The management team at KinetX brings a unique perspective, extensive engineering experience, and proven
project management skills to every business challenge we face.
The SNAFD Strategic Advisory Council (SAC) Group is made up of retired JPL engineers and navigators working
as independent contractors for KinetX. SAC members provide advice and support for navigation technical
developments and operations at SNAFD.
R. Glenn Williamson
Mr. Williamson has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial and executive level experience, primarily in
the financial and operational aspects of companies. His strengths range from advanced capital
formation to marketing as well as positioning people, products, concepts and companies. Mr.
Williamson has been involved in engagements ranging from the design of a world-class fractional yacht
ownership program in the Cayman Islands to working with a world-class film animation production company
based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and was a member of a global finance team working on a 3 billion
dollar Iridium satellite program in 2010.
Mr. Williamson has a proven record of taking companies from concept to maturity by assembling and
managing teams of highly qualified individuals who provide the innovation, experience and expertise to
build successful companies.
He is currently the President and CEO and past Executive Chairman of the Board and CFO of KinetX
Aerospace, Inc., an Aerospace firm involved in deep space navigation and advanced satellite engineering
both civilian and military. As well, he is the Chairman of EPCOR Water USA, Arizonas
largest privately owned water utility with over 170,000 customers. He is also on the Board of
Obsidian Strategics, a high technology company involved in High Speed WAN Connectivity in the super
computer industry, serving the Intelligence community.
From 2000 to present, Mr. Williamson has also been the CEO of Nest Ventures L.L.C. a private equity firm
with offices in Montreal, Canada and Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Williamson has also held series 7 and
63 NASD securities licenses and acted in the capacity of an international investment banker in New York
City and Los Angeles. Mr. Williamson is an active registered member of the National Association of
Corporate Directors, trained in U.S. and Canadian Corporate Governance for private and public
companies. He is a graduate of the Director Professionalism course.
Mr Williamson was also a member of the Board of Directors of Inexus Biotechnology, a life science
company (Toronto Stock Exchange). He was also President and on the Board of Directors of Sweet
Success, a consumer beverage company (NASDAQ). He was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of
the Big Sky Group, an International travel industry company with over 150 associates in 38 countries
around the world that handled the international operations of Helms Briscoe, the words largest
conference resource company.
From 1992 to 2000, Mr. Williamson served as Vice Chairman, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating
Officer, and Treasurer of WAVO Corporation, a 200+ person International Digital Media Provider, listed
on the NASDAQ. During his tenure, he was involved in the public offering and acquisition of half a
dozen companies, as well as numerous financial strategic alliances around the world, such as Microsoft,
Intel, Public Broadcasting Service, Virgin Entertainment Group and Siemens-Albus in Switzerland.
He helped raise over a 100 million dollars and deployed a 50,000 node worldwide network that managed in
excess of 1,700 news and information feeds for institutions such as, Dow Jones Reuters and
Thompson. Since WAVO was the leader in data broadcast technology, Mr. Williamson spent an enormous
amount of time in Washington D.C. working with the FCC, the House Telecommunications Committee, the
governing bodies of the Electronics Industry Association, and the National Association of Broadcasters
to help set the standards for this industry. Mr. Williamson also established and sat on their
Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Nomination Committee, Incentive Plan Committee and the 401K
Committee, as well as each of the boards of the 5 subsidiaries. Stock performance during this time
went from $11.00 to $21.00.
From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Williamson was Founder and Chairman of Interactive Media Technology (IMT) a 100
person NASDAQ listed Technology Company. IMT was involved in creation and development of the IMTX
8000, a revolutionary device that allowed computer control of multiple serial and parallel
devices. Mr. Williamson spent time in Japan procuring Canon Inc. as a multimillion-dollar
financial partner. He also spent time in Europe securing Tandberg of Norway as an additional
financial partner. During this time, he structured seven different types of financing and managed
all the investment banking relationships including, the public offering. Mr. Williamson was
featured on CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Success magazine, and many other national and international
media outlets. Stock performance during this time went from $1.00 to $3.00.
From 1985 to 1987, he was Executive Vice President of Go-Video, and President of Go-Video Productions, a
NASDAQ listed hardware and Video Production Company, best known for the invention and commercialization
of the dual deck VCR. Mr. Williamson was involved in all aspects of Go-Video, from the legendary
world class lawsuit that the company initiated against VCR manufacturers worldwide (specifically Japan)
and the Motion Association of America, to the manufacturing agreements struck with Samsung in Korea, to
the video production studios that the company operated. Stock performance during this time went
from $.87 to $24.00.
From 1983 to 1985, Mr. Williamson was Senior Vice President of Operations for International Laser
Technology, a public company. Mr. Williamson was responsible for creating and preparing a roll out
of 50,000 units of IBM and Pioneer systems to the travel industry that would enable new laser disc
technology to be used by travel agents. This allowed for full video and audio to be used as a
replacement for the Hotel Travel Index Book. Also, during this time he designed, set up and
managed the nationwide network and Network Operations Control center, which was a precursor technology
to the Internet. Mr. Williamson oversaw all Intellectual Property in regards to this technology,
set up a franchise-licensing program in all 50 states, and procured a 25 million dollar equipment
From 1975 to 1983, Mr. Williamson held senior Sales and Marketing positions in the hospitality industry
including Four Seasons Hotels, Sunshine Village Ski Resort, Banff, Canada and Westin Hotels.
In addition to his commitment to Nest Ventures Mr. Williamson served on the Executive Committee of the
Board of Directors of the Phoenix Zoo, and chaired the Nominating Committee. He was a founding
member of Social Venture Partners, a non-profit organization benefitting children and education.
As well, he sat on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors as well as chairing the nominating
committee for American Rivers, a Washington D.C. based river advocacy group. He was also a trustee
of the Todd Thomas Foundation, an organization that focuses on suicide prevention, and was an active
advisor to the Arizona Attorney General Janet Napolitano, as well as having worked on her campaign to
become Governor of Arizona. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of All Saints Episcopal Day
School in Phoenix Arizona and is an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 401 Grand
Mr. Williamson is also founder and CEO of The Canada Arizona Business Council, a private sector group
sanctioned by the Canadian Government and the State of Arizona to work on increasing bilateral trade and
foreign direct investment between Canada and Arizona. As well he is a Visiting speaker
at Thunderbird: The American Graduate School Of international Management Phoenix Arizona. He is
also a founding board member of Arizona State Universitys North American Center for Trans Border
studies, and a member of the Deans Advisory Council in the School of Global Management & Leadership
at Arizona State University as well as a Board member of the International Committee of the Greater
Phoenix Economic Council.
Mr. Williamson has also been an Honorary Commander at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, home to the 56th
Fighter Wing of the U.S. Air Force, which is comprised of some 200 F-16 fighter aircraft.
Additionally, he sits on the Arizona District Export Counsel Board, a position appointed by the U.S
Secretary of Commerce.
Mr. Williamson has received six coveted gold and silver National Telly awards for executive production
of non-broadcast video and film productions, and is an avid skier, scuba diver and video gamer.
Mr. Williamson, who was born in Montreal and is fluent in French, is a graduate of Rothsey Collegiate
Military Academy in New Brunswick, Canada.
He currently resides in Phoenix with his wife and three children and is a dual citizen of both the United
States and Canada.
Mr. Williamson currently holds a U.S. Department of Defense Top Secret Clearance.
Susan Dater is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of KinetX Aerospace, Inc. As CFO, Ms. Dater is
responsible for all domestic and international finance, accounting, budgetary, contract and human
resource activities for the company. She also oversees all ITAR and regulatory affairs. She
joined KinetX Aerospace in 1996 as an accountant. After graduating Cum Lade with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Accountancy from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and
passing the CPA exam, she assumed the position of Controller at KinetX Aerospace. Over the past
few years, as more growth and changes occurred inside of KinetX Aerospace, Ms. Dater transitioned the
accounting system from an off-the-shelf basic accounting system into a custom, fully integrated
government contractor cost accounting system with an on-line timekeeping system.
Interfacing and working with both DCAA auditors and external auditors is part of the continuous efforts
to maintain reliable processes and financial information. Anticipating the changing needs of the
company, she secured lines of credit with banks to assist growth and manage cash flow. Always
looking for ways to be efficient and save money, Ms. Dater worked with the BDO tax division to attain
research and development tax credits to apply toward past and future tax liabilities.
Her attention to detail, dedication to continuing corporate governance and high ethical standards make
her a valuable asset to the management team.
Mr. Goen received his BSEE from the University of Texas at Austin, and accepted a position at
Motorolas Government Electronics Group in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1978. He initially worked
at the device level in the companys Integrated Circuits Facility (ICF), and then led various teams
in the development of Electronic Security Measures (ESM) systems over the next few years.
In 1988, Mr. Goen was assigned a Design Assurance role, where he managed the divisions centralized
pool of mechanical engineers, material specialists, reliability specialists, and component engineers.
In 1990, he was asked to lead a division-level test initiative, and proceeded to standardize and
formalize the test approach for space and other high reliability programs. By its nature, this
task required significant Systems Engineering focus, leading to the advancement of Systems Engineering
capability at the division.
In 1992, Mr. Goen joined the IRIDIUM team and led the On-Board Processor (OBP) development efforts on
the payload. This seven-computer processing suite encompassed all aspects of subsystem
development, from systems engineering and architecture to design to parts/materials selection and
management, to integration/test/verification. This effort resulted in many defining attributes of
the IRIDIUM payload, such as the inter-computer communications architecture, the hardware routing
algorithm and implementation, and the processor bus and suite of associated custom ASICs. These
ASICs defined the payload behavior for everything from bus control to routing of payload communication
In 1999, Mr. Goen and a small group of individuals founded a development lab within Motorola in
Chandler, Arizona focused on the design of cellular infrastructure equipment. This team executed
RF, digital, FPGA, and DSP development efforts for 8 years in support of CDMA, WCDMA, and other air
interface technologies. The team also developed a new WiMAX Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) that
facilitated Motorolas entry into the burgeoning WiMAX market.
In May of 2007, Mr. Goen joined KinetX. Several former Motorolans also joined the KinetX hardware
team to augment the considerable existing Software and Systems Engineering capabilities. The
primary foci of this team are Wireless Communications and Embedded Computing for product space
encompassing Aerospace, Government, and Commercial markets.
Bobby Gene Williams, Ph.D.
Dr. Williams holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas and a
Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California. He is a member of Sigma
Gamma Tau, the national honor society for aerospace engineering.
As an employee of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, he participated in
and eventually headed the orbit determination teams at JPL for the Viking missions to Mars, the Pioneer
Venus Orbiter mission, and the Earth oceanographic mission TOPEX/Poseidon. He participated in
gravity field determination for both Mars and Venus by analyzing orbiter tracking data and was a member
of the Phobos Experiment Team which first determined the mass of the Martian moon, Phobos, from
spacecraft tracking data. Dr. Williams was co-investigator for Venus gravity field determination
on NASAs Pioneer Venus Data Analysis and Guest Investigator Program. He was appointed lead
of ground based low thrust navigation development for NASAs Deep Space 1. He has
supported navigation trade studies and design for many Discovery proposals and was the navigation lead
for all three successful Discovery proposals from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
Laboratory. He was navigation team chief throughout development and flight operations of
NASAs Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission which was the first mission to orbit and land
on an asteroid.
Dr. Williams has received several prestigious honors and awards including: the NASA Outstanding
Leadership Medal for leading the NEAR navigation team; the 2001 Aerospace Laureate for Space from
Aviation Week & Space Technology for his work as the NEAR mission navigation team
leader; the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Trophy as a member of the NEAR mission team; his
nomination to the American Astronautical Society Space Flight Mechanics Committee; and his nomination to
the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics National Technical Committee on
Astrodynamics for which he subsequently served as secretary. In honor of his efforts for NEAR,
asteroid 1990 OK1 was renamed (5642) Bobbywilliams by the International Astronomical Union.
Dr. Williams is author or co-author on over seventy technical papers, including twenty-four refereed
articles and over thirty-six conference papers. He holds current memberships in the American
Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, the Americal Geophysical Union, and the American
He founded and is now the Director of Space Navigation and Flight Dynamics for KinetX, the first
privately held company to supply critical navigation support for NASA deep space missions; the first two
being the New Horizons mission to Pluto and Charon and the MESSENGER mission to Mercury.
Mr. Cigich received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering technology (BSEET) from the DeVry
Institute of Technology, Columbus Ohio in 1984. He subsequently received an MBA from the
University of Phoenix in 1993.
Upon graduating with his bachelor degree, Mr. Cigich accepted a position at the Rockwell International
facility in Anaheim, California to support the design and development of Intercontinental Ballistic
Missile (ICBM) guidance systems. After supporting multiple efforts in the ICBM design and
development field, Mr. Cigich pursued opportunities in space based and terrestrial communication
programs. He has worked on satellite and terrestrial communication systems since 1993, primarily
in the area of ground systems network management infrastructure design and development.
Mr. Cigich was President/CEO of a consulting company (CMCS LLC) started in 1996 to provide network
management engineering consulting services to telecommunication companies developing both terrestrial
and space based communication systems. He grew the company to over 20 contractors supporting
multiple telecommunication programs in 4 years. Mr. Cigich engineered and managed the design and
development of a fault management system for the IRIDIUM communication system. In addition, he has
provided engineering and management for systems engineering and development efforts of both commercial
(e.g., AT&T wireless) and DoD (e.g., MUOS) terrestrial and satellite communications systems.
Mr. Cigich joined KinetX in July 2007 to utilize his vast systems knowledge and broad skill range
cultivated over many years of supporting multiple customers and projects to help guide KinetX on a
sustainable growth path across the systems engineering, HW/SW development, and operations
disciplines. He currently supports many facets of operations and business development. Mr.
Cigich was instrumental in steering KinetX into the UAV business with the successful contract win of
providing a data recorder for the BAMS UAV. Mr. Cigich defined the target markets and roadmap for
KinetX to obtain quality (CMMI, ISO, AS) standards to enable the company to broaden from just a services
organization to deliverable/product based.
Mr. Stakkestad received both his bachelor and master degrees in mathematics from the University of
California at Davis, and then accepted a position as a staff orbit analyst at Lockheed Missiles and
Space Company (LMSC). He produced orbit-planning products for an array of operational satellite
programs run by the Air Force, NASA, and SDI.
In 1992, Mr. Stakkestad and a small team of engineers developed a prototype satellite ground system
using off-the-shelf hardware and software products to demonstrate that a robust satellite ground system
could be rapidly, cheaply, and reliably developed. This prototype was used as the example for the
future development of the AFSCN satellite ground systems. His work on the prototype included
implementation of the orbital dynamics portion of the ground system including development of the
operational rule base.
In 1993, Mr. Stakkestad left LMSC to help found KinetX and serve as its first President and Chief
Financial Officer. As the orbit dynamics lead for the development of the IRIDIUM satellite ground
control system, he developed the initial orbital dynamics requirements for the ground system. He
led the orbit trade study that chose the company to implement the requirements, worked as the liaison
between the development and operational staffs, and was part of the initial operations team that
assembled the IRIDIUM constellation. Mr. Stakkestad also led a variety of KinetX software,
hardware, and system engineering projects for the IRIDIUM project.
After leaving the IRIDIUM project, he worked on new business development for KinetX and assisted
Spectrum Astro in the design of the satellite constellation and ground system architecture for the SBIRS
Low project. He has written a number of papers on effective satellite operations and autonomy for
large satellite constellations, a subject with which he is still actively involved.
Mr. Bryan graduated with a BS in Physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and
received his MS in Computational Physics from San Jose State University. From 1982 to 1993, Mr.
Bryan supported the USAF Space Test Program as an employee of Lockheed Corporation. During that
time he held a number of technical lead positions, including Lead Orbit Analyst for the SDIOs
successful Relay Mirror Experiment.
In 1993, he left Lockheed to help found KinetX. Mr. Bryan was integral in Motorolas design,
development, launch, and operation of the IRIDIUM constellation for global satellite telecommunications,
helping to design several components of the System Control Segment. Following this, Mr. Bryan
supported the design of the Space-Based Infra-Red System (SBIRS) for National Missile Defense where he
developed Tracking and Data Association algorithms in the Modeling and Simulation Group. He
subsequently supported General Dynamics on the development of the DoDs MUOS program, a
constellation of geosynchronous satellites for next generation global telecommunications. Mr.
Bryan currently works in the Space Navigation and Flight Dynamics group where he supports KinetX
contracts to perform deep space navigation for the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the MESSENGER
mission to Mercury.
Mr. Stamp received a Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University, a
Masters degree in Operations Management from the University of Southern California and a
Masters degree in Business Economics from Claremont Graduate School.
Mr. Stamp is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force. During his 20-year
military career, Mr. Stamp was involved in the design, implementation and operation of various satellite
Mr. Stamp was Vice President of Systems Solutions at Ultra Incorporated, where he was responsible for
mission analysis and software development programs for government satellite projects.
Mr. Stamp served as General Manager of the Satellite Network Division at Motorola, Inc., directing all
phases of the IRIDIUM program (excluding subscribers) during its complex restructuring phase.
While at Motorola, he also held the position of Director of Space System Operations, managing and
executing prime launch vehicle subcontracts and satellite subsystem contracts. Mr. Stamp was
responsible for designing an innovative commercial satellite factory that was an integral part of his
organization, producing an IRIDIUM satellite every 4.8 calendar days. He successfully launched the
entire satellite constellation from Russia, China, and the United States, setting several new world
Mr. Stamp served as the Chief Officer of Operations for IRIDIUM Satellite LLC, the only provider of
truly global, truly mobile satellite voice, paging and data solutions with complete coverage of the
Earth (including oceans, airways and Polar Regions). Mr. Stamp directed all of IRIDIUMs
space system operations, including the Satellite Network Operations Center (SNOC), based in Leesburg,
Virginia, where the Boeing Company operates IRIDIUMs constellation of 66 low-earth orbiting (LEO)
satellites. Mr. Stamp also oversaw the IRIDIUM gateway operations in Tempe, Arizona and the
Technical Support Center in Chandler, Arizona.
Mr. Brindlinger received his BSME from the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH and accepted a position
in quality Assurance with Goodyear Aerospace Corp in Akron, OH in 1986. In his 3 years there he
led the Quality Program Management activity for several major Defense Programs, namely the DSMAC
(guidance system for the Tomahawk Cruise Missile), MK48, and F15 Programs.
In 1989, Mr. Brindlinger joined Westinghouse Naval Systems (Division of Westinghouse Corp.) in
Cleveland, OH in Operations and quickly advanced to Operations Manager for the Electronics Final
Assembly and Test operations for subsystems that went on the MK48 ADCAP and MK50 Torpedo
Programs. Mr. Brindlinger was instrumental in implementing Lean Manufacturing and DFMA
Principles into the business.
In 1994, Mr. Brindlinger joined Weschler Instruments (Division of Hughes Corp.) in Strongsville, OH in
a dual role as Director of Quality and Director of Design Engineering. As Director of Quality, he
led the business to ISO 9001 Certification for its Digital and Analog instrumentation used in both
Nuclear and Commercial process control applications. As Director of Engineering, Mr. Brindlinger
led both the Software and Hardware design teams to develop new and enhanced electronic instrumentation
for use in Nuclear Powerplant indication and control applications.
In 1996, Mr. Brindlinger joined Sundstrand Corporation in Phoenix, AZ in a dual role as Director of
Quality and Manager of Development and Manufacturing Engineering. The product base supported was
electronic controls for use in Commercial and Military aircraft. In 1999, Sundstrand was bought
by United Technologies Corp and the site became Hamilton Sundstrand. Mr. Brindlinger was then
promoted to site Executive.
From 1999 to 2012 Mr. Brindlinger has grown the Phoenix business into $500M annual business with
electronic products supporting nearly every Commercial and Military aircraft in current production.
He is now an Executive with UTC Aerospace Systems, Power Controls & Sensing Systems, a newly formed
entity resultant from the merger of Hamilton Sundstrand and Goodrich Corp. in mid 2012.