Managing Director, The Prosperity Fund
As managing director of The Prosperity Fund, Steven Puckett is responsible for advancing the fund’s strategic objectives of assisting business growth, stimulating start-up activity, and spurring job creation in Walker, Fayette, Tuscaloosa and Jefferson counties. Since joining Southern Research in August 2017, Puckett has been connecting with small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to develop a deeper understanding of their needs and challenges. He continues to establish ties with existing businesses, colleges and universities, economic development groups, potential investors, and community leaders throughout the region to harness available resources that can benefit the initiative’s participants.
With a diverse background in many industries and technologies, Puckett has over 22 years of experience in bringing technology to the marketplace. As an author and adjunct professor, Puckett has developed the skills to communicate complex technical issues and solutions to students, clients, industry leaders, and government officials. He has developed and implemented creative solutions for utility companies, telecommunications firms, and technology startups. He has also deployed cloud-based solutions and provided cloud consulting for a multitude of companies in China. As an entrepreneur, Puckett has launched several companies, including Network Convergence Associates, American IP, Aspira Networks, Digital Answers, and SIM Electronics.
Puckett holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from Auburn University and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama Birmingham’s Executive Information Engineering Management Program. He holds three patents through AT&T Labs and two additional patents with SIM Electronics.