The Space Economy: Growth, Challenges, and Achievements

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April 20, 2021 10:00 AM PT
1 hour

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the global space economy was a $366 billion enterprise that was expected to triple to $1.4 trillion within a decade. While the sector has continued to grow, many companies have pivoted their operations to stay competitive in the pandemic.

Join us for a virtual discussion covering economic trends and their short- and long-term impacts on the space industry. Specialists will also cover the impacts on global industries like the space economy, individual firms, and the supply chain that fuels this growing economic sector.

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Grant Bonin, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Spaceflight

Grant works at the intersection of engineering, strategy, and business development, and oversees our sales team while working with every team internally to ensure our customers’ mission success. Prior to joining Spaceflight, Grant was the chief engineer of space systems at Rocket Lab, where he created their space systems group, space strategy, and set of technologies and products, including leading development of their Photon satellite program. Prior to Rocket Lab, Grant was chief technology officer at Deep Space Industries, which (among other highly ambitious goals) provided propulsion for BlackSky constellation.

Bob Hodgkiss, President and CEO, Hodgkiss Consulting LLC

Bob Hodgkiss, Colonel, United States Air Force (USAF), retired, is the president and CEO of Hodgkiss Consulting LLC, a firm supporting new and established businesses develop strategies and aerospace industry products for commercial and government customers. In his final USAF assignment, he served as the director and senior materiel leader for the Launch Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles AFB, California. Bob directed the development, acquisition, and sustainment of launch systems required to launch national security satellites at the Eastern and Western Ranges and was the program manager of the $1B+ per year Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.

Kirk Konert, Partner, AeroEquity Industrial

Kirk is a partner at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on originating, executing, and monitoring AE Industrial’s portfolio investments. He currently sits on the boards of AE Industrial’s portfolio companies and actively manages AE Industrial’s investment in Belcan. Kirk has also been involved in AE Industrial’s investments in Global Jet Capital and Kellstrom.

Ryan Murphy, Cofounder, KAL Capital

Ryan is a co-founding partner of KAL Capital and his highest priorities include creating a culture of winning for our clients and recruiting world class professionals to build the KAL Capital team. In addition to firm management responsibilities, Ryan’s duties include originating and executing mergers, acquisitions, and capital markets transactions for the firm’s clientele. He’s well known for obtaining tremendous value creation throughout a transaction’s lifecycle by developing unique and competitive markets for each situation.

John Tysseling, Director, Moss Adams

John has more than 30 years of experience providing applied economic analyses of business transactions, market structure and performance, regulatory policy and issues, efficiency, capital investment planning, economic forecasting, and development of indexes of relative economic values. His experience analyzing business issues and economic markets related to energy and natural resource development, business transactions, regulation and dispute analyses, and all aspects of the economic value chain provides a significant additional resource to clients. John has also served as an expert witness in more than 60 judicial and administrative cases before more than a dozen federal and state courts and administrative jurisdictions.

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