Rick Davis is the Chief Operating Officer for the Baron Critical Weather Institute and also holds responsibility for Development and PR for the Institute. Prior to joining the Institute Davis served as the Senior Vice President for Economic Development for the Birmingham Business Alliance, the lead economic-development agency in the seven-county Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in central Alabama.
Prior to his time in Birmingham, Davis served as the Executive Director of Cummings Research Park for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. CRP is the nation’s second-largest science and technology park and one of the largest in the world. During his time as executive director Davis played a key role in the sale and development of more than 480 acres of land in the Park, which resulted in more than $1.5 billion in capital investment and more than 8,000 jobs created.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Davis was Director of Communications for Teledyne Brown Engineering, a premier aerospace and defense contractor in Huntsville. Teledyne Brown (TBE) is widely recognized as the first “high-tech” company in Huntsville, having been established in 1953. TBE’s president, Milton K. Cummings, is credited with the establishment of Cummings Research Park, then-named Huntsville Research Park.
Before his employment with Teledyne Brown, Davis spent numerous years in a range of responsibilities in mass media, including sportscasting in radio, television, college football and basketball, and professional baseball (Class AA Huntsville Stars), and sports writing and business writing in the print media. Davis was recognized with multiple awards for his work during his time in the media, including being named Journalist of the Year for The Huntsville Times in 1992, Best (television) Sports Anchor in Alabama by the Associated Press in 1982, and Best Play-by-Play in Alabama radio in 1989, also by the Associated Press. In 2014 he was awarded a Special Achievement Award for his media work by the Huntsville/Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame.
Davis has served on the board of directors for the Alabama chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and has been involved with numerous boards for civic, charitable and nonprofit organizations. He is a graduate of two programs affiliated with Leadership Greater Huntsville, including Leadership Class 22 and Focus Class 3.
He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, with a BS in Communications, and earned Economic Development certification from Georgia Tech. Rick and his wife, Debbie, are the parents of two daughters, Mae Margaret and Annie, both of whom are graduates of Auburn University.