“An Emerging Business Model for Commercial Space”

commercial spacecraft“An Emerging Business Model for Commercial Space”

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on June 17

During the past ten years, the barriers constraining commercial space projects and investments have been reduced through key factors such as the emergence of a robust international commercial space transportation system and non-government management of the International Space Station.

However, the existing portfolio of space ventures nevertheless remains very limited. The conclusion we’re left to draw is that significant barriers remain to full exploitation of the potential that space science offers.

Please join us in Los Angeles on Friday, June 17, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Dr. Michael Wiskerchen, Founder of SpaceTech Holdings will discuss the future of space, the changes happening in the industry and the impact on the Southern California economy, and new opportunities created through commercial space initiatives. Join us to gain a better understanding of the potential for commercial space development, investment opportunities, current activity in the greater Los Angeles area, what’s real and what’s not, and why commercial space is or isn’t a good investment opportunity. Whether you are an entrepreneur or established manufacturer, investor, or space enthusiast; Dr. Wiskerchen’s presentation will provide interesting insights into the rapidly changing landscape of commercial space.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until June 10). For more information and to register to attend the meeting in person or for free via the web, go to https://adflajun16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, the 62 Mile Club, and UK Trade & Investment.

“It’s Not What You Say, It’s What They Hear.”

“It’s Not What You Say, It’s What They Hear.”Listening

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on May 20

Service providers as well as those in the corporate world share the same challenge. How do we clearly articulate our “unique selling proposition” in a way that brings us more prospects and clients.

Please join us in Los Angeles on Friday, May 20, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Anne Convery, a “messaging” expert, can show us how to make that happen.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until May 13). For more information and to register to attend the meeting in person or for free via the web, go to https://adflamay16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, the 62 Mile Club, and UK Trade & Investment.

“The Changing Face of Aerospace in Southern California”

“The Changing Face of Aerospace in Southern California”aerocover2

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on April 15

On March 1, 2016, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, in coordination with the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, released the results of a comprehensive Southern California aerospace industry cluster study.

Please join us in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), to hear about the aerospace industry’s impact today and the trends that will impact the industry tomorrow from the author herself, LAEDC’s Chief Economist Dr. Christine Cooper. The report describes the highly developed aerospace industry cluster across eight Southern California counties, and provides insight into industry drivers, trends, and the economic contribution of aerospace as an economic engine for the SoCal region.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until April 8). For more information and to register to attend the meeting in person or for free via the web, go to https://adflaapr16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, the 62 Mile Club, and UK Trade & Investment.

“Small Satellites, Rockets, and other Transformative Innovations in the Space Industry”

“Small Satellites, Rockets, and other Transformative Innovations in the Space Industry”Interorbital Rocket

Masten Space Systems Xaero rocket, photographed on February 14, 2011 at Mojave Airport, CALos Angeles Chapter meeting on March 18

Over the past decade, roughly $2.5 billion has been invested in small satellites; nearly half of that has come in the last 18 months. Data, maritime tracking, and real-time imaging are just a few of the markets driving demand for this rapidly expanding industry.

Please join us in Los Angeles on Friday, March 18, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), as we talk with three Southern Californian leaders who are capturing the opportunities, and what we should look for in this market. On the panel are Randa Relich Milliron (CoFounder & CEO, Interorbital Systems), David Masten (Founder, Chairman, and Chief Technology Officer, Masten Space Systems), Van Espahbodi (Co-founder & Partner, Starburst Accelerator) and Jeremiah Miller (Moderator) (Financial Planning Specialist, The Alexander Group at Morgan Stanley).

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until March 11). For more information and to register to attend the meeting in person or for free via the web, go to https://adflamar16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum was founded by Frontier Associates and the 62 Mile Club, and is sponsored by Moss Adams, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, and UK Trade & Investment.

“Maximizing Enterprise Value: It’s Never too Soon to Start!”

“Maximizing Enterprise Value: It’s Never too Soon to Start!” Nest Egg Retirement

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on February 19

An important presentation for investors and company owners.

The most common statement made by selling private owners at the close: “I wish I had started thinking about selling at least 3-5 years ago and started asking questions and preparing for the sale then. My multiple would have been a lot higher.” If you are an investor (private equity group or venture capital) or a company owner, you shouldn’t miss Larry O’Toole’s presentation when he shares how he was able to meet an owner’s multiple target by starting early and asking the right questions.

As we all know, the aerospace industry is currently experiencing a frenzy of acquisitions.

Selling a business is all about risk. The higher the risk, the lower the value. The lower the risk, the higher the value. As business leaders, it is a primary function of our positions to increase the attractiveness of our businesses and ready them for scrutiny by a potential buyer. Whether you run a department, or an entire business, creating enterprise value is a key part, if not the sole purpose, of the job. Too often, however, thought is given too late in the game.

Please join us in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, February 19, 2016 (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30– 9:00am PST), when Larry O’Toole, CEO of Sanders Industries Holdings, Inc. will discuss the tangible and effective steps that can be taken to build enterprise value and, most of all, how to capture it through a liquidity event.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until February 12). For more information and to register to attend the meeting in person or for free via the web, go to https://adflafeb16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum was founded by Frontier Associates and the 62 Mile Club, and is sponsored by Moss Adams, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, and UK Trade & Investment.

Tour of General Atomics UAV Flight Test Facility

Tour of General Atomics UAV Flight Test FacilityGA UAV

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on January 22

General Atomics UAV Flight Test Facility (also known as the Gray Butte UAV Site) may be the largest private unmanned aerial vehicle airport in the USA. It is General Atomics’ main test center, where the company’s Predator and Reaper UAVs are regularly flown. The company has operated for years out of the nearby El Mirage Lake airport, which it developed with the CIA, and still uses as well.

Please join us in Palmdale, CA, on Friday, January 22, 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm PDT (breakfast and networking at 9:30am) for a presentation and tour of the Facility. The tour will include a visit to a Ground Control Station, observation of Flight Operations, and a visit to Aircraft Hangars where you can get up close with UAVs and see some of their internal workings.

Attendance is limited to US Citizens. The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until January 7). Advanced registration is required, and registration closes at COB on January 14. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to https://adflajan16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum was founded by Frontier Associates and the 62 Mile Club, and is sponsored by Moss Adams, Sheppard Mullin, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, and UK Trade & Investment.

“Life in the Universe and the Breakthrough Initiatives”

BPF_Logo“Life in the Universe and the Breakthrough Initiatives”

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on November 20

Who are we? A mature civilization, like a mature individual, must ask itself this question. Is humanity defined by its divisions, its problems, its passing needs and trends? Or do we have a shared face, turned outward to the Universe? In 1990, Voyager 1 swiveled its camera and captured the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ – an image of Earth from six billion kilometers away. It was a mirror held up to our planet – home of water, life, and minds. A reminder that we share something precious and rare. But how rare, exactly? The only life? The only minds?

Please join us in Los Angeles on Friday, November 20, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Simon “Pete” Worden, (Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret., PhD), Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and former Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center will brief us on the Breakthrough Initiatives, launched by Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking on July 20, 2015.

The first initiative is ‘Breakthrough Listen’ and represents the largest ever scientific research program aimed at finding evidence of civilizations beyond Earth. The scope and power of the search are on an unprecedented scale: The program includes a survey of the 1,000,000 closest stars to Earth. It scans the center of our galaxy and the entire galactic plane. Beyond the Milky Way, it listens for messages from the 100 closest galaxies to ours. Listen combines these instruments with innovative software and data analysis techniques. Breakthrough Listen will span 10 years and commit a total of $100,000,000.

The second initiative is ‘Breakthrough Message’. If we or others succeed in discovering another civilization, what – if anything – should we say to them? The initiative aims to encourage debate about how and what to communicate with possible intelligent beings beyond earth. It takes the form of an international competition to create messages that could be read by an advanced civilization. The message must be in digital format, and should be representative of humanity and planet Earth.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until November 13). For more information and to register to attend the meeting in person or for free via the web, go to https://adflanov15.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum was founded by Frontier Associates and the 62 Mile Club, and is sponsored by Moss Adams, Sheppard Mullin, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, and UK Trade & Investment.

“Human Engagement and Lean”

“Human Engagement and Lean:
Why America’s Winning The Battle, But Losing The War”
I-love-my-job_employee-engagement

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on October 16

While lean manufacturing is a game changer in production, sadly, its impact is creating human productivity without the important elements that make us all human. Employee engagements are at historical lows, and man’s curiosity and creativity seems to be a distant memory from his incredible past.

So why is the disconnect between improving business process and improving people so vast? Why are companies of all sizes seemingly winning the battle on productivity, but losing the war on employee engagement? Is man’s curiosity and creativity set to go off a cliff without new leadership approaches to engaging tomorrow’s workers beginning today? What will that impact mean for American jobs?

Please join us in Los Angeles on Friday, October 16, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when panelists John Perry, Robert Corbin, and Colin Baird will discuss employee engagement, what it feels like to be disengaged at work, and what can be done to improve it.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until October 9). For more information and to register to attend the meeting in person or for free via the web, go to https://adflaoct15.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum was founded by Frontier Associates and the 62 Mile Club, and is sponsored by Moss Adams, Sheppard Mullin, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, and UK Trade & Investment.

“Leadership Lessons from the Race to Space”

“Leadership Lessons from the Race to Space”Space Race

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on September 18

From 1959 through 1981, John J. Perry worked among the most innovative leaders, both on and off this planet. He worked on Orbital Rendezvous, X-15, and Lunar Landing Research Vehicle simulators, to name a few. He worked with many talented others, including Neil Armstrong, Joe Walker, and Pete Knight. On July 20th, 1969, John observed the product of their joint efforts as Neil took, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

So why, after more than 22 years, did John leave the organization he once loved so much? What propelled him out of NASA just prior to retirement and into a completely different career?

Please join us in Los Angeles on Friday, September 18, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when John J. Perry, Founder and President,
Human Productivity Systems will share the leadership lessons he learned during his exciting journey. Also learn what he thinks it will take for organizations of all descriptions to return to a time when most leaders understood their roles and most employees were inspired to commit their best in their employer’s service.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until August 14). For more information and to register to attend the meeting in person or for free via the web, go to https://adflasep15.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum was founded by Frontier Associates and the 62 Mile Club, and is sponsored by Moss Adams, Sheppard Mullin, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, and UK Trade & Investment.

“The Space Experience Economy”

“The Space Experience Economy”destiny

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on August 21

What do ten billionaires all have in common? They have started or invested in space enterprise/tourism ventures.

Today real space hotels and orbital super yachts are being designed. A number of companies are planning space activities, including asteroid mining. 14+ million people annually visit space attractions, museums and NASA visitor centers, more than visit both of the Universal Studio Movie Theme Parks combined.

Please join us in Los Angeles on Friday, August 21, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when John Spencer, Outer Space Architect, Author and Developer, will provide the latest information, perspectives and forecast for the growing Space Experience Economy, New Space enterprise and space tourism.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until August 14). For more information and to register to attend the meeting in person or for free via the web, go to https://adflaaug15.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum was founded by Frontier Associates and the 62 Mile Club, and is sponsored by Moss Adams, IFS, Sheppard Mullin, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, and UK Trade & Investment.