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Chris Steele has over 20 years of experience in location strategy, site selection, and economic development. His background in a small city planning firm, a Big-Four consulting services firm (Ernst & Young LLP), and a world-class engineering and supply chain company (TranSystems Corporation) have resulted in a unique perspective on how location and place impact business and community success around the globe. Moreover, his experience in diverse industries, service areas, and countries has given him the ability to build networks that cover a wide variety of client needs.

Past clients include The Boeing Company, BlueCross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the State of Delaware, Lenovo, Lundbeck, Xerium, Watermark Sports/Yakima, ADP, AIG, JP Morgan Chase, Cabot Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Club Med, Sanofi Aventis, Jafza International Economic Zone, Becton Dickinson, HCA Healthcare, Olympus, Tampa Committee of 100, The City of San Jose, KC Smart Port, First Industrial Realty Trust, the City of West Palm Beach, US Bancorp, Citicorp, and Biogen IDEC.

Mr. Steele has written on location strategy and real estate topics for Area Development, Business Expansion Journal, Site Selection Online Insider, and the Journal of Corporate Real Estate, and served as an editor for Ernst & Young's United States Investment Monitor. He is an active member of the Industrial Asset Management Council, a frequent presenter at CoreNet’s global summits and is on the Massachusetts Chapter of NAIOP’s Program and Growth Committees.

Prior to establishing the North American office of Investment Consulting Associates in 2009, Mr. Steele served as the Line of Business President – Real Estate for TranSystems Corporation. He has also served as the Director for Location Advisory Services at ADP Mintax, and was an integral part of the Ernst & Young Real Estate Advisory Services practice for over eleven (11) years. Mr. Steele has also taught on the topics of real estate and economic development at the University of Massachusetts in both Boston and Dartmouth. Mr. Steele holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with specific concentrations in land use planning and real estate development.

Investment Consulting Associates North America (617) 314-6527


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