Board of Trade in the Antelope Valley, California


Business Outlook Conference

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Our next Business Outlook Conference is on Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Mojave Air & Space Port.

When you think of the center of the universe for innovation…you think MOJAVE AIR & SPACE PORT – so we are going to take you there.  Be prepared for motivation and inspiration and catching up with 900 of your closest friends and colleagues for an all-day event.

Sponsorships are open with the same price as years past.  Take a look at the package here and let us know on how you would like to get involved:

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Outlook Conference Theme Fits the Mission for 2014

Breaking Boundaries

“Breaking Boundaries,” the theme just announced for the 2014 Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference, is based on innovative plans and preparations that promise to break decades-old program practices, while enlivening the experience for an expected 800 visitors.

Al Hoffman, chairman of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade’s Business Outlook Committee, said: “The theme is a good match for the 2014 conference.We broke the first boundary by moving the Outlook Conference location to Mojave Air and Spaceport for next year. And that bold move broke physical boundaries that limited our capability to make the conference experience more rewarding for our visitors.”

Hoffman explained that maybe the biggest boundary to be broken is the political line at Avenue A that divides the Greater Antelope Valley economic region among desert and mountain portions of Southeastern Kern and Northern Los Angeles counties. He said, “In reality, our real, day-to-day interests, our economy and our aspirations transcend political subdivisions.We rise or fall together as a region.”

The 2014 Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference will take place on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 in the newly completed Events Center at Mojave Air and Space Port. The completely renovated Events Center, a hangar style structure dating back to World War II, will allow Outlook Conference attendees to see displays of real aerospace and other technology hardware inside and outside the building, as they hear top flight speakers offer insights on the region’s economic future.

The building is designed to accommodate up to 1,400 conference-goers, but Hoffman projects attendance in the area of 900 for 2014. The additional floor space, inside and out, will allow organizers to showcase hardware from some of the 45 companies working on advanced technologies in aerospace, energy, transportation and communications at the Mojave Air & Spaceport and companies from throughout the region.“It makes sense to offer a more interactive experience by showing off all the great technologies being created from throughout the Valley,” Hoffman said.

Officers and Directors of the sponsoring Antelope Valley Board of Trade enthusiastically embraced Business Outlook Conference Chairman Hoffman’s recommendation to relocate the premiere business conference to Mojave for one year.

Hoffman said, “We think this is a great opportunity. We are focusing this Outlook Conference on innovation, inspiration, and shaping the future. That fits in very well with the Mojave Air and Spaceport.”

“My goal is 900 in attendance,” said Hoffman, site manager for The Boeing Co. at Edwards AFB and NASA-Dryden Flight Research Center.

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Astronaut Mark Kelly To be Keynote Speaker At Outlook Conference

                 Capt. Mark Kelly, record-setting American astronaut, retired US Navy combat pilot, and husband of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle (Gabby) Giffords, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for Southern California’s Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

                Kelly, who commanded six NASA Space Shuttle missions, and is one of  only two astronauts  to have visited the International Space Station on four missions, will address an audience of up to 800 expected for the day-long business conference at the Mojave Air and Space Port .

                Capt. Kelly will be accompanied on the program by a long list of presenters who are leaders in the fields of regional economics, business, manufacturing, technology, renewable, energy, education, aerospace research and development, defense and transportation. The 42nd annual Business Outlook Conference, organized by the Antelope Valley Board of Trade, opens at 7:30 a.m. and adjourns at 2:30 p.m.

                The 2014 Business Outlook Conference theme, “Breaking Boundaries” will be brought to life in a number of ways, beginning with its location at Mojave Air and Space Port, where private-sector companies pioneer in the great civilian leaps into commercial space business.

                Outlook Conference Chairman and Boeing executive Al Hoffman said the 2014 event will also give attendees the opportunity to see first-hand the cutting-edge aerospace hardware emerging from many of the Mojave Air & Space Port tenants.

                Call the Antelope Valley Board of Trade’s Palmdale office at 661-947-9033, or email for ticket information and reservations.  More information is also available on the Board of Trade website:                       


                Astronaut Kelly, #1 New York Times best-selling author, and naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War, is the recipient of many awards, including the Legion of Merit, two Defense Superior Service Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Kelly was selected as an astronaut in 1996. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. He has also commanded Space Shuttle Discovery and is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions.

                Already a celebrated American, Kelly became the center of international attention after the January 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In their best-selling memoir, Gabby, the couple share their story of hope and resilience. Kelly has also written two children’s books about the space explorations of a little mouse chosen for space missions, Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story, and Mousetronaut Goes to Mars.

                SPACEFLIGHT EXPERIENCE:  Kelly’s first trip into space was as pilot of STS-108. Lifting off on Dec. 5, 2001, STS-108 Endeavour visited the ISS, delivering over three tons of equipment, supplies, and a fresh crew to the orbiting outpost.  Kelly and Mission Specialist Linda Godwin used the shuttle’s robotic arm to lift the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module from the shuttle payload bay and attach it to a berth on the station’s Unity node.

                 Mission managers extended Endeavour’s flight duration to 12 days to allow the crew to assist with additional maintenance tasks on the station, including work on a treadmill and replacing a failed compressor in one of the air conditioners in the Zvezda Service Module.  Kelly traveled over 4.8 million miles and orbited the earth 186 times over 11 days and 19+ hours.

                In July 2006, Kelly served as pilot for STS-121 Discovery, the second “Return to Flight” mission following the loss of Columbia in February 2003.  The main purposes of the mission were to test new safety and repair techniques introduced following the Columbia disaster as well as to deliver supplies, equipment, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Reiter from Germany to the ISS.  Kelly traveled over 5.28 million miles and orbited the Earth 202 times over 12 days and 18+ hours.

                STS-124 Discovery was Kelly’s first mission as commander.  Kelly and his crew delivered the pressurized module for Kibo to the ISS.  The module is the largest component of the Kibo laboratory and the station’s largest habitable module.  Discovery also delivered Kibo’s Remote Manipulator System.  Perhaps the most important part they delivered was a replacement part for the station’s toilet.  The single toilet on the ISS had been malfunctioning for a week, creating a potentially serious problem for the crew.  Kelly traveled over 5.7 million miles and orbited the earth 218 times over 13 days and 18 hours.

                STS-134 launched on May 16, 2011.  Kelly’s wife, Gabrielle Giffords, traveled to Florida on her first trip since moving from Tucson to Houston in January after an attempted assassination.  Kelly was the commander of the mission, which was Space Shuttle Endeavour’s last.  He and his crew delivered the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the ISS.  AMS is a 15,000-lb cosmic particle detector that was installed on the outside of the space station.  Its experiments will help researchers study the formation of the universe and search for evidence of dark matter and antimatter.  Kelly traveled more than 6.5 million miles and orbited the earth 248 times over 15 days, 17 hours, and 38 minutes.

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Christopher Thornberg

Economic forecaster Thornberg To Address Outlook Conference

 Economist Christopher Thornberg, Ph.D, founding partner of Beacon Economics, LLC, and one of California’s leading economists, will deliver the regional economic forecast at the Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

AV Board of Trade Business Outlook Conference Chairman Al Hoffman said Thornberg was invited to return to the conference because the regional economic forecast he delivered in his most recent appearance in 2007 received exceptionally high marks in an audience survey.

Hoffman said Thornberg’s previous BOC forecasts were popular because of his focus and analysis on regional economics, labor markets, economic policy and real estate. Thornberg was one of the first and most adamant predictors of the subprime mortgage market crash that began in 2007, and he also provided an early warning of the global economic recession that followed.

In his economic forecast  to the 2014 Business Outlook Conference, Thornberg  will be speaking  in a new venue, the Events Center of the Mojave Air & Space Port in the Northern Antelope Valley Region of Southern California.  Call the Antelope Valley Board of Trade office for ticket reservations and further information. Or visit the Board online at

Dr. Thornberg  is highly visible in news media reports on the state and national economies. He appears on televised news programs and is regularly quoted by such national publications as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Thornberg holds a Ph.D in Business Economics from the Anderson School at UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from New York State University, Buffalo.

Prior to launching Beacon Economics, Thornberg was a senior economist with UCLA’s Anderson Forecast where he regularly authored economic outlooks for California, Los Angeles and the East Bay, as well as other areas. He also developed specialized forecasts for a variety of public and private entities. He previously taught in the MBA program at UCLA’s Anderson School, in the Rady School of Business at the University of California San Diego, and at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. He also held a faculty position in the economics department of Clemson University.

Dr. Thornberg has been involved in research and development of analytic products for international clients, exploring trade and economic  connections  between the United States and the world. This work has focused on the impact U.S. trading partners have on U.S. global competitiveness.

Dr.Thornberg serves on the editorial board of the Graziadio Business Report, a peer-reviewed publication of the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. He also serves on the Residential! Real  Estate Committee a! the University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center. He is also a member of the National Association of Business Economists’ quarterly “Outlook” and a contributor to the “Economic Consensus Outlook,” published by the Journal of Business Forecasting.

Dr. Thornberg also serves on the boards of a number of business and nonprofit organizations, including the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Since 2006, he has served on the advisory board of the Wall Street hedge fund, Paulson & Co., Inc. Between 2008 and 2012 he served as a chief economic advisor to the California State Controller’s Office and as chairman of Controller John Chiang’s Council of Economic Advisors.

 Dr. Thornberg regularly presents to leading business, government, and nonprofit organizations around the world.

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Denny’s CEO to address 2014 Antelope Valley Outlook Event

             John Miller, president and CEO for Denny’s Corporation, one of the nation’s largest and most durable family service restaurant companies, will be among the featured speakers addressing the Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference, Feb. 21, 2014.

             Named to his position by the Denny’s Corp. Board of Directors in January 2011, career restaurant executive Miller was credited with leading Denny’s back from recessionary setbacks and returning the company to growth and profitability. In the second quarter of this year, Denny’s posted a 35% increase in profitability.

            Now in its 60th year of operation, Denny’s has company-owned or franchised locations in all 50 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Curacao, the Dominican Republic and New Zealand, with combined sales of about $2.5 billion.

            Miller’s appearance at the Antelope Valley Board of Trade-organized Business Outlook Conference was brought about through an invitation from Lancaster City Councilman Ken Mann, a consulting executive with Denny’s Corp.

            The day-long 2014 Business Outlook Conference will be held in the new Events Center at Mojave Air & Space Port.

            CEO Miller, who was quoted as saying, “The most sacred thing about running a restaurant is that the customer comes back,” is expected to share insights into leadership, management and strategy  gained from his more than 30-year career in restaurant operations.

              Prior to joining Denny’s, Miller served as CEO of Taco Bueno Restaurants, Inc. He also spent 17 years with Brinker International where he held numerous management positions, including president of Romano’s Macaroni Grill and president of Brinker’s Mexican Concepts, responsible for overseeing On the Border and Cozymel’s. Earlier in his career, Mr. Miller held various operations and restaurant management positions at Unigate Restaurant/Casa Bonita in Dallas, TX. Miller is also a member of Denny’s Board of Directors.

            Started in 1953 in Lakewood, CA under the name Danny’s Donuts, the company expanded its menu to include sandwiches and entrees the following year, and by 1959, with 20 restaurants, changed its name to Denny’s, a name that today enjoys public brand recognition in the high 90% range. Denny’s has nearly 1,700 restaurants and employs more than 21,000 people.

            For ticket reservations and details about Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference sponsorship opportunities, call Executive Director Vicki Medina in the Palmdale office at 661-947-9033, email or visit the Board of Trade website at

            The Antelope Valley Board of Trade’s mission is to maintain and promote diverse business and industry, quality infrastructure and a strong legislative voice for business in the Greater Antelope Valley, an economic region encompassing the high desert and mountain region of Northern Los Angeles and Southeastern Kern counties. The Antelope Valley Board of Trade was founded in 1957.

Private Space Vehicle Innovators to Headline at Economic Outlook Event

                MOJAVE, Ca – Senior executives of two companies partnered in pioneering civilian space travel and new commercial space business will be among the speakers for the Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference at Southern California’s Mojave Air and Space Port.

                The Antelope Valley Board of Trade, organizer of the annual day-long event, announced that George T. Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight company founded by Sir Richard Branson, and  Kevin Mickey, President of  Scaled Composites, which won the X-Prize by being the first private company to carry passengers to space and back, have accepted invitations to appear on the program.

                The two private sector aerospace leaders will address an audience of up to 800 at the conference, which also includes Astronaut Mark Kelly.  Email for ticket reservations.

                Scaled Composites, founded by legendary Antelope Valley aerospace innovator Burt Rutan, achieved international recognition in the mid-1980s for designing and building “Voyager,” which his brother Dick flew around the world non-stop and unrefueled.  Scaled found greater fame with the first ever private launch of people into space aboard SpaceShipOne.

                Scaled Composites, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corp., is developing SpaceShipTwo and its launch vehicle, WhiteKnightTwo , in addition to designing and building the world’s largest wingspan airplane for Stratolaunch a Paul Allen company

                Last year Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, took full ownership of its sister organization, The Spaceship Company, earlier formed under a joint venture with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic.

                 During this development phase, The Spaceship Company  completed the build out of manufacturing and assembly facilities at Mojave Air and Space Port,  established a specialized workforce and transitioned  assets from Scaled  to begin building Virgin Galactic’s commercial fleet of WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo (SS2) manned sub-orbital spacecraft. The vehicles will be used for Virgin Galactic’s spaceline operations at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico.

George Whitesides

                George Whitesides is responsible for guiding all aspects of the company to commercial operation, including oversight of The Spaceship Company at Mojave, CA.

                Before joining Virgin Galactic, George served as Chief of Staff for NASA, where he provided policy and staff support to the agency’s Administrator. Upon departure from NASA, he received the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award the agency confers. Prior to his role at NASA, George served as Executive Director of the National Space Society (NSS), a space policy and advocacy group founded by Apollo program leader Wernher von Braun and the journalist Hugh Downs.

                Read MoreGeorge began his career at Orbital Sciences Corporation as Executive Intern, and later, Special Assistant to the President. He served as Vice President of Marketing for Zero Gravity Corporation, a private space-tourism company, during its launch period, and Director of Marketing for Blastoff Corporation, a space experience company funded by film and technology leaders.
                Currently, George serves on the board of Virgin Unite USA, the philanthropic organization of Virgin Group. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Space Security; an advisory board member of the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation; a fellow of the UK’s Royal Aeronautical Society; and an associate fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics.  He previously chaired the Reusable Launch Vehicle Working Group for the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee. He served for four years on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University.

                An honors graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, George earned his undergraduate degree in public and international affairs. He earned a master’s degree in geographic information systems and remote sensing from the University of Cambridge in England, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Tunisia. George is a licensed private pilot and certified parabolic flight coach.

Kevin Mickey

                Scaled Composites LLC President Kevin Mickey  is an officer and senior management committee member of Scaled, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Northrop Grumman Corporation.

                Previously, Mickey was Executive Vice President/General Manager. Prior to that he served as Vice President/CFO, where he co-led the sale of Scaled to Northrop. He is a senior member of the leadership that increased revenues ten-fold and held the line on profits throughout that rapid growth. He was responsible for directing the company’s overall financial policies and oversight of all financial functions including accounting, budget, insurance and tax.

                As President, Mr. Mickey is concerned with the leadership and management of the enterprise as a whole. Responsibilities include overall program performance, strategic planning, new business and overall customer management and satisfaction for a broad range of customers.

                 He is a 20-plus year veteran of aerospace and has participated in or been responsible for over 25 manned flight vehicles and held a senior leadership position during Scaled’s successful winning of the $10M Ansari X-prize for the first private manned funded spacecraft to exceed an altitude of 328,000 feet.

                Before rejoining Scaled in 2006, Mickey held positions of increasing responsibility in project management and leadership at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Palmdale, CA. His responsibilities encompassed the management of projects demonstrating new methods, technologies and air vehicles associated with low observables.

                He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business/Technical Management from the University of LaVerne and a Masters in Business Administration in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

                Mr. Mickey also holds a Program Management Certification from the Defense Acquisition University and has served as Adjunct Instructor on the topics of program management and business at Embry-Riddle University.

                He served as Vice Chairman of the Aviation and Aerospace Commission for the city of Palmdale, appointed by the Mayor. He is a frequent speaker on program management and the creative/innovative environment to organizations such as Coca-Cola, British American Business Counsel, Society of Plastics Engineers and the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Processes (SAMPE).

Air Force and NASA to be featured at Outlook Conference

MGEN ARNOLD W. BUNCH, JR., USAF                Maj. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., commander of the Air Force Test Center, and David McBride, director of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, both at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., have accepted invitations from the Antelope Valley Board of Trade to address the Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference.

                The 42nd annual conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 in the Mojave Air and Space Port Events Center.

                Maj. Gen. Bunch and Dryden Director McBride head two of the region’s largest economic assets, with vital links to the Antelope Valley’s aerospace and defense industry employers.

                Maj. Gen. Bunch directs a $31 billion enterprise of more than 18,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel across Edwards AFB, Eglin AFB and Arnold AFB. The AFTC provides developmental test and evaluation of experimental and research manned and unmanned air, space and cyber systems for military services, DARPA, NASA and international partners, in addition to operations of the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards.
                General Bunch was commissioned in 1984 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He completed undergraduate pilot training in 1985 and performed operational assignments as an instructor, evaluator and aircraft commander for B-52 Stratofortresses. Following graduation from the Air Force Test Pilot School, Gen. Bunch conducted developmental testing in the B-2 Spirit and B-52 and served as an instructor in each. Additionally, he commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Commander of the Air Force Security Assistance Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

                He was promoted to the rank of Major General on Aug. 23, 2013.

NASA Director McBride


                As director of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, David D. McBride  oversees all aspects of center management, strategy, and operations. NASA Dryden is, one of the 10 field centers of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
                Mr. McBride was appointed director of NASA Dryden on Jan. 4, 2010, after having served as acting director since April 2009 upon the retirement of former center director Kevin L. Petersen. He had previously served as Dryden’s deputy director since June 2008, first in an acting capacity and subsequently receiving the official appointment in January 2009.
                Mr. McBride’s prior management assignments at NASA Dryden include serving as Associate Director for Programs, overseeing the complete portfolio of Dryden projects supporting Exploration, Science, and Aeronautics.
                He also was program manager for NASA’s Flight Research Program at NASA Dryden. The Flight Research Program and Flight and Systems Demonstrations Project conducted flight research and discovery that expanded aerospace knowledge and capabilities – activities included the record-breaking flight of the solar-powered Helios aircraft to over 96,000 feet, the Active Aeroelastic Wing flight research project and the revolutionary Intelligent Flight Control System, demonstrating adaptive neural network flight control systems.
                McBride’s prior technical assignments include responsibilities as chief engineer for the X-33 Extended Test Range, and lead flight systems engineer for the X-31 and X-29 flight research programs and Dryden’s F/A-18 Systems Research Aircraft.
                During a hiatus from NASA, McBride served as executive vice president and chief information officer of McBride and Associates, Inc., Albuquerque, NM, from 1993 through 1998.
                McBride began his career at Dryden as a cooperative education student in 1982, specializing in digital flight control systems analysis. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1985 and an executive Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico in 1998.

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