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 Pierson

    Secretary of Commerce, Louisiana Economic Development
  • Greg Canfield

    Secretary of Commerce, Alabama Department of Commerce
  • Robert (Bobby) Savoie, Ph.D.

    CEO, Geocent, Louisiana
  • Robert (Bob) Fudickar

    Interim Director, National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM) Louisiana
  • Rick Byars

    Regional Manager, Corporate External Affairs, Gulf Power Company, Florida
  • John R. Watret, Ph.D.

    Chancellor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus, Florida
  • Crystal Stiles

    Director, Economic Development, Florida Power & Light Company, Florida
  • Haley Fisackerly

    President, Entergy Mississippi, LLC.
  • George Freeland

    Executive Director, Jackson County Economic Development Foundation, Mississippi
  • Mike Hainsey

    Executive Director, Golden Triangle Regional Airport, Mississippi
  • Jeff Lynn, Sr.

    President, Central Alabama Community College (CACC)
  • Marc Adler

    Acting Secretary of Commerce, President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc.
  • Dina Boucher

    Events Manager, Mississippi Development Authority
  • Bob Smith

    Asst. Dir., Business Development, Alabama Department of Commerce
  • Laura Hipp

    Interim Director, Mississippi Development Authority
  • Shawn Welcome

    Senior Director of Business Development, Louisiana Economic Development
  • Neal Wade

    Aerospace Alliance Past-Chair/Founding Member, University of Alabama