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Micheal A. Del Vecchio

Chairman, Advisory Board

Mr. Del Vecchio graduated from La Salle University High School in Mexico City, Mexico in June 1973, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering geology with high honors from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1978, where he was awarded the prestigious Gabino Barreda Medal.

During his degree he worked as a student engineer at the Companía Minera Peñoles, in Mexico City. After graduating from college he worked as a research engineer at the Mexican Petroleum Institute, also in Mexico City.

He joined the United States Air Force in February 1979, and graduated from Officer Training School with a commission as a Second Lieutenant in May of 1979. After graduation, he was assigned to the Ballistic Missile Office at Norton AFB, California, as a nuclear hardness and survivability project engineer for the Peacekeeper ICBM program. During this time he also pursued and completed a Master of Science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California, graduating in June 1981. In April 1982, he was reassigned as the project engineer responsible for the design and development of the Peacekeeper ICBM shock isolation system and silo door mechanical equipment.

In early 1983, he attended and graduated from Squadron officer School, receiving a Distinguished Graduate Distinction. In May 1983 he was assigned to USAF Space Division Headquarters at Los Angeles AFB as a communications systems engineer in the development and production of the joint Milstar Satellite Communications System. This assignment began his long association and experience withy military and commercial satellite systems.

In August 1985, he became director of the Milstar Program Satellite Assessment Office. In December 1986, he became chief of the Advanced Programs Division. In September 1986, he assumed duties as space systems test manager for the Milstar Systems Engineering Division.

In June 1988 he was sent to the prestigious Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, graduating in January 1989. Following his graduation he was assigned to the United States Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he served as the plans and requirements officer for the command, control, and communications of the US ballistic missile defense system.

In August 1991, he assumed command of the 18th Space Surveillance Squadron, headquartered at Peterson AFB, Colorado. His responsibilities included day-to-day operations and management of five space surveillance sites located at Socorro, New Mexico, Choe Jou Song, South Korea, Maui, Hawaii, Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory, and Saipan, in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

In August 1992, he returned to Los Angeles AFB as deputy director of operations of the combined MILSATCOM Joint Program Office. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on May 1st, 1993. He became Director of Operations in February 1994. In this position he was the lead for the launch and activation of the first two Milstar satellites (DFS-1 and DFS-2) and three Defense Satellite Communications Systems Phase III (DSCS III) satellites (B9, B10, and B7). In January 1996 he was selected as Director, Systems Engineering, responsible for three systems directorates: operations, system test, and system engineering.

During his military career he earned the Master Space Badge, the Senior Missile Badge, and the Master Acquisition Badge. His military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service medal, Air Force Meritorious medal, and the Air Force Commendation medal.

Upon his retirement from the USAF in March 1997, he joined Hughes Space and Communications, the world's largest satellite manufacturer, in El Segundo, California. There he served as the Thuraya System deputy campaign manager and proposal manager. He then served as campaign manager in Canada, and the United States.

In October 2000, Hughes Space and Communications was purchased by Boeing and became Boeing Satellite Systems. He was later promoted to regional director for business development for the America’s region and later Europe, Middle-East and Africa. He also served as sales director for Boeing commercial airplanes in Spain.

In January 2005, he joined a private venture capital investment company with investments and activities in aviation, aerospace, biotechnology and financial project through out the world.

Mr. Del Vecchio joined Raifin in May 2006, and is based in Madrid.

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March 1, 2011