Michelle Comerford, Project Director and Industrial & Supply Chain Practice Leader, Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co.
Michelle Comerford is Project Director and Industrial & Supply Chain Practice Leader at Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company, LLC (BLS). Based in Cleveland, Comerford has over 12 years of national site selection consulting experience, including with Austin Consulting, the site selection practice within The Austin Co. (U.S. subsidiary of Japanese construction conglomerate Kajima), serving most recently as Managing Director of the group.
During her tenure at Austin Consulting, she directed clients in evaluating supply chain logistics, location strategy, and community/site selection alternatives. Her clients have included Avon Products, Bimbo Bakeries, Colgate Palmolive, Celebration Foods, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
Comerford also led the Austin Consulting team in the development of the statewide shovel ready site certification program for the state of Tennessee, and is a frequent speaker and author on site selection/logistics trends.
Frank Spano, Managing Director, Austin Consulting
As managing director of Austin Consulting, Frank Spano develops and leads new strategies to increase The Austin Company’s leadership in aerospace, food and beverage, and other manufacturing sectors. Spano also serves as a senior project manager, directs site location studies, and conducts detailed field investigation analyses for clients.
Spano's areas of expertise include the aerospace and aviation, automotive, food and beverage, general manufacturing, and consumer products industries, in addition to pharmaceuticals, publishing, and alternative energy.
2016 Auto/Aero Site Guide