As a research scientist, he has conducted multiple studies on industry, workforce, and supply chains. Additionally, he provides assistance in strategic analysis and planning, market research, industry profiles, and economic impacts. With a background in accounting, strategic planning, management, and economic growth, Jeff brings a broad business perspective to projects. He has led and implemented strategic management initiatives for companies, community organizations, economic development entities, and government agencies. He served as the executive director for the Alabama Aerospace Industry Association 2004-2019. Jeff has more than 35 years of experience including corporate finance, management consulting, and operations of business service organizations.


  • M.A., Finance and Management Systems, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1986
  • B.S., Accounting, The University of Alabama, 1980


  • Certificate of Management Accounting (1985-1991)

Recent Publications

  • "An Approach to Collecting Local Freight Information," Thompson, J.S., K.E. Yarbrough, M.D. Anderson, G. A. Harris, and K. Harrison, January 2010. Sep. 2010, Transportation Research Record Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
  • "Development of a Method to Forecast Freight Demand Arising from the Final Demand Sector," Dr. Michael Anderson, et. al., June 2009 Alabama Department of Transportation, Research Advisory Council
  • "Development of a Freight Database for Use in Allocating Freight Traffic to Sub-State Traffic Zones," Dr. Gregory Harris, et. al., July 2009 Transportation Research Board, TRB Annual Conference