Ronald K. Sable
Chairman of the Board
President, Concord Solutions Ltd.
Mr. Sable is President of Concord Solutions Ltd., a business consulting practice for commercial, government, and non profit firms. He is a sought after speaker and executive coach with emphasis on leadership and integrity. A member of the board of the Carondelet Neurological Institute and the DM 50, he most recently served as a member of the board of Capitol Bancorp Ltd., the Bank of Tucson and Yuma Community Bank. As the immediate past Chairman of the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, he led the transformation of the organization during the economic recession, gaining substantial revenue increase and a significant reduction in expenses, while recruiting multiple new corporate partners. He has served as a senior executive in the White House, DOD, and industry, including The Aerospace Corporation, where he was Senior Vice President Corporate Development, a member of the Executive Council, and their senior representative with Congress and the federal government. Before joining Aerospace, Ron served as Vice President Business Development for Douglas Military Aircraft Company following his service as the chief lobbyist for McDonnell Douglas Corporation. In the latter capacity, he enjoyed more success in obtaining congressional funding than any other major aerospace firm and personally led the government/industry cooperative effort to assure funding for the International Space Station. Before joining McDonnell Douglas, Mr. Sable was Special Assistant to President Reagan for National Security Affairs. In that role, he was the White House liaison with the U.S. Senate on defense, foreign policy, intelligence, space and arms control issues. He served in the Air Force as a pilot (Colonel) and was an Outstanding Graduate of the Air War College. A graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College (B.S.), he has an M.S. from Southern Illinois University in International Relations and a Doctorate of Humane Letters (honorary) from Iowa Wesleyan. He is a graduate of the Harvard University Program in National & International Security, the Wharton School Executive Program in Finance & Accounting, the UCLA Anderson School Program in Mergers and Acquisitions, and the Capitol University School of Banking. A recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Iowa Wesleyan, Mr. Sable also is a recipient of the George Washington Honor Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal (3 OLC), and is a certified Level III Homeland Security Expert. He is an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics, the Tucson International Airport Authority, is a Life Member of the Air Force Association and the Air Commando Association, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Space Club, Sun Community Bancorp, Sunrise Bank of Albuquerque, †and Central Arizona Bank. A licensed commercial pilot, he has successfully led senior government and commercial negotiations in more than 30 countries. His views on subjects ranging from strategy to national security, the environment, debris in space, and the needs of our fellow man have been noted by the United Nations, in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Fast Company Magazine, The Arizona Star, and on NPR.†
Grant Anderson, P.E.
President and CEO, Co-founder
Mr. Anderson co-founded Paragon in 1993. From the time of inception of the company until early this year, he has been the VP of Engineering and Chief Engineer of the company and was responsible for the design and implementation of not only many of Paragonís technical achievements, but also its processes of engineering rigor in a stepped approach of requirements, design, build, test and delivery. This process has been cited by many customers as unique, disciplined and highly productive. Coming from a background of not only technical but financial and managerial training, he has held diverse positions at Paragon including Treasurer/Secretary, CFO, Sr. VP of Operations, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Manufacturing.
Recognized as a leader in the life support in extreme environments field, Mr. Anderson has lead the systems and conceptual design of multiple spacecraft under contract to Lockheed Martin, NASA, Inspiration Mars Foundation and others. He holds multiple patents in a diverse range of disciplines including testing systems, isolation systems, radiator systems and overall systems design. He has lead development and qualification of experimental flight hardware for five shuttle flights, two Mir missions, a Russian Progress, and the first commercial payload on ISS. Prior to starting Paragon, Mr. Anderson was the Chief Design Engineer for the International Space Station Solar Array Program--the largest solar arrays ever built--while employed at Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale, CA.
Mr. Anderson holds two degrees from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) and Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (M.S.) and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of California. His diverse education/training included non-technical roles such as Controller for a Palo Alto, CA real estate firm during college where he implemented some of the first computers into the companyís financial systems to track and monitor property financial performance. Working at an aviation consultancy, he participated in the start-up of two airlines through route analysis, equipment analysis and strategy advice. One went on to be America West, now part of US Airways. Mr. Anderson is also a graduate of the International Space University 1991 summer session with emphasis on space business and management.
Mr. Andersonís passion for excellence drives him to support the next generation of engineers and leaders through participation in educational work outside of Paragon. A former Treasurer and member of the board of Trustees of the Tucson Waldorf School, he lead the financial growth of that entity from a small struggling school to a robust, diverse and thriving school today. Mr. Anderson also oversees a non-profit tuition scholarship organization which provides roughly $250,000 of scholarships to deserving children throughout southern Arizona. He is also on the Industry Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona, and the board of the Arizona NASA Space Grant Consortium providing scholarships to students in diverse disciplines using NASA data and technology in their work.
In his spare time, Mr. Anderson is an avid bicyclist and most recently completed a solo, unsupported 6 day, 600 mile ride across South Dakota and North Western Iowa.
Mr. Anderson lives in Tucson with his wife of 24 years, Ines, and three children ages 15-19.
CEO World View Enterprises, Inc.; Paragon Co-Founder
Ms. Poynter is a member of the Biosphere 2 design team and a member of the original crew who lived inside the sealed, self-sustaining habitat for two years. She is co-founder of Paragon Space Development Corporation. Experiments in her patented, self-sustaining habitats have flown on the International Space Station (ISS), Mir and the Space Shuttle. Ms. Poynter is a recognized leader in sustainable development. She is the author of The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2 and Champions for Change: Athletes Making A World of Difference, which is now the basis of a successful middle-school program.
Dr. Alan Stern
Management, Consulting, and Research
Dr. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, and author. Since 2009, he has been an Associate Vice President at the Southwest Research Institute and has his own aerospace consulting practice. In 2011, he was appointed to be the Director of the Florida Space Institute. In 2007 and 2008, Dr. Stern served as NASAís chief of all space and Earth science programs, directing a $4.4B organization with 93 separate flight missions and a program of over 3,000 research grants.
Dr. Stern has published over 200 technical papers and 40 popular articles. He has given over 300 technical talks and over 100 popular lectures and speeches about astronomy and the space program. He has written two books, The U.S. Space Program After Challenger (Franklin-Watts, 1987), and Pluto and Charon: Ice Worlds on the Ragged Edge of the Solar System (Wiley 1997, 2005). Additionally, he has served as editor on three technical volumes, and three collections of scientific popularizations: Our Worlds (Cambridge, 1998), Our Universe (Cambridge, 2000), and Worlds Beyond (Cambridge, 2003).
Dr. Stern is the Principal Investigator (PI) of NASAís $720M New Horizonís Pluto-Kuiper Belt mission, the largest PI-led space mission ever launched by NASA. New Horizons launched in 2006. Dr. Stern is also the PI of two instruments aboard New Horizons, the Alice UV spectrometer and the Ralph Visible Imager/IR Spectrometer.
Dr. Stern has over 25 years of experience in space instrument development, with a strong concentration in ultraviolet technologies.
Dr. Stern is also the PI of the Alice UV Spectrometer for the ESA/NASA Rosetta comet orbiter, launched in 2004, and the PI of the LAMP instrument on NASAís Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, which launched in 2009. Dr. Sternís academic research has focused on studies of our solar systemís Kuiper belt and Oort cloud, comets, the satellites of the outer planets, the Pluto system, and the search for evidence of solar systems around other stars. He has also worked on spacecraft rendezvous theory, terrestrial polar mesospheric clouds, galactic astrophysics, and studies of tenuous satellite atmospheres, including the atmosphere of the moon.
Dr. Stern is a fellow of the AAAS and the IAF, and a member of the AAS and the AGU; he was elected incoming chair of the Division of Planetary Sciences in 2006. He has been awarded the Von Braun Aerospace Achievement Award of the National Space Society, the 2007 University of Colorado George Norlin Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the 2009 St. Markís Preparatory School Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2007 he was named to the prestigious Time 100.
Dr. Sternís personal interests include running, hiking, camping, and writing. He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor, with both powered and sailplane ratings. He and his wife Carole have two daughters and a son; they make their home near Boulder, Colorado.
Chairman of the Board for National Technical Systems, Inc.
Mr. Tringali is currently the Chairman of the Board for National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTSC), a leading technology firm that provides testing and engineering services with emphasis in the aerospace, telecommunications and defense industries. He is also a director of Caribbean Broadcast Network, a privately held international media company, as well as a principal of August Advisory Group, Inc., a business and financial advisory firm.
Mr. Tringali practiced corporate law in Los Angeles, California where he is still a member of the State Bar of California. He advised companies on a wide variety of general business matters, including mergers/acquisitions, equity and debt financings, securities laws and corporate governance, with emphasis on media, entertainment, intellectual property, and technology industries.
Mr. Tringali is a graduate of Harvard Law School as well as the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mr. Tringali is also the founder and Executive Director of two 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations dedicated to the positive development of youth through sports.
Mr. Dorushka is currently a self-employed Executive Consultant providing corporate assistance with Intellectual Property, Marketing, Business Development as well as business divestiture consultation.
Mr. Dorushkaís experience includes leadership of diverse organizations of up to 3000 people, including Sales, Engineering, R&D, M&A, Legal and Operations. He was responsible for several business spin offs from AT&T and Lucent Technologies, both domestic and international.
In addition, Mr. Dorushka was instrumental in establishing several joint ventures with NV Philips in the Netherlands and Germany, Gold Star in South Korea (board member) and with Governmental partners in Spain and Taiwan (board member). His most current corporate responsibility was Sales Vice President for Agere Systems.
Mr. Dorushka has engineering degrees from The University of Illinois and IIT, as well as a business degree from Stanford and is an active member on several community boards.
David W. Jourdan
Founder and President, Nauticos LLC
David W. Jourdan is the founder and president of Nauticos LLC, a company devoted to the exploration of the deep oceans. His career has been devoted to deep ocean technology, concentrating in the areas of remote sensing, underwater navigation, and renewable energy applications.
During his commission as a U.S. Navy submarine officer and as a physicist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, he became an expert in the exploitation of undersea environmental data, specializing in information collected by U.S. Navy ocean research submersibles and associated development programs.
As leader of Nauticos for over 20 years, he has continued to support scientific, archaeological, and military programs. These include the development of oceanographic database systems for the Navy, development and use of Kalman Filter navigation analysis software for submarine inertial navigators, and support of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) test programs. More recently, he has worked on projects to develop the use of cold Deep-Ocean Water for fresh water production, cold agriculture, and other renewable energy applications.
Key Nauticos ocean exploration projects include the successful search for the I-52, a WWII Japanese submarine found in the mid Atlantic at a depth of 17,000 feet, and the discovery of the DAKAR, an Israeli submarine found in the Mediterranean at a depth of 10,000 feet. While conducting the search for the missing Israeli submarine, Nauticos discovered a 2,300-year-old Greek trading vessel between the trading centers of Rhodes and Alexandria, nearly two miles beneath the surface of the Mediterranean. Another project of note was the discovery of the KAGA, a WWII Japanese aircraft carrier sunk at the Battle of Midway, found in the Pacific at a depth of 17,500 feet.
In 1999, Mr. Jourdan was honored as Marylandís Small Business Person of the Year and awarded Ernst and Youngís Entrepreneur of the Year in Science and Technology. He is an International Fellow of the Explorerís Club, and a member of the Sea Space Symposium. He has been active in many humanitarian programs, including Rotary International since 1994, and has traveled to Africa to support initiatives to combat AIDS and provide fresh water to rural communities.
Ms. Ines Anderson has more than 10 years of high technology marketing experience in corporate and agency settings in Silicon Valley. In her most recent corporate position, she served as a public relations manager for Filemaker (formerly Claris) Corporation. Ms. Anderson currently provides strategic marketing, planning, web content creation, public relations and fundraising support in the K-12 education market. Ms. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Stanford University.
Parties who are interested in investment should contact our President and CEO, Grant Anderson (520) 382-4811.
Paragon is a privately held C-Corporation, registered in the State of Arizona.