Beasley named director of aerospace initiatives

Adrianne Beasley

Cameron steps down after three years

Adrianne Beasley has been tapped to replace Deborah Cameron as director of aerospace initiatives for the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness effective March 31, 2017. After three years leading the Council’s SC Aerospace initiative, Cameron is resigning the position and relocating to Colorado.

Beasley most recently served as program manager for the University of South Carolina McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research, where she was an integral part of the strategic design and build out of the Center. She also planned and managed aerospace-related educational, research, STEM and economic development programs.

“Adrianne’s broad range of experience working with different sectors within the state’s aerospace cluster will certainly prove valuable in continuing to grow the cluster as Deborah has done over the past three years,” said Ed Sellers, interim CEO for the Council. “With Adrianne’s leadership, we look forward to continuing the SC Aerospace partnership and building on our success.”

“Deborah has been such an asset to the SC Aerospace partnership for the past three years, and we believe Adrianne is the perfect choice to help us continue putting our best foot forward,” said South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “We welcome Adrianne to Team South Carolina and look forward to continuing to advance our aerospace industry on the global stage.”

Prior to moving to South Carolina in 2013, Beasley served as marketing manager for HEICO Parts Group (HPG), part of the HEICO Corporation, in Hollywood, Fla. She worked directly with HPG customers across airlines, overhaul shops, satellite manufacturers, and commercial and defense equipment producers worldwide.

“After working alongside Deborah on many projects, I’m excited to join the Council and to continue the work of growing and developing South Carolina’s aerospace cluster,” Beasley said.

Beasley currently resides in Columbia. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business and is certified by the University of South Carolina in research administration.



The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness is a nonpartisan, business-led non-profit organization committed to advancing the long-term economic competitiveness of our state, industries, and citizens. Our work is accomplished through: actionable research on opportunities and threats to South Carolina’s competitiveness; support of industry clusters that provide South Carolina a competitive advantage; and education and workforce development initiatives that ensure all South Carolina’s citizens are equipped to compete in a global economy. We execute our work through partnerships recognizing that our state’s economic success is secured through sustained collaboration among the private, public, academic and non-profit sectors. For more information, visit


SC Aerospace, an industry cluster supported by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, is a partnership of the public, private, academic and nonprofit sectors connecting the industry’s assets and securing future growth.  Aerospace is a high-impact industry cluster that contributes $19 billion per year to South Carolina’s economy.  Employment in the aerospace cluster is growing at a rate eight times higher than the state’s average, and private-sector aerospace employees are compensated an average of over $70,000 per year.  By growing aerospace in South Carolina, our work creates high-wage jobs and grows the economy.  For more information, visit