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This list showcases the top United States based CEO’ operating in the Aerospace space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
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Chairman & CEO of Voyager Space Holdings
Dylan Taylor is a global business leader and philanthropist. He is an active pioneer in the space exploration industry as a CEO, investor, commercial astronaut thought leader and futurist. Currently, Dylan serves as Chairman & CEO of Voyager Space, a multi-national space exploration firm that acquires and integrates leading space exploration enterprises globally. Dylan has been cited by Harvard University, SpaceNews, the BBC, Pitchbook, CNBC, CNN and others as having played a seminal role in the growth of the private space industry. As an early-stage investor in more than 50 emerging ventures, including Accion, Kepler, York, Astrobotic, LeoLabs, Relativity, and Planet, Dylan is widely considered the most active private space investor in the world. On December 11th, 2021 Dylan became just the 606th human to go to space as part of the crew of Blue Origin’s NewShepard Mission 19. Accordingly, Dylan earned his commercial astronaut wings with the FAA. Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure within his industry. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics. As a writer and columnist, he has written several widely read pieces on the future of the space industry for SpaceNews, ROOM, The Space Review, Apogeo Spatial and Space.com. As a speaker, Dylan has keynoted many of the major space conferences around the world and has appeared regularly on Bloomberg, Fox Business, and CNBC. dylan-taylor-headshot-1 Dylan Taylor Chairman & CEO Voyager Space Dylan has extensive global business experience as both a board director and CEO. He previously served as a Director for UMB Bank, a Fortune 500 company based in Kansas City and as a mutual fund director for the Jackson Funds where he oversaw assets of $8B across 130 distinct funds. Dylan has been a Fortune 1000 CEO with P&L responsibility in excess of $3B and operations encompassing 16,000 employees in 60 countries. In addition, Dylan has participated in 4 IPOs over the course of his career. Dylan is a leading advocate of space manufacturing and the utilization of in-space resources to further space exploration and settlement. In 2017 he became the first private citizen to manufacturer an item in space when the gravity meter he co-designed and commissioned was 3D printed on the International Space Station. The historic item is now housed in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Dylan has also had an extensive philanthropic impact on the space industry. In 2017, Dylan founded the nonprofit and social movement, Space for Humanity, which seeks to democratize space exploration and develop solutions to global issues through the scope of human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems. Additionally, Dylan is the Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which seeks to promote the growth of commercial space activity. Additionally Dylan serves as a strategic advisor for both the Archmission and the Human Spaceflight Program. Dylan is the founder and Chairman of Multiverse Media, parent company of the popular space philosophy website 2211.world as well as the Ad Astra Dinners, a Jeffersonian styled dinner series featuring some of the world’s leading influencers discussing the future of humanity in space. Another subsidiary of Multiverse Media, Multiverse Publishing, publishes books by leading authors including Frank White, Isaac Asimov and Gerard K. O’Neill. It is also the executive producer of the documentary film, The High Frontier. For his influence as a global leader and his commitment to creating a positive impact on the world, Dylan has been honored with numerous personal and professional accolades in recent years. The World Economic Forum recognized Dylan as a Young Global Leader in 2011 and he was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2014. In 2020, Dylan was recognized by the Commercial Spaceflight Federation with their top honor for business and finance, following in the footsteps of 2019’s inaugural winner, the late Paul Allen. Dylan Taylor earned an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and holds a BS in Engineering from the honors college at the University of Arizona, where he graduated Tau Beta Pi and in 2018 was named Alumnus of the year. In 2013, he attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University. Dylan and his family live in Denver where he is active locally with Colorado Concern and the Colorado Spaceport. In his spare time, Dylan enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons and spending time outdoors. He is married to author Gabrielle V. Taylor and has two teenage daughters.
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About Big Think, Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Morgan Brook Capital, Piano Bar Partners, The Aspen Institute, The World Economic Forum, Voyager Space Holdings: Voyager Space Holding is an aviation and aerospace company that specializes in the space exploration industry.
Co-founder & CEO of Relativity Space
Tim is the Co-founder and CEO of Relativity Space, the first autonomous rocket factory and launch services leader for satellite constellations. Disrupting 60 years of global aerospace manufacturing, Relativity is developing the first and only aerospace platform to integrate machine learning, software, and robotics with metal 3D printing technology to build and launch rockets and other aerospace products in days instead of years, with the long-term goal of building the future of humanity in space. Since cofounding Relativity, Tim has helped change the future of space exploration by expanding the possibilities of additive metal manufacturing. Under his leadership, Relativity developed the largest robotic metal 3D printer in the world and tested its entirely 3D printed Aeon rocket engine over 190 times, on track to launching Relativity’s Terran 1, the world’s first 3D printed launch vehicle. Terran 1 has won publicly announced launch contracts to support Iridium, Telesat, Spaceflight Industries, Momentus, Mu Space. Tim played a leading role in closing hundreds of millions of dollars in partnership with the U.S. Government, including securing the first-ever US Air Force launch site award to a venture backed company at Cape Canaveral, and exclusive 20-year agreements for multiple test sites and a 220,000-square-foot factory at NASA Stennis Space Center. Prior to Relativity, Tim was responsible for bringing metal 3D printing in-house at Blue Origin and served as a Propulsion Development Engineer on Crew Capsule RCS thrusters, BE-4, and New Glenn. He holds an MS and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from USC, where he played a leadership role in launching the first student-designed and built rocket into space. Tim has testified to the U.S. Senate on commercial space policy and is the youngest member on the National Space Council Users Advisory Group by nearly two decades, directly advising the United States White House on all space policy. He also serves on the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, and has been honored as an MIT 35 Innovators Under 35 and “30 Under 30” from Business Insider, Forbes, and Inc. Magazine. Relativity is backed by Playground Global, Social Capital, Y Combinator, Mark Cuban, USC, and Stanford.
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About Relativity Space: Relativity Space is an aerospace company that designs, develops, and builds 3D printed rockets.
Co-Founder and CEO of Anduril Industries
Brian Schimpf is Co-Founder and CEO of Anduril Industries. Previously, Brian was Director of Engineering at Palantir Technologies, where he led a large engineering organization developing and deploying data integration and analysis products. He served numerous domestic and international government organizations across the intelligence, defense, and law enforcement sectors. Previously, Brian was the Founder and Lead of Cornell University’s autonomous vehicle research program where his teams competed in DARPA’s Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge. Brian graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering.
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About Anduril Industries: Anduril Industries is a defense product company that builds technology for military agencies and border surveillance.
Founder & CEO of Hadrian
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About Hadrian: Hadrian manufactures precision components for cutting-edge technology companies.
Founder & CEO of Boom Supersonic
Blake Scholl founded Boom Supersonic in September 2014 with the goal of making high-speed travel mainstream and enabling a new world of human connection. Blake is passionate about tackling big problems which the world has overlooked. After seeing Concorde in a museum, he dreamed of the return of commercial supersonic flight. A few years later, Blake dove into aerospace engineering—reading textbooks and taking classes—to figure out from first principles how to enable a supersonic renaissance. As a leader, Blake focuses on inspiring the best people from a range of disciplines to unite in pursuit of Boom’s vision. Prior to founding Boom, Blake held leadership roles at Amazon and Groupon and co-founded mobile technology startup Kima Labs. He started his career at Amazon as a software engineer in 2001, where he developed software for personalized and automated merchandising and later owned a $300M P&L at age 24. Blake pioneered the automation of digital ad buying, enabling advertisers to build their own “long tail” by promoting niche products to relevant customers. Later, Blake was the first employee and director of product development at Kleiner-backed mobile startup Pelago. In 2010, he co-founded mobile technology startup Kima Labs, which was acquired by Groupon in 2012. At Groupon, Blake held multiple executive roles, culminating in responsibility for relevance, email, and search. Blake’s interest in aviation started in childhood—he grew up in suburban Cincinnati, where his parents often took him to the local airport to watch Cessnas take off and land. He started flying for fun in college, earning his private pilot license in 2008 and instrument rating in 2011. Blake holds a BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University; he lives in Denver and is the father of three.
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About Boom Supersonic: Boom Supersonic is a commercial airplane manufacturer that builds supersonic airliners designed for speed, safety, and sustainability.
Co-Founder & CEO of First Resonance
Karan Talati is the CEO and Co-Founder of First Resonance, which has raised $20 million in capital since its founding in 2018. First Resonance builds a Factory OS for the aerospace, automotive, and robotics industries and now powers over 40 leading manufacturers. These companies are leaders in cutting-edge products like eVTOLs (air taxis), rockets, electric boats, and robotic construction products. Karan built his company in collaboration with the world’s best engineers from companies like SpaceX, Tesla, and Apple, and he is saving his clients countless hours and dollars with their innovative, flexible, and data-driven approach to modern manufacturing.
Karan created First Resonance after gaining valuable insight on the future from working at SpaceX. With his team at First Resonance, Karan has created the ION Factory OS, which optimizes manufacturing efficiency by 30% with the ability to build, iterate, and track processes throughout a dynamic factory workflow. Karan strives to make technology faster and more accessible, while revolutionizing the current systems at play. Beyond work, he maintains a witty Twitter presence with thousands of followers and a viral tweet with 12K retweets and 90K likes.
- Raising 20 million dollars in venture capital
- Worked at SpaceX to transform technology systems
- Creating a product now in use at over 40 manufacturing companies around the world
- Designing one product with the benefits of many to set the standard in production software
- PODCAST | Entrepreneur: Action & Ambition: Karan Talati Co-Founder, and CEO of First Resonance, is Transforming The Manufacturing World With The Next-Generation Software Platform ION
- PODCAST | The Roller Coaster Podcast: Karan Talati – CEO of First Resonance
- PODCAST | Agile Hardware Manufacturing: Meeting this Century’s Toughest Challenges with Karan Talati
- PODCAST | Venture Stories: Karan Talati and Keenan Johnson on the Future of Manufacturing
- ARTICLE | Cision: First Resonance Raises $14M Series A to Fuel Development of Factory Operating System to Help Manufacturers Navigate Unprecedented Supply Chain Challenges
- ARTICLE | dot.LA: Former SpaceX Engineer’s Platform for Makers of EV, Rockets and Air Taxis Raises $14M
- ARTICLE | Built In LA: First Resonance Raises $14M Series A, Plans to Triple Its Headcount
- ARTICLE | LA TechWatch: First Resonance $14M for its Operating System for Factories That’s Helping Ease Supple Chain Woes
- ARTICLE | TechCrunch: First Resonance brings its space-scale manufacturing OS to hardware makers with $14M A round
- ARTICLE | VentureBeat: First Resonance snags $14M for an operating system designed for factories
- ARTICLE | LA TechWatch: First Resonance Raises $3.5M to be the Operating System for Factories
- ARTICLE | LA Startups: First Resonance Raises Fresh Round Of Funding To Meet Growing Demand For Factory Operating System
- ARTICLE | Crunchbase News: First Resonance Raises New Round To Make Hardware Manufacturing Easier
- ARTICLE | dot.LA: First Resonance Lands $3.5M as Aerospace and EV Manufacturing Expand
- ARTICLE | LA TechWatch: First Resonance Helps Manufacturing Move to an Operating System Rather Than an Assemble Line
- ARTICLE | Aviation Week: Manufacturing System Aims To Help Hardware Startups Move Faster
- ARTICLE | LA Startups: First Resonance Launches Next-Generation Manufacturing Software Platform For Aerospace, Robotics, And Automotive Industries
- ARTICLE | TechCrunch: Founded by former SpaceX engineers, First Resonance pitches tools to make things the SpaceX way
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Email – [email protected]
Website – https://www.firstresonance.io/
LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/karan-talati/
Twitter – @karantalati
Facebook – facebook.com/firstresonance.io/
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About First Resonance: First Resonance builds ION, the Factory Operating System that manufacturers trust for speed, collaboration, and visibility.
President and CEO of Maxar Technologies
Dan Jablonsky joined DigitalGlobe in 2012 and currently serves as our Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to DigitalGlobe, Dan was an attorney at Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck and led global legal teams while at Flextronics International LTD, a global multi-billion dollar technology supply chain company. Mr. Jablonsky holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from U.S. Naval Academy, a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law, and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Additionally, Mr. Jablonsky served as a Surface Warfare Officer and Nuclear Engineer in the U.S. Navy.
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About DigitalGlobe, DigitalGlobe, Maxar Technologies: Maxar Technologies provides integrated space infrastructure and Earth intelligence.
CEO of ABL Space Systems
Harry O’Hanley is the founder and CEO of ABL Space Systems.
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About ABL Space Systems: ABL Space Systems specializes in building rockets to launch satellites.
Founder and CEO of Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT)
Tim is delighted to lead the Ascent Vision team on a daily basis and spearhead its continued growth. Prior to founding Ascent Vision, Tim served as President and CEO of Bridger Aerospace, a cutting edge aerial service provider, leading its growth into a multi-million dollar aviation service company for various government and private clients. Tim is an active pilot with Commercial and Flight Instructor ratings. He also serves on the advisory board of Beartooth Radio and continues to serve as President of Bridger Aerospace. Tim transitioned to the private sector after a successful career as a Navy SEAL Officer where he completed several overseas deployments in support of named and contingency operations. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and is married with two children.
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About Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT), Bridger Aerospace: Ascent Vision is specializing in precision technologies for the manned and unmanned aerospace industry.
Co-Founder & CEO of Universal Hydrogen
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About United Technologies, Universal Hydrogen: Universal Hydrogen is the company fueling carbon-free flight by making hydrogen-powered commercial flight a near-term reality.
CEO & President of AirMap
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About AirMap, Buzzwire, Soundwall: AirMap operates as an airspace services platform for unmanned aircraft.
Founder and CEO of XWING
Marc Piette is the founder and CEO of XWING.
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About Locu, XWING: XWING develops the suite of technologies for pilotless commercial flight of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and fixed-wing aircraft.
CEO & President of Phantom Space
Co Founder of Vector Space building launch and orbital platforms to enable non expert users to develop space apps using our reliable space transportation system and orbital platforms. Founder of StratSpace, a 50 person consulting firm headquartered in Tucson Arizona specializing in helping venture capital firms make profitable investments in the technology sectors and corporations grow and transition into successful acquisition targets. On founding team of SpaceX with internet pioneer Elon Musk developing technical concepts, markets and standing up the company including developing the overall corporate and product development strategy. Co-Founder of Phantom Space Corporation offering satellites, in space propulsion and launch vehicle technologies. Founder of Vintage Exotics Competition Engineering who develops products for vintage and modern race cars, restores vintage race cars and Italian exotics, provides engineering services to race teams and leads our own endurance race team which holds many awards and track records.
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About Phantom Space, Vintage Exotics Competition Engineering: Phantom Space focuses on space transportation technology including satellites, propulsion, and launch vehicles.
President and CEO of The Boeing Company
David Calhoun is an American businessman, author, philanthropist, and the president and CEO of The Boeing Company. David had served on Boeing’s board of directors since 2011 and now leads the aerospace company’s strategic direction. Previous to leading Boeing, Dave was senior managing director and head of portfolio operations at The Blackstone Group. He began there in January 2014, after leading Nielsen Holdings as Chief Executive Officer since 2006. During this time, Dave oversaw Nielsen’s transformation from a privately held company into a publicly traded corporation. He continued to serve on Nielsen’s board of directors as the Executive Chairman from January 2014 to January 2016. In this role, he remained engaged in the company and provided counsel to Nielsen’s executives. Dave began his career at The General Electric Company. Before leaving GE for Nielsen, David served as vice chairman of The General Electric Company and chief executive officer of GE Infrastructure, GE’s largest business unit. During his 26-year tenure at General Electric, Calhoun led several business units, including GE Lighting, GE Employers Reinsurance Corp., GE Aircraft Engines, and GE Transportation. He held various roles across the company earlier in his career, which ranged from finance to marketing. In these roles, Dave gained a great deal of experience in business strategy and operations. David serves on the board of directors at Caterpillar, Inc. and Neurofocus, Inc. He is also a member of The Business Roundtable — a group of CEOs and business leaders dedicated to broadening opportunities for Americans that work in the U.S. economy. Dave earned his BS in accounting at Virginia Tech and now serves on their Pamplin Advisory Council. He supports Virginia Tech through philanthropic initiatives that help provide resources to underprivileged students. He is the co-author of the book, How Companies Win. In the book, he and Rick Kash of the Cambridge Group discuss the changing business landscape and how companies can maintain success while navigating the economy’s continuous digital transformation.
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About The Boeing Company: Boeing Company manufactures and sells aircraft, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites and provides product leasing and support services.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Boeing Global Services of The Boeing Company
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About The Boeing Company, The Boeing Company, The Boeing Company: Boeing Company manufactures and sells aircraft, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites and provides product leasing and support services.
Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Carlyle Group
Kewsong Lee is based in New York, joined Warburg Pincus in 1992 and leads the firm’s investments in the consumer, industrial and services sectors. He also helps drive the firm’s financial services investments and capital markets activities. Mr. Lee is a member of the firm’s executive management group. Previously, Mr. Lee was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. He is currently a director of Aeolus Re, Aramark, Arch Capital Group, Consolidated Precision Products, MBIA, The Neiman Marcus Group and Total Safety. Mr. Lee serves on the board of Lincoln Center Theater, where he is a member of the executive committee, and also is a trustee of Choate Rosemary Hall. Mr. Lee received an A.B. in applied mathematics in economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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About RenaissanceRe Holdings, The Carlyle Group, TradeCard: The Carlyle Group is a global private equity firm that caters to early and later stage companies.
Founder and CEO of Beta Technologies
Kyle Clark is the Founder and CEO at Beta Technologies.
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About Beta Technologies, University of Vermont: Beta Technologies manufactures electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and recharging pad systems.
CEO of The Intelligence Community Inc.
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About The Intelligence Community Inc.: The Intelligence Community Inc. is a network for U.S. government, military, national security, and private sector personnel.
President & CEO of OrbitBeyond
Siba Padhi is a tech start-up professional with over 20 years of multi-functional experience. He has an extensive background as an executive of several multinational companies in the technology and telecommunications industries. He is the founder and ex-chief executive officer of Agnicient Technologies, a technology product and services firm that he successfully led to revenues of more than $100 million.
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About OrbitBeyond: OrbitBeyond is an American lunar transportation startup and a core infrastructure provider for all things beyond earth-orbit.
President & Chief Executive Officer of Endeavor Air
Ryan Gumm was named president and chief executive officer of Endeavor Air in May 2013. He is experienced in flight operations, maintenance, safety programs, operations control centers, labor relations, financial management, regulatory compliance, training and scheduling. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate. Ryan began his airline career as a line pilot on the Beech 1900D for Mesa Air Group and transitioned into roles that included instructor pilot, line-check airman, FAA designated pilot examiner, chief pilot, and director of operations. In 2008, he became president and chief operating officer of Freedom Airlines. In September 2010, Ryan joined Comair as vice president of Operations before being named president in February 2012. Ryan also led the Delta Private Jet division as chief operating officer before being named chief executive officer of Endeavor Air when it became a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines.
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About Delta Air Lines, Endeavor Air: Endeavor Air is an American regional airline that operates as Delta Connection for Delta Air Lines.
Founder, President/CEO of Metamaterial Inc.
Founder at Metamaterial Technologies
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About Metamaterial Inc.: Mastering Light using Smart Materials & Photonics. Changing the way we use, interact and benefit from Light.
Founder and CEO of LIFT Aircraft
Matt Chasen is a serial entrepreneur, investor and adventure sports enthusiast. Matt is founder and CEO of LIFT Aircraft, which is launching the world’s first experiential entertainment business based on an entirely new type of personal, electric aircraft. While getting his MBA at The University of Texas in 2003, Matt founded uShip – the first and largest online marketplace for shipping with over $200M in annual gross sales. Matt served as uShip’s CEO until 2016 and received a Best CEO award by the Austin Business Journal (2012), has earned Austin Under 40 and Texas “Rising Star” honors (2011), and was an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year finalist (2010). Prior to business school Matt was an engineer at Boeing in Seattle, where he worked on the F-22 Fighter, Airborne Laser and other advanced aerospace projects. Prior to Boeing, Matt studied mechanical and aerospace engineering at U.T. and was a NASA scholarship recipient. Matt is a pilot, an avid sailor and scuba diver, and has completed the Texas Water Safari – known as the “World’s Toughest Canoe Race”. Matt lives in Austin with his wife and two children.
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About LIFT Aircraft: LIFT Aircraft has developed an electric, vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
CEO of Wright Electric, Inc.
Jeff Engler is Founder & CEO at Wright Electric.
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About Wright Electric, Inc.: Wright Electric is a leader in the future of sustainable, lower emissions air travel.
CEO/Cofounder of ASKA dba NFT Inc.
Guy Kaplinsky is a successful serial entrepreneur, with in-depth knowledge and expertise in technology-related projects and international business. He is the Chairman and Cofounder of NFT, Inc., a growth stage Silicon Valley startup that bridges aviation and automotive and focused on future mobility transportation solutions. The ASKA™ is first viable Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing vehicle (eVTOL) with drive and fly capabilities, providing door to door transport for daily commuters and designed with a reasonable cost factor. Guy began his career at Nissho Iwai Corporation as an executive at their Tel-Aviv Liaison Office. After NIC ceased operations in Israel in 2001, Guy established his first startup with Maki Kaplinsky, a dynamic Japanese female entrepreneur. This global company facilitated multi-million dollar government-related projects in over 15 countries. The second start-up, IQP Corporation, was an early innovator in the Internet of Things and concluded as a multi-million dollar M&A deal with GE Digital in 2017.
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About ASKA dba NFT Inc.: Developer of the ASKA™ eVTOL drive and fly vehicle
President & CEO of Spaceflight Industries
Curt Blake is chief executive officer of Spaceflight’s launch services group and previously served as senior vice president and general counsel. Curt has led efforts to expand Spaceflight’s global network of launch service providers while building relationships with key commercial-, civilian- and defense-related customers. Over the last several years, Curt oversaw the company’s growth from its early commercial rideshare launches on the Antares and Soyuz vehicles to become the industry’s rideshare leader and the world’s first commercial spaceline. Curt brings more than 25 years of executive experience in high-growth and tech industries, with past experience including a range of senior executive and general counsel roles at Microsoft, Starwave, Corbis and Aldus. He’s a current and active board member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and the Seattle-based Pacific Science Center, as well as a contributor to numerous small-satellite conferences. Growing up in Thailand and Ethiopia, Curt is a student of the world and still enjoys traveling for work and pleasure (but don’t ask him to take a middle seat).
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About Spaceflight Industries: Spaceflight Industries provides small-satellite services and solutions to enable new applications through the commercialization of space.
Founder and CEO of Lunar Outpost
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About Lunar Outpost: Lunar Outpost creates technologies that enable a sustainable presence in cislunar space while driving a positive impact here on Earth.
CEO & Cofounder of Astranis
Astranis is building small, low-cost telecommunications satellites with a mission to bring the world online. Prior to starting Astranis, John co-founded and served as Executive Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the industry association for commercial space companies such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic. As Executive Director, John reported to a CEO-level board of directors and led the commercial space industry’s efforts to privatize flights of NASA’s astronauts to low Earth orbit — in February 2010 President Obama announced the historic decision to use commercial space transportation, a landmark change worth more than $10 billion to the commercial spaceflight industry. Prior to that, John served as the Director of Rocket Flight Operations for the X Prize Foundation, responsible for operations of a variety of rocket launches, including the first-ever public flight of a Vertical Take-off Vertical Landing (VTVL) rocket vehicle in front of a crowd of 20,000 people. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and a Master of Science degree from Stanford University, both in Aerospace Engineering.
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About Astranis: Astranis is a space startup that builds small and low-cost telecommunications satellites to provide internet access in remote regions.
Founder & CEO of Joby Aviation
JoeBen Bevirt is an inveterate entrepreneur born with a passion for engineering that has driven the formation of four successful companies over the past 10 years. JoeBen founded Joby, Inc. in 2005 to develop, market, and sell useful, unique, and delightful consumer products. Profitable almost immediately, Joby continues to deliver new products and record profits.
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About Intel Capital, Joby Aviation: Joby Aviation is an aerospace transportation company developing electric aircrafts.
CEO & Co-Founder of Varda
Will Bruey is the Co-Founder and CEO of Varda.
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About Varda: Varda is a space manufacturing startup that focuses on creating products in space for terrestrial applications.
Chairman & CEO of United Technologies
George David has substantial global business and financial experience through his long career with UTC, a business with significant reliance on safety and technology. He previously chaired BP’s technology advisory council and brought insights from that task to the board. His considerable knowledge of the US business environment benefits considerably the work of the Gulf of Mexico committee of which he is a member and his extensive financial and commercial knowledge contributes to the work of the audit and the remuneration committees. He began his career with The Boston Consulting Group before joining the Otis Elevator Company in 1975. He held various roles in Otis and later in United Technologies Corporation (UTC), following Otis’s merger with UTC in 1976. In 1992, he became UTC’s chief operating officer. He served as UTC’s chief executive officer from 1994 until 2008 and as chairman from 1997 until his retirement in 2009.
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About BP, United Technologies: United Technologies provides a broad range of high-technology products and services for the aerospace.
Founder,CEO of Whisper Aero
Mark D. Moore worked for NASA for 32 years before joining Uber to become the Engineering Director of Elevate Vehicle Systems. Uber has developed a transformative vision for urban mobility called Elevate to implement short-range aerial ridesharing that will provide a fast, on-demand aviation alternative to ground highway gridlock. Throughout his entire career, he has developed advanced aircraft, with a focus on Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft. Over the past decade, he has pioneered the development of Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP) technologies as the fundamental enabler of new types of electric vertical flight aircraft. At NASA he led three rapid concept to flight demonstrator teams including Greased Lightning, the LEAPTech ‘MadMax’ mobile testing, and the SCEPTOR X-57 – the first NASA manned X-plane (Experimental Airplane) in over 25 years. His research has focused how to best achieve ultra-low community noise and ultra-safe redundant propulsion VTOL aircraft. He is the creator of the Puffin Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) that initiated the gold rush into the wild wild west of eVTOL aviation. He received his Master’s degree from Stanford University in Aeronautical Engineering and is completing his PhD from Georgia Tech that focuses on advance electric aircraft.
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About Whisper Aero: Harnessing the power of air more cleanly, efficiently, and quietly than ever before.
Owner, CEO & Managing Partner of Airbus Ventures
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About Airbus Ventures, Airbus Ventures: Empowering our entrepreneurs to shift the future of aerospace.
Co-founder & CEO of Somatic Labs
Co-Founder & CEO at Somatic Labs
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About Somatic Labs: Somatic Labs builds wearable haptic devices that augment human perception.
Founder & CEO of ZeroAvia
Val Miftakhov is a Founder & CEO of ZeroAvia, Inc, a California company developing the World’s first practical zero emission aviation powertrain. Val is a serial entrepreneur in EV space – his previous company eMotorWerks has developed the World’s leading platform for EV battery aggregation to provide grid services, and was acquired in 2017. Prior to that, Val held a number of senior business and product positions at Google and McKinsey & Company, and was a nuclear researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator. Val holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University, Masters in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and was a two-time winner of Russian Nationwide Physics competitions. In his spare time, Val makes good use of his airplane and helicopter pilot licenses.
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About ZeroAvia: ZeroAvia produces practical zero emission aviation powertrain targeting 9-19-passenger airplanes to start replacing dirty jet fuel.
Co-Founder & CEO of Wheels Up
Kenny Dichter is Founder and CEO of Wheels Up, a revolutionary membership-based private aviation company that eliminates fixed costs and provides unparalleled flexibility. Wheels Up will commence full-service flight operations October 2013, appealing to new entrants as well as to individuals and corporations currently flying privately. Previously, Dichter Founded Marquis Jet in 2001 and introduced the first-ever fractional jet card program, which revitalized and democratized the private aviation industry. Led by Dichter, Marquis Jet generated over $4 billion in revenue, culminating in its sale to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway’s Net Jets in 2010. At that time, Dichter was named Vice Chairman of Net Jets. Dichter’s role enabled him to build lasting relationships with CEOs,entrepreneurs, celebrities, athletes and tastemakers around the globe. An entrepreneur at heart, with a sociology major from the University of Wisconsin, Dichter is a self-proclaimed “man of the people.” Since his youth, he has been known for being a trend spotter and trendsetter, and has always had an innate knack for branding, marketing, public relations and advertising. Dichter’s successes prove that he can apply these skills to a variety of industries. As always, Dichter has his eye on early-stage businesses where he sees potential for hyper growth. He has an active role and has invested in Juice Press, a Manhattan-based, multi-location, grab-and-go organic, raw food and juice company; SportYapper, a global communications platform for talking sports; CYC, the first indoor cycling studio aimed at college students and young professionals at universities across the country; and Cirrus, a fitnesscompany that customizes premium exercise equipment. In 2010, Dichter co-founded Tequila Avion, an ultra-premium brand that in 30 months has positioned itself, through branding and distribution, as an emerging leader in its category. Paris-based Pernod Ricard, the world’s second largest premium wine and spirits company, purchased a minority stake in Tequila Avion in 2011, and has the worldwide distribution rights. In 2004, Dichter Founded MGX Lab, an independent, full-service, digital media, brand strategy, and business development company that serves as a think tank for companies such as Disney, Bayer, Patch, cambio.com and Muhammad Ali Enterprises. Dichter is also Founder and Chairman of Tour GCX Partners, Inc., a golf membership program providing cliententertainment solutions to corporations and individuals, through access to private country clubs. In 1996, Dichter co-founded Alphabet City, a sports marketing and music company, which was acquired by Robert FX Sillerman’s SFX Entertainment in 1998. Dichter is a regular guest on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” and sought by media outlets for his perspectives on the aviation industry, consumer brands, and the luxury goods and services sector. Dichter co-founded Action America, along with AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong, to unite and activate Americans everywhere to turn the events of 9/11 into positive action. He also chairs the Council of Advocates at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital for Dr. Ken Davis, Mount Sinai’s Chairman and CEO, and sits on the Board of the Jack Martin Fund, which currently works with the hospital’s cutting-edge pediatric oncology department. Also,Dichter is a major supporter of his alma mater, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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About Wheels Up: Wheels Up is a membership-based private aviation company that focuses on reducing upfront cost to fly privately.
CEO & Co-Founder of Airspace Intelligence
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About Airspace Intelligence: Airspace Intelligence is a software-first aerospace company that helps the world’s most complex air operations succeed.
Jay L. Johnson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Dynamics
Jay L. Johnson, 69, retired as chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics Corporation, a publicly traded manufacturer of worldwide defense, aerospace, and other technology products, in December 2012. He served as its chairman from May 2010 and its chief executive officer from July 2009. He served on its board of directors from 2003 to December 2012. From 2000 to 2008, he served in various senior executive roles at Dominion Resources Inc., a publicly traded energy company, including as chief executive officer of Dominion Virginia Power. Prior to 2000, he had a distinguished 32-year career in the U.S. Navy. He retired as an admiral in July 2000, after serving as chief of naval operations and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff since 1996. He is a director of the USAA, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and The Peregrine Fund. Director since October 1, 2013.
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About General Dynamics: General Dynamics is a defense industry contractor for shipbuilding, marine, combat and defense systems and, munitions.
CEO & President of Terran Orbital
Anthony “Tony” Previte is the founder ,CEO & President of Terran Orbital. Terran Orbital is a leading worldwide provider of nanosatellite and microsatellite vehicles, services, and solutions. Tony has over 30 years of executive leadership in high-technology and space-based services ranging from startups to Fortune 500. Terran Orbital is Tony’s third successful from the ground up venture. In addition to his successful business ventures, Tony is an active space-based radio astronomy, and astrophysics researcher focused on very low-frequency radio observation.
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About Terran Orbital: Terran Orbital are the leading innovators and providers of picosatellites, cubesats, and nanosatellites.
CEO of Swarm Technologies
Dr. Sara Spangelo is the co-founder and CEO of Swarm, the company that is developing the world’s lowest-cost global communications network with breakthrough satellite technology and ground hardware for customers in remote locations. Before starting Swarm, Sara worked on small satellites and autonomous aircraft at the University of Michigan and was a lead systems engineer at both NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and Google X. Her expertise is in modeling and optimizing satellite constellations to maximize impact and business opportunities. Sara holds a PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and in 2017 was a Top 32 Canadian astronaut candidate.
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About Swarm Technologies: Swarm enables global connectivity with the world’s most affordable satellite network.
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Astra
Chris is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Astra where he leads the overall company strategy and direction. Previously, Chris founded several tech start-ups and served as the Chief Technology Officer of NASA, where he introduced new technologies into America’s space program and founded OpenStack, the largest and fastest growing open source project in history. While at NASA, Chris worked at the White House to develop the cloud strategy for the United States. Chris has been recognized in the Silicon Valley Business Journal “40 under 40,” the CNBC Disruptor 50 list, and received the prestigious “Federal 100” award for his service at NASA.
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About Astra, OpenStack: Astra is a rocket launch startup that provides satellite delivery and launch services.
Co-Founder & CEO of Skyways
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About Skyways: Skyways is creating a new form of transportation to advance our civilization.
CEO of SCOUT
Eric Ingram is the Founder and CEO of SCOUT Inc., a company de-risking space operations with sensor suites that enable spacecraft to see and understand the area around them. Additionally, Eric currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Space Frontier Foundation, and is an Ambassador and Organizing Team member for Mission: AstroAccess. He was previously an Aerospace Engineer for the Licensing and Evaluation Division of the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, where he gained expertise in the regulatory environment. Prior to this, Eric was an engineer for Deep Space Industries, where he designed cubesat subsystems for testbed missions. Outside of the space industry, Eric previously served as the President of the United States Wheelchair Rugby Association, leading the USWRA to its largest budget surplus in its 30+ year history. Eric has competed in the sport of wheelchair rugby for 15+ years, competing domestically for several club teams, and internationally with the US Developmental team. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Old Dominion University, most of a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston, a sport pilot certificate, and is working towards his SCUBA certification.
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About SCOUT, Scout: SCOUT is developing orbital products and services to enable a new era of space safety, transparency, and improved Space Domain Awareness.
Founder & CEO of Shuttle
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About Shuttle, TransAstra: Shuttle is an outer space travel company that offers a commercial spaceflight booking platform.
Co-Founder & CEO of BLADE
Until June 2012, Wiesenthal was Executive Vice president and Chief Financial Officer of Sony Corporation of America, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, Sony Entertainment Inc., and Group Executive, Sony Corporation, leading corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. From 2012 to June 2015, he was Chief Operating Officer of Warner Music Group. Wiesenthal now heads Blade, an aviation start-up. He incubated Blade in early 2014 as the first digitally powered short-distance aviation company. Since its inception, the company has remained asset light and utilizes a business model that crowdsources flights enabling fliers to set the departure point, time, destination and type of aircraft, and selling remaining seats to the Blade user community. Today Blade services 22 core routes in 7 states and maintains seven flier lounges in four states. Key routes include the New York City area, Eastern Long Island, the New Jersey Coast, Connecticut, the Cape (Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard), Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Orange County.
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About BLADE, Warner Music Group: BLADE is an application that provides short-distance flight management solutions to its clients.
CEO of Raytheon
Thomas A. Kennedy is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN). Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. Kennedy joined Raytheon in 1983, starting off in engineering on radar development, and during his 31 years with the company, he has developed a deep understanding of the company’s operations, technologies and customers through leadership positions in many different locations and functions. Before adding the responsibilities of chairman to his position in October 2014, Kennedy became CEO in March 2014, and he was elected to Raytheon’s Board of Directors in January 2014. Prior to his current roles, Kennedy was executive vice president and chief operating officer, leading the consolidation of Raytheon’s six businesses to four to enhance productivity, agility and affordability of company operations, and increasing international business. Kennedy also provided direct leadership to Raytheon business presidents and enterprise functional leaders including Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance; Contracts and Supply Chain; Business Development; and Global Business Services. Previously, Kennedy served as a Raytheon Company vice president and president of the Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business, overseeing a broad portfolio of weapons, sensors and integration systems spanning multiple mission areas and provided to a range of domestic and international customers. Before leading IDS, Kennedy served as vice president of Tactical Airborne Systems (TAS) for the Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) business. At TAS, he was responsible for overall strategic direction and operation of the organization. He also served as Mission Systems Integration vice president with responsibility for the U.K. Ministry of Defence Airborne Stand-Off Radar program. Earlier in his Raytheon career, Kennedy was a new business leader and program manager for several radar and electronic warfare systems development programs. He holds several patents related to those technologies. In 2003, Kennedy received the Aviation Week Laureate Award for his achievements on the Active Electronically Scanned Array program. During his military service, Kennedy attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force, with responsibility for managing satellite launch vehicle avionics development and production programs. Kennedy holds a doctorate in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles; and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Rutgers University and the Air Force Institute of Technology, respectively.
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About Raytheon: Raytheon Technologies is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services.
Cofounder / CEO of Hedron
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About Hedron: Hedron is a satellite communications company based out of Boston that is leveraging hybrid RF-laser communications technology.
Chief Executive Officer of Million Air
Roger Woolsey is the Owner and CEO of Million Air Interlink (MAI) and REW Investments Inc. (REW). Mr. Woolsey is an entrepreneur that has successfully launched several companies, all in the aviation sector.
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About Million Air: A Fixed Base Operation (FBO) that is owned and operated within the Million Air FBO group.
President & CEO of GA Telesis
Abdol Moabery is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of GA Telesis, a leader in integrated commercial aviation services. Founded in 2002 by Moabery, GA Telesis has quickly grown to one of the largest firms in its sector, amassing vertically integrated global aviation services businesses including engine, landing gear, component, aerostructural maintenance and engineering, aircraft replacement parts distribution and supply-chain management and finance, logistics, ground support equipment, Blockchain based SaaS development, aircraft and engine leasing, and investment management with operating units throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. GA Telesis has won numerous awards and accolades, including the Air Transport Best Integrated Aviation Solutions Provider, Air Transport World MRO of the Year, The Boeing Gold Services Award, Honeywell Channel Partner of the Year and was also named among a select group of companies in the United States classified as a Good-to-Great company. A serial entrepreneur, Moabery is responsible for the start-up, organization and development of GA Telesis. He has 30 years of direct experience in various disciplines in aviation from flight, lease and structured finance to logistics and maintenance. Moabery previously served as Executive Vice President of Aviation Systems International, Inc., where his responsibilities included oversight and management of worldwide operations. Prior to joining ASI, he was with C-S Aviation Services, Inc. (a Soros Fund Management company), where he was responsible for the sale and marketing of the company’s aviation portfolio assets. Moabery and his wife, through their family foundation, are prominent philanthropists that have donated and directed millions of dollars to charitable causes that directly impact children and young adults. The Moaberys also provide financial support to deserving special needs families through their commitment to cover expenses not generally covered by government programs or charitable organizations. Moabery currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Florida Atlantic University and is President-elect of the Wings Club Foundation Board of Governors. Abdol also serves as board member to several national and local charitable organizations. Moabery received the prestigious Wright Brothers Memorial Award in 2014 and the ISTAT Award in 2021 for his accomplishments in aviation. He is an honorably discharged veteran from the United States Navy and resides in Delray Beach, FL with his wife and two children. He is an avid explorer having traveled to over 120 countries across the globe and a passionate golfer.
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About Florida Atlantic University, GA Telesis: GA Telesis a world-leading commercial aviation company.
Chief Executive Officer of Quest Aircraft Company
Sam Hill joined Quest Aircraft in November 2012 as Chief Executive Officer. He brings more than 40 years of aviation experience and business expertise to the position. Hill spent 10 years with Embraer Aircraft Corporation in several key leadership positions, including President and Vice Chairman. He was responsible for starting Embraer’s Corporate Aircraft Division and launching the Legacy 600, the company’s first executive jet. Following his tenure at Embraer, Hill worked with a leading aviation consulting firm as the Managing Director, Business Development. He then joined Honda Aircraft Company as Senior Vice President, a position from which he retired in early 2012. Prior to Embraer, Hill worked with the Brooke Group where he was responsible for evaluating and developing strategies for aviation industry investments, including launching a helicopter subsidiary. He also served as General Manager of Aircraft and Flight Services for Piedmont Aviation. Hill began his aviation career as Chief Pilot with Continental Grain Company, and also spent time as Director of Flight Operations for AVX Corporation. Hill holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management. He is an active pilot and holds a multi-engine ATP license and is type-rated in a number of aircraft.
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About Quest Aircraft Company: Quest manufactures the KODIAK 10-seat single engine turboprop airplane.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Lead Consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC
Carl Buhler is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC, which specializes in providing consulting services to the aerospace and defense industries focused on logistics, maintenance, sustainment, modernization, and supply. Carl Buhler is also the CEO of Bionic Lift, LLC which focuses on the exoskeleton market and is a US representative and distributor of Skelex 360 Exoskeletons. Carl is a retired Air Force Brigadier General (Brig Gen). Carl Buhler’s Air Force General Officer biography is at http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/1569466/Brigadier-General-Carl-A-Buhler Carl began his extensive military career in 1989 after earning a BS in applied mathematics from Valdosta State College (now University), where he participated in the Air Force ROTC program. After completing Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, he graduated with his master’s degree in human relations from the College of Continuing Education at the University of Oklahoma. Carl Buhler has since earned a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff and a master’s degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Capitalizing on his formal education, during his time in the Air Force, Carl Buhler rose to the rank of brigadier general (brig gen) after completing logistics, aircraft maintenance, and munitions-related assignments at bases throughout South Korea, Germany, and the United States. While a squadron commander, he led his squadron to earn the Air Combat Command (ACC) Maintenance Effectiveness Award and the U.S. Air Force Maintenance Effectiveness Award. Additionally, he served as the director of logistics, engineering, and force protection at Headquarters, ACC at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. Carl Buhler also earned the U.S. Air Force Lt. General Leo Marquez Outstanding CGO Munitions Maintenance Officer of the Year Award winner for 1994. Watch Carl Buhler’s interview on “The Aviation Talk Show” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRKPFw3KSok&feature=youtu.be https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/390620 https://buhlerconsulting.com
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About Bionic Lift, LLC, Buhler Consulting, LLC, Grey Beard Associates: Buhler Consulting, LLC provides aerospace/defense consulting focused on logistics, aircraft maintenance, sustainment, modernization & supply
CEO & Co-Founder of SkyThread
As Vice President for Aerospace and Automotive at SparkCognition, Mark Roboff works across both industries to realize the potential of next-generation AI to solve critical problems and unlock new opportunities to save, pivot, and grow business worldwide. Roboff brings over fifteen years of software and AI leadership to SparkCognition, with a career split between startups and technology giants. Prior to joining SparkCognition in October 2017, Roboff was an early leader in IBM Watson Group, serving in global positions across technical sales, business development, and industry solution design. Most recently, Roboff served as IBM’s Global Solution Leader for Aerospace and Automotive, leading the design and go-to-market for transformative cognitive solutions in manufacturing and maintenance optimization. Roboff is a lifelong aviation geek and car lover, and lives to share his joint passions of flying, driving, and delivering next-generation AI.
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About SkyThread: SkyThread is an aviation consortium and technology ecosystem company enabling friction free transactions in the aviation industry.
Founder & CEO of DASH Systems
Founder of DASH Systems. Specializing in precision aerial delivery and automated air cargo delivery systems.
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About DASH Systems: DASH Systems is a tech company developing hardware and software to enable precision airdrop deliveries.
President and CEO of Oceanit
Patrick K. Sullivan founded Oceanit in 1985, a self-funded research and development technology incubator that today employs over 160 scientists, engineers and professionals, providing innovative solutions in the fields of aerospace, engineering, information technology and life sciences. Oceanit’s more than $250M in funding has created cutting-edge innovations in the fields of aerospace, bio-photonics, neurotoxin detection and optics, as well as technology for missile defense, managing space debris and environmental applications that are the subject of numerous reports, patents and research programs. Patrick Sullivan has extensive experience on boards and commissions, including former board seats on the Ocean Research Advisory Panel (appointed by the Secretary of the Navy), Parker Ranch and the High Technology Development Corporation. Current directorships include Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, Nanopoint, Inc., and Hoana Medical, Inc. He is also a member of the Military Affairs Council. Patrick Sullivan has extensive experience developing nationally focused research programs, such as the National Defense Center of Excellence for Research in Ocean Sciences (CEROS), and the National Electric Vehicle Demonstration program, both collaborations with DARPA. Patrick Sullivan serves as the honorary consul of Indonesia and received his BS in Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his PhD in Engineering from the University of Hawaii.
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About Hoana Medical, Oceanit: Oceanit operates as a science and engineering company.
Founder/CEO of Zephyr Aerospace
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About flyClever, Zephyr Aerospace: Zephyr Aerospace designs affordable lie-flat seating solutions for transportation companies.
Founder, CEO of Vermeer
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About Vermeer: AR/VR & AI Enable Mission Planning Tool
CEO & Cofounder of MightyFly
Manal Habib is co-founder and CEO at MightyFly. A graduate from both MIT and Stanford, Manal has developed a strong technical background in aerospace engineering. She previously led flight controls at Zipline and developed the first robust commercial flight controller. She is a private pilot and in the process of building her own airplane. Her passion for aerospace, vision for a better world, and determination make her a motivated and unstoppable entrepreneur and leader.
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About MightyFly: Remaking the future of logistics
Founder & CEO of SpinLaunch
Jonathan Yaney is the founder and CEO of SpinLaunch.
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About SpinLaunch: SpinLaunch develops a kinetic launch system for sending satellites to low-Earth orbit.
CEO of Kitty Hawk
Sebastian Thrun is a scientist, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur. Sebastian is the CEO of Kitty Hawk, whose vision is to free people from traffic. He is also the founder, chairman, and president of Udacity, whose mission is to democratize education. Sebastian was the founder of X (previously Google X), where he led the development of the self-driving car, Google Glass, and other projects. He spent several years as a professor at Stanford University where he led the Stanford Racing Team, whose “Stanley” won the DARPA Grand Challenge. Stanley is now on display at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
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About Crossing Minds, Kitty Hawk, Stanford University, Udacity, Waymo: Kitty Hawk is an aerospace company that manufactures eVTOL vehicles that makes airtaxis affordable, ubiquitous, and eco-conscious.
Founder & CEO of ICON Aircraft
Kirk Hawkins is the Founder & CEO of ICON Aircraft.
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About ICON Aircraft: ICON Aircraft manufactures consumer-friendly, safe, technologically advanced aircrafts.
President & Chief Executive Officer of Teletronics Technology
Mansour Radmand is President and Chief Executive Officer of Teletronics Technology Corporation. Mr. Radmand co-founded TTC in 1998 and has been instrumental in leading the company to become one of the world’s most respected suppliers of flight test instrumentation and networked data acquisition products and systems. Mr. Radmand has been in the communications, systems integration and engineering business since 1973. He has over 25 years of management experience and over 20 years of analog and digital design experience. He has held positions of Vice President, Program Manager, Engineering Manager and R&D Engineer for a major aerospace company. His engineering accomplishments include the design of first-generation programmable data systems and several advanced encoding algorithms for transmission of voice and data over digital low speed data trunks. Radmand holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
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About Teletronics Technology: Teletronics Technology is the total system solution provider for defense and commercial aerospace test applications.
Co-Founder and CEO of Akash Systems
Felix Ejeckam, Ph.D. co-founded Akash Systems in January 2016. Felix is a seasoned entrepreneur, electrical engineer, and venture capitalist. Prior to Akash, Felix invented GaN-on-Diamond technology in 2003 at Group4 Labs, Inc. He was Co-founder/CEO of Group4 Labs until 2013 when he sold the business to a De Beers business unit (Element Six Technologies). Prior to Group4, Felix was co-founder/CEO of venture-backed Nova Crystals, Inc., a developer and maker of next-generation semiconductor lasers and detectors for Telecom/Datacom markets. Felix began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, Inc. in 1997. He has published over 100 journal and conference papers, holding many patents. Felix holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University with a minor in Materials Science & Engineering.
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About Akash Systems: Akash Systems is focused on developing and supplying the next generation of communications gear for space satellites.
Founder & CEO of Akash Systems
Ty Mitchell, Ph.D. co-founded Akash Systems in January 2016. Ty has been a leader in the fields of GaN and SiC materials, optoelectronics, and LED lighting with a long background in technology development, business development, and business leadership. Ty has grown and led public-company technology businesses from $10M to $500M+ in revenues. Ty started his career as an engineer at GE and IBM, before working as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm, from 1993 to 1999. Prior to founding Akash, Ty was an executive with Cree, Inc., a $1.6B manufacturer of LED lights, LED components, and GaN and SiC RF and power devices and materials. Ty held several business leadership roles at Cree, including VP/GM of Cree’s Optoelectronic device and GaN/SiC materials businesses, and EVP/GM of Cree’s LED lighting business. Ty holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
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About Akash Systems: Akash Systems is focused on developing and supplying the next generation of communications gear for space satellites.
Co-Founder & CEO of Loft Orbital
Pierre-Damien Vaujour is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Loft Orbital Solutions. before that, he was the Data Product and Business Development at Spire Global.
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About Loft Orbital: Loft Orbital leases space on satellites for any organization to collect information about the Earth, from space.
Co-founder and CEO of ARRIS
Ethan Escowitz is the CEO and co-founder at Arris Composites.
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About ARRIS: ARRIS is a technology company enabling the design and manufacture of the highest-performance products at scale.
Founder, President and CEO of NEO Tech
Entrepreneur, CEO, Philanthropist, Sailor, & Lifelong Learner Sudesh, the second eldest of four siblings, was born in Sheikhupura, India, which would become part of Pakistan when Pakistan was created. He and his family migrated to the Indian side during the violent and tumultuous partition of India and Pakistan. During his early childhood, Sudesh and his family lived in refugee camps and then in a room without running water or electricity. During this time Sudesh suffered from the illnesses of poverty and overcrowding, including smallpox. His family settled in Delhi and over time his father developed a business in the paper industry and eventually found financial success. From an early age, Sudesh enjoyed reading and learning. Despite his mother having received only 6 months of formal education herself, she was an important advocate for her children’s education. All four children achieved at least a bachelors, one obtained a doctorate degree and two others obtained masters degrees. Education Sudesh was one of a select 5% awarded a merit scholarship to Bombay India Institute of Technology (view the 60 Minutes special about IIT). He earned a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT and his Masters Degree (MSEE) from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Sudesh worked for Gulf Research and Development Company, where he was granted design patent and went on to develop a sophisticated sulfur analyzer which won the company the coveted IR-100 Award from Industrial Research magazine as one of the 100 most significant developments of the year. This was Gulf’s first IR-100 award in more than 20 years. In 1968, Sudesh relocated to California where he worked for a short period at the company that would eventually be known as NEO Tech. He saved his money and went to work building his own business much like his father had done. In 1975, Sudesh, along with William Scharf, bought NATEL out of bankruptcy and created a new business. In 1981, Sudesh bought out his partners’ shares to become sole owner. Through his expertise, the company became a leader in design, development and manufacturing of complex, high-end electronic, microelectronic and synchro conversion products. He implemented a sales team to sell NATEL standard products throughout the world. In the late 1980s, the Department of Justice began an investigation after an employee accused NATEL of falsifying test data. After nearly 6 years of scrutiny, the DOJ could not find fault, but by that point millions of dollars of business left NATEL to avoid the negative publicity. In 1993, Sudesh had to enter a guilty plea to end the investigation and start rebuilding his business. His efforts to grow were hampered again in 1994 when a significant earthquake devastated his business. Once again, Sudesh focused on rebuilding and began shipping parts within 3 weeks using temporary facilities. The 1990s were not only notable for struggles. Sudesh led NATEL through several synergistic acquisitions that moved the company into new products and packaging technologies. He also wisely mitigated risks against the wireless boom and bust that afflicted so many other microelectronics companies. In 2000, Sudesh’s leadership led to NATEL being awarded the Raytheon Microelectronics Outsource contracts. He pivoted NATEL away from standard products and towards contract manufacturing. In 2003, based on the success of the 2000 divestiture, Raytheon nominated NATEL and Sudesh for the US Small Business Administration’s Regional Subcontractor of the Year Award. In 2007, Sudesh spearheaded the acquisition of Raytheon divested equipment and related assets associated with the manufacturing of certain microwave integrated circuits (MICs) from the Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) unit of Raytheon Company (located in El Segundo, California). The MICs are used in SAS Tactical Radar and Electronic Warfare products. Concurrent with the acquisition, NATEL and Raytheon entered into a long term exclusive supplier agreement for the MICs as well as a preferred supplier agreement for related MICs. The agreement is a positive development for both parties, with SAS divesting a non-core product and NATEL strengthening its position as a RF/Microwave manufacturer. In October 2013, when most people in their late 60s would consider retiring, Sudesh decided to roll the dice and buy a company nearly three times larger than NATEL. The acquisition placed NATEL among Tier 2 EMS providers and complemented the existing microelectronics business. Sudesh has been enjoying the integration process and pushing the business to new levels. Many innovative capabilities have been added to NATEL’s product line during Sudesh’s tenure, and comprehensive management controls have been implemented. The success of these changes has been illustrated by the company’s continuous, profitable growth and recognition as a formidable, world-class microelectronics manufacturing company. The company is now known as NEO Tech. —- Charitable Work & Personal Life Sudesh serves on the National Board of Directors of Pratham USA, the largest educational NGO in India, with a goal of ensuring that every child in India receives a quality education. He first became involved with the organization in 2005, and has been an active in shaping their growth and vision. As a part of his involvement, he has donated heavily to the construction of schools, including DIL Kaisera School for Girls in Mandianwala, Pakistan, which is named after his mother, as well as the Pratham Arora Center for Education (PACE) Vocational Training Centers in six Indian cities: Aurangabad, Latur, Bapatla, Bhopal, Ralegaon, and Pilani. His vision is to boost literacy among the poor and then create more than one million jobs globally for people to apply their education. In 2006, he donated the NATEL’s Simi Valley building to California Community Foundation (CCF). In 2009, Sudesh gave rent-free operation in Chatsworth, CA, to the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation, which the foundation used to open a 15,000-square-foot facility to offer information, support groups and other programs for cancer patients and their families, as well as a video production facility and television studio. Sudesh is a member of MENSA and enjoys spending time with his family, building his business, sailing, and wine (in that order).
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About NEO Tech: Electronic Manufacturing Services offers contract manufacturing, medical electronic manufacturing, PCB assembly, OEM and manufacturing
CEO of Skyryse
Mark Groden is CEO of Skyryse.
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About Skyryse: Skyryse is an air mobility company on a mission to democratize the sky.
Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Nevada Corporation
Fatih Ozmen was born and raised in Turkey, yet this dynamic entrepreneur has come to embody the American dream. Today, Fatih is the owner and CEO of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), one of America’s fastest growing private companies with a reputation for rapid, innovative and agile technology solutions. Fatih joined SNC in 1981 with a broad engineering background culminating with a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno. With a strong vision for the future of SNC, Fatih Ozmen and his wife Eren Ozmen acquired the company in 1994 and set their plans in motion to expand and grow. With the Ozmens at the helm, SNC has grown from a small company of 20 employees, to a full-service systems integrator with over 3,000 personnel in 34 locations worldwide.
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About Ozmen Ventures, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Sierra Nevada Corporation: Sierra Nevada Corporation is a aerospace and space travel company.
CEO and Co-founder of LeoLabs
Daniel Ceperley is co-founder and CEO at LeoLabs. Prior to co-founding the company, Daniel worked at SRI International as a program director and led a team of 20+ engineers and scientists and developed SRI’s commercial satellite tracking business. Daniel earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
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About LeoLabs: LeoLabs is an aerospace company that supplies and provides low Earth orbit mapping and space situational awareness services.
Founder & CEO of BlackBird
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About BlackBird, Swarm Mobile: BlackBird is on a mission to make flying as convenient and affordable as driivng
Founder and CEO of Radia
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About Radia: Radia provides renewable energy, aerospace, environment, and transportation solution services.
Chairman & CEO of Swift Engineering
Hiroyuki “Hiro” Matsushita (松下ヒロ | 松下弘幸), is a Japanese Businessperson and former racing driver. Matsushita is the first and only Japanese driver to win the Toyota Atlantic Championship (Pacific) in 1989 and also the first Japanese driver to race at the Indy 500. He bought Swift in 1991. Matsushita resides in San Clemente, California.
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About Swift Engineering: Swift Engineering is an aviation & aerospace firm providing products, technologies, and fully integrated product development solutions.
CEO of Area I
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About Area I: Area-I offers a combination of analytical and practical experience with an emphasis on unmanned aerial systems.
CEO of Sintavia
Mr. Neff founded Sintavia, LLC, an advanced manufacturer focused primarily on the Aerospace & Defense industry, in 2012 after working with metal additive manufacturing at CTS Engines, an affiliated jet engine MRO he acquired in 2010. Prior to CTS, Brian was the President of Southern Air from 2007 to 2009, and its CFO from 2003 to 2007. Brian holds a BA from Dartmouth College in history and physics and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
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About Sintavia: Sintavia is the leading independent additive manufacturer for the Aerospace, Defense, & Space Industry.
David P. Storch
Chairman and CEO of AAR Corp
David P. Storch is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AAR, a leading provider of diverse products and value-added services to the worldwide aviation/aerospace and government/defense industries. Mr. Storch joined AAR in 1979 with responsibility for developing the Company’s aircraft engine business. Through his leadership and industry expertise the business flourished and, in 1987, Mr. Storch was named President of the AAR Trading Group. He became President and Chief Operating Officer in 1989 and, in 1996, he assumed the additional role of Chief Executive Officer, the second since the Company was incorporated in 1955. Mr. Storch was named to the additional post of Chairman of AAR CORP. in October 2005 and under his leadership, AAR was named One of The Most Trusted Companies by Forbes magazine. Mr. Storch was also named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012. Mr. Storch serves on the boards of publically held companies, Kemper Corporation and KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation. He also serves on the board of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. He is currently a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago. In June 2016, Mr. Storch was added to the Royal Aeronautical Society’s (RAeS) as a Fellow, the highest level of membership recognized by the society. Mr. Storch holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ithaca College.
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About AAR Corp: AAR is a leading provider of diverse products and services to the worldwide commercial aviation and government/defense industries.
CEO of JetPack Aviation
David Mayman is the founder and CEO of JetPack Aviation.
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About JetPack Aviation: JetPack Aviation has created the world’s first true jetpack.
President & CEO of Airspace Link
As GeoMetri’s Founder, Michael built GeoMetri on the vision of solving indoor location problems. After winning a GISi hack-a-thon with his team, he easily convinced the GISi Board that the indoor location services and market was an extremely attractive space to explore. Michael was able to build and convey the GeoMetri vision and revenue strategy, and ensure that the strategic goals were defined in order to grow the venture. What began as GISi Indoors grew exponentially and is now operating independently as GeoMetri. As GeoMetri Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), Michael is responsible for driving integration and alignment between all revenue-related functions, including marketing, sales, customer support, pricing, and revenue management; ensuring maximum return to GeoMetri and its shareholders. Michael’s business acumen focuses on regularly measuring and analyzing productivity and effectiveness, forming strategic product road maps, creating market positioning and competitive advantages, and determining budget trade-offs with an overall goal of continually improving and developing sustainable results. Michael takes accountability for both short-term success and long-term strategy by ensuring an integrated perspective to forecast future revenue, while continually committing to short-term results and driving quarterly revenue.
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About Airspace Link: Airspace Link is an FAA approved UAS/Drone Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) Platform
Founder and CEO of Impossible Aerospace
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About Impossible Aerospace: Impossible Aerospace manufactures battery-electric aircraft products.
Co-founder & CEO of Hydrosat
Pieter Fossel is the co-founder of Hydrosat.
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About Hydrosat: Hydrosat is a satellite data company that turns space imagery into vital products for agriculture and related industries.
Chief Executive Officer of Capella Space
Payam Banazadeh is CEO and founder of Capella Space, a Silicon Valley company building the largest constellation of commercial Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites in order to provide hourly monitoring services of anywhere in the globe. Prior to starting Capella Space Payam was a project manager and flight systems engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and has been awarded NASA Mariner Award, NASA Discovery Award, and NASA Formulation Award. Most recently Payam was selected to be on the prestigious “Forbes 30 under 30” list in 2017 and Capella has been recognized by The New York Times, Bloomberg, and recently Inc magazine as one of the top 25 disruptive companies in the world. Outside of Capella, Payam spends his time thinking about the impact of technology on society, economy, politics, and human behavior. He is an advocate of raising awareness around the volatility of life on earth and the responsibilities of technologists to think proactively about their work and its intended and unintended consequences. Payam holds a business/management degree from Stanford University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas.
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About Capella Space: Capella Space is an information services company that provides on-demand 24/7 SAR data for government and commercial customers.
CEO/Co-Founder of Cuberg
CEO and Co-Founder at Cuberg
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About Cuberg: Cuberg is a company delivering lithium metal cells produced on existing lithium-ion manufacturing lines for electromobility solutions.
CEO, Co-Founder of Eviation Aircraft
Omer Bar-Yohay, CEO of Eviation Aircraft, brings over 15 years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams, in adverse conditions, to perform unique operational and technological tasks as a government employee. He is a member of NASA’s On-Demand Mobility Working Group, as well as the e-Aviation Committees of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
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About Eviation Aircraft: Eviation is developing electric aircraft in an effort to make e-aviation a fast, competitive, sustainable solution for on-demand mobility.
Founder and CEO of Lunasonde
As founder/CEO, Jeremiah is responsible for all creative, technical, business, and the day-to-day direction of the Company. Prior to founding LunaSonde, Jeremiah worked on several additional projects. He developed and patented AMELIA, a machine learning-based aircraft safety system and led a team who successfully developed a low-cost fusion reactor to generate medical isotopes. His work with Artificial Intelligence for Parkinson’s disease has also earned him international attention and even Asteroid 34104 Jeremiahpate named in honor of his research.
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About Lunasonde: Lunasonde makes the underground world visible, fundamentally transforming our understanding of the planet we live on.
CEO & Co-Founder of Regher Solar
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About Arizona State University, Regher Solar: Regher Solar is developing cutting edge silicon solar panels to power the future space economy.
CEO of Steelhead Composites
Mr. Coors is the founder and CEO of Steelhead Composites LLC. Previously, he was Principal at 9th Street Capital, a venture capital and private equity fund. Mr. Coors spent 6 years as Corporate Economist and Investment Strategist at Qualcomm Incorporated, a Fortune 500 company. Prior to joining Qualcomm, for 5 years he served as the Director of Research at Laffer Associates, a money management and institutional economic research and consulting firm. He serves on various corporate Boards and has received numerous awards in industry including being named one of Treasury and Risk magazine‘s ’40 under 40’ Upwardly Mobile Finance Execs in 2007. Mr. Coors is a CFA Charterholder. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego and a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University.
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About Steelhead Composites: Steelhead Composites is a provider of hydrogen storage solutions used to allow widespread zero-emission fuel cell electrification.
CEO of Centauri
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About Centauri: Centauri is an aviation company that manufactures and produces a wide range of aircraft and supports Valkyrie aircraft.
Co-Founder & CEO of Avion
Brook Ayalneh is the CEO and founder of Avion.
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About Avion: Avion is an autonomous aerial network that delivers medicals and vaccine supplies via drones.
Chief Executive Officer of Phyre Technologies
Mr. Robertson joined Phyre in 2006 as CEO. With over 25 years of management experience in various industries, he brings a financial and operational background that has allowed Phyre to advance the technologies while developing business relationships throughout government and industry. He has a degree in Business Administration – Accounting and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Prior to joining Phyre, Stuart had spent over seven years running a nationally recognized specialty publishing firm. MARCOA is the leading publisher for third party contract publishing, specializing in military bases, communities and chambers of commerce throughout the nation. His balance between sales and operations allowed him to grow the company into the largest publisher in its field.
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About Phyre Technologies: Phyre Technologies specializes in catalyst-based oxygen removal systems for both liquids and gasses.
Co-founder & CEO of Near Space Labs
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About Near Space Labs: Near Space Labs is a cutting-edge Earth imagery and geospatial data company on a mission to provide universal access to high-quality information about our rapidly changing planet. They provide timely, wide-scale, ultra high-resolution imagery with the largest zero-emission balloon fleet in the stratosphere. Near Space Labs is revolutionizing the way that businesses, communities, municipalities and researchers gather data that can help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges such as climate change.
Founder & CEO of Marriøtt Corporation
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About 7LETTERS, Anvil, Barbegal, Batwørks, House of Marriøtt, Marriøtt Corporation, Montopølis, SAMEX: American holding company
Jack A Hockema
CEO of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation
Jack A. Hockema is President and Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Hockema has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2001 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors since July 2006. Previously, Mr. Hockema served as Executive Vice President of Kaiser Aluminum and President of Kaiser Aluminum Fabricated Products. In this capacity, he was responsible for sales and manufacturing operations for the company’s Engineered Products business unit and the Flat-Rolled Products business unit. He had also previously served as Vice President and President of the Company’s Engineered Products business unit. Prior to joining Kaiser in 1995, he was the principal in a metals industry management consulting and investment advisory firm and had held senior executive positions with Bohn Extruded Products, a division of Gulf+Western, and American Brass Specialty Products. In addition, he had previously been employed by Kaiser (from 1977 to 1982) in production/operations management positions at several Company locations. He holds a Master of Science degree in Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, both from Purdue University.
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About Kaiser Aluminum Corporation: Kaiser Aluminum is a leading producer of fabricated aluminum products for aerospace/high strength, general engineering, automotive.
President & CEO of GBMV
Researcher, Contributor, SWE Apprentice, Procurement Executive, Federal Liaison
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About GBMV: Software Service, Mobile App, Payment
Co-founder & CEO of Orbit Fab
Daniel Faber is the Founder and CEO at Orbit Fab. He has over 20 years of space technology leadership, building and launching a dozen satellites for asteroid searches, environmental monitoring, telecommunications and human habitation. As a serial entrepreneur, his first company developed a unique mining instrumentation technology utilizing gamma ray spectroscopy, following which he worked on nuclear fusion reactors and then Antarctic communications. Familiar with the economics of deep sea mining, Mr. Faber became CEO of Deep Space Industries where he secured millions in financing from VC and governments and grew sales from zero to nearly $10 million. With DSI he successfully changed global perceptions and regulations around space resources and positioned the company to systematically create and commercialize technology for asteroid mining. Daniel has an engineering background and MBA’s from both UCLA Anderson and National University of Singapore. He now leads Orbit Fab, a two-year-old venture backed start-up in Silicon Valley that has already deployed its first two propellant tanker test-bed in Earth orbit for propellant transfer trials and recently became the first private company to resupply the International Space Station with water.
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About Orbit Fab, Space Arena, Inc.: Orbit Fab offers a supply of satellite propellant in Earth Orbit that expands the operational potential of new and existing space assets.
CEO of Marquis Jet Europe
Prior to joining Athletes’ Performance, Bill was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Marquis Jet Partners. Marquis Jet, through an exclusive partnership with NetJets (a Berkshire Hathaway company), provides private jet travel for individuals and corporations. He led the company through its growth from start-up to $500 million in sales in five years. Prior to Marquis Jet, he served as president and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of SFX Sports Group where he directed all business development, acquisition strategy, and overall corporate operations for SFX Sports Group’s four core competencies: event management, marketing, talent representation, and television and entertainment. Under his direction, the SFX Sports Group developed and produced internationally televised sporting events, managed and marketed hundreds of professional athletes, supported the sports marketing activities of numerous Fortune 500 corporations, and produced a wide range of sports-themed television series and feature films. Prior to working at SFX Sports Group, he served as President and CEO of ProServ, Inc., an integrated sports marketing firm. He appeared on the Sporting News “The Top 100 Most Powerful People in Sports” for three years, and, in 1999, was also named one of Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40,” and was listed by the international paper The Guardian as one of the “50 Most Powerful People in the World of Sports.” Bill received his Master of Business Administration in 1989 from the Harvard Business School and received a bachelor’s degree from Babson College in 1983.
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About Marquis Jet Europe, Wheels Up: Marquis Jet Europe is an Aerospace company.
CEO and Co-Founder of Elroy Air
Dave Merrill is the co-founder and CEO of Elroy Air, a company dedicated to expanding the reach of express logistics with advanced vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) cargo aircraft systems. The company’s first aircraft – the Chaparral – is designed for fully-automated flight and cargo-handling with lightweight modular containers, and will carry 250+ lbs of payload with a 300 mi range. Dave is a technology executive and startup founder with a background in computer science and robotic+interactive systems. Alumnus of MIT (Ph.D.) and Stanford Computer Science / Symbolic Systems (BS, MS), TED speaker, and experienced startup-builder. His work and companies have been featured by the Discovery Channel, Popular Science, Wired, TechCrunch, the New York Times, Forbes and Aviation Week.
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About Elroy Air, Lemnos VC: Elroy Air is a logistics company that specializes in the fields of logistics, robotics, and air transportation.
Founder & CEO of Flightdocs
Rick launched Flightdocs in 2003, with the first, 100% web based aircraft maintenance tracking platform. With a strong focus on technology and customer support, Flightdocs quickly gained traction in the industry, and today supports over 4,500 aircraft worldwide.
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About Baxter Marine Group, Flightdocs: Flightdocs has been empowering aircraft operators through our comprehensive maintenance tracking software since 2003.
David C. Adams
CEO & COO of Curtiss-Wright
Mr. David C. Adams is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Curtiss-Wright Corp. He served as Chief Operating Officer of the Company. For the five years prior to his new position, Mr. Adams was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company since October 2012. Prior to being named President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Adams served as Co-Chief Operating Officer of the Company with overall responsibility for the Motion Control and Metal Treatment segments’ strategic goals, technology development, global operations and financial performance. He was President of Motion Control since 2005 and Vice President of the Company from November 2005. Prior to joining the Company in 2000, Mr. Adams had 10 years’ related industry experience with Goodrich and Lucas Aerospace. He serves on the board of governors of the Aerospace Industries Association. Mr. Adams holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from California Lutheran University.
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About Curtiss-Wright: Curtiss-Wright delivers engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense, and energy markets.
Amin J Khoury
Chief Executive Officer of KLX, Inc.
Amin J. Khoury has been our Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of our Board since October 2014. Mr. Khoury has also been a director since our incorporation in July 2014. Mr. Khoury co-founded B/E Aerospace in July 1987 and has served as its Chairman of the Board since that time. Mr. Khoury served as Chief Executive Officer of B/E Aerospace from December 31, 2005 through December 31, 2013. Mr. Khoury also served as the Co-Chief Executive Officer of B/E Aerospace from January 1, 2014 to December 16, 2014, when he joined KLX. Following the spin-off, Mr. Khoury has served as the Executive Chairman of B/E Aerospace. From 1986 until April 2012, Mr. Khoury was a director of Synthes, Inc. Mr. Khoury was a Trustee of the Scripps Research Institute from May 2008 until his retirement in July 2014. Mr. Khoury holds an Executive Masters Professional Director Certification, the highest level, from the American College of Corporate Directors and an Advanced Director Certification from the Corporate Directors Group.
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About KLX, Inc.: KLX Inc. provides mission critical products and complex logistical solutions to support its customers’ high value assets.
Founder & CEO of Empire Group
Jason has always had a passion for building things. He began his career in the early 90s as pattern maker for Hasbro. In 1999, Jason founded Empire Prototype (known today as the Empire Group). From its inception, Jason and the company embraced technology, 3D printing in particular. The company quickly grew into a 16,000 sq. ft. facility. Breaking away from the traditional model/pattern maker role required Empire to create a new process for creating prototypes faster and at a higher level of quality than its overseas counterparts. This process has since become the industry standard.
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About Empire Group: Empire Group is a full-service product development provider – from design and engineering, to prototype, to low-mid volume production.
CEO of Hydroplane
Dr. Anita Sengupta is CEO and Founder of Hydroplane Ltd., a sustainable aviation and renewable energy technology company. Previously she co-founded ASX an eVTOL UAM company. Previous to that she was Senior Vice President of Systems Engineering at Virgin Hyperloop. Previous to that she was an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). She has been developing entry system and propulsion technologies for Mars, Venus, and deep space missions including : lead systems engineer for the MSL supersonic parachute, leading the development of a Mars Ascent Vehicle, the principal investigator for the Orion Vehicle Drogue Parachute Subscale Test Program, entry system lead for a Venus lander mission, lead systems engineer for a Mars Sample return mission concept, and Co-Investigator of several plasma propulsion development programs including VHITAL, NEXIS, and Prometheus 1. Prior to joining JPL she worked in industry on the Delta IV Launch Vehicle, X37 Vehicle, Space Shuttle, and Commercial Communication Satellites (XM-radio). She received her PhD and MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, where she is currently a Research professor in the Astronautics and Space Technology, Viterbi College of Engineering. She received her BS in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University.
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About Airspace Experience Technologies, AirspaceX, Hydroplane, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, University of Southern California: Emission free aviation and energy storage technology company
Founder and CEO of FlightLink
Tom Filippini is the Founder and CEO of FlightLink. He was previously the co-founder of the world’s largest luxury destination club, Exclusive Resorts, a company that pioneered its industry. Exclusive Resorts amassed luxury resort homes worldwide worth more than $1 billion and delivered more than 100,000 vacations, truly perfecting vacationing for the world’s most discerning travelers.
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About FlightLink, StraightLine: FlightLink is an aviation membership platform providing private aviation solutions across private and commercial air travel.
Founder and CEO of Anra Technologies
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About Anra Technologies, George Mason University: AnraTechnologies provide operators with an off the shelf, field proven DroneOSS operational platform.