GREG CANFIELD - SECRETARY OF COMMERCE STATE OF ALABAMA
Since July of 2011, Greg Canfield has served as the State’s leading economic developer in his role as Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.
Canfield’s job is to ensure that the five priorities of the Department are fulfilled:
recruitment and expansion activity, export opportunities for Alabama companies, workforce development, small business opportunities, and avenues for job creation in the film and entertainment industry. During his tenure, Alabama has attracted world-class companies such as Mazda-Toyota U.S., Google, Amazon, Airbus, Polaris, Kimber, Autocar, Wal Mart’s Import Distribution Center, SMP, Pharmavite, Leonardo, James Hardie, Blue Origin, Aerojet Rocketdyne, GE Aviation and many others. Since 2011, under Canfield’s leadership, Alabama has announced projects totaling over $33 billion in capital investment and leading to the creation of over 120,000 new jobs.
Prior to joining Commerce, Canfield served in the Alabama House of Representatives as chairman of the Commerce & Small Business Committee. Graduating from Huffman High School in Birmingham, he went on to attend the University of Alabama and UAB where he earned a Finance Degree in 1983. Greg began his career in sales with the Fortune 500 company Purolator Corporation. He became the Southeast Regional Sales Manager and then Regional Administration Manager with responsibility for the corporate regional budgetary process for the southern region. Canfield later became a National Account Manager for Transus Freight
Systems, with responsibility for the eastern region from Alabama to New Jersey.
Canfield entered the insurance and financial services field in 1991 and opened a small business in 1993 marketing insurance and financial products to businesses and individuals.
After selling his business in 2008, Canfield joined J.H. Berry Insurance in Birmingham, AL. The Alabama native is a successful businessman who launched the Business Development Committee during his service as president of the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce. The committee recruited many new businesses to his community. Greg married the former Denise Coward in 1983. The couple has two children, Rachel and John. Denise is an Executive Vice President for Regions Bank. They are active members of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, where they have been parishioners since 1983. Greg enjoys family travel, boating and fishing, SCUBA diving excursions with his son, and dusting off his clubs for the occasional round of golf.
Canfield has always chosen to take an active role as a public servant in local and state economic development activities. In 2000, serving as President of the Vestavia Hills City Council, he was instrumental in the development of the City’s first long-range economic and land use plan that became the basis for future business development activity in that City. Canfield also served on the Government Affairs Committee for the Birmingham Business Alliance. Canfield is the author and sponsor of the Education Trust Fund Rolling Reserve Budget Act as well as legislation to address improvements in Alabama’s tort laws, pro-business
environment and economic development opportunities.