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
Don PiersonSecretary of Commerce, Louisiana Economic Development
Greg CanfieldSecretary of Commerce, Alabama Department of Commerce
Robert (Bobby) Savoie, Ph.D.CEO, Geocent, Louisiana
Robert (Bob) FudickarInterim Director, National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM) Louisiana
Rick ByarsRegional Manager, Corporate External Affairs, Gulf Power Company, Florida
John R. Watret, Ph.D.Chancellor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus, Florida
Crystal StilesDirector, Economic Development, Florida Power & Light Company, Florida
Haley FisackerlyPresident, Entergy Mississippi, LLC.
George FreelandExecutive Director, Jackson County Economic Development Foundation, Mississippi
Mike HainseyExecutive Director, Golden Triangle Regional Airport, Mississippi
Jeff Lynn, Sr.President, Central Alabama Community College (CACC)
Marc AdlerActing Secretary of Commerce, President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Dina BoucherEvents Manager, Mississippi Development Authority
Bob SmithAsst. Dir., Business Development, Alabama Department of Commerce
Laura HippInterim Director, Mississippi Development Authority
Shawn WelcomeSenior Director of Business Development, Louisiana Economic Development
Neal WadeAerospace Alliance Past-Chair/Founding Member, University of Alabama