SSOE Board Member Dennis Cuneo to Speak at Area Development Magazine’s FDI Forum in Atlanta


Atlanta, Georgia, April 9, 2015 – SSOE Group (, a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, is pleased to announce that SSOE Board Member Dennis Cuneo will present at the upcoming Area Development FDI Forum and will be speaking on the impact of FDI in relation to the automotive industry.

Cuneo, a former Toyota Senior Vice President, will present “FDI and the U.S. Auto Industry: Trends and Insights” on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 11:30am. He will give insight on how the entire auto industry, from OEM’s to the supply base, have restructured and are now profitable and growing since the recent Great Recession. In addition, he will talk about the benefits that have come from automaker expansions and new facilities and what new economic development opportunities this has created. This presentation will examine how and where the industry will continue to expand, as well as discuss:

  • New technologies driving the industry
  • Foreign direct investment trend
  • Recommendations for communities that want to attract new auto-related investment

The Area Development FDI Forum offers attendees the chance to network with the best minds working with today’s international site location and worldwide corporate real estate, while learning about the latest deciding factors driving the FDI corporate site selection process. The forum opens Sunday with an early evening networking reception and dinner. The Monday through Tuesday program is highly concentrated and designed to focus on those subjects and issues that will help attendees create a more affective FDI strategy. Attendees will have ample opportunity to discuss their organization’s challenges with globally-active expert consultants such as Cuneo.

Dennis Cuneo, a partner in the national labor law firm Fisher & Phillips, LLP, and founder of the consulting firm, DC Strategic Advisors, LLC, was elected to serve a three year term on SSOE’s board, beginning December of 2012. Cuneo was formerly Senior Vice President of Toyota Motor North America and played a key role in the start-up and expansion of Toyota’s North American manufacturing operations during his 22 year tenure with the company. Since retiring from Toyota, Dennis has stayed engaged in the auto industry. He sits on the Boards of two major auto suppliers, AK Steel and BorgWarner, as well as the Center for Automotive Research. He was recently re-appointed to the Board of Trustees for Loyola University in New Orleans, sits on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago’s Physical Sciences Division, and is a member of the National Advisory Board for Kent State’s College of Business Administration.

The conference will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia on April 12-14, 2015. For more information on this conference, visit:

About SSOE Group

As an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, SSOE is known for delivering unparalleled client value that advances the AEC industry. They have been named a “Great Workplace” (Great Place to Work®) and one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” (BD+C).

Over the company’s 75-year history, it has earned a reputation for providing quality project solutions to high-tech and general manufacturing clients in the semiconductor, automotive, battery, food, chemical, and glass industries. SSOE also provides forward-thinking design across healthcare and general building sectors such as corporate workplace, education, and judicial—with projects completed in 40 countries. Visit for additional information and career opportunities.

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