Southern Research Advisory Board

The Southern Research Advisory Board was established in 2015 to engage emerging business leaders in the Birmingham community who are committed to enhancing Southern Research’s mission of scientific and engineering advancement. Based on our rich history of achievement throughout our nearly 75-year existence, the activities of this board ensure the next generation of community leaders is familiar with Southern Research’s role in the city and its ongoing efforts to make the world a better place in which to live.

As an organization that is dedicated to solving the world’s hardest problems, we are proud to solicit the input and feedback from this group of men and women who are already contributing a great deal in their respective professions. Through quarterly meetings, the advisory board hears from leading scientists and engineers regarding the latest updates on the work that is ongoing at Southern Research and the recent trends and issues associated with the our multi-disciplinary portfolio.

Stephen Black

Director, Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Jay Brandrup

Principal
Kinetic Communications
Birmingham, Alabama

Nick Irvin

Program Manager
Advanced Energy Systems and Emissions Control R&D
Southern Company
Birmingham, Alabama

Santhosh Keshavan

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Regions Financial Corporation
Birmingham, Alabama

G.T. LaBorde

Principal, IllumiCare
CEO, Malcovery Security
Birmingham, Alabama

Danny Markstein

Managing Director
Markstein
Birmingham, Alabama

David Perry

Vice President
Operational Risk, Protective Life Insurance Company
Birmingham, Alabama

Liz Pharo

Chair
Momentum Telecom
Birmingham, Alabama

Shannon Riley

President and CEO
One Stop Environmental
Birmingham, Alabama

Mitesh Shah

Shareholder
Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC
Birmingham, Alabama