Kenan Gay

Kenan Gay, Managing Director

Kenan Gay joined Development Advisors (DAI) in 2012 to provide site selection and incentive negotiation services for manufacturing, distribution, office, HQ, and real estate development projects.  

He has been engaged on numerous expansion and relocation projects ranging in size from $2 million to $850 million, for international and domestic companies both publicly traded and privately held. Kenan frequently speaks on the topics of site selection and incentive negotiation throughout the U.S. and China, most recently in an October 2015 seminar series in the cities of Shanghai, Wuxi, Hangzhou, and Nanjing, China. Prior to joining Development Advisors, Kenan was a student at the Charlotte School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude.  While studying law, Kenan worked for a vertically integrated real estate investment and operating company with a portfolio of hospitality and retail assets in twelve states.


B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Juris Doctor from the Charlotte School of Law, magna cum laude

Professional & Civic

Licensed Real Estate Agent – North Carolina

Licensed Attorney – North Carolina

Past Client (Partial List)

  • Ace Hardware Corporation
  • Constellium
  • Coroplast Tape Corporation
  • Frontier Spinning Mills
  • Gildan Activewear
  • Ja-Ru Inc.
  • Medidata Solutions
  • Portfolio Recovery Associates (PRA)
  • Schaeffler Group USA
  • Touchstone Precision Inc.


704.521.5240 Ext 703


Our Four-Step Process Is The Framework For Your Confidential Location Solution


Establish Project Scope


Site Selection & Incentive Analysis


Maximize Incentives Through Negotiation



Our Approach

CEOs and CFOs recognize they are not experts in location analysis and that their companies do not maximize incentives associated with new or routine capital investments. Our highly skilled team of former public officials and senior business executives has worked with clients throughout the United States on engagements ranging from $2 million to $1 billion in capital investment. Our diverse industry sector knowledge, subject matter expertise, and market understanding––combined with our background in the public sector––consistently add value to your capital investment decisions.


“EQT Corporation has a positive impression of Development Advisors. They are easy and flexible to work with, listen well to client concerns or approaches, were tenacious yet judicious in pursuing potential site selection and associated economic development incentives, and overall were a good advocate for EQT Corporation. We would not hesitate to consider their services again or to recommend them.”

Thomas A. Slowey/ Manager of Corporate Tax Planning EQT Corporation