Senior Vice President & Director
Chris Lloyd leads the McGuireWoods Consulting infrastructure and economic development team where he specializes in site selection and economic development incentives negotiations. Chris has also worked closely with clients on numerous public-private partnership projects for transportation and other infrastructure as well as playing a leading role in the development and passage of Virginia’s public-private partnership laws. These statutes have since become model legislation for use in other states. As a result of this work, Chris has become a frequent speaker on economic development policy issues and public private partnership projects around the country. Chris has worked with large name clients from Honda, Hilton Worldwide, Version, and Starbucks to name a few.
For over twenty years, Dan Levine has been a leader in location consulting, economic development and incentive negotiation and he has applied his unique cross functional and strategic analytic framework to problems confronting clients ranging from leading companies (Citigroup, Novartis, Continental Airlines); Trade Groups (American Culinary Federation); Economic Development Groups (Regional Business Partnership of Newark); Trade Unions, Educational Institutions and others.
Site Consultants & Incentives Practice Leader
Wadley-Donovan- Gutshaw (WDG) Consulting
Linda has almost 30 years experience in incentive negotiations, corporate recruitment, economic development strategies, target marketing, and non-profit organizational planning. Her site location experience has consisted of; headquarter relocations, manufacturing and distribution, data centers and back office operations, hospitality and cultural institutions, business park planning, transit-oriented and mixed use retail developments. WDG Consulting global corporate location advisory firm is headquartered in New Jersey and their clients represent one-third of the Fortune 500 corporations including;
Patrick O. Gottschalk
Patrick is the chair of the Williams Mullen Economic Development Team and is a member of the firm’s corporate and government relations practice groups, where he focuses primarily on economic development projects, foreign inward investment transactions, joint ventures, multi-party agreements and business law issues, including mergers and acquisitions, general corporate law and financing transactions. Mr. Gottschalk has substantial experience assisting clients in accessing federal, state and local business location incentives and grant and loan programs. Also, he was instrumental in creating the CCAM (Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing) in Virginia attracting companies such as; Rolls-Royce, Canon Inc. and Siemens.
Mary Faye LaFaver
Ernst & Young
Mary Faye LaFaver is an Executive Director in the National Indirect Tax Practice of Ernst and Young and National Director of Discretionary Incentives. She was the Mid-Atlantic Area practice leader for more than eight years. One of her key roles responsibilities in her National role is leveraging knowledge with other Areas across the country. Mary Faye and her incentives team have employed the Capital Investment Analysis model on significant engagements with companies across a spectrum of industries. She has been involved specifically in the aerospace and defense, chemical, oil and gas, technology, financial services, health care, and automotive and industrial equipment manufacturing sectors. These engagements have driven benefits ranging from $5 million to more than $150 million in value for the individual companies. The credits and incentives practice has more than 850 active engagements and drove more than $1 billion of value for clients over the past four years.
Executive Vice President, Business & Economic Incentives
Jones Lang LaSalle
Amy Gerber is an Executive Vice President in the Business and Economic Incentives practice, a consulting division of Jones Lang LaSalle. Ms. Gerber specialized in state incentive and tax negotiation and implementation. Ms. Gerber utilizes her state and local tax background when working with economic development teams to interpret and change tax statuses that generate significant operating and tax savings for her clients. Ms. Gerber is the practice expert in the renewable and sustainable energy disciplines. She has led and managed numerous multi-state incentive negotiation engagements for both office and industrial projects for clients including, William Sonoma, CVS, Pacific Sunwear, MillerCoors, Aviva USA, Medtronic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Capital One, Cisco Systems, Halliburton, Bed Bath & Beyond, Westinghouse and numerous sustainable energy clients.
Michael Heilala is a Senior Principal at Accenture with 24 years consulting experience and leads the Global Manufacturing Strategy Practice since 2006. He ran Accenture’s Lean Six Sigma practice from 2001 to 2007 prior to the acquisition of George Group. He specializes in helping companies evaluate, design and implement their global manufacturing network strategies and operations. He has managed large global manufacturing transfers and start-ups and has extensive expertise in sales and operations planning, production planning, strategic sourcing and shop floor operations. He primarily focuses on industrial and heavy equipment industries. He has built factories in Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore and the US. He co-authored the article”Manufacturing’s Secret Shift: Gaining Competitive Advantage by Getting Closer to the Customer”, citing the trend of US companies re-shoring from low cost countries. His leading clients have included Baker-Hughes, Bosch-Siemens, Caterpillar, ConocoPhillips, Delta Air Lines, Halliburton, Lincoln Electric, Owens-Illinois, Siemens VDO and Whirlpool.
Carolyn S. Lee
Miller Mayer, LLP
Carolyn’s practice is exclusively immigration and focuses on EB-5 investors and regional centers. Carolyn is author of EB-5 publications including “Ethical and Practical Considerations in EB-5 Practice” (2008), “The Meaning of ‘At Risk’ in EB-5 Investment” (2009), and “Material Change’ in EB-5 Petitions: A Need to Return to the Drawing Board” (2010). She is co-author of EB-5 publications including “Relevance of U.S. securities Laws to Immigrant Investors, EB-5 Regional Centers and Their Advisors” (2009) and the comprehensive EB-5 update article for the AILA annual conference handbook. She frequently publishes on EB-5 matters on ilw.com, is currently Chair of the AILA EB-5 Investor Committee, a member of the AILA California Service Center Liaison Committee.