Colorado is ranked as the third-largest aerospace economy in the United States. There are approximately 140 aerospace companies employing more than 25,000 Coloradoans resulting in a $3.2B payroll. Presently, the Colorado aerospace economy is about 80% space (satellites, rockets, and software) and 20% aviation (planes, drones, and software). The aviation market is undergoing revolutionary changes with drones, electric propulsion, and over 11 new commercial aircraft entering service.
The discussion panel is comprised of executives from aviation companies in Colorado and throughout the US. The panel will address key questions such as why companies choose Colorado and what they need from the Colorado business community to grow. Panelists include:
Jay Lindell, USAF (Ret), Major General, Colorado Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion
George Bye, Bye Aerospace, CEO
Vivek Lall, General Atomics, Chief Executive US and International Strategic Development
Bill James, Boom, Vice President Operations
John Welch, Spirit Aerosystems, Senior Technical Fellow, Composites
The panelists will each provide a brief introduction and answer several questions led by the moderator, followed by open questions from the audience.
After audience questions there will be time to network and socialize with the panelists.