A former Army officer and cybersecurity specialist will now lead the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s efforts to shape and grow the cybersecurity sector and other select industries.
Jeff Fair has been named the chamber’s new vice president for cybersecurity and economic development. The title, combining two previous positions, makes him a point person for some of the city’s largest industries: cybersecurity, aerospace, health care, manufacturing, international trade, and downtown tourism.
Fair said he hopes to help players in these industries connect with opportunities, particularly now as they recover from the economic strain of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s an extremely important time now that we see a light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “COVID has changed business. It’s not about going back, it’s about getting to the future.”
Fair has an extensive military background. After 23 years as a U.S. Army officer, Fair worked in cybersecurity and intelligence at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. During his service, he worked at the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command in strategy and policy roles as well as in operational assignments.
A graduate with a master’s degree in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University, Fair taught classes there covering cybersecurity and other topics. The university is exclusively for armed services members and civilian federal employees with security clearances.
Fair also has a master’s degree in administration from the University of Washington, as well as a master’s in business from Hawaii Pacific University. His undergraduate degree is from George Washington University, where he studied international relations.
Richard Perez, president and CEO of the chamber, said Friday in a prepared statement: “Whether it is convening, connecting and branding the regional cybersecurity ecosystem or advocating for legislative actions that benefit our key industries, the role of the Chamber’s Vice President of Cybersecurity and Economic Development is vital to the success of our community.”
He continued, “With his deep background in military cybersecurity and intelligence, interpersonal skills, and strategy and policy experience, Jeff is perfectly poised to lead these efforts and more.”
Fair replaces Amanda Lee Keammerer as vice president for cybersecurity and Belinda Garza Hartwig as vice president of economic development.