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).
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
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 worlds 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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