Director of Aerospace Initiatives
SC Council on Competitiveness
Adrianne joins the Council after serving as the Program Manager for the University of South Carolina McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research since 2013. Adrianne was integral part of the strategic design and build out of the McNAIR Center, which focuses on key areas in advanced composite materials and manufacturing to support the aerospace cluster. As program manager, Adrianne also planned and managed aerospace-related educational, research, STEM and economic development programs.
Prior to moving to South Carolina, Adrianne worked for HEICO Corporation in Hollywood, Florida, where she was Marketing Manager for the HEICO Parts Group (HPG). HPG is the world’s largest independent supplier of FAA-PMA approved engine and component parts. In her role at HEICO, Adrianne engaged with customers across airlines, overhaul shops, satellite manufacturers, and commercial and defense equipment producers world-wide.
Adrianne has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance from the University of South Carolina Moore School. She is certified by the University of South Carolina in Research Administration. Adrianne lives in Columbia with her husband Jack and their son.
Mr. Fritz retired in early 2014 from a long career at the South Carolina Department of Commerce. His responsibilities included development of new business, both domestic and international, as well as the maintenance of current relationships that were located in South Carolina. During his career, Mr. Fritz developed a specialization in the aerospace industry. He was the Project Manager that facilitated the $1 billion investment from Toray Carbon Fibers of America in Spartanburg County that created 500 new jobs. This project represents the single largest new investment ever announced for South Carolina.
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Wayne graduated with a B.A. from the University of South Carolina and the University of Oklahoma Graduate School for Economic Development. Wayne is married and has two grown children, and lives in Columbia. Wayne is interested in planes, trains and ships and is a hobby historian.
A native of South Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Rob Bockman received his bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on British literature and writing for the screen and stage.
With a background in research and marketing, he now supports the Council’s initiatives and assists with communications to implement strategy and convey to the public the message of the Council.
Prior to joining the Council, Bockman served as a marketing coordinator for nonprofits in South Carolina and as the Director of Marketing for Lake City, South Carolina. He has five years of experience as a copyeditor, social media manager, content manager, and marketing professional.