Margaret Grissom, Principal at Peake ConsultingMargaret’s background offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise to companies and communities. As a principal in Peake Consulting, Margaret brings over 27 years of experience in corporate location knowledge, incentive analysis, negotiation/compliance and economic development expertise to the table. Her first-hand knowledge of industry trends, as well as public and public-private sector economic development provides her with creative, credible market intelligence to assist companies, communities and states in developing strategic solutions. Her hands-on experience in site location translates into an effective product and program development improvement. She is experienced in real estate markets and previously developed industrial parks in her community. She knows what works and what does not and can assist communities and states in being more effective in their economic development efforts. She has developed numerous innovative solutions for U.S. and international companies as well as for state and local communities. Margaret has assisted clients in automotive, consumer markets, and industrial products including Alkermes Pharmaceutical, Avon Products, Inc., YUM! Brands Inc., Stride Rite, Dana Corporation, Daimler Chrysler, Porsche, Magna Corporation and Kobe Steel Company. She has advised states and/or communities of Ohio, Georgia, Texas, Alabama Oregon and Louisiana to name a few. Margaret is a nationally-recognized contributor for publications, such as the Site Selection Magazine and Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives. She is a popular speaker at Roundtable in the Rockies and to the Association of Biomedical Financial Officers. Previously, Margaret served as President & CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Authority and Vice President of the Greater Louisville Economic Development Partnership. In both positions, she established new organizational performance standards and evaluations with clear, concise, measurable goals to enhance the skills and expertise of staff. In her role as President & CEO, Margaret established a successful existing industry program resulting in millions of dollars in investment and thousands of jobs. She was also formerly with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and even owned a resort. Margaret is a Fellow Member of IAMC, currently serving as Program Development Committee Co-chair; and formerly on the Associate Advisory Council. After graduating OU EDI, she was Assistant Dean, Research Project Advisor and instructor. She earned her CEcD from IEDC in 1991. She is a Fellow Member of IEDC and holds a B.S. from the University of Louisville.