Mary Ann Moon, CEcD - Bio

 Mary Ann Moon, CEcD, FM is VP of Economic Development and Marketing for Tice Engineering Inc., Wiggins and Ridgeland, MS and Slidell, LA.  She is responsible for developing new business opportunities for TEI, Inc. and promoting the company's unique and specialized engineering and surveying services. She is an Economic Development, Transportation and Community Development Advocate for AECOM, the world's largest engineering company.  Mary Ann is President/Owner of Competitive Solutions, LLC.      

Mary Ann served as the Economic Developer Specialist-Business and Economic Expansion-for Entergy Louisiana. Moon was responsible for Project Management and the development of Louisiana Economic Development Certified Sites-a partnership between LED and EntergyLA. She also worked with community groups, establishing networks and assisting with economic development in regions across Northeast Louisiana.  

Moon served as the President of the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce, West Monroe, LA for five years. During that time, she served as a board member of Louisiana's Next Horizon - a state wide organization dedicated to quality education practices and opportunities for all children, focusing on the socio and economically disadvantaged.  Also, during her tenure, Moon authored the Pre-K program for West Ouachita Parish, Louisiana.  A public-private partnership, the program was recognized by the International Economic Development Council and Coordinating and Development Council for 'Excellence in Education.' She was also responsible for the implementation of the area's summer reading program for third grade students.  Additionally, Moon facilitated West Monroe-West Ouachita's Vision 20/20 Strategic Plan.  She has extensive experience in Community Development including facilitation, public meeting organization, outreach, education and program creation and implementation for issues concerning and affecting communities and their residents. She is President/Owner of Competitive Solutions, LLC a company specializing in Community/Public Outreach and Facilitation, Community Development Program Implementation and Advocacy. 

Mary Ann was President/Owner of Dixie Bonded Warehouse of Ouachita, Inc. and Dixie Transportation, Inc., (DBWO) West Monroe, LA from 1993 - 2007.  DBWO was the largest bonded warehouse and distribution facility for component materials in a tri-state area.  Moon possesses extensive experience in and knowledge of the Transportation, Logistics and Distribution industries.  She served as a Board Member of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association, Louisiana's Inter-Modal Planning Committee and as a Transportation Committee Member of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Moon also served as President of the Transportation and Traffic Council. She currently serves as a presenter and facilitator at conferences and workshops addressing the role of Transportation in Economic Development and growth. 

She is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU-EDI) Moon is a Certified Economic Developer and was recently awarded the designation of Fellow Member by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  Moon is a member of IEDC's Board of Directors.  She is a Board Member, Instructor, Mentor and serves as Assistant Dean for the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. Mary Ann teaches the Certified Economic Developer Exam Prep Course and developed OU-EDI's "Introduction to Transportation and Logistics" course in which she also serves as topic instructor.  She is a guest instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi's True South Economic Development program and Louisiana State University's Basic Economic Development Program. She teaches Introduction to Transportation and Professional Economic Development Ethics. Mary Ann is Chairman of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Trade, Transportation and Logistics Advisory Council, a member of the Mississippi Intermodal Council's Board of Directors and President Elect of the Mississippi Transportation Institute.  Selected as a representative of Louisiana, by Congressman Rodney Alexander, she graduated from the Delta Regional Authority’s Leadership Institute, served on the Advisory Board and assisted in the development of the Delta Initiative-a program addressing economic development, heath care, transportation and education issues. She served as facilitator of the Delta Regional Authority's Entrepreneur Jump Start program in the Louisiana Delta.  Mary Ann is a graduate of Leaderships Louisiana and Mississippi.