About Us


The Aerospace Alliance’s mission is to establish the Southeast region as a world-class aerospace and aviation corridor. The Alliance’s member states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida, share the goal of promoting the region’s common assets and long-standing tradition of excellence in the aerospace industry to grow the sector in the region. Members advocate for policies, programs and specific aerospace projects on the local, state and national level.

Member states, along with business leaders, economic development and workforce professionals, as well as government officials promote the region’s shared aviation and aerospace assets, continually elevate the states’ combined workforce, advance its preeminence as a world-class aerospace, aviation manufacturing location, and draw attention to the Gulf Coast states as one of the largest, most robust aerospace corridors in the world.

Other priorities include the growth of space initiatives in the Alliance states driven by both private-sector companies and the nation’s space program. By attracting major programs and projects, the region will also be more attractive to suppliers. This ripple effect will mean more jobs and will further enhance the region’s economic growth.
 

Aerospace Alliance Board of Directors

  • Don Pierson, Aerospace Alliance Chair, Secretary of Commerce, Louisiana Economic Development
  • Glen McCullough, Director, Mississippi Development Authority
  • Greg Canfield, Secretary of Commerce, Alabama Department of Commerce
  • Jamal Sowell, Secretary of Commerce, President & CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc.
  • Robert (Bobby) Savoie, Ph.D., CEO, Geocent
  • Shawn Welcome, Louisiana Economic Development
  • Robert (Bob) Fudickar, Director of Business Development, GE Renewables
  • Rick Byars, Regional Manager, Corporate External Affairs, Gulf Power Company
  • John R. Watret, Ph.D., Chancellor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus
  • Crystal Stiles, Director, Economic Development, Florida Power & Light Company
  • Haley Fisackerly, President, Entergy Mississippi, LLC.
  • George Freeland, Executive Director, Jackson County Economic Development Foundation
  • Mike Hainsey, Executive Director, Golden Triangle Regional Airport
  • Robert (Bob) Smith, Assistant Director Business Development, Alabama Department of Commerce
  • Jeff Lynn, Sr., Vice Chancellor, Workforce and Economic Development, Alabama Community College System
  • Neal Wade, Aerospace Alliance Past-Chair/Founding Member, University of Alabama
  • Melissa Medley, Executive Director, Aerospace Alliance

THE AEROSPACE ALLIANCE’S MISSION


“The Aerospace Alliance’s mission is to establish the Southeast region as a world-class aerospace and aviation corridor. The Alliance’s members share the goal of promoting the region’s common assets and long-standing tradition of excellence in the aerospace industry to take advantage of opportunities to grow the sector in the region. Members will advocate for policies, programs and specific aerospace projects on the local, state and national level.”