Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Robert A. “Bobby” Savoie currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Geocent, LLC, an information technology and engineering services company headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. Geocent was formed in August of 2008 to acquire and integrate several related firms in the fields of information technology (IT), engineering services, and defense and aerospace manufacturing support. Geocent is working with government and commercial clients throughout the United States. Since its formation in 2008, Geocent has grown more than 400% and added over 200 IT and engineering professionals.
Some of Dr. Savoie's recent honors include:
University of New Orleans Distinguish Alumnus of the Year, 2013/2014
NASA's Distinguished Public Service Medal, 2011
Laureate of the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, 2011
Appointed by Governor Jindal to the BioDistrict New Orleans Board, 2010
Eward Best Application of Technology, 2010
Eward Growth Company of the Year President, 2009
Loyola University, College of Business Alumnus of the Year, 2008
Young Leadership Council Role Model, 2004
Dr. Savoie recently received an "honorable discharge" after serving three terms (nine years) as a member of the National World War II Museum Board of Trustees. He currently serves on the Boards of Loyola University, the UNO Foundation, and Greater New Orleans, Inc. He is also on the Geocent Board, the Board of Directors of Longenecker & Associates, has been appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to represent the State of Louisiana on the Aerospace Alliance Board, and is a member of the New Orleans Business Council. Dr. Savoie previously served as a director, trustee, and senior advisor for the Atlantic Council of the United States, the Louisiana Technology Council, the U.S. Small Business Technology Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America, the Academy of the Sacred Heart, the J. Bennett Johnston Science Foundation, the Isidore Newman School, and the Ochsner Health Foundation.
In 1986, Dr. Savoie founded Integrated Resources Group (IRG) and served as CEO until 1997 when IRG merged with Science & Engineering Associates (SEA). Dr. Savoie became president and then Chief Executive Officer of SEA and guided the company through an extraordinary growth period during which the company transitioned from a boutique consulting firm to a $124 million per year technology corporation with four subsidiaries and 14 offices in 10 states nationwide. Under Dr. Savoie's leadership, SEA's revenue grew 700% in five years. After its merger with ITS to form Apogen, SEA continued to grow and ultimately became part of QinetiQ North America. In August 2004, after a 28 year career as an engineer, including his seven years as president and then CEO of SEA, Dr. Savoie returned to school to pursue his Ph.D. in engineering and devote more time to civic and humanitarian activities.
While serving as a CEO of successively larger companies, Dr. Savoie continued his work as an engineer and consultant, primarily in nuclear power and defense. Most recently this has expanded to include NASA's next-generation Space Launch System and numerous economic development activities. Dr. Savoie previously served as the general manager of a 25-company management and integration contractor team for the Space and Naval Warfare Information Technology Center in New Orleans. The team grew to encompass 1,300 people and 1,000 IT professionals. Dr. Savoie has served as a principal consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy on several programs of national significance including radioisotope production, international nuclear safety, and nuclear non-proliferation. For over ten years, Dr. Savoie assisted the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management at the Yucca Mountain Project, the nation's high-level nuclear waste repository. He served in a consulting capacity at the DOE Hanford Facility, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Sandia National Laboratories, Argonne National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Savoie has facilitated the resolution of issues ranging from the reengineering of military information systems and NASA space systems to medical isotope production, nuclear regulation, and non-lethal lasers.
In the spring of 2009, Dr. Savoie received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Sciences with a specialization in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering from the University of New Orleans. He previously earned an MBA from Loyola University ('81) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University ('80). In May 2009, Dr. Savoie published his dissertation titled, "A Model for Regional Technology-Based Economic Development," which used systems engineering principles to measure, quantify, and model the qualitative and affective variables that drive the growth of a regional technology-based economy. This dissertation served as the primary basis for his 2012 book titled, "The 21st Century Technology-Based Regional Economy: A Roadmap for Success," which was co-authored with Ms. Dinah Payne, Esq. and published by the UNO Press.