Principal + VP of Location Intelligence
As principal and vice president of location intelligence, Tess leads site selection projects and the firm’s overall location intelligence strategy. She advises companies on making informed location strategy decisions that drive growth and success. Tess also oversees report development, data management, and analytic processes for the location intelligence team.
With years of experience attracting major capital investment to both metropolitan and rural communities, Tess has an eye for impact. While at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, she recruited jobs and investment into the state, evaluating the long-term returns that could result from $14 billion of potential new business investment from manufacturing and industrial projects. She recommended competitive sets of tax credits and economic incentives that could be offered to business investors and supported by the community and state. She also coached communities across the state to help them advance towards investment readiness and has a passion for helping rural communities succeed.
She is a proud associate member of the prestigious Site Selectors Guild, the only association of the world’s foremost professional site selection consultants. Guild members provide location strategy to corporations across the globe and for every industry, sector, and function. Members are peer-nominated, vetted, and must demonstrate significant professional location advisory experience. Tess is passionate about telling a story through data and speaks at site selection and economic development conferences regularly.
Tess holds dual bachelor’s degrees in English and French from Centre College and an MBA from the University of West Georgia. She enjoys gardening and discovering new breweries with her husband Michael, son, and two dogs.