Roei Ganzarski - magniX, CEO
Roei Ganzarski is CEO of magniX, an electric propulsion technology company. magniX is poised to disrupt the aerospace & defense industry with its advanced technology that will enable transportation capabilities and services never possible before.
Prior to magniX, Roei was CEO of BoldIQ - a global provider of dynamic real-time scheduling optimization software. Under Roei’s leadership, BoldIQ grew from a seed software startup to a multi-million dollar profitable SaaS company with customers worldwide and across industries.
Before BoldIQ, Roei was with the Boeing family of companies in continuously increasing roles of responsibility. His last role at Boeing was Chief Customer Officer for Boeing’s Flight Services division where he led all worldwide customer and market facing organizations and was responsible for revenue growth and customer service.
Other experiences prior to Boeing include private investment banking, corporate finance, advertising, and the military. He is a graduate of Wharton’s Advanced Management Program, earned an MBA from the University of Washington, and a BA in Economics from The University of Haifa. Roei sits on the Washington Technology Industry Association board and lives with his wife and three children in Redmond, WA.
Dr. Robert P. Hoyt - Tethers Unlimited, Inc., CEO
Dr. Rob Hoyt is a relentlessly inventive Technologist and CEO with expertise in advanced space technologies, additive manufacturing, plasma physics, and scientific algorithms. He co-founded Tethers Unlimited Inc in 1994 and has built it into a multi-$M space and defense R&D firm that is pioneering advances in small satellite technologies as well as in-space manufacturing and assembly capabilities. He also co-founded ScienceOps Inc., a big-data algorithm and web ana-lytics firm purchased by Acquisio in 2012. Over the past twenty-four years he has pioneered the development of technologies for in-space manufacturing of spacecraft components, affordable mitigation of orbital debris and radiation belts, and propellantless propulsion for spacecraft.
Erik Lindbergh - VerdeGo Aero, President
Pilot, artist, educator and entrepreneur, Erik Lindbergh has a thirst for adventure and a quest for
balancing technological advancement with preservation of the environment. Erik is the President of VerdeGo Aero, which is enabling the multi-billion dollar global market for "flying cars" with Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion (IDEP) systems. Erik holds a commercial aircraft certificate and instrument, flight instructor, and glider ratings. In 1996, he helped launch the XPRIZE Foundation and in 2002 Erik retraced his grandfather's epic 1927 New York to Paris solo flight - raising over a million dollars and 500 million presocial media impressions for XPRIZE. This epic journey helped jumpstart the private spaceflight industry and was captured in the New York Times best-selling book HOW TO MAKE A SPACESHIP. Erik’s story is one of triumph over adversity. He won the Washington state gymnastics championship at age 11 and excelled in water-skiing, and alpine and telemark ski racing during his teens. After climbing and skiing Mount Rainier at age 21, he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and by age 30 was disabled. Total knee replacements and a breakthrough biotechnology drug gave him a second chance at living an active life. Inspired by nature, he has been creating wildwood furniture and sculpture
designs for over 25 years. Committed to a life of service to future generations, Erik is a passionate public speaker and serves on the Board of Trustees of the XPRIZE Foundation and the Board of Directors for the Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. Erik's work over the past 20 years showed him that the impossible dream is indeed possible. "We changed the way the world thinks about spaceflight, and we unleashed the potential for incentive prizes to be applied to the great technical, social and environmental problems of our time – it is up to us to continue to realize that potential. We can, and must, work hard to create a brilliant future for our children".
Robin Toth - Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness, Governor's Sector Lead and Director of Aerospace
Robin Toth has been with the State of Washington, Department of Commerce, since November 1, 2018. Her role is to support the aerospace industry, including new space, unmanned systems and electric aircraft activities. Prior to joining the State, Robin served as the Vice President of Business Development for Greater Spokane Incorporated. In this role, Robin’s primary responsibilities were to manage recruitment, retention and expansion activities, government contracting, international trade and entrepreneurship.
Before being recruited to Greater Spokane Incorporated, Robin assisted in leading the City of Spokane's economic development efforts, and was a marketing and communications professional for World Wide Packets, Packet Engines and Itron, Inc.
Robin attended Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, majoring in transportation and received a full scholarship to Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. She also attended the Organizational Leadership Course at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington.
In addition to being the past Chair of the Washington Economic Development Association, Robin also participated on the boards of the Inland Northwest Economic Alliance, the Aerospace Futures Alliance, the Washington Military Alliance, Washington Aerospace Partnership and the Washington Clean Technology Alliance.