President and Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Alliance Company
Matt Byrd serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Alliance Company, internationally based and associated with The Perot Group of companies, focusing on real estate, investments and aviation related business opportunities.
Being a real estate provider to aviation companies for over 20 years at their AllianceTexas®, AllianceCalifornia®, and AllianceFlorida® developments, Byrd and Hillwood have demonstrated their commitment to maintaining long term relationships with its customers.
Prior to his current position with Gulf Alliance Company, Byrd was Vice President of Hillwood Properties. Byrd led aviation marketing for Hillwood and oversaw aviation development opportunities for Hillwood worldwide.
Byrd also worked with Ross Perot, Jr. at Perot Systems, as Director of Corporate Best Practices for Perot Systems Corporation, as well as being responsible for Perot Systems’ Quality Program serving as Co-Chairman for the PSC Quality Committee.
Byrd’s first position with The Perot Companies was serving as Vice President of Hillwood Strategic Services. Byrd was responsible for the coordination and development of Hillwood’s consulting and development projects outside of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Public service was always of the utmost importance to Byrd. Byrd served 14 years for both NATO and the United States Air Force, as well as serving in the United States Air Force as an Air Demonstration Pilot with the Thunderbirds, an Instructor Pilot in both the F-117A Stealth Fighter and the A-10 Thunderbolt II.
Byrd received a Bachelor of Science in Math of Operations Research from the United States Air Force Academy and Master of Science from Troy State University. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College.
Byrd is a member of The Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council and Chairman of AmCham Abu Dhabi, as well as serves on the Board of Directors for The Falcon Foundation Board of Trustees (US Air Force Academy), Chairman of American Chamber of Commerce Abu Dhabi (AMCHARM, American Community School Abu Dhabi, American Air Museum (Duxford), DynCorp International FZ, LLC. Byrd had the pleasure of working on the Air Force Memorial in Washington DC for 6 years.