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SSPI Honors Industry Leaders with the 2011 Promise and Mentor Awards

Tuesday, October 04, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Orly Konig-Lopez
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Recipients to be Honored at 6th Annual Future Leaders Dinner October 12, Opening Night of SATCON and Satellite Week in NYC

New York City (October 4, 2011) – The Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) has selected three outstanding honorees with its 2011 Promise Awards, which recognize the potential of young satellite professionals to play a leadership role in the industry.  The winners are:
  • David Giger, Director, Dragon Spacecraft Development and Director, Dragon Propulsion, SpaceX
  • Bradley Patterson, Senior Project Manager, Intelsat
  • Rohit Iyer Seshadri, Senior Member, Technical Staff, Hughes Network Systems
Tom Eaton, President, Harris CapRock, was selected as SSPI’s "Mentor Award” recipient, for his exemplary efforts to mentor the next generation of satellite professionals.

Click here for more on the 2011 Promise and Mentor Honorees.

The recipients will be honored during SSPI’s 6th annual Future Leaders Dinner on October 12 at The Princeton Club in midtown Manhattan.  The Future Leaders Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. (ET) with a cocktail reception.  A portion of the proceeds from the banquet and awards ceremony goes to SSPI’s educational fund for scholarship and intern grants for students seeking careers in the satellite industry.

"The satellite industry is made up of exceptionally talented and giving individuals. Each year SSPI has the distinct pleasure of honoring professionals who are making a difference, not just within their companies, but to the industry as a whole,” said Robert Bell, SSPI Executive Director. "The support and enthusiastic participation of the industry in the Future Leaders Dinner has made this event one of the highlights of Satellite Week in NYC.”

In addition to the four honorees, SSPI makes honorable mention of four additional young professionals: Adam Mayer, Mechanical Systems Engineer, Spacecraft Systems Engineering, Space Systems/Loral; Tyler Moeller, Senior Engineer, Level 2 Support, Intelsat Video Operations Center; Ben Ramos, Senior Director, Field Operations, FOX News; and Richard Roithner, Senior Consultant, Euroconsult.

Complete information on the Future Leaders Dinner, as well as order forms for tickets and tables, can be found at or by calling +1 212-809-5199 (x103 or x104).  The Future Leaders Dinner is made possible by the financial support of Arianespace, Ericsson, Globecomm, Intelsat, KPMG, Owen D. Kurtin PLLC, SpaceIsle, and Space Systems/Loral.

About SSPI
The Society of Satellite Professionals International is a nonprofit member-benefit society that serves satellite professionals throughout their working lives.  With chapters in the Americas, the Middle East, Europe and Asia, SSPI works to attract new talent to the industry, helps satellite professionals advance in their careers, works to increase the professional standing of members and honors extraordinary achievement by satellite professionals and the companies they work for.

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