Vice President
SEAKR Engineering, Inc.

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is currently one of the owners and serves as Vice President of SEAKR Engineering, Inc. He also leads SEAKR’s efforts in spacecraft high-performance processing and NASA programs. Eric started his career with the Intel Corporation as a Product Engineer for the Special Components Division. He joined his father, Ray, and brother, Scott, at SEAKR in 1985. He has developed much of the software/firmware for the microprocessor-controller used in our Solid-State Recorders. Eric earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Northern Arizona University and his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach.

Chief Executive Officer
Braxton Technologies

Frank Backes

As CEO, Frank has been instrumental in delivering more than 100 percent revenue growth in two years while maintaining profitability percentages. During this time of extreme growth, Braxton has expanded its workforce by 400 percent. In addition to general CEO duties, Frank is responsible for sales, marketing, and business infrastructure. Prior to joining Braxton Technologies, Frank was the President and CTO of a software development and products company specializing in knowledge management and collaborative business products. Frank has over 24 years of project management, operations management, systems development, and deployment experience. As the CFO for a publically traded company, Frank has had extensive experience with mergers, acquisitions, and SEC compliance. Frank holds a Bachelors degree in Semiconductor Physics with minors in Computer Hardware Engineering, and Communications/Marketing from the University of California at San Diego.

Vice President & General Manager of Oceaneering Space Systems

Mark M. Gittleman

Mr. Gittleman began his career in the offshore oil and gas production industry, where he was a commercial diver and diving supervisor involved in all aspects of underwater construction, inspection, and repair projects. As one of the founders of Oceaneering International, Inc.’s Oceaneering Space Systems division in 1988, he was responsible for conveying and applying the technical and management lessons learned from oilfield construction projects to the space station, focusing on the operational integration of human and robots and designing equipment intrinsically compatible with both.

He has been the Vice President & General Manager of Oceaneering Space Systems (OSS) since 1997, after having served as an engineer, project manager, and Robotics Program Manager. Under his leadership, OSS has more than tripled in size and profitability, building its business by focusing on accountability, execution, and Customer care.

Mr. Gittleman has degrees in Political Science and Ocean Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and California State University, Long Beach, respectively, and is a registered professional engineer in Texas. He serves on numerous advisory boards, and was awarded NASA’s Public Service Medal in 2005 for service in support of JSC’s mission.

Red Canyon Software

Barry Hamilton

Inspired as a young boy watching astronauts land on the moon, Barry has enjoyed a lifelong passion for space exploration. He has devoted his professional career to helping humankind explore this final frontier. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from CU Boulder and working for almost a decade in the aerospace sector, Barry co-founded Red Canyon in 2000. Red Canyon now has 70 employees and operates in 4 states. Red Canyon has contracts with federal agencies such as NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in addition to prime contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace and Raytheon.  Red Canyon is currently busy supporting Lockheed on the Orion mission, which will launch the next human spacecraft into the solar system. Red Canyon is also credited with helping Lockheed and NASA send six satellites to explore Mars.

Even before founding Red Canyon, Barry created his first entrepreneurial endeavor: Bare Rose Real Estate. What began as a small side-project has grown into a major initiative. Barry now owns, manages and operates over 200,000 square feet of multifamily, residential, office and mixed-use buildings throughout Denver including in downtown LoDo.  Barry lives and breathes entrepreneurialism. Hard work, sweat equity, and passion characterize his life. He combined all of these values to grow Red Canyon and Bare Rose organically (not to mention the four other companies that he either founded, co-founded, or managed).

Because of his first-hand experience in creating so many business ventures, Barry is whole-heartedly passionate about Entrepreneurs Organization (EO). EO helps foster the growth of new entrepreneurs, who in turn create the jobs and leadership for our community, society, and culture.

In his spare time, Barry enjoys playing poker (he’s semi-pro), mountain biking (hard-core!), and doing yoga (ommmm). Most of all, he likes spending quality time with his family – wife Laura, daughter Loren (8), son Colfax (2), and newborn daughter Nova (1 month).

President and CEO
of Zolo Technologies

Henrik Hofvander

Henrik Hofvander is the President and CEO of Zolo Technologies and has more than 20 years of senior management experience in the laser, optics, and electro-optics field. At the Melles Griot Electro-Optics division, where he served as Engineering Manager, Director of Operations, and General Manager, Henrik led the development of numerous solid-state laser systems, as well as laser-based instrumentation, incorporating optics, fiber optics, electronics, lasers, mechanics, and thermal management. Henrik then consulted for aero-space and telecom companies in the areas of systems engineering and strategy, prior to joining Zolo Technologies. Since joining Zolo, Henrik has focused on leading the development of Zolo's unique laser-based combustion sensors; sensors that measure where nothing else can, e.g. in the combustion zone of coal-fired power plants, or jet engines. As the CEO of Zolo Technologies, Henrik has been a key part of winning numerous government contracts, and raised several rounds of venture capital funding.

Henrik received his BSEE and MSEE from the Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden. As a Fulbright scholar at Columbia University, Henrik developed novel image processing algorithms.

CSA Engineering, Inc.

Conor D. Johnson

Dr. Conor Johnson is President and a founder of CSA Engineering, Inc., a Mountain View, CA company providing products in vibration suppression and precision motion control. CSA is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Moog, having been acquired in 2008. Dr. Johnson is an internationally-recognized leader in the development and application of passive vibration suppression, especially for aerospace system applications. He is responsible for directing research, development, and applications in the field of vibration suppression and has designed damping and isolation treatments for a large number of structures in the defense, aircraft, aerospace, marine, automobile, electronics, and commercial industries. Dr. Johnson is an author of over fifty technical papers and numerous technical reports and is co-inventor on seven issued patents and one pending patent.

Conor earned his B.S. in engineering mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and his M.S. and Ph.D. iin engineering mechanics from Clemson University.

Broad Reach Engineering

Chris McCormick

Mr. McCormick has spent most of his career in product development for commercial and terrestrial markets, as well as mission and instrument development for the space industry. In association, or directly with, researchers, Principal Investigators and experimentalists, Mr. McCormick has helped over two dozen flown earth observation spacecraft, and several GEO and interplanetary missions. Mr. McCormick is currently performing similar tasks in his CEO role with Broad Reach Engineering, a high-end, high-performance avionics, software and mission design company for the space industry.

Net-Centric Design Professionals

German Nunez

German Nunez, one of the founders of NDP (Net-Centric Design Professionals), has over fifteen years of experience in telecommunications and network engineering, serving customers in both commercial and government sectors.  Prior to founding NDP, German worked in the private sector for Lockheed Martin, Qwest Communications, and US West. Among his positions with Lockheed Martin, German served as Chief Communications Systems and Network Architect, Department Manager, Lead Engineer and Production Supervisor. In addition, he held the positions of Data Network Architect for Qwest Wireless and Member of Technical Staff for US West Advanced Technologies. An established leader and mentor, German sets the standard of customer-focus for NDP. This customer focus has enabled NDP to sustain double-digit annual growth since its start in 2005.

German holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Director of Mission Operations and Data Systems
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)

Bill Possel

Bill Possel is currently the Director of Mission Operations and Data Systems at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has over thirty years of experience in space system management, development, and operations with the Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office, and NASA.

Prior to his appointment at LASP, he served in the Air Force, retiring at the rank of Colonel. During his Air Force career he managed numerous space system and launch vehicle programs and directed spacecraft operations at ground stations. His experience covers space systems from concept study through launch and on-orbit operations.

Bill earned his commission following graduation from the University of Cincinnati in 1979. He holds a Bachelor of Science in physics and a Masters of Science in engineering physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Air Force Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.

Harold Reitsema

Dr. Harold J. Reitsema is a consultant to NASA, science institutions and the aerospace industry in the field of aerospace mission planning and development. He serves on review boards and science investigation teams for NASA space science missions, including Kepler, Spitzer, and the New Horizons mission to Pluto. He has extensive experience in management of technology initiatives and product development. In his previous position as Director for Science Mission Development at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp, he led business development efforts that produced numerous NASA contracts and successful space missions. Dr. Reitsema holds a U.S. patent for the Optically Coupled Shaft Encoder. He holds memberships in the American Astronomical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; and the International Astronomical Union; and is listed in Who’s Who in America. Asteroid 13327 Reitsema is named in recognition of his contributions to Planetary Science.

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
eSpace: The Center for Space Entrepreneurship

Scott Tibbitts

Mr. Tibbitts is the Founder and Vice Chairman of the eSpace Board of Directors. In 1987, Mr. Tibbitts founded Starsys Research Corporation to bring a promising thermal actuator technology to the spacecraft industry. With Tibbitts as CEO, Starsys developed as a world-class supplier of mechanical systems and actuators for spacecraft, with 150 employees and $18M in revenues. In 2006, Starsys Research was acquired by SpaceDev Inc, with Mr. Tibbitts assuming the role of Managing Director from the time of the merger until January, 2009. SpaceDev was acquired by Sierra Nevada Corporation in December of 2008. Tibbitts received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1980. Mr. Tibbitts worked with Rockwell International at the Rocky Flats Plant, Golden, Colorado from 1981 until 1986 as a Research Engineer developing pyrochemical processes for the purification of plutonium. Mr. Tibbitts was the recipient of the “Esprit Entrepreneur of Distinction” award in 1998, and is the holder of three patents for spacecraft products.

Ed Vandenoord

Mr. Vandenoord joined Ball Aerospace Technology Corporation in 1970 as a staff scientist. After ten years of working on flight projects involving space and earth science instruments, advanced programs, and business development, Ed became Vice President of Ball’s Space Systems Division and served in this capacity for ten years. This division built a variety of sensors and satellites for NASA, DOD and other government agencies. Included was the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope mirror system and the design and development of many of its scientific instruments. Ed retired from Ball Aerospace in 2000 as Senior Vice President.

Mr. Vandenoord served on the Board of Directors of several organizations including the Colorado Advanced Photonics Technology Center and Earthwatch (now Digitalglobe). Mr. Vandenoord is a graduate of Grinnell College with a B.A. in Physics and the University of New Mexico with a Ph.D. in Physics.