New Hires and Promotions at Global Location Strategies

Nicholette Macklin

Nicholette Macklin, Site Selection Consultant, GLS

Corporate site selection firm Global Location Strategies recently added Nicholette Macklin and Cedric Colbert to its consulting team and promoted Andrew Ratchford to Senior Consultant and Parker Wyatt to Consultant.

Prior to joining GLS, Macklin was International Business Development Manager for South Carolina Department of Commerce in Munich, Germany. Colbert previously worked as a Business Development and Incentives Specialist with the Alabama Department of Commerce.

GLS Founding Principal Didi Caldwell expressed confidence in the individuals chosen to fill the new positions. “Nicholette and Cedric are both highly respected and accomplished professionals who have tremendous drive and enthusiasm for their work. Our team is thrilled to have them join our site selection adventures.”

Both positions were newly created to accommodate an increase of new business and support the growth of GLS’s recently launched Site Selection Tech app.

Macklin began her global economic development career in South Florida with the Miami-Dade County Office of Economic Development and International Trade. She then joined the South Carolina Department of Commerce as a project manager and after two years transitioned to manage European business development in Munich, Germany. While there, her primary responsibility was advising European companies interested in establishing new business operations in the USA and promoting the benefits of locating in South Carolina.

A graduate of the USC Darla Moore School of Business, Macklin is currently the acting Chair of the Young Alumni Council and a former Gamecock cheerleader. In addition, while earning an MBA from Florida International University, she was a cheerleading coach and instructor at the University of Miami and the Universal Cheerleaders Association.

At the Alabama Department of Commerce Colbert was initially responsible for recruiting companies to the state. He later transitioned to the role of Incentives Specialist, ensuring that global corporations complied with the economic incentives and tax credits provided to them.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Auburn University and a master’s degree in applied economics from Auburn University at Montgomery.

Ratchford joined GLS in 2019 as a site selection consultant. He will continue providing site selection and economic development services and will manage the Site Shepherd customer success team, offering onboarding and support to clients that purchase the site selection app.

Wyatt has been with GLS since 2018 a business analyst. His new responsibilities as a site selection consultant are facilitating and managing site selection projects for industrial and manufacturing clients around the world and advising communities and economic development organizations on investment attraction strategies. He is also responsible for all Site Shepherd support traffic.

For more information about GLS, visit or follow them on Twitter and Facebook @glsconsults and on LinkedIn @Global Location Strategies.

For more information about Site Selection Tech, visit or follow on Twitter @siteselecttech and on LinkedIn @Site Selection Tech.

About Global Location Strategies
Established in 1974, Global Location Strategies (GLS) is one of the world’s most experienced and reputable site selection firms specializing in the data collection and decision analytic methodologies to inform corporations where to add capacity worldwide. GLS has conducted site searches in more than 50 countries for companies in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, advanced manufacturing, chemical and petrochemicals, metals, polymers, composites, paper, and automotive. Since 2012, GLS has supported domestic capital investment and foreign direct investment projects valued at $28 billion and generating 9,700 jobs. The company offers a full suite of site selection services, including location benchmarking, site identification and evaluation, technical site due diligence, and incentives negotiation. Economic development services include industrial site identification, readiness, and competitiveness. In 2021, GLS launched the Site Selection Tech brand and the software apps of Lasso and Site Shepherd. The firm is headquartered in Greenville, S.C. For more information, visit

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