Curtis Gifford

Curtis Gifford
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16 years
AbTech Corporation
Booz Allen Hamilton
Andrews Space
BA Astro/Physics U of VA
MS Sys.Eng. U of VA
MBA Darden School

Mr. Gifford has 16 years experience in corporate strategic consulting and management, financial and business analysis, project management, and business process and tool development.

Mr. Gifford began his career working for an artificial intelligence software engineering and consulting firm (AbTech Corporation), gaining deep analytical capabilities working on many data mining projects, as well as significant experience managing product development programs for NASA and the Air Force. Also during this time, he worked extensively with commercial customers interested in increasing their marketing ROI through the use of MarketMiner, an enterprise data mining software tool. By the end of his tenure, Mr. Gifford had been promoted to Director of Research and Development, managing the company’s strategic product development efforts.

After leaving to get his M.B.A., Mr. Gifford spent time working as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading strategic management consulting firm, and McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 20 medical supply chain company. In these positions, Mr. Gifford applied analytical rigor to help his clients maximize profitability through a number of cost reduction and market expanding initiatives.

Mr. Gifford then accepted a position as Principal Business Strategist with Andrews Space, Inc., managing the corporate strategy development process and leading all financial analyses, including market forecasting, cost estimation, and commercial business case development for advanced space vehicle design projects.

More recently, Mr. Gifford served as COO and CFO of AirLaunch LLC, an aerospace development company that built and executed over 50 firings of the largest VAPAK rocket engine in history.

Mr. Gifford holds a B.A. in Astronomy-Physics from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, and an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.