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, since 1941, 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

Alexia Borden
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Alabama Power
Birmingham, Alabama

Jay Brandrup
Principal
Kinetic Communications
Birmingham, Alabama

Deon Gordon
President
TechBirmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

Nick Irvin
Director
Research and Development for Strategy, Advanced Nuclear, and Croscutting Technology
Southern Company
Birmingham, Alabama

G.T. LaBorde
CEO
IllumiCare
Birmingham, Alabama

Danny Markstein
Managing Director
Markstein
Birmingham, Alabama

David Perry
Vice President
Corporate Strategy Development
Protective Life Insurance Company
Birmingham, Alabama

Liz Pharo
Chair, Momentum Telecom
Managing Partner, Featheringill Capital
Birmingham, Alabama

Shannon Riley
President and CEO
One Stop Environmental
Birmingham, Alabama

Mitesh Shah
Shareholder
Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC
Birmingham, Alabama

Elizabeth Scribner
Analyst, Model Risk Management & Validation
Regions Financial Corporation
Birmingham, Alabama