PASCAGOULA, MS— The Keynote Speaker has been announced for the 29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show. Keynote Speaker Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding President, will speak on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the B.E. “Mac” McGinty Civic Center (2902 Shortcut Road) in Pascagoula on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The one day event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ribbon Cutting will be held at 9:00 a.m. that morning in the Fair Hall next to the Civic Center. The Chairwoman of this year’s event is Melanie Landsiedel of Chevron. This event is open to the business community working in the industrial field. Sponsorships, booths and wall space advertising are now available through the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.
Brian Cuccias is executive vice president of Huntington Ingalls Industries and president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. Named to this position in 2014, he is responsible for all programs and operations at Ingalls, including U.S. Navy destroyers, amphibious assault and surface combatant programs, and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter program.
Cuccias began his shipbuilding career in 1979, with Litton Data Systems, where he served as a financial analyst on several Navy programs, including amphibious assault ships and Spruance– and Kidd-class destroyers. Since then, he has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, including: assistant to the group vice president of Avondale Industries; sector vice president, material, for Northrop Grumman Ship Systems; program manager and vice president for Northrop Grumman’s DDG 1000 program; and vice president, surface combatants, for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, which included Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) and Zumwalt-class (DDG 1000) destroyers and Coast Guard programs.
Most recently, Cuccias served as Ingalls’ vice president, program management, responsible for program execution and financial performance for all ships produced by the shipyard.
Cuccias earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Alabama and has attended executive education programs at Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He serves on the Mississippi Economic Council Board of Governors and on the board of directors for the Mississippi Partnership for Economic Development, the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation and the Salvation Army of Mobile.
Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.
Businesses are encouraged to put aside time on this day and allow their employees working in procurement, management, engineering and other industrial fields to attend the event. Participants are also encouraged to invite their business network to attend this show—regionally, nationwide and worldwide. This show is open to the business community. The Jackson County Industrial Trade Show allows businesses of all sizes and many classifications to promote their products and services to other local businesses in one location. The trade show provides the environment of face to face interaction where attendees learn about new and existing products and opportunities.
The Jackson County Industrial Trade Show is one of many examples of economic and community support in the area throughout the year under the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, the Jackson County Industrial Suppliers Association (ISA) meets every other month at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. The ISA is sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s Small Business Issue Manager Group. Programs are designed to provide ideas and information that give businessmen additional resource knowledge and new business opportunities.
Contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce for information on attending or being featured at an ISA meeting, participating in the Jackson County Industrial Trade Show and general C
hamber membership information. Call 228-762-3391 or email Linda Johnson at JohnsonL@jcchamber.com. The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is located at 720 Krebs Avenue in Pascagoula. More information can be found online at www.jcchamber.com.