GeoMetWatch management team is intensely passionate, high-energy, determined and focused. The executives are the experts in this market space and have unparalleled domain knowledge. The management team has the integrity, experience, vision and tenacity to make GeoMetWatch successful.
GeoMetWatch management includes the direct executive team, the board of directors, the technical advisory board and the company’s consultant advisers.
Chief Executive Officer - David J. Crain, PhD
David Crain earned a doctorate in space sciences at the University of Texas and has spent the last eight years working at the world’s number one provider of space based weather sensors, ITT Corporation. While at ITT, he served as the chief scientist for the GOES-R, HES and GLM programs. Previously, Dr. Crain was the algorithm development lead for the NPOESS CrIS program. Dr. Crain is one of the world’s experts in sounding phenomenology and atmospheric algorithmic analysis. He is well known and respected by U.S. Government civil space agencies including NOAA, NESDIS, NASA and the Department of Commerce. Dr. Crain has extensive working experience with the academic meteorological communities, including the University of Wisconsin, University of Texas, Texas A & M, Colorado State University and Utah State University. Dr. Crain understands the intricacies associated with space-based weather data collection, processing and dissemination. As Chief Executive Officer, he will be able to guide the company in a way that maximizes its benefit to the U.S. and International stakeholders.
President and Chief Operating Officer – Eugene P. Pache
Eugene P. Pache is President and Chief Operating Officer; Mr. Pache graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor of science in mathematics and obtained a master of science in aerospace systems engineering from the University of West Florida. Mr. Pache has over 28 years in the aerospace industry starting as a Navy carrier pilot. He has held a number of senior executive positions in Fortune 500 companies. As operating group president, vice president and general manager, he successfully led revenue and profit turnarounds through new product introductions and international market expansion. On one assignment, he doubled the divestiture value of a $70mil operating enterprise in just three years. He is a battle-tested entrepreneur with five start-ups as Founder and CEO under his belt. He is highly experienced at capitalizing start-ups, building management teams from the ground up, assembling boards of directors and establishing lucrative positions in the market place. He has the right mix of entrepreneurial, corporate and financial experience to lead the operations of this dynamic start up.
Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer – Forrest N. Fackrell
Forrest N. Fackrell is Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer; Mr. Fackrell holds a BSME from Utah State University and an MBA from University of Phoenix. He spent his early years in the aerospace industry working on solid rock programs for then Thiokol Corporation. Mr. Fackrell then entered commercial industry and spent time with Autoliv ASP as European Program Manager, Quality Manager, and Production Control Manager. For the past twelve years, he has worked for the Utah State University Research Foundation in various executive positions including Executive Vice President for Business Operations. Mr. Fackrell was instrumental in establishing the university’s strong emphasis on commercialization and in assisting GeoMetWatch in establishing the strategic partnership that now exists with Utah State University Research Foundation and Space Dynamics Laboratory. He has managed large projects with great success.
Chairman of the Board - William F. Readdy
Mr. Readdy is managing partner of Discovery Partners International, LLC, and an aerospace consulting firm he founded in 2005. Mr. Readdy is a highly accomplished government senior executive with over three decades experience in the aerospace industry. Mr. Readdy is an honors graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in aerospace engineering and a distinguished graduate of the Naval Test Pilot School. He has served as NASA astronaut, test pilot and naval officer and has logged over 7,000 flight hours in 80 aircraft including three space shuttle missions and 672 hours in space. Mr. Readdy is the recipient of numerous NASA, military and international awards and medals. He is a fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He serves on several publicly traded and non-profit boards.
Chairman, Technical Advisory Board – William L. Smith, Sr, PhD.
Dr. Smith is a highly acclaimed scientist, professor, and Principal Investigator and is one of the world’s experts in the field of atmospheric science. He attained his BS in Meteorology from St. Louis University, and his MS and PhD in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Smith is a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Hampton University, Hampton Virginia, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Senior Scientist at the Space Science and Engineering Center of the University of Wisconsin, and Chair of the Earth Science Council, Universities Space Research Association (USRA). Dr. Smith was the Principal Investigator of several satellite programs for NOAA (1966-1984), Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984-1997) where he also directed the Cooperative Institute for Satellite Studies (CIMSS, 1977-1997) and subsequently assumed the positions of Chief, Atmospheric Sciences Division, and Senior Scientist at the NASA’s Langley Research Center (1997-2004). Dr Smith is an active satellite and airborne experimentalist. Most notably and highly related to the GeoMetWatch missions, Dr. Smith pioneered the hyperspectral resolution sounding technique that is being used for current and future polar satellite advanced infrared sounding systems and will be fundamental in GeoMetWatch projects. Dr. Smith was the Principal Investigator for the Geostationary Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer (GIFTS), which is the forerunner to the GeoMetWatch hyperspectral sounders called STORM. Dr. Smith has published more than 150 papers for peer reviewed scientific literature and has contributed chapters to books used for scientific research and teaching. He has received numerous awards for his research accomplishments in the field of atmospheric science.
Chief Financial Officer – Jozsef Szamosfalvi
Mr. Szamosfalvi has extensive experience with transactions with the United States Export-Import Bank, French and German Export-Import Bank, and World Bank. He has significant international experience as well as experience in the satellite industry and commercial data buy industries. He is currently Managing Director at Interlink Capital Strategies. As the GMW Chief Financial Officer, his primary responsibilities are to facilitate and oversee the capital raises and to ensure the effective and secure management of cash. Early on, the GMW CFO must be highly experienced and adept at obtaining and managing government-backed debt financing instruments.