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60 Seconds with Steve McKenna, Allied Van Lines, Vice President of Pricing and Contracts

BF: What economic advantages does Texas offer that have kept the state atop Allied's relocation destination list for the last four years? SM: Texas is often at the top our list due to a number of factors. First, it's a large state with a large population; therefore, it's likely to have a greater percentage of activity. The large metropolitan areas in Texas have diversified their economies over the last 20 y ...

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60 Seconds with Phil Alvarez, President, RCN Metro Optical Networks

Felipe "Phil" Alvarez is president of RCN Metro Optical Networks, where he is responsible for all aspects of the business unit. Alvarez has more than 20 years in the telecommunications field with companies such as NYNEX and Bell Atlantic. Prior to RCN, Alvarez was Chief Operating Officer of Con Edison Communications. BF: What information infrastructure components are necessary for a large company to succeed ...

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60 Seconds with Guy Tozzoli, President of the World Trade Centers Association

Guy Tozzoli began his career in 1946 as an engineer for the Port Authority for NY and NJ. In 1970, he helped create the WTCA and, in 1997 and 1999, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. BF: What unique services can a World Trade Center offer to businesses? GT: World Trade Centers (WTCs) support companies that want to grow internationally, whether they're just beginning to look beyond their own region ...

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60 Seconds with Kathleen Ellis, Senior VP, Chubb & Son

Kathleen Ellis, senior Vice President of Chubb & Son, also is the firm’s Multinational Risk Group manager of Global Accounts. BF: Why is it riskier for small businesses, compared to large companies, to invest or relocate overseas? KE: You need resources to manage risk. Larger companies often have the people and capital they need to navigate the global patchwork of different laws and languages, currencie ...

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60 Seconds with P.S. Reilly, President and CEO of the Athena Institute

P.S. Reilly is the president and CEO of the Athena Institute, a Washington-based consulting firm for organizations seeking clean and sustainable solutions. BF: What initial factors should a community consider before embarking on a waterfront revitalization? PR: Waterfront was an overlooked asset for decades-no more. But community waterfront revitalization can imply a significant commitment of time and resou ...

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60 Seconds with Annette Antoniak, President and CEO, BC Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Secretariat

Annette Antoniak heads the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Secretariat, an organization that manages British Columbia's finances for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Previously, Antoniak worked for the Pacific National Exhibition as the company's youngest ever CEO. BF: What role does environmental sustainability play when constructing new Olympic venues? AA: Sustainability has been an important component fo ...

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60 Seconds with Tracy Mullin, President and CEO of the National Retail Federation

Tracy Mullin was elected unanimously as the president of the National Retail Foundation in 1993. Mullin also has served as executive VP of the National Retail Merchants Association's Washington Division. BF: In May, the retail industry received a boost as consumers received, and spent, their economic stimulus checks. Do you view this as a temporary gain, or does the industry outlook seem positive for the re ...

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60 Seconds with Stuart MacKay, President of MMK Consulting

Stuart MacKay, president of MMK Consulting, is the founder and co-author of Competitive Alternatives, KPMG's Guide to International Business Location. Before 2001, MacKay worked with KPMG for 21 years, including 11 as a consulting partner. 2008 Cost-Competitiveness Rankings by Country 1. Mexico (79.5) 2. Canada (99.4) 3. United States (100) 4. Australia (100.2) 5. France (102.6) 6. United Kingdom (107.1) 7. ...

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60 Seconds with Michael P. Hickey, President of Hickey & Associates

Michael P. Hickey is the founder and president of Hickey & Associates, a consulting company headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, with four regional offices throughout the United States. Hickey is a site selection and public incentives expert who has spoken at numerous national conferences. BF: You say that about 75% of financial incentives offered to relocating companies aren’t fully realized. What factors ...

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60 Seconds with Mark O’Connell, CEO of OCO Global

Mark O'Connell is the CEO of OCO Global, a consulting firm he founded in 2001 that specializes in international investment and trade. O’Connell also oversees the operations of Mintel International Group in Ireland. BF: In 2007, the United States saw a 20% increase in FDI from 2006. Is this an unusually large increase and, if so, what factors do you think account for it? O'Connell: The United States currentl ...

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