Aerospace Alliance Annual Summit

November 1-2, 2018
The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa
Point Clear, Alabama


Into the Next Decade - Innovation in Aerospace

With innovation driving industry change and growth, the way we see aerospace today will look extraordinarily different tomorrow. As the Aerospace Alliance begins its 10th year, its annual Summit provides a forum to understand and discuss the future for aerospace considering imminent changes across all aspects of the industry. Hosted by the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida, the Summit features presentations, panels and discussion centered on subjects shaping aerospace today and into the next decade.

  • Thursday, November 1st: 1:30 pm to 8:30 pm

  • Friday, November 2nd: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Registration for the event is $225 with discounted rates available for Active Duty Military Members as well as students.  Book rooms through Aerospace Alliance room block for just $169 per night at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa.





Thursday, November 1: All sessions take place at The Grand Hotel

Registration from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Education, Workforce & R&D - Hosted by Jeff Lynn, Alabama Community College Systems, and John Watret, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

  • 1:30 p.m.: Welcome, Introductions and Session Objectives - Neal Wade, Aerospace Alliance Chair

  • 1:50 p.m.: Aerospace Company Panel Discussion - Moderated by Dr. John Watret, Chancellor, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

  • 2:40 p.m.: Networking Break

  • 3:00 p.m.: Education & Training Best Practices Panel Discussion - Moderated by Jeff Lynn, Vice Chancellor Workforce & Econ. Dev., AL Community College System

  • 3:50 p.m.: Facilitated Session – Education & Training Needs in the Alliance Region; How Best to Collaborate to Meet Needs

  • 4:20 p.m.: Education Session Final Remarks

  • 5:00 p.m.:VIP RECEPTION - Hosted by the Secretaries of Commerce of the Aerospace Alliance States

  • 5:45 p.m.: Aerospace Alliance Welcome Reception - Hosted by Summit Presenting Sponsors

  • 6:30 p.m.: Dinner with Keynote Address: Lockheed Martin Skunkworks

  • 8:30 p.m.: Adjourn

Friday, November 2: All sessions take place at The Grand Hotel

Registration from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • 7:15 a.m.: Networking Breakfast

  • 8:30 a.m.: Welcome & Opening Remarks by Neal Wade, Aerospace Alliance Chair & Greg Canfield, Secretary of Commerce, State of Alabama

  • 8:40 a.m.: Keynote Address by Airbus

  • 9:30 a.m.: Keynote Address by Dean Bushey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Information Technology, Florida Polytechnic University

  • 10:20 a.m.: Networking Break - Hosted by Summit Platinum Sponsors

  • 10:35 a.m.: Aerospace Alliance Region Education Update

  • 10:40 a.m.:  Aerospace Company Innovations - TED Talks by  Elbit America, Bell Helicopter, Vago Muradian - Aerospace & Defense Report

  • 11:40 a.m.: Keynote Address by Firehawk Helicopters

  • 12:30 p.m.: Networking Luncheon - Informal Q&A with the “Strolling Secretaries” - Secretaries of Commerce/Head of Economic Development of Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi & Alabama

  • 1:45 p.m.: Adjourn

Our Sponsors




Sponsors of this year’s summit include Florida Power and Light, The Boeing Company and NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility.