Margaret Grissom is a principal of Peake Consulting, and brings over 27 years of experience in corporate location knowledge, incentive analysis, negotiation/compliance and economic development expertise to the table. Margaret’s 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. Margaret’s hands-on experience in site location translates into an effective product and program development improvement. Margaret is an advisor who has the ability to quickly establish trust and rapport, knows how to achieve win-win situations and determines quickly what is most important to her clients and their business.
Margaret is experienced in real estate markets and previously developed industrial parks in her community. She 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
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, Margaret 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 successful new and existing industry programs resulting in millions of dollars in investment and thousands of jobs. Margaret was also formerly with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and even owned a resort.
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. Margaret is a Fellow Member of IAMC, currently serving as Program Development Committee Co-chair; and formerly on the Associate Advisory Council.
Margaret received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Louisville and graduated from University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. Margaret was also Assistant Dean, Research Project Advisor and instructor.