The Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) has opened nominations for its 11th Annual Promise and Mentor Awards, which will be presented on November 9 at SSPI’s Future Leaders Dinner in New York City.
Every year, SSPI presents three young satellite professionals with its Promise Award in recognition of their potential to play a leadership role in the industry. SSPI also presents a Mentor Award to an executive who is recognized for fostering young talent, both within his or her own organization and throughout the industry, and also for volunteering time and energy in support of the industry.
“The Promise and Mentor Awards are part of what SSPI calls the Leaders Quest.” said executive director Robert Bell. “We identify proven and potential leaders and learn from their experience how to innovate and grow this industry in the exciting and disruptive days ahead. We are a technology business, but the innovation that makes it work is the product of the people we hire. Our mission is to make satellite one of the world’s best industries at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation.”
Nominees for the Promise Award must demonstrate initiative, innovation, creativity and problem-solving skills that positively impact their company’s financial performance, marketing effectiveness, technical advancement or research capabilities. Past winners of Promise Awards have included young employees of SES, Intelsat, SpaceX, Hughes Network Systems, the Space & Missile Systems Center of the United States Air Force, RR Media, Space Systems/Loral, CNN, Boeing Satellite Systems, CapRock Government Solutions, Willis Inspace, Wiley Rein LLP, Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, and Futron.
Mentor Award nominees are distinguished by their voluntary contributions to industry causes and track record of coaching, motivating and fostering young professionals to elevate their professional capabilities and leadership potential. Past Mentor Award winners have included Chris Stott of ManSat, Clayton Mowry of Arianespace Inc., Richard Wolf of ABC Television, Tom Eaton of Harris CapRock, Andrea Maleter of Futron Corporation, Satellite Hall of Fame member Dick Tauber of CNN, Dom Stasi of Avail/TVN, Francesco Frenza of the Cisneros Group, and Andrew Werth of Hughes Network Systems.
The SSPI Future Leaders Dinner, sponsored by Ericsson, AvL Technologies and Walton De-Ice, will be held on Wednesday, November 9 during NAB Show New York 2016 featuring SATCON. NAB Show New York 2016 is a proud supporter of the Future Leaders Dinner.