Addressing Real World Issues
Edited by Robert Stimson and Kingsley E. Haynes
Chapter 11: Defending a territory: automobile dealership customer and site analysis
Geographers are employed in many occupations spanning the public, private and non-profit sectors. As a geographer, I have had the opportunity to explore and demonstrate how to apply geographical techniques and spatial analysis to a variety of projects and activity across these sectors. Over 25 years I have come to rely upon the analytical skills developed while earning a PhD in geography. The spatial perspective, no matter how simple or complicated, has helped distinguish me from my peers in all my occupations. My career began in the private sector working as research manager and consultant for a management consulting firm specializing in helping businesses to allocate or reposition their physical and human resources. I served in the public sector as Director of Connecticut’s Business Recruitment Division in the United States (US) and helped to propel the state to establish a non-partisan non-profit statewide economic development resource center where I was responsible for business development. Currently I am the Chair of the Urban Studies and Public Administration department in the College of Business and Public Administration at Old Dominion University, UA, USA. I also serve as the Director of the E.V. Williams Center for Real Estate and Economic Development. An early experience while working in the frenetic world of management consulting was an assignment to identify suitable locations for a major United States (US) insurance company. A key component was a simple graphic that juxtaposed spatially variant attributes between front office and back office locations, indicating those metropolitan areas that could best support co-location of headquarters (front office) and loan processing activities (back office).
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