Speaker Biographies

Symposium Chairmen

Peter Banks is a General Partner of Red Planet Capital, located in Palo Alto, CA.  He is also the Chairman of the board of Trustees of the Universities Space Research Association, located in Columbia, MD and a Director of Tecumseh Products Company of Tecumseh, Michigan.  In the late ‘90’s he was CEO and President of ERIM International, Inc. and Partner of XR Ventures, the investment arm of the X-Rite Corporation. Previously, he served as Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan and was a faculty member of Stanford University and the University of California. Dr. Banks earned his Ph.D. in Physics at Pennsylvania State University following a M.S.EE degree from Stanford University.

Dr. Banks was Principal Investigator for NASA’s Shuttle Electro-Dynamic Tether System and as a Co-Investigator on the flight of Spacelab-1. He has received the U.S. Government’s Distinguished Public Service Medal for his contributions to NASA programs. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has served as Co-Chairman of the NRC’s former Committee on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications. He has served on the boards of many companies including Triformix (Santa Rosa, CA), HandyLab (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Urban Pixel (San Francisco), and the X-Rite Corporation (Grandville, MI).

Dr. Banks has advised various federal agencies for work related to defense, space science and exploration and national security.

John Higginbotham is currently an active individual investor and provides strategic and capital planning guidance to a number of middle market enterprises.  He is a Senior Advisor and former Chairman & CEO of Redshift Ventures, formerly known as SpaceVest Capital, which he formed in 1991 as a platform for institutional private equity investments in aerospace, defense, telecommunications, and information technology enterprises.  He grew the firm from a start-up to a widely recognized market leader currently managing approximately $270 million of institutional capital with investments in over 50 high technology companies.  In 1981 Higginbotham co-founded International Technology Underwriters (Intec), now AXASpace, a globally-recognized leader and underwriting management pioneer for providing insurance and financial risk management services to major-market aerospace companies, satellite communications operators, and national space programs. 

Higginbotham initiated his career in 1979 with Hewlett Packard Company as Product Manager for HP’s successful initial entry into the microcomputer marketplace.  He was formerly Chairman, now Director Emeritus, of the Space Foundation, a premier non-profit organization supporting space activities, space professionals, and education.  He received his B.S. in civil engineering from Virginia Tech with Honors and his M.B.A from Harvard Business School.

Burton H. Lee
, Ph.D. MBA, is Managing Partner of Innovarium Ventures, located in Washington DC. Innovarium Ventures provides senior strategic, financial and technical advisory services to technology startup companies, venture capital and private equity firms, angel networks, investment banks, major corporations and state economic development agencies in the areas of venture financing, corporate and technology strategy, competitive positioning, engineering design and architecture, new product development, technical due diligence, and emerging technology trends.

Dr. Lee’s professional experience spans 15 years in strategy consulting, high tech industry, government and venture-backed startups working in corporate development and strategy, business development, technology commercialization, and advanced computing and space systems research. His management and technical experience includes senior positions with leading organizations such as GE Global Research, Hewlett Packard, DaimlerChrysler AG and NASA in the United States, Europe and Japan. His business and technical expertise spans the advanced computing/IT, commercial space, aviation, nanotech, alternative energy, clean tech, robotics and related global innovation sectors. Burton’s space background includes an early tenure as Manager of the Stanford Small Satellite Program, working at NASA Kennedy Space Center as a Shuttle Thermal Protection Systems research engineer, advising NASA Ames on new venture development and spinouts, and serving as co-founder and COO of Orbital Recovery Systems, a commercial reentry capsule services provider.

In 1990, Dr. Lee founded the Southwest Regional Spaceport (recently renamed Spaceport America) when he proposed the original concept to New Mexico State University, authored the initial strategic and business plans, and raised $1.4 million in “seed” funding from Congress for spaceport feasibility, environmental and safety studies in collaboration with Sen. Pete Domenici.  During 2005 – 2006, he worked closely with the New Mexico Economic Development Department as chief economist on the New Mexico Spaceport Economic Impact Study while at Futron Corporation. His objective job impact estimates were presented to the State Legislature in 2006 and played a key role in securing legislative approval of $100M in state appropriations for the spaceport buildout.

Today, Dr. Lee is Senior Strategic and Technical Advisor to the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, and concurrently serves as Technical and Legislative Advisor to the Personal Spaceflight Federation, an industry association which includes RLV developers and operators, spaceports and space destinations seeking to make commercial human space travel a reality. Burton also sits on the MIT Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program Advisory Committee, and is a member of the FAA AST Comstac Working Group on Launch Operations and Support. In 2006, Lee was appointed a Senior Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C., where he worked on national IT sector innovation policy for the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. He is also an active angel investor and a serial entrepreneur.

Burton holds a PhD in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering from Stanford (2002), an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from Cornell (2004) and an AB in Physics from Brown University. He also attended the International Space University and is a graduate of the inaugural class held at MIT in 1988. Burton’s international experience spans over 10 years of professional and education-related positions in Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria, Japan and Jamaica.

Keynote Speakers

Lon Levin is an entrepreneur and executive with over 20 years experience in the space, new media, and telecommunications industries. Lon is the Chief Strategic Officer of Transformational Space Corporation, which will provide crew and cargo transportation services to low Earth orbit.  He also serves as Senior Advisor to Slacker, a company that will provide personal radio via the web, Wi-Fi, and satellite. 

He is the co-founder of XM Satellite Radio and also played an integral role in the formation and development of other satellite, media, and wireless companies including Mobile Satellite Ventures, XM Canada, Motient Corporation, American Mobile Satellite Corporation, and TerreStar Networks. Before his corporate career, Lon was a partner in the law firm Gurman, Kurtis, Blask & Freedman, where he specialized in media, satellite, space, and wireless matters. He started his career as an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission. Throughout the 90s, Lon served as a US Delegate at many International Telecommunication Union conferences.

Lon serves on the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Space Foundation, the Board of Directors of International Association of Space Entrepreneurs. He was a founding board member of the Satellite Industry Association and was its co-chairperson from 1996-98.  Lon was inducted into the Space Foundation Technology Hall of Fame in 2002.

Thomas B. Pickens III.  Son of oil legend T. Boone Pickens, Tom Pickens has been an active investor in the future since he was eleven years old. Since that time, Mr. Pickens has assumed many and varied leadership roles in corporate America with consistent and measurable success. As Managing Partner and Founder of Tactic Advisors, Inc., Mr. Pickens has specialized in corporate turnarounds on behalf of creditors and investors that have aggregated to over $20 billion in value. With a continued emphasis on value creation, Mr. Pickens is renowned for successful involvement with many companies during the startup, growth, and turnaround phases of the corporate lifecycle. As President of T.B. Pickens & Co., he has acted as both advisor and principal of corporate acquisitions now totaling over $10 billion.

His eye for 'what's possible' recently brought him to the promising yet fledgling field of space commerce and its apparent untapped market potential. A member of SPACEHAB, Inc.'s Board of Directors since 2003, Mr. Pickens was recently named President and CEO for the 22-year commercial aerospace pioneer and is leading the charge for taking SPACEHAB into the next phase of the nation's space initiatives. Mr. Pickens also recently launched Texas Nanotech Ventures and an associated $100 million Fund in an effort to converge investment capital into promising Texas nanotechnology companies.


Marty Barrack serves as an advisor to Space Florida on strategic alliances and commercial relationships.  Marty advises entrepreneurs, investors and established companies on financing, structuring and operating strategic relationships and new ventures, and developing, protecting and exploiting their intellectual property.  Marty has also assisted public entities in commercial activities, and served as the first general counsel of the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation and the Alaska Science & Technology Foundation.  Marty has a B.S. from Cornell University, a J.D. from UCLA, and an MBA from Vanderbilt University , and a love of aerospace and its commercial promise.

Paul Cuatrecasas is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Alegro Capital, a London-based M&A and corporate finance advisory practice established in London in 2003. Previously, he was the Co-Founder and Managing Director of ARC Associates for 10 years. ARC Associates was a leading independent London-based TMT mergers and acquisitions advisory practice with a full range of blue chip and smaller clients including Sonera, Cable & Wireless, Apax, Marconi, Equant, ICL, KKR, Permira, E*Trade et. al. While at ARC, Mr. Cuatrecasas directly or indirectly completed over 25 M&A transactions around the world worth over $5 billion (including advising Apax and Permira on their $1.5 billion acquisition of Inmarsat) and 40 corporate finance advisory and strategic consultancy assignments. He also directly or indirectly originated and structured 12 private placements of equity capital raising over $400 million and directed the ARC investment programme and achieved a historical professional investment track record over 50% IRR since 1994. Prior to this, Paul was a Senior Associate for Arkwright Capital (ex-Bain & Co. partners), in its M&A and Corporate Finance advisory division in London, and an Associate at GE Capital in New York. Paul has received his MBA from Columbia University and BS from Wake Forest University.

Frank A. DiBello is Founder and Chairman of the ITV Group, a strategic and investment advisory firm for technology and aerospace companies. The Group serves domestic and international clients with strategic development and business execution issues as well as in creating integrated financing strategies for capitalization of a company’s strategic or development objectives.  Mr. DiBello also serves as a General Partner of Aerospace Capital Partners, an Infrastructure Fund directed at investments in energy, aerospace and telecommunications.

Prior to this, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida’s Aerospace Finance Corporation, established by the Florida legislature to assist financing new and established companies applying aerospace technologies to space, aviation and defense markets. The Corporation’s goal was to finance aerospace growth, create new technology industry clusters, and expand the depth and quality of technology employment and economic contribution to the state.

Mr. DiBello previously served as Vice Chairman of the SpaceVest Management Group, the sponsoring organization of the SpaceVest family of investment funds, and a Managing Director and General Partner of the several SpaceVest Venture Capital Funds. 

For 24 years, Mr. DiBello managed KPMG Peat Marwick’s Aerospace and Defense Industry Practice, where he advised major U.S. and European aerospace and defense companies on strategic direction and execution for global market competitiveness. 
He was also founder and managing partner of KPMG’s Space and Advanced Technology Practice focused on the strategic development and financing of businesses applying advanced space and telecommunications technologies to commercial markets. Among other assignments, he had responsibility for overseeing a five-year national outreach program to support NASA’s mission of stimulating industrial interest in the International Space Station and in space-related research, development and applications.

In 1985, Mr. DiBello received the Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Defense Department’s highest civilian honor, for his volunteer work as Board Chair and President of the United Services Organization.  He was also founder of the Space Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C.  Mr. DiBello has taught at the Defense Systems Management College and International Space University.  He received his BS in Mathematics from Villanova University and did graduate study work at The American University and George Washington University. 

Mr. DiBello has served on numerous defense and space governmental and industry related Boards and Commissions, and is a frequent industry speaker and advocate.

Esther Dyson is Chairman of EDventure, the  company through which she runs Flight School, a workshop for new air and space entrepreneurs (June 20-22 in Aspen this year).  Separately, she is an active investor in many IT start-ups, and has participated in the sale of companies to Microsoft, Google, Symantec and Yahoo!, along with several IPOs.

More recently, she has begun investing in commercial space start-ups, including Constellation Services, Icon Aircraft, Space Adventures, XCOR and Zero-G. She is a two-time flier on Zero-G and plans to go for a third time at Flight School this June.  She has just returned from Moscow and Baikonur, where she traveled with Space Adventures to watch Charles Simonyi's launch into space.

Dyson has a long history of getting there early: She entered college at 16.  She worked on Wall Street as analyst covering Federal Express from 1977 to 1980.  She visited Microsoft in 1982 and wrote in her newsletter Release 1.0: "If the company really wants to be successful, it needs to be a little more ruthless."  She first went to Russia and then Eastern Europe in 1989, the year she started using e-mail actively.  She wrote a cover article for WIRED on the challenging future of intellectual property in 1994.  And she has invested in all the start-ups listed above since 2003, using the proceeds from some of her Google pre-IPO stock.

Paul Eckert holds the position of International & Commercial Strategist within the Space Exploration division of The Boeing Company.  Based in Arlington, Virginia, he develops strategies to strengthen international business relationships and explore new commercial opportunities.  Previously, within the U.S. Department of Commerce, Eckert helped promote the growth of the commercial space industry, as part of the Office of Space Commercialization. Earlier, in the NASA Office of Legislative Affairs, Eckert coordinated liaison with the U.S. Congress involving space and aeronautics research, information technology, systems engineering, and technology transfer to industry. Prior to this, he served as science and technology advisor to U.S. Senator John Breaux, a key member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over NASA. 

Eckert holds a bachelor’s degree with high honors in history from Harvard University, a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University, and a doctoral degree in psychology from Michigan State University. He is fluent in French and has participated in international science and technology consultations, including a study tour in Paris and Brussels, sponsored by the European Commission. Drawing on postgraduate training in organizational development, Eckert has developed expertise in building coalitions to promote international and public-private cooperation.

Mark M. Ellison
is the Director of the Emerging Technology Program for the Office of the Governor Economic Development and Tourism.  His extensive experience in the private and public sector complement his leadership of initiatives that establish strong ties with industry and ensure strong business involvement.  Before joining the Governors Office Mark M. Ellison held the position as Director of the Office of Employer Initiatives for the Texas Workforce Commission.  Before joining TWC Mr. Ellison was a partner in a specialty investment banking firm in Dallas.  As Assistant Commissioner of Marketing and Agribusiness Development for the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) for then, Commissioner Rick Perry, he led domestic and international marketing and economic development efforts for the Texas Department of Agriculture. 

Mr. Ellison has also served as international trade specialist for U.S. Wheat Associates in Washington D.C. and Casablanca, Morocco, then continued in Casablanca as a marketing specialist.  Returning to Washington, D.C. as an international trade policy consultant, his clients included the retailing, consumer electronics and agricultural commodity industries.  Mr. Ellison is a member of the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  He earned a bachelor of Science degree cumlaude in Agriculture from Texas A&M University.

Michael E. Fitzgerald is the founder of NextTechs Technologies LLC (www.nexttechs.com), a global technology Investment Bank that focuses solely on corporate technology intermediation. NextTechs maintains direct relationships with 300+ corporations and indirect relationships with another 5,700 companies worldwide. NextTechs clients represent 41 industries that utilize 141 technology research domains.
Mike’s functional specialties are finance and emerging technologies. During his 20+ years in financial services, he has served as Senior Vice President at Chase Manhattan and Chemical Banks, Managing Director of Continental Bank, and Vice President of Citicorp Investment Bank. All of this time was spent in capital markets and structured finance. In industry, he has worked as Vice President of Business Development at American Electric Power Energy Services, where he focused on alternative energy sources, and as Domestic and International Treasurer for Motorola, Inc., where he financed global operations
Mike holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois, an MBA in Finance and International Business from DePaul University and is a CPA. He is President of KRN Advisors, a private equity consulting firm, and Co-founder, President and CEO of Technology Tree Group, Inc., a private equity firm that holds a nationwide Space Act Agreement with NASA for commercialization of agency technologies. Mike has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and currently serves as a member of the Strategic Advisory Group for the US Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Command, www.triplehelixinstitute.org.

Stephen Fleming.  After twelve years developing telecommunications hardware, Stephen Fleming spent ten years as a venture capital general partner, where he led 18 investments in wireless equipment, telecommunications systems, semiconductors, enterprise software, and Internet services. In 2005, he returned to his alma mater, Georgia Tech, to lead the university's commercialization program.  Fleming's department is responsible for moving innovations out of Georgia Tech laboratories and into the marketplace.

As an individual angel, Stephen was one of the initial investors in XCOR Aerospace, where he serves as a board member.  Individually or through the Seraph Group, he is an investor in or advisor to four other aerospace startups.  In March 2004, based on his work in the 'alt.space' community, Mr. Fleming was invited to testify before the President's Commission on
Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy (the "Aldridge Commission").

Mr. Fleming also serves on the Board of Trustees of Tech High School, a charter high school emphasizing science, math, and technology in urban Atlanta.

William B. Gail is Director of Strategic Development within Virtual Earth at Microsoft Corporation, with responsibility for expanding the capabilities of Virtual Earth and its use throughout the community.  He was previously Vice President of the Mapping and Photogrammetric Solutions division at Vexcel Corporation (acquired in 2006 by Microsoft), where he directed a global organization responsible for a range of Earth information systems and services.  Prior to joining Vexcel, he was Director of Earth Science Advanced Programs at Ball Aerospace where he led the development of spaceborne instruments and missions for Earth science and meteorology. 

Dr. Gail received his undergraduate degree in Physics and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, focusing his research on wave-particle interactions in the Earth's magnetosphere.  During this period, he spent a year as cosmic ray and upper atmospheric field scientist at South Pole Station.  Dr. Gail is on the Board of Directors of Peak Weather Resources, Inc., is a member of the editorial boards for Imaging Notes magazine and the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, and is the Director of Industry Relations for the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.  He is a member of the Executive Committee for the National Research Council's Earth Science and Applications from Space: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future (the "Decadal Survey") and previously served as a member of the NRC Committee on Earth Studies (2002-05), the NRC Task Group on Principle Investigator-Led Earth Science Missions (2001-03), the NRC Committee on NASA-NOAA Transition from Research to Operations (2002-03), the NRC Committee to Review the NASA Earth Science Enterprise Strategic Plan (2003), and the NASA Earth Science and Applications from Space Strategic Roadmap Committee (2005).

Kirby Ikin
, Chairman of the Board, National Space Society, is the Managing Director of Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants (APAC), located in Sydney, Australia. APAC offers broad consulting services to the commercial space industry including market analysis, industry analysis, risk management and insurance advice. Recent projects conducted include satellite launch market analysis; a feasibility study for an Australian spaceport; and valuation of an in-orbit communications satellite.

Prior to his role with APAC Kirby worked directly in the space insurance, risk management, and commercial space fields and he has worked in the space industry for the past 18 years. For ten years he worked as a space insurance underwriter at GIO in Australia and in 1998 was appointed Managing Director of the newly created GIO Space. GIO Space was one of the largest space insurance underwriters in the world with annual premium income of over A$175m (approximately US$110m at the time).

After GIO Kirby then worked as the Director of Commercial Operations at the Asia-Pacific Space Centre (APSC). At APSC he was responsible for all aspects of its planned commercial operations with a special emphasis on risk management for the venture, which aimed to introduce the Russian Aurora launch vehicle to the commercial launch market. He was directly responsible for managing the insurance requirements for both APSC and its launch customers. He also had responsibility for the preparation of the Information Memorandum to support a planned raising of $300m in funding.

Kirby has a long and varied involvement within the Australian Space Industry and has held executive positions with various space interest groups. He served as a member of the Australian Government’s ‘International Space Advisory Group’, which advised the Prime Minister’s office on space policy and industry development through 2004. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for Space Adventures (USA), and the Board of Trustees for the Argos Foundation (USA).

Through the National Space Society of Australia, Kirby instigated the establishment of the 'Australian Space Industry Chamber of Commerce' (ASICC), which meets regularly to discuss business, legal and commercial space related issues.  He continues to serve as its Chairman as he has done since its foundation in 1992. In 1999 he was the recipient of the Society’s highest award, the Australian Space Pioneer Award. Following on from his involvement in the commercial space scene, in 2003 Kirby was instrumental in the formation of the Australian Space Network (ASN) and is serving as one of its founding Executive Committee.

Kirby’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Law degree and Bachelor of Commerce degree (in accounting and financial management) from the University of New South Wales.

Mohanjit Jolly, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures, has been with Garage since 1999. While at Garage, Jolly has worked with over 20 companies, including LeftHand Networks, PureSight, WhiteHat, Xora, PhoneBites, Kaboodle and Vigilistics. Prior to joining Garage Technology Ventures, Jolly helped launch the Mattel/Intel joint venture, Intel Play. He also spent three years in both engineering and business development roles with Itek Optical Systems, a manufacturer of high-resolution reconnaissance systems for both military and commercial use. While earning his M.B.A from the Anderson School at UCLA, Jolly helped found ViaSpace, a technology incubator in Southern California in conjunction with Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Jolly earned a B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, with a specialization in electric propulsion systems.

Greg Kulka
is currently the Director – Private Equity & ETI Programs at the New Mexico State Investment Council (NMSIC) and has held that position for almost six years.  He currently oversees a National Private Equity Program with $1.9 billion in commitments and a New Mexico Private Equity Program with commitments of $300 million.  He also manages the New Mexico Film Investment Program which invests in projects that are filmed in New Mexico and hire New Mexicans as a majority of their production crew. This program has an allocation of $264 million and currently has invested over $149 million in twenty film and television projects.

Greg has a BA in physics from the University of Colorado and a Master’s in finance and economics from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).

Joerg Kreisel specializes in technology commercialization – with a strong focus on commercial space - since 1987. After pursuing a career in space business, he became a venture capitalist in the early 1990s, with a focus on international activities in both space and early-stage equity finance. Today Mr. Kreisel (JKIC) advises space institutions, industry, SMEs and selected investors worldwide. JKIC’s major business activities are aimed at creating and supporting space ventures, business partnerships, equity finance and global links. In addition JKIC provides leading solutions in data security for the business continuity via a Swiss partnership.

Mr. Kreisel holds a degree in aerospace engineering from Aachen University of Technology (RWTH Aachen) and is an alumnus of the International Space University (ISU). He is member of the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EVCA), the American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), the German Aerospace Association (DGLR), as well as several other regional and international networks. Mr. Kreisel is also a lecturer at two international post-graduate masters degree programs. He is married with two children.

David Lackner
is a Director at the Bio-Info-Nano Research and Development Institute (BIN-RDI), with responsibility for coordinating corporate R&D partnerships. Mr. Lackner is an experienced engineer, innovator, commercialization expert, and entrepreneur. He has worked with large multi-national companies like Motorola, Lockheed-Martin, Xerox, and DEKA. In positions as Program Manager, Senior Analyst, and Director, Lackner spent eight years in engineering and commercialization management with Stanford Research Institute, and NASA. Before being recruited as the Affiliates Director at BIN-RDI, Lackner led the west coast operations of Lux Research advising global 1000 companies on understanding and acting on the business implications of nanotechnology. With Lux, David helped clients set up R & D operations, build technology portfolios, and secure funding and collaborations.

Lackner holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA and a M.S. in Technology Management & Policy from MIT. Lackner is a highly sought after speaker, addressing nanotechnology issues by invitation at Oxford University, Dow Jones, and Deloitte & Touche, among others. He is also widely quoted in publications such as Wired, L.A. Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Jose Mercury News.

Michael J. Lyon is Managing Director of Spaceport Singapore.  He also serves as President of Lyon Capital, Inc., an international business development and financial firm specializing in the Asian, Indian, and Middle East markets.  In addition to its business development services, Lyon Capital has also completed over $400 million in real estate-related and debt restructuring transactions. 

Mr. Lyon previously served as Vice President and General Counsel of Space Adventures, the leading space tourism firm and the world. 

Mr. Lyon has served in the U.S. Federal Government as the Special Assistant to L. William Seidman at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Resolution Trust Corporation during the S&L crisis, and as an Assistant Director for Resolutions at the RTC.  He also served as General Counsel and VP of Business Development to the real estate workout and management company of J.E. Robert Company, America’s largest real estate work out firm at the time.  

Mr. Lyon practiced law at Covington and Burling in Washington D.C.  Mr. Lyon received his J.D. (cum laude) from the Harvard Law School, and his B.A. (summa cum laude) in History from Brandeis University.  He also attended the London School of Economics.

J. Armand Musey is an independent financial and strategic consultant based out of New York City. Armand is former President and Senior Partner of Near Earth LLC and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Mr. Musey was head of the Satellite Communications and Tower equity research effort at Salomon Smith Barney. He held similar positions at other Investment Banks including Managing Director at Bank of America Securities and Senior Communications Analyst at C.E. Unterberg Towbin. As a research analyst, Mr. Musey oversaw Salomon Smith Barney's analytical support for institutional investors considering investments in the satellite telecommunications and tower industries. Due to the broad range of applications satellites are used for, this involved evaluating the strategies, managements and financial positions of firms spanning a wide range of the media, telecom and aerospace sectors. Some of the companies Mr. Musey covered included American Tower, Crown Castle, EchoStar, Garmin, Gilat Satellite Networks, Hughes, Loral, Orbital Sciences, PanAmSat, Pegasus Communications, Sirius Satellite Radio, SES Global, Trimble Navigation, ViaSat and XM Satellite Radio. Mr. Musey also provided analytical support and industry expertise to the banking side of the business for a wide variety of public and private satellite and aerospace transactions between 1997 and 2002, including those for Boeing, Globecomm Systems and Lockheed Martin. Prior to becoming a research analyst, Mr. Musey spent two years as an investment banker.

Mr. Musey earned his undergraduate degree with honors in Sociology from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Mr. Musey received several awards and high rankings for his research coverage, including highly coveted rankings from the Institutional Investor Survey for three years (2000–2002). He was also ranked #1 analyst covering satellite communications industry by Greenwich Associates in 2000, and was rated as Top Broadcasting Stock Picker in the Wall Street Journal's "All Star" Analyst Survey of 2000. He has appeared numerous times on national television as an expert on the telecommunications industry, including Bloomberg, Fox and CNN.

George Petracek is the Managing Director of the Atrium Capital Corporation. Atrium Capital Corporation is recognized as a leader in managing outsourced venture programs for major corporations.

George joined Atrium Capital Corporation in 2000.  Previously, he was a Corporate Business Development Manager at Hewlett-Packard, where he focused on M&A and venture investments across various HP businesses. Prior to joining HP, he was a Vice President of Corporate Finance at Union Bank of Switzerland, working with telecommunications, industrial, utilities and financial institutions clients. Mr. Petracek was an Associate with Morgan Stanley in its M&A execution group. He began his professional career as a computer programmer for 3M.  He earned his MBA from Stanford University and his MS degree in Cybernetics from CVUT Institute of Technology.

Richard Sanford
is the Director of Space & Intelligence for Cisco Systems’ Global Government Solutions Group. He works with leaders from the public and private sector to develop advanced technology and business solutions focused on meeting the needs of next-generation missions and is a recognized thought leader in the space and intelligence communities.

Mr. Sanford previously served as an Intelligence Alliance Manager, Intelligence Business Development Manager, Regional Director of Intelligence Community Sales and Account Manager with Cisco. Before joining Cisco in early 1997, Mr. Sanford served a variety of roles with the U.S. Federal government, including Deputy Director for the Counter Narcotics Command Management System with the U.S. Department of State and Electronic Cryptographic Systems and Equipment Specialist with the U.S. Department of Defense 7th Communications Group. He has also worked as an Account Executive at Timeplex Federal Systems in the Intelligence Community and Program Manager/Sustaining Engineer for BBN Communications. 

Mr. Sanford is also active with several organizations within the space, intelligence and business communities including: founding board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Space Enterprise Council, board member of the International Space University, Business Executives for National Security, Security Affairs Support Association, Armed Forces Communications Electronic Association and the Fairfax, Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Sanford holds a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) security clearance, is married and has two young sons.

Paul E. Schlosberg, Chairman and CEO of INCA Group LLC, specializes in developing and executing merger and acquisition transactions, turnaround strategies, creating and capitalizing corporate entities, serving as a member of Boards of Directors and providing public-private partnership consulting for leading-edge and highly capitalized investment relationships. Additionally, he serves as a General Partner of an Atlanta, Georgia based private investment fund. Mr. Schlosberg has more than 25 years of experience in strategic business development, acquisitions, financial management and organizational structures.

Mr. Schlosberg joined Bear, Stearns & Co. in 1982 as Associate Director and Account Executive.  He established a strong portfolio of domestic and international clients primarily comprised of high net worth investors, institutions, and members of Boards of Directors for notable Fortune 500s.

Mr. Schlosberg was subsequently recruited by First Southwest Company in 1994 to advance and direct investment advisory initiatives for the company’s Private Client Services group and Asset Management division. At First Southwest, Mr. Schlosberg was recognized for his ability to restructure, scrutinize, and fine-tune balance sheets, income statements and corporate operations, thus maximizing return on investments. Thereafter, from 1997 through 2003, Mr. Schlosberg served as the President and Chief Operating Officer for First Southwest Company and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of First Southwest Asset Management, Inc. During this period, he developed the short-term and long-term strategic growth plans of the organization, made strategic acquisitions, implemented critical systematic policies, procedures and reporting, expanded the scope of services, revitalized organizational deficiencies, expanded operational capabilities, and introduced large-scale technological advancements that led First Southwest to achieve substantial annual bottom-line growth and increased market share. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Schlosberg has been recognized for his visionary focus while providing clear, concise and forward-thinking talent to his endeavors and delivering the highest level of integrity and professionalism.

He is a Licensed Real Estate Broker, serves as one of the longest tenured members of NASDAQ’s Listing Qualifications Committee Washington, D.C., is a Certified Financial Planner, a General Partner of an Atlanta, Georgia based private investment fund; member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, member of CEO Netweavers and active in several non-profit organizations.

Mr. Schlosberg earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and an undergraduate degree in Finance and Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, he holds a number of National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) Regulatory Licenses.

Mr. Schlosberg has and continues to serve actively in public, private and charitable Board of Director positions and the associated compensation, corporate governance and audit committee positions of those entities.

Kevin Sheehan
is President & CEO of ORIX Venture Finance LLC (“OVF”). OVF is a member of ORIX Finance (the corporate finance arm of ORIX USA Corporation), and focuses primarily on making senior secured loans to mid to later-stage companies backed by venture capitalists and private equity sponsors. Kevin has headed OVF since inception and joined ORIX in 2000.

Before joining ORIX, Kevin was a corporate transactional attorney at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York, focused on M&A work for financial institutions. Prior to that, Kevin was a corporate transactional attorney at the law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell, also in New York, working primarily with the Morgan Stanley Group.

Kevin has significant experience in public service as well. He was a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs in the U.S. Department of State (1989– 1992), with special responsibilities for administering the U.S. government’s security assistance and arms transfer program. Kevin also commanded infantry soldiers in West Berlin while serving as an officer in the U.S. Army in the United States and Europe, and served as law clerk to Judge Stanley Sporkin (US District Court, District of Columbia) from 1996 – 1997.

Kevin received a B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Ph.D in Political Science from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Columbia University. He is a member of the bar of the states of New York, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia.

Rick N. Tumlinson. 
Named one of the world's top "Space Visionaries" and one the top one hundred most influential people in the space field by Space News, Rick Tumlinson is the Co-Founder of the Space Frontier Foundation, which has been called "pound for pound the most effective space organization on Earth." He is also CEO of XTreme Space and Chairman of Orbital Outfitters which leases spacesuits to private space firms.

From an old Texas family whose pioneering credits include helping start the Texas Rangers and fighting in the Alamo, Rick has spent his life fighting to open the space frontier. The son of an Air Force Sergeant and his English wife, he was educated primarily in England and Texas. Mr. Tumlinson worked for noted scientist Gerard K. O'Neill at the Space Studies Institute, founded the New York L-5 Society, and was a key player in starting the Lunar Prospector project which discovered hints of water on the Moon. He also helped pass the Space Settlement Act of 1988, testified before President Reagan's National Commission on Space, and was a founding trustee of the X-Prize. Over the years he has been a lead witness in six congressional hearings on the future of NASA, the U.S. space program and space tourism, including testifying before Senator John McCain and the Senate Space and Technology Committee on the Moon, Mars and Beyond program.

Not satisfied to just talk, write about and help get funding for projects, Mr. Tumlinson has put his time and money where his mouth is. He co-founded the firm LunaCorp which produced the first ever TV commercial shot on the International Space Station for Radio Shack. He led the team which turned the Mir Space Station into the world's first commercial space facility, and was a co-founder of the space firm MirCorp. Along the way he personally signed up Dennis Tito, the world's first "citizen explorer," to fly on the International Space Station, and has assisted in numerous other such projects.

Rick also served as Executive Director and co-Founder of the Foundation for the International Non-Governmental Development of Space (FINDS), a foundation which funded breakthrough projects and activities such as Helium 3 research, laser launch studies, and asteroid processing projects. The organization provided the first $100k in seed money for the founding of the Mars Society, operated the Cheap Access to Space Prize and supported such projects as The Watch asteroid search program. FINDS also underwrote and co-sponsored a very successful series of Senate Roundtables on space issues. Rick founded the Permission to Dream project, which has over the years placed dozens of telescopes in the hands of schools and educational groups around the world, from Sri Lanka to Iran and Russia. In 2005 Rick also co-Founded The Institute for Space Law and Policy, a Washington based think-tank.

In 2004 Rick was one of only 20 guests invited by the White House to hear President Bush announce his plans to return to the Moon and explore Mars. Often a public critic of the agency, last year he joined NASA's prestigious Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, helping behind the scenes to lay out the framework for the first human outpost on the Moon and steps towards putting humans on Mars. He has also been a consultant to the Heinlein Prize Organization. His book, Return to the Moon was just published and is available at your local bookstore.

A regular contributor to the space industry paper Space News, Tumlinson's writings and quotes have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Washington Post, Reader's Digest and dozens of other publications. He has appeared on such television programs as ABC's World News Tonight, Politically Incorrect, and CNBC's Open Exchange. Internationally Rick has appeared on TV sets from Russia to China's CCTV and the BBC.

Dr. Lee S. Valentine is the Executive Vice President of the Space Studies Institute in Princeton, NJ. He earned his B.S. in science at Penn State and his M.D. at Jefferson Medical College.  Dr. Valentine has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Space Studies Institute in Princeton from 1980 to present. He is proud to have been involved in financing Lunar Prospector, Mass Driver III, production of glass/glass composites from lunar simulant, and magnetic beneficiation of lunar regolith to obtain clean anorthosite suitable for use in a lunar aluminum process. He has been involved in asteroid discovery with Spacewatch at the University of Arizona and the design of satellite solar power stations optimized for construction from lunar materials.

He arranged initial analytical laser launch studies, enabling Prof Yuri Raizer to collaborate with Prof. Leik Myrabo. These analyses led to the first laser launch of a subscale test vehicle.  He arranged bench studies performed by Prof. William Jewell of Cornell University for a prototype Closed Ecological Life Support System.

He is the editor of Settling Circumsolar Space, Vol. 13, of the Princeton/SSI Conference on Space Manufacturing and Space Settlement. He is the principal co-author of Mass Drivers for Planetary Defense.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of ProSpace and Orbital Outfitters. He is an angel investor in XCOR Aerospace, Orbital Outfitters, Constellation Services International and a general partner of V Aerospace Ventures.