Hughes Aircraft - Belcher led the Canadian firm's effort to modernize
ARINC - Founded by several commercial airlines in 1920 to operate the nation's air traffic control system,
NEXT? - Belcher plans to start a cyber security firm in
The man responsible for turning
Belcher has his sights on building a cyber security firm based in
The former ARINC CEO said he has had numerous discussions with companies in the
"There are lots of great (local) companies with great individual products," he said. "(I want) to create a business that will have all the services and products in the portfolio to go after large industries and go global."
The region is home to more than 75,000 cyber security-related jobs, with an additional 20,000 unfilled positions, according to a
Wells said Belcher's plan could spark greater investments in cyber workforce development and draw money from
"It's a very bold move and one that is needed," Wells said. "It would provide some great opportunities for capital for small companies for them to grow and meet needs of their customers."
When he arrived in
ARINC grew from a firm whose business was more than 90 percent in the United State to an international player through expansion and product development -- including automated airport check-in and private jet air traffic control technology.
Belcher aims to do the same in the cyber arena.
"Being in aerospace technology my entire life, I'm aware of the threats," he said.
Prior to ARINC, Belcher enhanced Hughes Aircraft of
Newman -- an outside attorney who worked alongside Belcher on the Hughes deal two decades ago -- was impressed with his demeanor and effectiveness as cost overruns and other factors complicated the project.
"A lesser person could have found all these conflicting interests overwhelming or debilitating," Newman said.
Under Belcher, Hughes Aircraft of
Belcher expects it to take three to four months to complete a business plan once funding is in place.
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