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Chief Executive Officer 

Barry is the CEO at BridgeComm, bringing his extensive background in the mobile wireless and Space 2.0 sectors. His experience has a number of leadership roles including as Sr VP of business development and advanced concepts at Virgin Orbit, Sr VP of sales and business development at SpaceX, and nearly two decades at Qualcomm, where he had a number of roles including as VP of Wireless Connectivity. He also has worked with several early stage technology companies in development and management roles. Barry holds a Bachelor of Science in business from Arizona State University and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona.


Chief Operating Officer

Joe has 30 years of experience in Commercial and DoD satellite operations and ground system engineering and construction, and most recently led Global Ground Systems as CEO and Chief Engineer, focusing on ground system design, systems analysis and business development for a multitude of commercial and DoD customers. Before that, Joe was the Director of Ground Systems Engineering at Orbital Sciences (now NGIS), overseeing ground system program management, design, installation and long term support for GEO & LEO missions. Prior to Orbital, Joe was a key member of the ground system installation & test and subsequent launch of the Iridium Satellite Constellation. Joe holds Bachelor’s Degree from University of Maryland in Aerospace Engineering Management and a Leadership Certificate from University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Paul Searcy

Chief Scientist 

Mr. Searcy has extensive knowledge of laser and optical physics with a strong industrial manufacturing background in both optics and liquid crystal devices.  

As Chief Scientist at BridgeComm, Mr. Searcy is responsible for both the design as well as the implementation of Liquid Crystal based non-mechanical steering devices which enable novel free space laser communication systems. 

Prior to BridgeComm, Mr. Searcy led the engineering teams at Meadowlark Optics manufacturing a wide variety of polarization optics and liquid crystal devices.  Some of those devices included miniature LC cells which are incorporated into commercial telecom products.  He designed a family of LC tunable filters which are currently used in hyperspectral imaging and detection systems.  He personally built the IRIS satellite UV filter which uses polarization-based methods and is currently collecting solar imaging data in orbit.

Mr. Searcy holds a bachelor’s degree from the California Institute of Technology and a master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Michael Abad-Santos

Vice President of Business Development and Strategy

Michael Abad-Santos is Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at BridgeComm, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and satellite industries with a focus on the government market sectors, both domestic and international. Prior to BridgeComm, Michael served as chief commercial officer at satellite communications solutions provider Trustcomm, Inc. before joining LeoSat Enterprises as senior vice president, Americas, overseeing commercial activities, strategy development and execution in the Americas region as well as government activities worldwide. In addition to helping secure pre-series A investments of $20 million, he helped secure two strategic investment partners and more than $2B million in pre-launch memorandums of understanding (MOUs) for commercial services. 

Michael also held various leadership roles at Inmarsat over a 10-year period, including serving as senior vice president of its global government division. A sought-after subject matter expert and speaker, he has presented at industry-leading events including SpaceCom, ITEXPO and MILCOM among others and is a consultant at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University working with Department of Defense leadership on the intersection of software engineering and space and weapons systems development.

David Gross

Director of Finance

David has over 30 years of experience in finance and accounting. He has held the roles of Controller, Director of Finance, and Chief Financial Officer with early stage and rapidly growing companies in a variety of industries. His responsibilities have included all aspects of financial management, including financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, financial modeling, and investor relationships. He was most recently with Special Aerospace Services, an aerospace engineering consulting firm. He also held positions with ZeaChem, a biofuel company, and RGL Forensics. David began his career in public accounting as an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand and is a licensed CPA. David has an MBA in Accounting from New York University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

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