The Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) Announces Guest Speaker for the 2012 Future Leaders Dinner

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The Society of Satellite Professionals International announced today that retired United States Navy Commander Richard Marcinko will be the guest speaker during its annual Future Leaders Dinner on November 13, 2012.

The Society of Satellite Professionals International announced today that retired United States Navy Commander Richard Marcinko will be the guest speaker during its annual Future Leaders Dinner on November 13, 2012. Attendees of the Future Leaders Dinner at The Harmonie Club in New York City will have the distinct honor to hear from one of the founders and first commanding officer of the Navy’s premier counter-terrorism units, SEAL Team Six, the team responsible for the capture of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. The guest speaker is being sponsored by KPMG.

During the Future Leaders Dinner, SSPI presents the Promise awards to men and women under 35 with the talent and motivation to advance into leadership positions in the satellite industry, as well as the Mentor award to one executive recognized for mentorship of the next generation.

Past winners of the Promise Award include David Giger, Director of Dragon Spacecraft Development at the new competitor in launch services SpaceX; Air Force Captain Cheronda V. Spann, Project Manager for the SBIRS GEO-1 reconnaissance satellite; Dr. Max Kamenetsky, Principal System Engineer who helped Space Systems/Loral create the world's largest satellite; and Angela Wheeler, an Intelsat engineer who played a key role in managing interference from "zombiesat" G-15.

Past Mentors of the Year include Tom Eaton, President of Harris CapRock, the world's second largest buyer of satellite capacity; Dom Stasi, CTO of video-on-demand innovator Avail-TVN; and Dick Tauber, who has driven innovation in satellite newsgathering while inspiring a generation of young professionals.

The 2012 Promise and Mentor honorees will be announced the week of October 8.

About Cdr. Richard Marcinko
Cdr. Richard Marcinko is one of the United States' most accomplished and recognized special operations experts, with over thirty years of experience in a variety of specialties, including counter-terrorism, intelligence and special operations. He has a B.A. in international relations from the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a M.A. in political science from Auburn University. He currently resides in the Alexandria, Virginia area. After enlisting in the U.S. Navy, Marcinko spent his early years in the Underwater Demolition Teams. Marcinko then achieved the rank of commander after two tours in Vietnam serving as a Navy SEAL, and also served as a Naval Attaché to Cambodia. He is also one of the founders and first commanding officer and of the Navy’s premier counter-terrorism units, SEAL Team Six. SEAL Team Six has engaged in highly classified missions throughout the world, including Central America, the Middle East, the North Sea, Africa, and beyond. In order to gain further tactical advantages over terrorist networks, Cdr. Marcinko spearheaded the development of the Naval Security Coordination Team OP-06D, unofficially known as “Red Cell,” in 1985, which was tasked with testing and exploiting vulnerabilities in the U.S. military’s security infrastructure.
Individual tickets and tables are available via the SSPI website.

About SSPI
The Society of Satellite Professionals International (http://www.sspi.org) is a nonprofit member-benefit society that serves satellite professionals throughout their working lives. With chapters in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia, SSPI works to attract new talent to the industry, helps satellite professionals advance in their careers, works to increase the professional standing of members and honors extraordinary achievement by satellite professionals and the companies they work for.

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