William Hearn (Will) is Senior Vice President of CBRE's Business Location Consulting Group, as well as an affiliate member of CBRE’s Economic Incentives Group (EIG), based in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Hearn has consulted leading global companies, supporting expansion, consolidation, relocation divestiture and M&A needs as it relates to location of facilities. Mr. Hearn has completed more than 200 site selection assignments, ranging from $5 million to $1.5 billion in capital investment. Mr. Hearn leverages his experience to ensure that clients focus on the most critical aspects of a project, resulting in smooth board decisions, comprehensive client input and a commitment to client schedule and cost requirements.
Mr. Hearn has completed assignments in all regions of the US and Canada, with significant experience in Asia, Europe, Southcentral Europe and Mexico, leveraging technical expertise, gleaned while leading a site selection consulting group at a global engineering and design firm. Mr. Hearn has supported clients across industries, including advanced manufacturing, chemicals and process, financial and insurance, biotech and life sciences, R&D, energy, shared services and call centers. Over the past five years, Mr. Hearn has supported some of the most dynamic investment projects from Germany and Japan into the US, including a large solar manufacturing plant and automotive projects.
Mr. Hearn has become recognized as an industry leader as a founding member of The Site Selectors Guild, a national association of site selection professionals founded in 2010. Mr. Hearn has served as paid advisor to states to address economic development and investment policy, and is a regular speaker at national events that address site selection and financial incentives issues. One such assignment resulted in the creation of a $75 million deal closing fund that received a 75% voter referendum approval. In 2008 and in 2010, Mr. Hearn led consulting engagements at The World Bank and USAID to address transitioning economies in eastern Europe, resulting in the creation of nine Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to encourage foreign investment.
Prior to joining CBRE, he served as a Senior Technologist and Director of Site Selection at CH2M Hill. Mr. Hearn began his career as an Industrial Trainee and IBM in Germany.