Booz Allen Hamilton
|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
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
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.