Space Business Forum: New York Offers Great Slate of Speakers

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Space Business Forum: New York Offers Great Slate of Speakers The Space Foundation in association with Toffler Associates is sponsoring Space Business Forum: New York  June 4 at the Hilton New York Hotel in New York City. The Forum will provide financial analysts, investment bankers, institutional advisors, venture capitalists, insurers, and others from the financial community with the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with space industry leaders.

Among the confirmed speakers are:

Master Moderators Hoyt Davidson, managing member, Near Earth, LLC, and Lon Levin, president, SkySeven Ventures

Opening Keynote Speaker Tom Henricks, president, AVIATION WEEK

Sector Performance, Trends, and Expectations Moderator Anita Antenucci, managing director, Houlihan Lokey; Panelists Andrew Africk, senior partner, Apollo Advisors, and Heidi Wood, managing director and senior equity analyst for aerospace, defense and defense electronics, Morgan Stanley

Space as an Element of Economic Infrastructure Moderator Steven Kenney, partner, Toffler Associates; Panelists Richard H. Buenneke, Jr., deputy director for space policy, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State (invited), Edward M. Morris, executive director of strategic business development, ITT Space Systems, and Richard J. Sanford, director and chief strategist, Global Government Solutions Group, Cisco

Featured Speaker Thomas B. Pickens, III, president and chief executive officer, Astrotech Corporation

New Space Comes of Age Moderator Joe Fuller, Jr., president and CEO, Futron Corporation; Panelists Andrew Nelson, president, chief operating officer, XCOR Aerospace, Inc., Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief executive officer, SpaceX, and Patricia Grace Smith, former Federal Aviation Administration associate administrator for Commercial Space Transportation and consultant, Virgin Galactic

The Business of Space Tourism Speakers Eric C. Anderson, co-founder, president and chief executive officer, Space Adventures, and Richard Garriott, private space traveler

Featured Speaker John Higginbotham, chief executive officer, Integral Systems, View from the Publically Traded

Government Acquisition – Where Are Dollars Flowing for Space? Moderator Kenneth Gordon, president and chief executive officer, Antelum Capital Partners, LLC; Panelists Ken Davidian, EFP program lead, Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Alan Ladwig, senior advisor, NASA Headquarters, Gary E. Payton, deputy under secretary of the Air Force for Space Programs, and Maureen E. Wylie, chief financial officer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

To see additional Forum information, including the agenda, speakers, speaker biographies, and registration and accommodation information, go to

All attendees will receive a free copy of the Space Foundation’s The Space Report 2009: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, courtesy of Forum co-sponsor Lockheed Martin. Many of the findings published in The Space Report 2009 will be used to frame agenda discussions at the Forum.

AVIATION WEEK is the official media partner for the event. Lockheed Martin, Near Earth LLC, ISDR Consulting, Braxton Technologies, LLC, and GMV Space Systems Inc. are co-sponsors.


This article is part of Space Watch: June 2009 (Volume: 8, Issue: 6).