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Posted on: November 20, 2019

McKinney EDC Executive Vice President named one of Dallas's Most Influential Women

Abby Liu has been instrumental in attracting Fortune Global 500 companies to McKinney


McKINNEY, Texas (Nov. 20, 2019) – The City of McKinney is proud to announce McKinney Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Executive Vice President Abby Liu was named to a list of Dallas's Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate as part of BisNow's Dallas Power Women initiative. The initiative honors top-level executives and industry leaders who are leading the way and breaking the glass ceiling. It also offers support to bring more women into the industry and help them succeed.

Liu joined MEDC in 2010 and spearheads business recruitment domestically and abroad, promoting McKinney as the premier city for business relocation and growth.

Most recently, she led a project to bring a new production facility for Dynacraft, a PACCAR company. She has also been instrumental in leading significant initiatives in McKinney, including attracting Fortune 500 companies Wistron GreenTech Texas Corporation and Raytheon SAS (Space and Airborne System), and the North American headquarters of Hisun Motors Corporation. Liu led the recruitment and negotiated the deal to establish the Service First Mortgage corporate headquarters in McKinney and the expansion of Simpson Strong-Tie.

"Abby is most deserving of this honor. She has been a go-getter at MEDC for years and has been instrumental in securing a number of our high profile projects. My sincerest congratulations for her efforts and I look forward to all she will continue to accomplish for our organization and the City of McKinney," said Peter Tokar, MEDC President.

"If you want to be successful in any industry, you need knowledge and solid knowledge. I believe that education provides the necessary foundation for you to be able to acquire more knowledge, skills, and values in the future," said Liu. "In any industry, we all face competition and challenges, [and] knowledge can help you to elevate to the next level and shape future opportunities. I believe my education, experience, and eagerness to continue to learn made me into the female leader I am today."

Liu earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei City, Taiwan. She is a graduate of the 1993 Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma and 2012 graduate of Leadership McKinney. Liu was also awarded a Certificate of Completion for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in July 2013.