Griff Salmon serves as Principal for VisionFirst Advisors, LLC in its Orlando office. Griff’s extensive background in operations and business development allow him to offer a unique prospective to both the economic development organization and private company looking to expand or relocate.
Prior to joining VisionFirst Griff served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer for Enterprise Florida Inc., the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida. During his tenure, Enterprise Florida the state’s public-private-partnership had two of the most productive years in the organization’s history in terms of capital investment and jobs announced. The team was able to continue to diversify Florida’s economy with announced project wins from heavyweights such as GE, Amazon, Lockheed Martin and Blue Origin. Griff effectively managed the administration of its five divisions focusing on resources for the entire team to carry out the state’s economic development mission. His collaborative management style led to an effective partnering with a statewide network of regional and local economic development organizations helping Enterprise Florida improve the state’s global competitiveness.
Salmon joined Enterprise Florida in December 2011 following a stint as director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s Global Business division. Under his leadership, the business development team was recognized as one of the most professional and responsive groups in the country. The team’s attention to detail, listen first approach and commitment to solve customer needs led to many successful project announcements from companies such as GE Aviation, Toyota, PACCAR and McKesson.
Prior to his role in Global Business Griff worked as a congressional liaison for the Agency’s Federal DOD and Congressional Liaison Bureau. As part of the effort to support the Military’s economic impact on the state, Griff worked hand in hand with the existing Military installations, the state’s congressional delegation and the local communities. These efforts led the charge to not only maintain the military presence in the state but to expand their capabilities to secure future missions as part of the Federal Government’s Base Realignment and Closure Act.
Griff earned a master’s degree in policy administration at Mississippi State University and a B.S. from Millsaps College.