About the Alliance
The Aerospace Alliance was created in 2009 as a private partnership by Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi to establish the southeast region as a world-class aerospace and aviation corridor.
Since that time, the region has attracted some of the world’s most recognizable names in the industry. However, our region is more than just the titans of industry: we are home to businesses large and small representing the next generation of innovation in aviation, aerospace and space exploration.
To ensure that industry growth and job creation continues, the Alliance and its partners promote the region’s shared assets, elevate the talent pipeline and advance its position as an ideal location for excellence and discovery.
These efforts are guided by a board of directors consisting of the head of economic development from each state and three appointees.
Aerospace Alliance Board of Directors
Laura HippDeputy Executive Director, Mississippi Development Authority, Chair of the Aerospace Alliance
Don PiersonSecretary of Commerce, Louisiana Economic Development
Greg CanfieldSecretary of Commerce, Alabama Department of Commerce
Laura DiBellaDeputy Secretary of Commerce, Enterprise Florida
Crystal StilesExecutive Director of Development for Distributed Technologies & Mobility, Florida Power & Light Company
Robert (Bobby) Savoie, Ph.D.Chief Science & Engineering Officer, Sev1Tech LLC, Louisiana
Robert (Bob) FudickarExecutive Director, National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM), Louisiana
Rick ByarsSenior External Affairs Manager, Florida Power & Light Company
John R. Watret, Ph.D.Chancellor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus, Florida
Haley FisackerlyPresident & CEO, Entergy Mississippi, LLC
George FreelandExecutive Director, Jackson County Economic Development Foundation, Mississippi
Jeff Lynn, Sr.President, Central Alabama Community College (CACC)
Bob SmithAssistant Director, Business Development, Alabama Department of Commerce
Keith KenneSenior Director, Government Contracts, Airbus US Space & Defense
Neal WadeAerospace Alliance Past-Chair/Founding Member, University of Alabama
Shawn WelcomeSenior Director of Business Development, Louisiana Economic Development
Nancy Blum-HeintzManaging Director, Aerospace Alliance, VisionFirst Advisors