As a Senior Vice President in the Business & Economic Incentives group at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), Mike Bennett leads the execution of national and global site selection services with a focus and expertise in incentives negotiations and overall strategy.
Mike has over 15 years of experience in local and regional economic development, business attraction, location-based decision support, prospective site due diligence, as well as labor market evaluations.
Mike’s professional background represents a balance of public and private sector experience. Prior to joining JLL, he was with Cushman & Wakefield Global Consulting where he was responsible for managing corporate site selection projects primarily in the warehouse, distribution and manufacturing sectors.
In addition to his work at Cushman & Wakefield, Mike was in community and regional economic development with the City of Glendale, Arizona and worked closely with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. He is recognized as a key resource for state & regional economic development organizations looking to understand how to position their communities to compete for national projects.
Born in São Paulo and holding both Brazilian and U.S. citizenship, Mike spent 18 years in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, the Philippines and Singapore before relocating to the United States for university studies. His international project experience includes work in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Panama and Singapore.
Mike earned a bachelor of science in Regional Development from The University of Arizona in 1999. In 2004, he completed The University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute program. He is also involved with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Mike has been a JLL “Young Gun” since 2013 and earned Gold Achiever honors in 2014.