One Project, One Team
Dean Barber, Principal
Dean Barber has worked with economic development organizations nationwide to help communities become better places for business investment and job creation. He has also provided a wide array of national and international companies with location advisory analysis, incentive negotiation, and startup transition.
Prior to founding BBA, Dean was the Director of International Development at the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, assisting companies establish business operations in that state. He also served as the Vice President, Business Development, at Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.
Before his career in economic development and location advisory consulting, Dean was the Business Editor of The Birmingham News in Birmingham, Ala.
Dean is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, having received a bachelor’s degree in business and journalism. He plays banjo, guitar and sings, poorly he might add, in the duo Pace & Barber.
Here is the rest of the BBA team in alphabetical order.
Barry Albrecht, Site Selection, Defense
Barry Albrecht has been in economic development for over 29 years, having served as the CEO of multiple regional economic development organizations in Texas, Arizona and Oklahoma.
He is a creative designer of community strategic partnerships and “game changing” marketing initiatives and transactions with national and international companies.
Barry has directly been involved in the recruitment, relocating and expansion numerous tech-based industries and federal agencies which accounted for thousands of new high-tech and government related jobs. He also worked 12 years with Hughes Aircraft as a business development executive and served 6 years in the Army as an aviator.
He is a recipient of the Department of the Army, Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for his 29 years of service providing support to Army Installations, its missions and supporting the creation of new job opportunities programs for military families and transitioning military personnel.
Dan Collins, Real Estate, Energy
Dan Collins is a versatile business professional with a deep-rooted passion for creative and analytical problem solving and 25+ years of experience in oil and gas, real estate and diverse resources supporting economic development. He has provided expertise in land, legal, organizational matters, drilling projects, operations and transactions for U.S. oil and gas companies nationwide.
Dan is proficient in strategic planning, talent development, technology solutions and performance optimization. Dan is an outstanding communicator with keen attention to detail and a natural ability to forge collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
He is a graduate of University of Texas with a BBA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Executive Program: Strategy & Implications. Dan is a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing the guitar, being outdoors and is a lifelong friend and supporter of U.S. veterans.
Tim Feemster, Supply Chain & Logistics
Tim Feemster has more than 40 years of experience in economic development, real estate, transportation, logistics, distribution, and marketing. He is quoted frequently in the industry trade publications and makes more than 20 keynote presentations a year to professional organizations.
He has been a senior logistics manager in three manufacturing companies, a general manager, a consultant, an executive in two third party logistics providers, and a practice group leader in two commercial real estate firms.
Tim has been responsible for economic development strategy consulting, corporate client site selection; network optimization; building construction management, transportation & warehouse operations; strategic planning; lease management; marketing; inventory planning & deployment; lean systems & quality management; and private fleet management.
Based in Dallas, Tim is also principal of Foremost Quality Logistics. Golf is Tim's game and you can find him on the links often.
David Gaines, Rural Development
David Gaines has great experience in rural economic development, having served in leadership roles in multiple economic development organizations in rural communities.
In his consulting capacity, David has worked on feasibility projects involving housing and hotel development in smaller markets in addition to manufacturing and the transportation industries.
David was the founding member of a 14-county regional economic development organization in which he was the board chairman for two terms.
During his 30-year business career, David has founded several small businesses and has held positions in ownership, management, sales and marketing in the financial services, broadcast media, food and services industries.
In addition to being a member of the BBA team, David is the Managing Director of Goldstone Consulting Group, LLC, a Moberly, Missouri-based consulting firm. He and his wife Dara enjoy travel and spending time with their seven children and a growing number of grandchildren.
Julie Glover, Downtown Development
Julie Glover was the Economic Development Program Administrator for the City of Denton, Texas, for 23 years, during which time she managed the city's Downtown Development and the Downtown Tax Increment Finance Zone (TIRZ #1), the Downtown Reinvestment Grant Program, and various capital improvement projects.
In addition to the aforementioned duties and projects, Julie coordinated creation of the Bell Avenue Conservation District, the West Oak Historic District, and the
Downtown National Register District.
Julie initiated several city festivals, including the Arts and Autos Extravaganza, Thursday Twilight Tunes, WassailFest, and Dog Days of Denton.
She supported entrepreneurship through Stoke Denton (co-working space), annual small business workshops, and helped establish the Denton Community Market.
Downtown Denton aesthetics were improved through implementing though downtown design standards, addingt bike racks, capital improvements, the Denton Arts Walk of Fame, and the Downtown Reinvestment Grant Program.
Julie assisted with implementing the sidewalk sandwich sign ordinance, valet trash program, food truck ordinance, the Downtown Master Plan, the Downtown Implementation Plan, and the city's Historic Tax Abatement Policy.
Julie is a past recipient of the Texas Historic Commission’s Anice B. ReadAward of Excellence in Community Heritage Development. She was awarded the 2015 Texas Downtown Association’s Susan H. Campbell Award for Professional Excellence.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from Texas Woman’s University and has a Professional Certification in Downtown Management from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Mike Lehmkuhler, Advanced Manufacturing
Mike Lehmkuhler has extensive experience in advanced manufacturing projects, most notably in the automotive and aerospace sectors. His areas of expertise include corporate site selection, state and local incentives negotiations, economic development sales and marketing advisory services, and industrial site identification and preparation.
During a 20-year career with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), Mike worked closely with corporate executives, state agencies, and regional and local economic development organizations to locate successful new business ventures.
As Vice President of Business Attraction, he was responsible for developing and executing an aggressive strategic marketing and outreach plan that successfully promoted the state’s competitive position domestically and internationally.
Based in North Carolina, Mike is also chief executive officer of Lehmkuhler Strategic Consulting, LLC. In his spare time, Mike enjoys fishing and golf.
Ben Magill, Labor Market Analytics
Ben Magill has worked in economic and workforce development for municipalities, chambers of commerce, and other organizations since 2009. He is the founding executive director of the Labor Market Intelligence Center at the Dallas County Community College District.
He is a subject matter expert in ecosystem development, federal and university research commercialization, building and supporting startup communities, municipal innovation strategy and labor market alignment.
Ben is obsessed with how good design of the built environment can positively impact community and economic development and vice versa.
Ben is currently pursuing his Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Texas-Arlington as well as CEdC certification via the OU Economic Development Institute. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Oklahoma State University.
Prior to his economic development career Ben worked as a certified bilingual elementary education teacher in Oklahoma and Texas.
Susan Munroe, Renewable Energy
Susan Munroe advises communities on how to best navigate the opportunities for clean energy development to help them prosper.
As a past chamber of commerce president in the heart of Midwest wind-farm country, Susan brings leadership and experience to guide communities to clean energy development resulting in economic growth.
Now more than ever, businesses have committed to aggressive clean energy goals and are basing their site selection decisions on accessibility and local/state level support for renewable energy investment.
Susan lives in Raleigh, NC and currently serves as the Director of Economic Development for Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy. A graduate of University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she also earned a Master of Arts in Corporate Communications at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Susan loves to hike, cook, read books and looks forward to adopting her next rescue Beagle.
Rob O'Brian, Resource Development
Rob O'Brian has led chambers of commerce in economic development for more than 30 years. As President of the Joplin (MO) Area Chamber, Rob led development of a small business incubator; a workforce training center, and development and marketing of one of the premier business parks in southwest Missouri.
Rob excels in organization structure and resource development. He has created a number of 501-c-3 not-for-profit organizations, including the regional Medical School Alliance which raised $30-million, resulting in the first new medical school in Missouri in nearly 50 years.
He is also a strong advocate for workforce development and worked closely with numerous companies and partners to make Joplin (Jasper County) the first ACT Work Ready Certified Community in the U.S. Working regionally, Rob helped partner counties in Kansas and Oklahoma become the first WRC communities in their respective states.
While in leadership of the Missouri Economic Development Council, Rob helped legislators craft the Enhanced Enterprise Zoned and the Quality Jobs (Missouri works) legislation. He was a leader in rebuilding Joplin after a devastating 2011 tornado and was recognized by the Small Business Administration for those efforts.
Rob is also the principal of O’Brian & Associates. He is an avid reader of Civil War history and enjoys weekend getaways with his wife in their Mustang convertible.
Andrew Sloss, Tax Analysis
Andrew Sloss brings over 14 years of experience, including over 6 years in public accounting, with researching, analyzing, negotiating, and securing valuable economic development incentives.
These include tax abatements, tax credits, forgivable loans, cash grants, training incentives, property tax abatements, sales and use tax refunds, location-based incentives, statutory credits. Andrew also has experience with
with finance/incentive mechanisms such as RIZs, TIFs, PIDs, New Market Tax Credit (NMTC).
Based in Houston, Andrew is experienced in negotiating complex economic incentives packages on both the public and private side and brings incentive planning knowledge to the site selection process, having researched and identified incentive opportunities for clients looking to relocate, expand and consolidate operations across the country.
He knows how to secure state and federal employment and training programs, tax credits, and work with enterprise/opportunity zone programs.
He has a Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law; a master’s degree from Crown College and a Bachelor of Science Degree from South Dakota State University.
When not spending time with his family he enjoys golf, watching the Boston Red Sox, cigars, and deep-sea fishing.
Jeremiah Quarles, Community Development
For nearly two decades, Jeremiah Quarles has created creating mutually beneficial strategic partnerships across a broad range of industries, negotiating and structuring mid-to-large development projects, corporate relocations, workforce development and helping to craft public policy.
Quarles has successfully negotiated and facilitated more than $725 million in private development (i.e. office, industrial, retail, healthcare) for communities resulting in 4,150 new full time jobs.
Jeremiah was also instrumental starting a revolving loan fund for the City of Dallas aimed at supporting start-up and small businesses in retail, hospitality and healthcare.
Additionally, he was successful in crafting policy on a $6.3 million dollar city bond package for economic development that was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2014.
Jeremiah has served as Chairman of the Dallas Regional Chambers’ economic development arm – the DFW Marketing Allies Group, as well as, Advisory Council for the University of North Texas at Dallas’ Business School.
In addition to being a BBA team member, Jeremiah is Founder & Managing Principal of Dallas-based Q Development Partners, a real estate development and consulting firm focused on community-oriented projects and social impact business strategy.
Quarles earned his Executive MBA at the University of Notre Dame with concentrations in Strategy and Design Thinking. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Michigan State University.