Speakers from ThinKom, Satisfy
A fast developing area of innovation and design. The promise of light, flat antennas holds great promise for the satellite industry. Price and performance factors are inhibiting this particular innovative technology; however, progress in this market has been accomplished and attendees will hear more about the technologies involved.
Chris is the president of Quilty Analytics, an independent research and consulting firm that provides strategy, competitive benchmarking, financial analysis, and investment diligence on all aspects of the Satellite & Space industry.
Prior to establishing Quilty Analytics in 2016, Chris served as a sell-side research analyst with Raymond James for 20 years, publishing hundreds of company-specific, macro, sector, and thematic research reports on the industrial, defense, space, wireless, and communications industries. Chris is widely-acknowledged as the leading Wall Street analyst on the Satellite & Space sector and has participated in 30 capital markets transactions over the past five years valued at over $2.5 billion
Chris received a BS degree in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1994.Yoel Gat
Yoel Gat is a well-known satellite communications expert, a visionary entrepreneur making an impact on multiple industries. Yoel Gat is a well-known satellite communications expert, a visionary entrepreneur making an impact on multiple industries. Yoel has 35 years of experience in the satellite industry.
1. Founder of Gilat Satellite Networks and taking it public on NASDAQ in 1993
2. Leading Gilat to over $500M in sales with over 2,500 employees and market cap of $4.5B.
3. Created StarBand – first Consumer Satellite Broadband service launched in 2000.
4. Leading the Low-Profile satellite steering antennas making RaySat a prominent name.
5. Published 3 books about the companies he built.Richard A. Hadsall
Richard Hadsall is one of that rare breed of technologists who is also a successful company founder and leader. Crescomm Transmission Services, launched in 1976, was his first venture, which evolved in 1981 into Maritime Telecommunications Network or MTN. Five years later, Richard developed a technology that would forever transform communications at sea: the motion-stabilized VSAT antenna, which could maintain its lock on a spacecraft 22,000 miles away while a ship pitched and rolled underneath it. Under his technology leadership, MTN pioneered a unique business model, in which the company became the communications partner of its government and cruise line customers, and introduced a series of passenger and crew services that generated revenue shared by the cruise line and MTN. Success with cruise lines allowed the company to expand into other maritime markets including ferries, private yachts, oil & gas vessels and commercial ships. This ultimately led to its acquisition, in 2015, by EMC.
Though he is known as the “father of maritime VSAT,” stabilizing an antenna was only one of Richard’s many technology “firsts.” He pioneered the use of C- and Ku-band broadband at sea for delivering voice, Internet and video. His work enabled the first live broadcast from a nuclear submarine for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and a live uplink from a moving Amtrak train for the program’s week-long “Whistle Stop” coverage of the 2008 Presidential
election. In 2011, he became one of the few satellite engineers to receive an Emmy Award for retrofitting a Ford F350 pickup into the “Bloom-Mobile,” a satellite-based mobile communications platform that allowed the late NBC reporter David Bloom to broadcast live coverage of the War in Iraq while moving across the Iraqi desert at speeds up to 50 mph.
When asked about his long and entrepreneurial career in the industry, Richard said, “Having the opportunity to pioneer the merging of satellite and communications technology more than three decades ago has led to very a satisfying and productive career.
Leslie Klein is the founder of C-COM Satellite Systems Inc., which was established in 1997 with the intent of designing and developing a system capable of delivering high speed Internet over satellite into vehicles and transportable structures. With the rapidly growing demand for Internet services worldwide, and with no technology available to make it transportable, C-COM designs, develops, manufactures and sells its proprietary iNetVu® Mobile Satellite Antenna Systems which make it possible to deliver high speed Internet services, voice over IP and video over satellite into locations where no terrestrial infrastructure exists. The company has over 8500 of its antenna products deployed in more than 100 countries around the world.
Leslie Klein is an Electrical (Professional) Engineer (BASc, MBA, Ph.D.). Dr. Klein was employed by such notable corporations as Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPQ), Digital Equipment Corporation, IBM (NYSE: IBM), Control Data Corporation, and Bell Northern Research (part of Nortel Networks). He has been involved in the high-technology business over the past 40 years and has been a founder of several successful technology companies.
Prior to co-founding ThinKom (www.thinkom.com), William (Bill) Milroy held the position of Senior Engineering Fellow within the Electromagnetic Systems Department of Raytheon’s Electronic Systems (ES) Segment. During his 20 year tenure at Raytheon (Hughes Aircraft), Mr. Milroy managed and lead the RF antenna design, development, and production of a wide range of antenna array implementations for radar and communication applications in both the commercial and military marketplaces including 1-D and 2-D Electronically-Scanned Arrays (ESA’s). These efforts have included the creation and invention of a number of innovative EM modeling and RF design improvements, including the invention of the Continuous Transverse Stub (CTS) Array and its variants. He left Raytheon in May of 2000 in order to co-found and incorporate ThinKom Solutions, where he currently holds the titles of Chairman and CTO. Located in Hawthorne, California, ThinKom Solutions is focused on the design and development of innovative antenna access solutions and products for the Broadband Wireless Communication market.
Mr. Milroy is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, earning BSEE, MSEE, and Engineer (Ph.D. course, field, and examination requirements) degrees in 1979, 1981, and 1986, respectively and is a graduate of the Hughes (Raytheon) Corporate Program Manager Development Course (PMDC) and Engineering of Systems Course (EOSC) curricula and the Executive Marketing Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business Management. He is the author or co-author of nine journal and symposia papers in the fields of Network Analysis, Circuits, Antennas, and Microwaves. He is the inventor or co-inventor of more than thirty-five awarded and pending patents in the fields of Electromagnetic Scattering, Materials, Microwave Devices, and Antennas. Mr. Milroy is a past Chairman of the Los Angeles Chapter of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (APS), a periodic Guest Lecturer at the UCLA Anderson School of Business Management, and a Technical Reviewer for both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the IEEE APS Transactions Journal.
Engr. Electromagnetics (Minor: Circuits, Applied Math), UCLA, 1986
M.S. Applied Electromagnetics, UCLA, 1981
B.S. Electrical Engineering, UCLA, 1979