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MRB Group’s Southeast Operations Director Heather Simmons Jones recently announced the continued expansion of the firm’s Economic Development team in the Charleston region, welcoming Kris Phillips as Senior Economic Analyst. 

“Kris’s leadership and expertise are recognized across the industry,” said Simmons Jones.  “His experience with significant economic development projects as a site consultant and market analyst has earned him the trust of CEOs and key executives, guiding strategic growth and innovation across multiple business sectors,” she continued.

With over a decade of experience and service in economic development, Phillips is known regionally for his work as Assistant Director at Chester County Economic Development in South Carolina, where he managed projects resulting in more than $2.5 billion in capital investment and secured the Albemarle Corporation project, the largest single investment in the history of South Carolina’s Tier III or Tier IV counties.  

Prior to serving in the public sector, Phillips co-founded Global Growth Advisors, and served as Chief Operations Officer.  A strong advocate for growth and innovation, Kris is also a dynamic public speaker, sharing his experience at economic development conferences and business seminars on both sides of the Atlantic. 

“I am excited to continue my economic development career at MRB Group. The company’s work and reputation have always impressed me, and I am looking forward to applying my experience towards helping communities everywhere thrive,” Phillips said.

Phillips earned his Juris Doctor from Charlotte School of Law as well as his Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Clemson University. 

“Kris’s strategic leadership will further strengthen our team at MRB Group. His multi-faceted background, business acumen and tremendous success with project implementation give him unique insights that will benefit our clients,” Simmons Jones said.  “We look forward to working with him to shape a brighter future for communities and businesses throughout the Southeast,” she concluded.