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2017 Meet The Consultants
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2017 Meet The Consultants

4/19/2017 to 4/20/2017
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Where: Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
100 CNN Center NW
Atlanta, Georgia  30303
United States
Contact: Matthew Darius
(404) 523-3030

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Registration Information
 Member:  $ 360.00  $ 460.00
 Join SEDC and Register: ($50 discount)  $ 560.00  $ 660.00
 Non-Member:  $ 610.00  $ 710.00


• Payment must accompany registration form
• SEDC offers no partial or daily registrations
• SEDC reserves the right to limit or restrict registration
• Registration must be received no later than April 14 ,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 April 14, 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 April 14, 2017- amount refunded less an administrative fee of $50. Cancellation notices received between April 14-16, 2017- amount refunded less an administrative fee of $150. Any registrant who does not submit cancellation correspondence by April 16, 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.



This year's event will be held at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. The association has reserved a block of rooms for the event at the low rate of $175.00. To reserve your room online, please click here.To reserve your room via telephone please call,(404) 659-0000 and reference the event.

To learn more about the hotel, please visit their website.



Join SEDC for a networking reception at SunTrust Park - Home of the Atlanta Braves. Attendees will have a great opportunity to network with 250 economic development professionals from throughout the Southeast. Enjoy food and an open bar on the Hank Aaron Terrace as you watch the Braves take on the Washington Nationals. 

This year's evening reception with Atlanta site consultants will be held  Wednesday, April 19, 2017To learn more about the stadium, please visit their website.

Please be advised:

  • There will be an approximate 2 block walk from the bus to enter SunTrust Park. Attendees who are unable to walk this distance but would still like to attend are advised to contact the SEDC ahead of the event so alternate travel plans can be made.
  •  We will be loading the coaches at the Omni Hotel on International Blvd at the exit doors adjacent to Morsel’s in the North Tower
    • Signs and staff will be directing you where to go
  • Consultants, VIP's, and Sponsors begin loading at 5:00 PM
  • All other guests and attendees begin loading at 6:00 PM
  • Buses will return at the conclusion of the game

Directions to the Hank Aaron Terrace

  • From the 3rd Base Gate/Section 131, take the escalator to the Terrace Level. Once on the Terrace Level concourse, walk to your left towards section 244 and the entrance to the Hank Aaron Terrace will be adjacent to aisle 244.


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Tuesday, April 18

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Young Professionals Networking Event
StatsATL – Must Pre-Register to Attend
300 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Committee Members: Garrett Owens, Vice President, Winston-Salem Business Inc.; Jacob Weir, Industrial Development Manager, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Email to register.

Wednesday, April 19

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
International Ballroom EF

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Corporate Headquarters Panel
International Ballroom ABCD
Panelists: Martin Brannon, Managing Partner, Mohr Partners; Carol Henderson, Director, Cushman & Wakefield; Gary Yates, Vice President, Consulting JLL
Moderator: Scott Kuehn, Senior Manager, AEP

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Distribution Logistics Panel
International Ballroom ABCD
Panelists: Chris Dempsey, Senior Associate, CBRE; Bob Hutson, CEO, Symmedian; Bradley Pope,JLL
Moderator: Rich Fletcher, President & CEO, SC I-77 Alliance                                                                                                                                                       

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch 
International Ballroom EF
Network with consultants from panels earlier in the day

Sponsored by TVA

1:30 –2:30 p.m.
Foreign Direct Investment Panel
International Ballroom ABCD
Panelists: Jim Blair, Managing Director, Navigator Consulting; Florian Stamm, Partner, Smith, Gambrell & Russell; Carter Wood, Senior Manager, State and Local Tax, E&Y
Moderator: Eric McDonald, President/CEO, Greater Haralson Chamber of Commerce
2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 - 4:00 p. m.
Advanced Manufacturing Panel
International Ballroom ABCD
Panelists: Rose Burden, Executive Director Southeast Incentives, Leader/Indirect Tax Services, E&Y; Ann Petersen, Vice President, Business and Economic Incentives, JLL; Betty McIntosh, Director Locations Incentives Group Capital Mark, Cushman & Wakefield
Moderator: Jon Williams,President, WIlliams & Associates

6:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Reception at SunTrust Park
Busses load at 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Greater West Georgia Joint Development Authority

Thursday, April 20

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
International Ballroom EF                                                           

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Data Centers Panel
International Ballroom ABCD
Panelists: Mike Dolan, EVP, Jones Lang LaSalle; William Hearn, Senior Vice President, CBRE; Mike Lash, Senior Associate, CBRE
Moderator: Lauren Lambiase, GA Power
10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
10:15 -11:15 a.m.
Foods Panel
International Ballroom ABCD
Panelists: Blair Burns Westmoreland, Manager, Credit and Incentives, Deloitte; Turner Wisehart, Assistant Vice President, Colliers; David Dixon, SBU Leader, O'Neal Inc.
Moderator: William P. Murphy, CEcD, EDFP, Executive Vice President, Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Meet the Panelists
For more information on each panelist, please click their portrait.
  Ann Petersen 
Vice President, Business and Economic Incentives, JLL

Betty McIntosh
Director, Locations Incentives Group, Capital Mark, Cushman & Wakefield

  Blair Burns Westmoreland
Manager, Credits & Incentives, Deloitte
  Bradley Pope
Sr. Vice President, JLL
  Carol Henderson
Director, Cushman & Wakefield
  Carter Wood
Senior Manager, State & Local Tax, E&Y
  Turner Wisehart
Assistant Vice President, Colliers
  Chris Dempsey
Senior Associate, CBRE
  Mike Lash
Senior Associate, CBRE
  David Dixon
SBU Leader, O'Neal Inc.
  Florian Stamm
Partner, Smith, Gambrell, & Russell
  Jim Blair 
Managing Director, Navigator Consulting
  William Hearn
Senior Vice President, CBRE
  Martin Brannon
Managing Partner, Mohr Partners
  Mike Dolan
Executive Vice President, Jones, Lang, LaSalle
  Robert Hutson
CEO, Symmedian
  Rose Burden
Executive Director Southeast Incentives / Indirect Tax Services, E&Y
  Gary Yates
Vice President, Consulting, JLL


THANK YOU to our Sponsors!

Sponsorship are available for this great event! Don't miss out on getting your organization in front of site location consultants as well as economic development professionals. Sponsorship levels range from $2,500 to $15,000.