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How do you enter new markets, invest or expand in a disrupted world? By deploying a comprehensive process - balancing location factors, cost mitigation, incentives, stakeholder goals and community impact.

Brian R. Smith

EY Global Incentives, Innovation and Location Services Leader

Optimist. World traveler. Cross cultural. Global collaborator. Passionate communicator. Loving husband and father of 2 adopted children. Love history, economics and politics. Avid golfer.

With over 20 years of experience, Brian is the EY Global Incentives, Innovation and Location Services (GILS) and EY U.S. Indirect Tax Inbound Leader. He is responsible for assisting companies navigate through the complexities of making global location investment decisions from initial market entry (i.e., greenfield location) through expansion of existing operations (i.e., capital expansions, innovation, routine expenditures and sustainability investments).

Brian has extensive experience assisting companies on a global basis determine where they should make strategic investments throughout the world, and he has assisted clients secure a substantial amount in credits and incentives in over 30 US states and on 5 continents. His clients range from Global 50 to Global 1000, and they are engaged in a variety of industries such as automotive, consumer projects, technology, manufacturing, logistics, finance and retail.

Brian earned his BA in Political Science from Penn State University, and his JD/LLM in Taxation from Capital University.

How Brian is building a better working world

Global trade flows, cross-border investment and economic development play a key role in assisting countries to grow economically while allowing upward class movement and better standards of living. Brian’s collaboration with companies, governments and educational institutions, has helped generate positive economic outcomes for his clients and their employees, local communities, and other key stakeholders through new capital investment, job creation and new indirect/direct revenue being generated.

Fostering broad-based, inclusive and equitable economic growth is a passion which drives Brian every day when serving his clients globally. Growth creates opportunity.

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