Chris is the president of Quilty Analytics, an independent research and consulting firm that provides strategy, competitive benchmarking, financial analysis, and investment diligence on all aspects of the Satellite & Space industry.
Prior to establishing Quilty Analytics in 2016, Chris served as a sell-side research analyst with Raymond James for 20 years, publishing hundreds of company-specific, macro, sector, and thematic research reports on the industrial, defense, space, wireless, and communications industries. Chris is widely-acknowledged as the leading Wall Street analyst on the Satellite & Space sector and has participated in 30 capital markets transactions over the past five years valued at over $2.5 billion
Chris received a BS degree in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1994.Dennis Gatens
Dennis founded LEOcloud to bring to market the first space-hardened, scalable, multi-cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). LEOcloud Space Edge IaaS will enable the lowest latency and highest security for AI and analytics applications hosted in LEO, the lunar region and beyond. Multi-cloud services hosted in space will drive competitive and operational advantage for commercial, government and military organizations.
Prior to forming LEOcloud, Dennis was the Chief Commercial Officer for Cloud Constellation Corporation where he had global responsibilities for sales, marketing, channel management, and strategic alliances.
With 35 years of experience in terrestrial, avionics and space-based technology, solutions and managed services, he has a track record of bringing emerging technologies to market for managed services working with global partners and service providers to introduce next generation solutions into their communications and cloud service offerings.
Dennis was recognized with a Certificate of Achievement from Boeing for his contributions and efforts on the Boeing 777 development program.
Mr. Gatens earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and his MBA from Radford University.Dr. Miguel Roman
Dr. Miguel O. Román serves as Chief Climate Scientist and Technical Fellow at Leidos- a FORTUNE® 500 science and technology leader. As part of the Leidos Civil Group, Román is responsible for planning, leading, directing, and growing a $100M/yr portfolio of integrated and advanced capabilities, including earth-observing data and information systems, renewable energy, disaster resilience, and sustainable infrastructure.
Dr. Román has served in multiple leadership, organizational management, and technical capacities across the federal government, academic, and nonprofit sectors. Since 2014, he has led the Terra/Aqua MODIS and NOAA-20/Suomi-NPP VIIRS Science Teams, a worldwide group of investigators and technical staff in charge of one of the largest and most comprehensive polar-orbiting satellite systems operated by NASA and NOAA to monitor our planet’s vital signs.
A leading expert in the fields of satellite remote sensing, disaster risk reduction, and sustainability, Román has championed translational research and data-intensive approaches to assess and address climate-related risks. His work is internationally recognized for shedding light on the disproportionate hardships experienced by socially-vulnerable and underserved communities following major disasters.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Román was recognized by President Barack Obama in 2016 with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). He is also a 2014 Service to America Medal “Sammies” finalist, one of the highest honors for federal civil servants. Dr. Román holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, a master’s degree in systems engineering from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in geography from Boston UniversityPratish Shah
Pratish brings 30 years of engineering, business development, marketing and management experience across enterprise, consumer electronics and defense industries to Aitech. In addition to leading the American business unit, Pratish helps develop the company’s global growth initiatives as well as manage its technology offerings.
For 10 years prior to joining the company, he lead global military defense companies, identifying new opportunities, leading mergers and acquisitions and building successful businessesEric Truitt
Eric Truitt is the Chief Strategy Officer of MapLarge, a private U.S.-owned and controlled Small Business based in Atlanta, GA. With more than a decade of heritage, MapLarge’s rapid application development Platform serves over 1,000 commercial and government customers in production and operations across a wide diversity of use cases. In his role, Truitt leads MapLarge’s strategy for new market growth, enterprise customer solutions, and products and services go-to-market activities.
Prior to his current position, he served as the Chief Solutions Officer for Terran Orbital Corporation and PredaSAR Corporation, a U.S.-based manufacturer, owner, and operator of satellites and related space-based solutions, where he was a leading Executive from from corporate startup at PredaSAR to taking Terran Orbital public on the NYSE [NYSE:LLAP]. He has also previously served as Chief of Space and Intelligence Programs for the Georgia Tech Research Institute, where he was responsible for developing strategic technological innovations for research sponsors in the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC). In addition, Truitt has 22 years of service supporting the DoD and IC as a Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) expert, and as a senior advisor for Intelligence and Space mission technology applications. Truitt served in the United States Navy from 2001 – 2005, where he was a recognized subject matter expert in satellite communications and Trunked Mobile Radio (TMR) technologies.
Truitt holds a Master of Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a concentration in Technology Management and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Augusta University and additionally pursued a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at George Mason University.
Buffy Wajvoda is the AWS Global Leader for Aerospace & Satellite Solutions Architecture. She was a founding leader of the Aerospace & Satellite Group at AWS during its inception in 2020 after serving at the AWS Ground Station Solutions Architecture leader. Before AWS, Buffy started and led the Solutions Engineering & Architecture team at Capital One and was the lead architect during Capital One’s transition to AWS.
Buffy started her career working at the National Security Agency (NSA) for 15yrs with a focus on cryptanalysis and Radio Frequency (RF) analysis & engineering for satellite and high bandwidth communications. Her last position at the NSA was the Technical Director for Field Operations. Buffy graduated from the University of Chicago with degrees Chemistry and Economics. She is an avid Chicago Bears fan, loves creating lead-came stained glass projects, and playing video games with her kids.