Kenan Gay

Kenan Gay, Managing Director

Kenan 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 throughout the U.S., 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., Europe, and China.

Prior to joining Development Advisors, Kenan worked for a vertically integrated real estate investment and operating company with a portfolio of hospitality and retail assets in twelve states

Kenan received a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor from the Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also a licensed attorney and real estate broker in North Carolina.


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

Speaking Engagements & Events

Presenter, Mecklenburg County Bar Webinar “Economic Development: State and Local Incentive Negotiations - February 22, 2018

Presenter, IMA CPE Event: on "Economic Incentives for Businesses." - December 15, 2017

Panel participant, DHG Charlotte Executive Briefing Series - November 28, 2017

Panel participant, DHG Greensboro Executive Briefing Series - October 3, 2017

Panel participant, DHG Charleston SALT Forum - August 24, 2017

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.
  • Sealed Air
  • EnPro Industries
  • Mitsubishi Pure Chemical


704.521.5240 Ext 703

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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.


“I am sure you know this, but your clients think you guys walk on water. We’re looking forward to working with you.”

Alan Asbury/ Controller Mountaire Farms