The Colony Fund Team

Founding Partners

Thomas Andrew Olson, CEO

Mr. Olson brings 21 years of experience in computer systems analysis, engineering, and project management. President of Cyberjox, Ltd. Consulting Services, he has added value on key projects for major firms in the aerospace, civil engineering, communications, publishing, and financial services arenas. He helped start up Sydney Capital Management, in San Francisco, CA, in both operations and
analysis capacities, working in close association with the firm’s primary founder and CEO, Bill Rivoire,(see below).

His academic backgrounds include Biology (B.A., 1975, Portland State Univ., OR) and Aerospace Engineering (Univ. of WA, Seattle). A space enthusiast since John Glenn’s 1st flight, Mr. Olson is a Founding Member of the Mars Society, and was elected an Advocate of the Space Frontier Foundation in 2003.

Mr. Olson lectures frequently at national space advocacy conferences, and to local organizations in New York and Pennsylvania. He is a frequent guest on a variety of talk-radio programs, such as The Space Show. His topics center around the challenges - fiscal, regulatory and political - of private space commercialization, public perceptions of space, and humanity's future in the high frontier.
He also has a book in the works.


Paul J. Contursi, President

Paul Contursi has been involved in technology and the financial industry for nearly two decades. He has worked on securities trading systems, interactive databases and web based interfaces for some of the world’s leading banks, financial services, telecommunications and insurance firms. He has worked for such firms as SIAC, Citibank, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Bell Atlantic, Marsh Incorporated, and Pershing and Company. In the early 1990's he established a successful consulting practice, providing technical documentation and online help systems to such firms as Citibank, Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Mr. Contursi has a long association with space interest groups ranging from The Viking Fund to The Planetary Society. He is a Founding Member of The Mars Society, and currently serves as President of the New York Chapter.

Mr. Contursi has lectured at the Mars Society Conventions from 1999 to 2003, and at the International Space Development Conference in 2003. He also speaks to local organizations in the New York Area, and has twice been a guest on Dr. David Livingston's "The Space Show". His topics include space commercialization, public policy, and political outreach.


Charles W. "Bill" Rivoire, Chief Financial Officer

An experienced business professional, Mr. Rivoire is skilled in financial and strategic planning and management, technical and business writing, needs assessment, and project management, particularly in start-up organizations. He has served as interim Chief Executive and/or Chief Financial Officer of emerging companies and as an NASD registered Financial Principal for several New York Stock Exchange and NASD member firms. He currently heads his own business consulting firm with an emphasis on business strategy and planning. Mr. Rivoire brings over 30 years experience in the financial services industry, including cash and fund management.

From 1986-1992, Mr. Rivoire was co-founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Sydney Capital Management Co., Inc. (San Francisco). The firm was responsible for the management of US $250 million in investments, particularly money market instruments and preferred stocks, for public and private pension funds, insurance companies, and corporations. This company was merged into Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. in 1990, where Mr. Rivoire served as Portfolio Manager for the merged assets until 1992.

Presently, Mr. Rivoire is President of Starr Writing Resources, a company that provides communications solutions for business with an emphasis on the creation, development, and writing of business plans for emerging companies, including the creation and maintenance of website content. He also holds a Faculty position at the School of Business and Management, Marylhurst University (Portland, OR). Principal disciplines: Strategic Management, Corporate Reorganization and Restructuring, and Business Communications.

Mr. Rivoire holds degrees from Dartmouth College (1962) and Portland State University (1998) and has, for the past three and one half years, been Adjunct Associate Professor in both Business/Management and English Literature at Marylhurst University in Portland, OR. His academic expertise is in strategic management, finance, investments, and corporate restructuring, and 18th Century literature.

General Partners

William A. Harris
Technology and Business Analyst


Mr. Harris currently holds the position of Sr. Systems Test Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, CO. He has been a contributing analyst, design, and test engineer and the primary responsible engineer for subsystems on multiple projects including Mars Global Surveyor, Atlas V, Special Program, and Defense Systems. Mr. Harris received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and his M.B.A. from the University of Denver, Daniel's College of Business.

Test Engineer, Structures Lab 1996-1998
Stress Analyst, Defense Systems 1998
Design Engineer, Atlas V 1998-2000
Sr. Systems Test Engineer, Space Simulation Lab 2000- present

 

 

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