DOUGLAS, ISLE OF MAN – 22nd November 2010 – Chris Stott, ManSat’s Chairman and CEO, won the prestigious ‘Celton Manx Business Person of the Year Award’ at the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence ceremonies held at a Gala Evening at the Villa Marina, Douglas, Isle of Man.
"I was stunned to win the award and just so honored to have even been nominated. To be Business Person of the Year in the Isle of Man, where the business of our entire nation is business, is a true honor and I see this as a great recognition for all at ManSat and most especially as a vindication for the entire space industry on the Isle of Man.” Said Chris Stott, award winner and ManSat’s Chairman and CEO.
Stott is cited as being the individual responsible for the founding of the space industry on the Isle of Man. In the last ten year the Island’s space industry has emerged from its embryonic roots to a substantial presence in the international industry as a home to active subsidiaries of many of the world’s leading satellite communications companies.
In September the Isle of Man’s space industry was cited by the London School of Economics (LSE) Economic Policy Center as the example the United Kingdom should follow in seeking to further build it’s own space industry. In August the US based market research firm, Ascend, named the Isle of Man the fifth in the ranking of nations to return to the Moon based upon the strengths of the Island’s space industry.
Stott was able to attend the event in person flying to the Isle of Man from ManSat’s US Offices in Houston, Texas, in between launch attempts for his wife’s, Nicole Stott’s, Space Shuttle mission, STS-133.
Alex Downie MLC, Member of the Legislative Council and Department of Economic Development Member assigned to Space said, "We are very proud of Chris and his achievements, not just for ManSat, but for the Isle of Man and its whole economy. He normally shuns the spotlight and it’s quite right to see him winning this award.”
About Chris Stott: Born and bred a Manxman, Christopher (Chris) Stott is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ManSat. Chris also serves on the Main Board of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), the International Institute of Space Commerce (IISC). Chris also serves as Faculty at the International Space University (ISU) and as a Main Board Trustee of the University. He is also presently the Chairman of the Manna Energy Foundation and a Vice Chairman of the United Space School Foundation in Houston, Texas.
In September 2003, Chris Stott was appointed Honorary Representative of the Isle of Man Government to the Space Community by the Island's Chief Minister and Council of Ministers. He continues to serve in this position today.
Educated at Millfield School in Somerset, England, Chris attended the University of Kent, Canterbury where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with Honours, in American Studies Politics and Government. While at Canterbury, Chris also received a Diploma from the University of California, San Diego where he studied International Relations at the University of California and Marine Policy and at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Chris also holds his Masters Degree in Space Studies (MSC) from the International Space University (ISU), having graduated from the first class of ISU's MSS program in Strasbourg in July 1996.
About ManSat: ManSat represents a revolutionary partnership of aerospace, banking, financial services, strategic consulting, and international legal interests that have come together to offer unique business services to the world’s commercial space marketplace.
Building upon the Isle of Man’s preeminent position as a supplier of world-class banking and financial services, ManSat provides tailored business services to meet the needs of the international space industry, specifically focused on providing access to geostationary orbits and associated radio frequencies.
By contract, ManSat Limited is assisting the Isle of Man Government in the preparation of its orbital filings to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for all Earth orbits and associated radio frequencies with special focus on geostationary orbit.
As such, ManSat is able to offer unique access to geostationary orbit.
Established in May of 1998, ManSat Limited is a Manx registered and Manx owned private company limited by shares, headquartered in Onchan on the Isle of Man with offices and representation in both Houston and London.