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For their experience and interest establishing film incentives and workforce for Alabama, Jacksonville State University (JSU) President Meehan selected and established a NEAEI Committee with the following members:

W. Peter Conroy, NEAEI President

Pete Conroy is the Director of Jacksonville State University's Environmental Policy and Information Center (EPIC). Trained as a biologist, Mr. Conroy moved to Alabama in 1985 to work as the curator of the Anniston Museum of Natural History.


Since then, he has received appointments from five Alabama Governors; Bob Riley (R), Don Siegelman (D), Fob James (R), Jim Folsom (D) and Guy Hunt (R). In April of 2002 he was selected by Governor Siegelman to Chair the Alabama Commission on Environmental Initiatives which reinvigorated the process that resulted in film industry incentives for the state.


Retained by President George Bush, Pete received White House appointments by President Bill Clinton in early 1999 to serve as Alternate U.S. Federal Commissioner of the Tri-State (ACT/ACF) Water Compacts. Additionally and through his appointments, Pete leads a number of projects related to conservation and economic development. Examples include the establishment and operation of the Little River Canyon Field School, the Chief Ladiga Rail-Trail, and several Alabama-based initiatives promoting smart growth, environmental education, land conservation, ecotourism and water policy.


Born in Pennsylvania, Pete moved to Asheville, North Carolina with his family in 1970. He later received his Bachelor's degree in biology from Furman University in South Carolina and his Master's degree in zoology from the University of Georgia.


With his wife Roxana, daughter Haley, and son Mitch, Pete lives in Jacksonville, Alabama. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David J. Conroy of Asheville, NC.



Dr. William Fielding

Dean, College of Commerce & Business Administration (JSU)

Dr. William T. Fielding earned his BS and MBA degrees at Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of South Carolina.  Dr. Fielding was first employed at Jacksonville State University in 1968.  He served as Department Head in the Finance and Economics Department from 1986 until 1996.  Dr. Fielding has served as Dean of the College of Commerce and Business Administration since 1995.


As a faculty member he has had a strong interest in international business.  He taught international finance and international trade and economics courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Since becoming Dean of CCBA he has promoted increased internationalization of the CCBA’s curriculum.  International topics and courses have been incorporated in each of the majors.  The CCBA’s latest international development is to create a study abroad program for business students.


Dr. Fielding has worked in small business development since 1967 as a graduate assistant in Auburn University’s Small Business Development.  He has been involved in economic development for many years and is current acting director of the Center for Economic Development and Small business Development Center.

The Honorable Richard Lindsey

Alabama State Representative

Representative Richard Lindsey was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1983 and is past chairman of the powerful Education Finance and Appropriations Committee, and has been a member of a number other legislative committees.


He is a cotton farmer and manager of Lindsey Brothers Inc. In addition to having been the primary sponsor the Alabama Film Incentives Act of 2009, he is a member of the advisory board of First Southern Bank, President of Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association, President of Howells Cemetery Association, member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, member of the board of the Cherokee County ALFA Organization and the Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association.


Representative Lindsey is a former member of the Alabama Cotton Commission and the board of the Cherokee, DeKalb and Marshall Child Care Corporation. He also served as a member of the Alabama State Democratic Executive Committee from 2000-2006.


Representative Lindsey has received numerous awards during his legislative service, including Legislator of the Year from the Alabama Rural Electric Cooperatives, State Representative of the Year from the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts and the Lifetime Legislative Leadership Award for his work on behalf of Alabama's school children from the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools.


He and his wife, Johna, are the parents of two children, Rich and Anna, and are members of Ebenezer United Methodist Church.



The Honorable del marsh

Alabama State senator

Alabama State Senator Marsh is serving his fourth term in the Senate. He is a graduate of Auburn University. He is an Episcopalian and a Republican.


Senator Marsh was elected President Pro Tempore of the Senate on December 8, 2010, and pursuant to constitutional provision, again on January 11, 2011, on the first day of the 2011 Organizational Session.


He and his wife, Ginger, are the parents of two children, Justin and Christine.



Director Nisa Miranda

Director, Center for Economic Development (Univ. of Alabama)

Nisa Miranda has held the position of Director of The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development (UACED) since 1995.


Prior to this appointment, Miranda served for ten years as the Director of the William R. Bennett Alabama International Trade Center, a premier research and trade development program in the State. She is a founding member of two non-profits that support economic development in rural and distressed areas, and is on the Board of many other state and national organizations.


A native of Brazil, Ms. Miranda holds an M.B.A. from The University of Alabama.



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