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TeamCalifornia's Annual Meet the Consultants Forum

  • 20 Feb 2013
  • 5:30 PM
  • 21 Feb 2013
  • 3:00 PM
  • Monterey Bay, California


TeamCalifornia's Annual

Meet the Consultants Forum


 February 20  5:30pm - 7:00pm: Registration and Reception

 February 21   8:00am - 3:00pm  Consultants Forum

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You are invited to register for TeamCalifornia's Annual Meet the Consultants Forum on California's Central Coast.


You will be joined by national and international Site Location Consultants all located outside of California, but all running current projects in California.


These Site Selectors are key decision influencers, intermediaries and leaders working with companies during their decision process.  They influence and recommend where projects with job generating investments and projects land throughout California.  Attend the Forum and discuss your area - promote your area - sponsor to receive extra recognition and additional benefits.  Meet and develop relationships with site selectors for consideration on future projects and how you can remain competitive.


Your registration  includes full conference registration, all meals, breakout sessions, consultants packet with full contact and presentation information from each consultant, consultant introductions, meetings and round table discussions. 


Non-members may attend at an increased cost.


For information on how to Sponsor a consultant or have your area's assets highlighted specifically during the Meet the Consultant contact Mary Ingersoll - for a Sponsors Packet or for more details  -  916.791.9900

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These renowned site consultants bring world-class expertise to California. Each speaker will focus on an industry specialty.

Logistics and International Markets

Bill Luttrell 
Senior Locations Strategist, Werner Enterprise’s Werner Global Logistics 

Mr. Luttrell has 28 years experience in the corporate real estate and economic development industries. He has assisted major corporations such as BP, Disney, Exterran, Fidelity Investments, Fujitsu, GM, HP, Merck,, NEC, Nestle, Panasonic, Solvay, Texaco and Western Digital. He has managed over 180 projects in over 40 countries. At Werner he has responsibility for Global Location consulting with a specialization in both domestic and cross-border, international projects, particularly in manufacturing and warehouse distribution and related supply-chain analysis. Prior to joining Werner Enterprises Mr. Luttrell held various  positions at  Jones Lang LaSalle's Strategic Consulting Group in San Francisco, World Bank Group in Washington, DC,  Deloitte & Touche Fantus in Los Angeles, and John Brown Engineering and Construction, where he was stationed in their Tokyo, Moscow, Houston, Chicago and Kuala Lumpur offices. 

Bill Luttrell


Rajeev Thakur
Managing Director of Strategic Consulting,
Washington, DC
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank


  • Global Location Strategy & Site Selection 
  • Operations & Portfolio Assessment
  • Outsourcing and Shared Services Strategy
  • Real Estate Asset Strategy
  • Economic Development Incentive Negotiations
  • Real Estate Portfolio Optimization
  • Enterprise Cost Reduction


As Managing Director of Strategic Consulting with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Mr. Thakur is focused on market entry strategy, domestic and global location strategy, footprint optimization, and real estate advisory services.  He has managed and completed location strategy and site selection engagements for clients across many industries including manufacturing, financial services, life sciences, back office and call centers, and head quarters in North America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.  Mr. Thakur is also engaged in developing target industry and business attraction strategies for economic development agencies across the United States.

Prior to joining NGKF, Mr. Thakur was a management consultant in Deloitte’s Global Strategy & Operations practice. 

Other past experience includes workplace strategy, real estate portfolio optimization, and enterprise cost reduction related to real estate assets and workforce.  Mr. Thakur worked with leading Architecture firms such as HOK and SOM in their workplace consulting practices.  Prior to becoming a consultant, Mr. Thakur had a career as an architect and urban planning consultant and managed large commercial mixed use development projects in South and Southeast Asia. Mr. Thakur’s skills include site evaluation, field due diligence, development feasibility, financial modeling, labor market and workforce analysis, and process design and improvement.

Select clients include Citigroup, Capital One, Nordic Windpower, Computershare, TriZetto, Starwood, Enbridge, Hancock Bank, Soitec, American Express, Bank of America, Pfizer, Cadila Pharmaceutical (India), Booz Allen Hamilton, Aon Insurance, Deloitte (India), Wolters Kluwer, and American Red Cross.   


Master of Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University, Netherlands, concentrating in International Business and Corporate Finance.  

Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, with concentration in Economic Development.

Bachelor of Architecture from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India, with focus on Urban Design.

Rajeev Thakur


Robert Hess
Executive Managing Director, Consulting
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank


  • Facility Network Planning 
  • Expansion and Relocation Feasibility
  • Global Location Strategy and Site Selection Methodologies
  • Supply Chain and Real Estate Process Improvement
  • Real Estate Acquisition and Incentive Negotiations
  • Economic Development Business Attraction and Retention Strategic Planning


Robert Hess is an executive managing director in Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Global Corporate Services practice and is responsible for strategy development, quality assurance and business development for its consulting and industry/specialty group initiatives. He is a preeminent, sought-after service provider and respected leader in corporate location strategy and site selection across multiple industries and asset types in North America. He has conducted over 250 assignments on a global basis, including major CAPX projects in Asia, Europe and Mexico. 

Other past experience includes his role as a partner with Deloitte & Touche for 18 years in its Fantus Location Strategies service line, a specialty consulting practice known for industry leading strategic facility planning, location strategy, site selection, incentive negotiations and corporate real estate advisory services. 

Aside from his facility location strategy core competencies, other strategy and operations experience includes supply chain planning, distribution network optimization, manufacturing rationalization and consolidation, relocation feasibility, strategic cost reduction, large capital investment program management, commercial and industrial site evaluation and due diligence methods, detailed labor market/workforce analysis and complex financial incentive negotiations.

Select occupier clients include AACSB International, Alabama Power, A.K. Steel, Best Buy, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Braskem Chemical, LTV, Dillards, Disney, Dollar General, Enbridge, Entergy Utilities, GM Janesville, Gap Inc., Georgia Power, Johns Manville, Kikkoman Foods, Kmart/Sears, Leedsworld, 3M, McDonnell Douglas, State of Mississippi (BLUEPRINT), Nestle (Multiple assignments), Novartis (multiple assignments), Office Depot, Radio Flyer, Sherwin Williams, State of Wisconsin (WEDA), ThyssenKrupp AG (Multiple assignments), TriZetto, Urban Science and Wausau Insurance.

In summary, Mr. Hess has led the strategic placement of over 40 million square feet of real estate across multiple geographies (and urban, suburban and rural) and helped secure over $1 billion in incentives to support these efforts.   


Mr. Hess earned his BA in Economic Geography/Urban and Regional Planning, cum laude from the University of Minnesota - Duluth, and an MBA in Marketing Management from DePaul University in Chicago. He attended Northwestern University in Chicago completing executive development programs in Global Supply Chain Management and Factory Physics/Lean Manufacturing, MIT for Creative Problem Solving/System Dynamics and leadership development courses at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Mr. Hess is also a Dale Carnegie University Effective Speaking Graduate and has conducted over 100 public speaking engagements to a wide variety of audiences on Foreign Direct Investment, Supply Chain Planning & Location Selection Trends, Economic Development Policy and Best Practices in Consulting Business Development.  Mr. Hess is a member of CSCMP, IAMC, CORENET, SHRM, and a member of the prestigious Site Selector’s Guild. 

Robert Hess


Mark A. Beattie
Hickey & Associates, LLC
Mr. Beattie is a Principal with Hickey & Associates, LLC, a global site selection and public incentives firmed based in Minneapolis, MN. 

Mr. Beattie has over thirty five years of experience working in the corporate sector managing real estate, facilities, purchasing and staff management operations. He has extensive experience in long-range strategic planning for the acquisition, usage and disposition of domestic and international real estate assets, site selection and public incentives management. 

He has worked for a number of industrial manufacturing companies including the last 30 years at 3M Company (retired 2009), a US based, multinational company with 800+ locations worldwide and over 60 million square feet of manufacturing, warehouse/distribution, R&D and office space. 

Mr. Beattie has been an active member of CoreNet Global and the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC). He has served on the Board of Directors for IDRC (now CoreNet), the Executive Board of the Metro East Development Partnership in St. Paul, MN, and the advisory board of the Minnesota Real Estate Journal. He currently serves as President & Board Chair for The Light Factory: Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film in Charlotte, NC and on the Board of Directors of the Myers Park City Homes Home Owners Association.   

Mark A. Beattie


Tim Feemster
Senior Managing Director

Over 40 years of experience have provided Tim Feemster, Senior Managing Director, Newmark Grubb, with a variety of problem solving situations in real estate, transportation, logistics, and distribution. Tim is quoted frequently in the industry press and makes over 20 presentations a year to professional organizations.

Before joining Newmark Grubb, Feemster was a senior manager in three manufacturing companies, a general manager, a consultant, an executive in two third party logistics providers, and a Practice Group leader. Feemster has been responsible for transportation & warehouse operations, real estate site selection, economic development strategy consulting, strategic planning, and lean quality management.

Feemster holds an M.B.A. in Marketing from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a B.A. in Mathematics from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Feemster is an active member in the Warehouse Education and Research Council (, where he is Past President; Council Supply Chain Management Professionals (; Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC); Intermodal Association of North America (, International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and the International Council of Shopping Centers ( He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Trade Data Exchange (TDE) Corporation.

Tim Feemster


Peter M. Pellerito
Managing Director, Senior Policy Consultant
Washington, DC
Chapel Hill, NC

Peter M. Pellerito is the managing director of PMP Public Affairs Consulting (PMP) in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and Washington DC. He is also senior policy consultant and former interim vice president for state government relations and alliance development for the Washington DC-based Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

Mr. Pellerito has co-authored seventeen reports and best practices guides on bioscience/life science economic development legislation and business development marketing in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, North Carolina, and South Dakota. He is also a contributing author/editor to the five bi-ennial Battelle/BIO national publications focusing on state initiatives that support bioscience commercialization of research technologies, and public policy. He sits on several university-industry committees that focus on technology transfer and commercialization efforts for universities and community college workforce development.

In addition, PMP currently acts as chief economic development advisor to the Research Triangle Regional Partnership and the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.

His hands-on industry experience includes the position of senior director of government and public affairs for Shaman Pharmaceuticals and policy consultant to Genentech, Inc of South San Francisco, California. Mr. Pellerito formulated bioscience industry attraction and retention strategies for the California HealthCare Institute, San Mateo County, and the City of South San Francisco.

Mr. Pellerito was previously Director of State Relations and Assistant Vice President for Government Relations at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and was responsible for managing the public affairs issues unit for the university’s central administration during his tenure from 1978-1995.

He holds degrees from California State University, Northridge, and Michigan State University.



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