With his extensive expertise in the aviation industry, Ash was selected to oversee the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone (MIZ) flight testing center and operations. Ash works with established global corporate leaders as well as mid-to late-stage, logistics-focused companies to encourage technology commercialization within the MIZ. Ultimately, these efforts drive the future of mobility and supply chain efficiencies for Hillwood’s partners and the region.

Since opening the MIZ FTC in May of 2020, Ash has been instrumental in building relationships with the Advanced Air Mobility industry, with both civic and federal partners locally and nationwide. Ash has successfully attracted seven UAS companies to the FTC including Fortune 100 companies along with two tier 1 universities and other nonprofits. Most recently Ash partnered with a global corporate leader to conduct flight test activity in the MIZ related to NASA International Organization for Standardization (SIO) testing.

Ash began his career with Hillwood in 1996 at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, the world’s first industrial airport, as a Line Operation Specialist, then Lead Operation Specialist. He was soon promoted to Manager of Airport & FBO Operations, General Manager, Vice President of Business Development & Customer Relations successfully growing the airport’s fixed-base operation and airport management companies into a world-class operation.

Prior to joining Alliance Aviation Services, Ash was employed for three years at United Parcel Service (UPS) in the aircraft division as an Aircraft Load Master. A Texas native and graduate of TBD, Ash currently serves on the North Central Texas Council of Governments as a member of the North Texas Safety and Integration Task Force


  • Tarrant County College
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University