Jay Thompson is an independent business consultant with the CSUB Small Business Development Center with a specialty in Business Management Consulting, Marketing & Sales.
He has over 28 years’ experience driving strategic growth and product service for leading, corporate, public and private organizations and individuals. Highly competitive, passionate, persuasive and articulate, able to achieve results others believed to be impossible. He is experienced in; marketing, sales, business creation, business management, public relations, partnership building and product management.
Dr. Sean Casey is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Silicon Valley Space Center, a business accelerator for NewSpace entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. He is a member of the Suborbital Applications Researchers Group of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and has over two decades of experience as an airborne astronomer. Dr. Casey’s work has been recognized as an example of NASA’s goal for “more efficient and cost effective methodologies to instrument design and construction…”.
He served as a Senior Scientist with the NASA/DLR SOFIA program as management and technical lead for SOFIA’s science instrument development program, lead for science instrument integration and commissioning, and science liaison for the review of system level requirements for SOFIA’s final operating capability. He is an author and co-author on several dozen of science publications and has a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Chicago and dual MBAs from the Berkeley Haas and Columbia Schools of Business.
G Stearns is an Entrepreneur Venture Capitalist Imagineer at Stearns & More Capital focused on International Business Startup Coaching LOHAS Sea Land Air Space plus Regional Investment for People, Planet, Profits via Invest Monterey Bay. Educated in Philosophy, Psychology, Religion & Technology. Founder Global Sustainable Lifestyle Network & California Spaceports Network. Co-Founder Brand Monterey Bay, Monterey Bay Air & Spaceport, Monterey Bay UAV Flight School. Member of the National Space Society as a Space Ambassador for Planetary Sustainability Earth Mars & Beyond...
Lee enjoys an extensive business development background. He is intimately involved in the leadership of the popular The Silicon Valley Space Center (start-up incubator) and the Final Frontier LLC which provides marketing for New Space clients. Along with Dr. Casey he is charged with launching the IDEAS Project (Innovative Design Environment for Air and Space) to provide the ideal home for space and aeronautics companies in California in three locations. He has developed networking skills through top level participation in the following series of successful start-ups: GREEN Vehicles Inc (Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Executive), The Salinas Action Group for the Environment (Leader), The Alternatives to Violence Program (Egalitarian Communication Founder/Instructor), Sacred Body Sacred Ways (Wellness Center, Founder), Century 21 Showcase Realty (Realtor/Sales Trainer) and Roberta Enterprises (Temporary and Permanent Employment Agencies Counselor/Manager). Active in founding, establishing and operating a wide spectrum of start-ups over a 35 year period, he is seen by those who work with him as their “Networking Guru”. His relationship development, bold assertiveness and negotiating skills have been and continue to be instrumental. In addition to the aforementioned development projects, his skills and commitment to economic development is being put to use, spring-boarding the launch and acceleration of multiple entrepreneurial start-ups within the thriving and exciting space and aeronautics industry in California.