break

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Marketing Your Community / Responding to an RFI Panel

Panelists: Jerry Szatan, Szatan & Associates; Aaron Hirschl, Cushman & Wakefield

Moderator: Tyler Chaffee, WSBI, Inc.

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Networking Break                                                                                                                  

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Open Floor Discussion - Best Practices

Moderators: Jake Weir, Norfolk Southern; Tyler Chaffee, WSBI, Inc.; Morgan Crapps, Nexsen Pruet

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Food Projects Panel

Panelists: Wendy Berger, WBS Equities; Scott Kupperman, Principal, Kupperman Location Solutions; Chris Schastok, CBRE 

Moderator: Tyler Chaffee, WSBI, Inc. 

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Automotive Projects Panel

Panelists: Mike Bennett, Avenue Advisory Group;
Alex Frei, Cushman & Wakefield; Sarah Raehl, Deloitte

Moderator: Jake Weir, Norfolk Southern                                                                                                                   

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM


1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Foreign Direct Investment Panel

Panelists: Matthias Amberg, Rodl & Partner; Kingsley Lam, J.P. Morgan, Timo Rehbock, Barnes & Thornburg 

Moderator: Morgan Crapps, Nexsen Pruet

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Site Location Consultants Panel

Panelists: Christian Beaudoin, JLL; Darin Buelow, Deloitte; Robert Hess, NGKF; Kyle Syers, Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co.

Moderator: Jake Weir, Norfolk Southern  

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Networking Reception at Potters with Local Site Location Consultants




Matthias Amberg

Rodl & Partner

Christian Beaudoin

Research Director
Midwest Markets

 Mike Bennett

Founding Partner

Avenue Advisory Group


 Wendy Berger

President & CEO
WBS Equities LLC 

 Darin Buelow


 Alex Frei

Senior Managing Director
Cushman & Wakefield

 Minah Hall

Managing Director

True Partners Consulting 

Robert Hess

Executive Managing Director

 Aaron Hirschl

Senior Consultant
Cushman & Wakefield 

 Richie Kurtzman


Ernst & Young 

Kingsley Lam

Vice President

JP Morgan 

 Brad Migdal

Senior Managing Director
Cushman & Wakefield 


 Sarah Raehl

Senior Manager


 Timo Rehbock


Barnes & Thornburg 

 Chris Schastok

Vice President

Kyle Syers

Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co.


 Jerry Szatan

Szatan & Associates 

Conference Location & Hotel

Conference Hotel:

The Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
TEL: 312.726.7500

Rates & Registration:

$199 - Single / Double Occupancy

Cutoff date for booking a room is October 10th, 2017



About the Conference Hotel:

By the turn of the century, the Palmer House had become Chicago’s liveliest social center, hosting a long list of prominent figures—including those ranging from U.S. presidents to Charles Dickens to Oscar Wilde. In 1933, the Golden Empire Dining Room of Palmer House was converted into an entertainment epicenter. It hosted legendary entertainers, including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte, Louis Armstrong, and Liberace. In recent years the historic Chicago hotel, Palmer House has undergone a $170 million renovation to ensure that it includes all of the conveniences and comforts our 21st century guests expect while also preserving our significant history. Clearly “the Chicago hotel the world knows best” has positioned itself for the next era in downtown Chicago accommodations–and the next generation of Palmer House Hilton with a hip and historic outlook.


Don’t miss this excellent sponsorship opportunity for exposure toChicago based site location consultants, up and coming economic developers, and SEDC members. Questions may be directed to Matthew Darius at

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