Mike Harling, Whitefield Int’l.

Nils Gerber, Gerber Int’l.

Ronen Kenan, BizDev Israel

John Tackabery, Dominic Ltd.

Maxis Adds International Partners in Europe and Asia

Maxis Advisors announced today the addition of four new strategic partnerships in key international markets in Europe and Asia. Mike Harling, Whitefield International of London, England; Nils Gerber, Gerber International of Hannover, Germany; Ronen Kenan, BizDev Israel in Atlanta, GA; and John Tackabery, Shanghai, China joined Maxis Advisors as alliance partners between May and August 2020, bolstering Maxis’ business development global reach for site selection and negotiated incentives services.

Maxis Advisors President Patric Zimmer welcomed the newly formed global alliance partner lineup to Maxis saying, “One year ago this August we launched our new brand, Maxis Advisors, to introduce a contemporary, globalized company committed to assisting clients everywhere with site selection and incentive optimization. Today I’m excited to welcome John, Mike, Nils, and Ronen to Maxis’ alliance partner team as we take the next step on our journey to bring Maxis’ unique site selection expertise to the world.”

Whitefield International Ltd.: Founder and Managing Director, Mike Harling, has over 30 years’ experience in international business and has lived and worked in multiple countries. Whitefield International was founded in 1999, providing foreign direct investment (FDI) lead generation, corporate location and international trade services to expanding companies and government agencies. A founding partner of international business consultancy network, HBO, Whitefield also enjoys a strategic alliance with Globalista in Latin America. The company serves clients around the world across a wide range of sectors, including life sciences, medical technology, ICT (including digital/gaming, BPO, contact centers), aerospace & defense, automotive, advanced manufacturing, logistics, business & financial services, and cleantech/energy.

Gerber International: Gerber International provides consulting and advisory services to private and public clients, focusing primarily on business and economic development in Germany, the U.K., the U.S., and Scandinavia. Nils Gerber offers years of hands-on experience working with US and European companies from different sectors such as aerospace, automotive, defense, food, forestry, pharmaceuticals, logistics, and medical devices. He has advised C-suite level executives on the practical steps of setting up businesses in the United States, partnering with state and local economic professionals and key service providers such as law firms, tax advisors, and site selection consultants. Nils has worked extensively with both Fortune 500 companies, as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises.

BizDev USA Israel: BizDev USA Israel is a hands-on business development partnership that serves Israeli companies looking to enter and expand their business in the United States, as well as US companies and investors with interests in Israel. BizDev USA Israel is led by Ronen Kenan, who also established the Pro-Israel Business Alliance (PIBA). As a 32-year veteran, Mr. Kenan is a seasoned entrepreneur and a professional business development expert with a focus on growing and expanding business investments, trade opportunities, and other collaborations between countries worldwide. Over the years, Ronen has worked with hundreds of Israeli, US, European, and Asian-Pacific companies, successfully advising globalizing business ventures. Ronen also served as the Managing Director in Israel for the State of Georgia Department of Economic Development and was directly involved in attracting hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments into Georgia by Israeli companies, while also supporting over 100 Georgia-based companies seeking to establish business operations in Israel. He has done similar work with other US state and economic development organizations.

John Tackabery: Based in both Taipei and Shanghai, John Tackabery relocated to China after completing his studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2012 to launch his career. He has spent the last decade studying Chinese and working as Operations Manager for a global manufacturing company before helping to found Dominic Ltd. in Taiwan. Dominic Ltd. is an international marketer of original design artwork, offering sourcing and consulting services to the interior decorative materials industry in Asia and Europe. John’s keen recognition of shortening supply chain trends and its effects in the interior decorative and building materials industries led to his facilitation of globalization and foreign direct investment (FDI) through partnership with Maxis Advisors’ site selection services.

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Maxis Advisors is a highly-skilled site selection and negotiated incentives company that helps clients in various industries including manufacturing, logistics, technology, financial, and real estate development to maximize opportunities. For more than 20 years, Maxis Advisors has built a strong reputation serving clients, working in over 40 states, and helping companies grow through projects resulting in more than $10 billion in capital investment and 9,500 jobs.


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