Lac La Biche , Alberta, Canada 

May 31-June 2, 2023


KEYNOTE SPEAKER

​​​David Gaines, Managing Director, Goldstone Consulting Group, Moberly, Missouri, USA 


David Gaines, Managing Director, leads the day-to-day operations of the firm’s consulting business and the firm’s commercial and industrial real estate division, Goldstone Realty Partners.

Goldstone Consulting Group provides site selection service to companies that are expanding and
searching for new locations to establish operations. Goldstone Consulting Group also provides
economic development consulting services to communities.

Prior to founding Goldstone Consulting Group in 2016, Mr. Gaines held leadership roles in two
local and regional economic development agencies dating back to 2007. During that time, he was
responsible for the business attraction efforts for the communities he represented as well
business retention and expansion programs for those communities.

David is a founding member of the Northeast Missouri Development Partnership, a 14-county
regional economic development agency. He also served as the group’s first two-term Chairman
of the Board of Directors and currently serves as a member of its Government Relations Committee.

He holds a degree in Business Administration from the Ashford University – Forbes School of
Business and a Chancellor’s Certificate in International Trade from the University of Missouri-St.
Louis. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.
During his 30-years of business experience, David has held positions from sales and marketing to
management and ownership. He has worked in the economic development, financial services,
print and broadcast media, real estate and business services industries.

David has authored numerous articles for national publications on matters relating to economic
development and business and is a former financial talk show host for a major market radio
station. In addition, he has also been a panelist and a moderator many times on topics
concerning economic development.

 
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Site Selector Speakers

Brian French, Director for Canada, Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Group, Toronto, Ontario Canada 


Brian is the current Director of  Canada for Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting (WDG); the leading and most respected global corporate site advisory and location consulting firm and has worked with many projects including:  ​Contact/BPO Centers, Timber Industry Sector, Oil & Gas Sector and other major foreign direct investment (FDI) manufactures locating throughout Canada.  Brian has worked with many aboriginal groups regarding economic development strategies throughout Canada too.


Prior to working for WDG, Brian started his career as a commercial lender for 5 years, then was hired by BDC to do economic development. He operated in Fredericton, Halifax and Saskatoon and managed the most successful program in Canada.

He was then recruited by the City of Toronto and worked on many special projects ranging from bids for a World’s Fair and a Pan Am Games, to a series of massive economic development promotional events across the USA. During his tenure, he also wrote the successful bid for a World Basketball Championships that led to an NBA team locating in Toronto, Ontario.  Brian has wrote Small Business Development Strategies  for the City too.


Brian has been profiled in Canadian Business and Paris l’Affaires magazines and was among the first Canadians to travel to and meet with economic delegations from Russia & Eastern Europe. He hosted the Deputy Secretary General of Moscow in Toronto and was the delegate for Toronto for trade and investment missions to France, Italy, Netherlands and Germany. During his mission, Brian met with the Minister of Industry of Romania in Bucharest to promote Toronto’s World’s Fair bid. Brian was also speaker at the World Development Council in Osaka, Japan.


Brian is a past President of Basketball Saskatchewan and has played basketball for fifty years. He has had two novels published, Tintamarre and Mojito and has a beautiful loving wife family the world’s best dog.​

​​​​​Paige Webster, President/Site Selection Consultant, Webster Global Site Selectors, Phoenix, Arizona, USA


Paige Webster started his firm in 2013.  Paige has worked with many projects across many industry sectors including:  aerospace, bio tech, geo-thermal, wind & solar, warehouse/distribution, office projects, data centers, corporate centers and the retail sector. Paige has been working in site selection and economic development for twenty years.

Paige has had extensive site selection experience as he was the Western Regional Real Estate Manager for Aaron Rents. Paige was able to facilitate and expand the major retail expansion for Aaron Rents in the Western United States. 

Paige has had experience in the Economic Development arena too. He was the former Economic Development Director for the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation.  Paige’s experience includes working with back office, warehouse distribution, bio-tech, software development companies and food processing companies for the Yuma area.  Paige did extensive work in cross border economic development and was a member of the Border Trade Alliance (BTA) and worked closely with the Arizona Governor’s Office on cross border issues in Mexico.  Paige was on the Workforce Development Board and was also a Board Member of the Arizona Association of Economic Development (AAED).  Paige has also received the CEcD designation during his career in Economic Development. 

Paige also worked for the Arizona Department of Commerce as the Northern Arizona Representative, assisting companies to expand or relocate to the State of Arizona with projects related to injection molding, warehouse/distribution, back office, agro-business, bio-tech, high tech, aviation.

Paige has received his BS in Regional Development from University of Arizona and has also received his MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix.  Paige resides in Phoenix, AZ and loves to fly fish, play golf, hunt and scuba dive.

​​​Jason Hamman, President & Founder The Hamman Consulting Group, Vermillion, Ohio, USA


Jason Hamman is the President and Founder of The Hamman Consulting Group (“HCG”). Established in 2013, HCG provides a full range of location advisory, site selection and economic development services to private and public sector clients.


Jason’s work with private sector clients includes site selection and location analysis, along with the identification and acquisition of tax incentives and grants. He also works with economic development organizations to prepare economic development strategic plans, identify target industry sectors, labor market/workforce analysis, site development/analysis, market/feasibility studies, grant writing and project management services.


From 2008 to 2013, Jason was a Senior Consultant with Silverlode Consulting Corp. in Cleveland. During his tenure at Silverlode, Jason worked with a variety of private sector clients, including a publicly traded iron-ore mining company, a global leader in welding products, a market leading food processing equipment manufacturer, an aviation MRO company, a multi-national call center operator and a large healthcare organization, as well as many public sector clients, including multi-county regional economic development organizations, large cities, and rural counties.


Prior to joining Silverlode, Jason was a Research Associate at Team NEO, an 18-county regional economic development organization representing Northeast Ohio, supporting business attraction and expansion efforts through customized data, labor market and industry analysis. Jason was also an Econ. Dev. Specialist for Lorain County Community Development. Jason has previously served on the City of Avon Lake’s Planning Commission and as the Chair for the City of Vermilion’s Economic Development Committee.


In March 2018, Jason founded The Hamman Realty Group, Inc., an Ohio based commercial real estate brokerage. Jason earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State Univ., and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Cleveland State Univ.


Jason has been a featured speaker at national and regional events, including Area Development (Jacksonville FL, Dec. 2012 & Richmond, VA, Mar. 2019), Expansion Management's Roundtable Series (Tucson, AZ, Oct. 2012), the NE Indiana Econ. Dev. Forum (Sep. 2014), Columbus ED 411 (Dec. 2014), the U.S. Ethane Exports & Ethylene Markets (Houston, TX, Oct. 2014), the Utica Summit (Canton, OH, Oct. 2015), the Mid-America Econ. Dev. Council (Chicago, IL, Dec. 2015), the NGL Feedstocks & Derivatives (Houston, TX, Feb. 2016), the SiteLink Forum (Lynchburg, VA, Nov. 2016), the North Alabama Ind. Dev. Assoc. (Huntsville, AL, Nov. 2017), the Ohio Econ. Dev. Assoc. (2011- 2017), the Indiana Econ. Dev. Assoc. (Indianapolis, IN, Aug. 2018) and the NE Petrochemical Conference (Pittsburgh, PA, Jun. 2018).


Jason’s article “What Should High-Growth Companies Look for in a Community” was published in Area Development Magazine’s Q4 2019 edition.
 
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