Promise Award Winners
Dr. Max Kamenetsky, Principal System Engineer, Space Systems/Loral. Intellectual and emotional honesty have earned Dr. Max Kamenetsky a respected role in providing technical leadership for Space Systems/Loral’s internal technology developments. Through his personal initiative, creativity and exceptional problem-solving skills, Max provided the necessary drive to push the critical ground based beam-forming component of the TerreStar MSS network to fruition.
Robert D. Scheige, Assistant Vice President, Willis Inspace. In his five years with Willis, Robert Scheige has brought a fresh perspective and initiative that has served the company’s clients well. His quick grasp of the industry’s complexities helped him successfully identify areas of risk, bring opposing issues to common ground, and introduce new concepts to the insurance community in support of his clients, including Space Systems/Loral.
Stefano Poli, Sales Manager, Thales Alenia Space. An Italian citizen educated in the USA, Stefano has consistently demonstrated technical competence and marketing savvy, and currently plays a central role in leading the company's bidding activities including strategy development and bid management.
2009 Mentor of the Year
Dom Stasi, Chief Technology Officer emeritus, Avail-TVN. Some people are born educators. Dom’s ability to make the complex technical aspects of satellite communications understandable, led him to expand his courses beyond engineers to lawyers, accountants, managers, and other non-technical professionals across the industry. Today, Dom continues to teach young professionals as part of the Mavericks program at the Cable Television Center at the University of Denver.
Melanie Charles, Marketing Manager, WEGENER. Joining WEGENER when the marketing communications department consisted of one person, Melanie Charles essentially created the company’s marcom function. She launched a new corporate Web site from scratch; generated all marketing marterials, plans and executes all events, and brought professional public relations to the company.
Bevan Gibson, Technology Executive, Sky News. Bevan Gibson has a wealth of experience in implementing IP technologies throughout Sky News. He currently heads the implementation of HD at Sky News and has been instrumental in placing the company at the forefront of S-DNG and new IP technologies, from BGAN to cell phones to VSATs.
Andrea Kociancic, Director of Fleet Development, SES WORLD SKIES. Andrea Kociancic plays a critical role in her organization planning the future satellite fleet for both replacement and expansion programs. Andrea’s ability to lead by example, grounding herself in the project at hand, has won her admiration and support from the teams reporting directly to her, as well as those that do not, with equal success.
John Mullen, Manager, RF Engineering, Segovia, Inc. John Mullen skillfully executes every phase of a project including detailed solution design, equipment integration, proof-of-concept testing, custom documentation, and field implementation. His strong work ethic and ability to solve complex satellite communication problems have made him a trusted subject matter expert both within the company and to DoD and civil authorities.
Lior Rival, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd. Lior Rival brings a contagious passion and excitement to his role. Under his leadership, the company has thrived, growing its sales and marketing department from 2 to 14, and has grown revenue to an annual record of $79 million.
Mike Scotto-Di-Cesare, Director, Business Development, Access Service Line Manager, Globecomm. During his tenure, Mike Scotto-Di-Cesare has played a vital role in the organization by designing and implementing multiple infrastructure projects globally. His commitment to education and furthering his knowledge of new technologies has gained him the respect of Globecomm management, his peers and his customers.