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Tim Huddleston has an interesting and diverse background. He first served with distinction in the aerospace sector for over 20 years in education, government, industry, and nonprofit roles. More recently he has served as a prominent player in the business development world, primarily helping business start-ups get off the ground and develop a winning strategy for growth and success.

Having begun his career in aerospace education, Tim eventually moved over to the government side, becoming an aerospace policy expert serving in Alabama state government, and then in Washington, DC. Later, he entered the industry side serving as the CEO of an aerospace company. Ultimately, Tim entered the mainstream business world, becoming a successful business development consultant. Tim also continues in his role as a distinguished space-policy expert on the national and international stage by serving as the chairman of the Aerospace Development Institute, an international space-access think tank. He is also an accomplished and in-demand lecturer on the future of space development on the university lecture circuit.

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In Tim’s professional life, he has served as:

  • an Aerospace Education Specialist under the auspices of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base
  • the Director of Aerospace Education for the Alabama Wing CAP/US Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, CAP
  • the executive director of the Alabama Aerospace Teachers Association
  • Center Director of the Aerospace Development Center and Director of the Office of Aerospace Policy for the State of Alabama
  • Governor’s Advisor for Aerospace Affairs and Senior Space Policy Advisor to the governor of Alabama
  • the governor’s designated representative on the Alabama Commission on Aerospace Science and Industry
  • a commissioner on the Governor’s Task Force on Military Affairs
  • a commissioner on the Alabama Commerce Commission
  • the chairman of the National Coalition of Spaceport States (NCSS), an organization that represented all the states engaged in the development of next-generation space-access facilities throughout the nation
  • the executive director of the Aerospace States Association, an organization that represents US states on matters related to aerospace policy and development
  • CEO of Talon Aerospace, LLC, the world’s largest manufacturer of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified LED aircraft anti-collision light systems for global commercial and military aircraft fleets

He currently is:

  • the CEO of Tim Huddleston & Associates, LLC, a business consulting firm offering a host of strategic and business development services to small and medium-sized companies
  • the chairman of the Aerospace Development Institute, an international space-access think tank
  • an accomplished and in-demand lecturer on the university lecture circuit, lecturing on the future of space development
  • a professional speaker, utilizing his experiences in government, private industry, the nonprofit sector, and community service to provide a powerful message filled with principles of personal, professional and communal development and delivered with so much enthusiasm, energy and humor, it ought to be illegal

Tim is the recipient of:

  • the 1998 Frank G. Brewer Award, the nation’s highest aerospace educator award presented by the United States Air Force
  • the Governor’s Commendation for Meritorious Service to the state of Alabama
  • the 2006 Businessman of the Year award by the Business Advisory Council of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
  • an honorary Admiral’s Commission in the Alabama Navy

Other than that, Tim just sits around and dreams up ways to solve all of the world’s problems.

Career Timeline

Tim’s aerospace career began in 1991 as an Aerospace Education Specialist under the auspices of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base. In 1994, he became the Director of Aerospace Education for the Alabama Wing CAP/US Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, CAP.

In 1996, Tim was hired as the executive director of the Alabama Aerospace Teachers Association where he led efforts to advance aerospace education thematically in Alabama K-12 classrooms by providing support to educators, including training, resources, and curriculum development.

In 1997, Tim took on the dual role of Center Director of the Aerospace Development Center and Director of the Office of Aerospace Policy, both state programs located at Jacksonville State University. In this role, Tim was charged with advancing aerospace research, commerce, workforce development and education throughout Alabama.

In 1999, Tim was appointed Governor’s Advisor for Aerospace Affairs and Senior Space Policy Advisor by the governor of Alabama. Tim reported directly to and advised the governor on matters related to aviation and space policy and aerospace industry development in Alabama. Tim represented the governor at meetings and events related to aerospace, and worked with agencies, officials, communities, organizations, companies and others. In addition, Tim served on the Alabama Commission on Aerospace Science and Industry as the governor’s designated representative and as a commissioner on both the Governor’s Task Force on Military Affairs and the Alabama Commerce Commission representing aerospace interests. One of his more notable accomplishments while serving in the Alabama governor’s office was in having been elected by his peers to three consecutive terms from 2000 to 2003, as the chairman of the National Coalition of Spaceport States (NCSS), an organization that represented all the states engaged in the development of next-generation space-access facilities throughout the nation.

In 2003, Tim left the governor’s office to become the executive director of the Aerospace States Association, an organization that represents US states on matters related to aerospace policy and development. Tim was appointed as executive director by the ASA Board of Directors—a board composed of lt. governors and governor-appointed delegates from each of the 44 member states. Tim’s responsibilities included overseeing the day-to-day management of the organization, articulating and advancing policy positions, and representing ASA and its member states on Capitol Hill and within the president’s administration. In this role, Tim routinely met and worked with senior leaders on Capitol Hill, the Department of Defense, FAA, NASA, the Department of Commerce, and at the White House.

In 2006, Tim left ASA to become the CEO of Talon Aerospace, a company he co-founded with two other aerospace industry leaders. Under his leadership, Talon became the world’s largest manufacturer of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified LED aircraft anti-collision light systems for global commercial and military aircraft fleets. He led Talon until selling control of the company to a Dutch firm in 2012.

In 2012, Tim founded Tim Huddleston & Associates, LLC, a business consulting firm offering a host of strategic and business development services to small and medium-sized companies. Through Tim Huddleston & Associates, he became a leading supporter of small business development, serving as a consultant to business start-ups. He has helped a number of small start-ups get off the ground and become successful.

Tim continues in a role as a distinguished space policy expert on the national and international stage by serving as the chairman of the Aerospace Development Institute, an international space-access think tank, and he continues to give university lectures on the future of space development.

Professional Experiences

Throughout his professional life and in his public and private roles, Tim has literally conducted hundreds of public speeches, perfecting a keen ability to be entertaining and charismatic while driving home the hard points. Working in Washington, he became respected and admired by members of both political parties. So much so, Tim would often be called upon to mediate differences between principals on both sides of the isle. In doing these things, Tim became a skillful instructor, motivator, negotiator, persuader, and entertainer. And, he found out that he loved it. As a result, Tim has now added professional speaker to his resume.

As a professional speaker, Tim Huddleston taps into his long and diverse career, utilizing his experiences in government, private industry, the nonprofit sector, and community service to provide a powerful message filled with principles of personal, professional and communal development. Tim is one of the most enthusiastic, energetic and entertaining speakers you will ever meet. Tim is a refreshing and morals-based motivational humorist and instructor who quickly captures and holds his audience’s attention, delivering an effective and powerful message that motivates and inspires his audience to excel personally and professionally.

Tim Huddleston has received numerous awards and honors. Most notably, he is the 1998 recipient of the coveted Frank G. Brewer Award, the nation’s highest aerospace educator award awarded by the US Air Force; he has received a Governor’s Commendation for Meritorious Service to the state of Alabama; an honorary Admiral’s Commission; and a 2006 Businessman of the Year award, awarded by the Business Advisory Council of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Tim is a native Alabamian who has written numerous works on aerospace policy and development, and is considered to be among the leading authorities in future space infrastructure development.

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