Matt Byrd serves as President & CEO of Hillwood Aviation, 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 25 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, Byrd was President & CEO of Gulf Alliance Company, A Perot Company, based in Abu Dhabi where he lived with his family for 7 years. Byrd has held a variety of positions within The Perot Group Companies for the past 20 plus years.
Public service is of the utmost importance to Byrd. Byrd served for 33 years in the United States Air Force and NATO. Byrd retired from the United States Air Force Reserves in 2018 where he served as a T-38C Talon Instructor at Sheppard Air Force Base. In the USAF, he flew as an Air Demonstration Pilot with the Thunderbirds, an Instructor Pilot in the F-117A Stealth Fighter, the A-10 Thunderbolt II and T-38C Talon. Byrd served 3 tours in the Middle East, where he flew 44 combat missions in the F-117 during Desert Storm. While in NATO, Byrd had the opportunity to fly Russian MiGs and Sukois in Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
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 serves on the National Business Aviation Association Board of Directors, is the Vice President of The Falcon Foundation Board of Trustees (US Air Force Academy) and DynCorp International FZ, LLC., and a member of The World Affairs Council, The Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, and the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council. Previously, Byrd served as Chairman of AmCham Abu Dhabi and Chairman of AmCham MENA and the Board of Directors for the American Air Museum (Duxford). Byrd had the pleasure of working on the Air Force Memorial in Washington DC for 6 years.