Investor and Developer
Iowa-born David George Bronner is chief executive officer of the Retirement Systems of Alabama. In 1971, Bronner earned a law degree from the University of Alabama and went on to receive a Ph.D. in 1972. After teaching in graduate schools, he was appointed as assistant dean of the UA School of Law.
By investing in major local projects, such as the Battle House, RSA Tower and Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, he has dramatically changed the skyline and economic prospects of Mobile.
Executive leadership in Computer Technology
Tim Cook is chief operating officer for Apple. He grew up in Robertsdale, the son of a shipyard worker and a homemaker. He earned his B.S. degree in industrial engineering from Auburn University in 1982, and his M.B.A. from Duke in ’88.
Cook worked at Compaq and IBM before moving to Apple. He is credited with pulling the company out of production difficulties and served as its CEO in 2004, while Steve Jobs was recovering from pancreatic cancer surgery.