CEO and President
Simon Drake is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Space Ventures Investors, Ltd (founded in 2014). Previously he was a mentor to Deep Blue Globe UG, as part of the European Commission Copernicus Accelerator Program in 2017-2018. His experience include investment banking roles at Goldman Sachs, Houlihan Lokey, Jefferies, Rothschild & Co, in areas such as mergers and acquisitions, advisory, re-structuring, IPOs, technology, infrastructure, consumer and energy. His core skills include project management, online and print marketing, analytics, design and content.
At SCX, Mr. Drake is focused on project planning, documenting the concept, developing business models, and providing the relevant materials for capital-raising and management.
Brian Peterson served as lead executive for quantitative trading in multiple Chicago proprietary trading firms, including DV Trading and Hehmeyer Trading, and has also traded in Foreign Exchange, Agriculture, and other commodities. Not only has Mr. Peterson been a top-25 market maker in oil and gas markets, he has also participated as a designated market maker in new product launches on several global commodities exchanges.
Mr. Peterson teaches quantitative trading systems development as a senior lecturer at the University of Washington Department of Computational Finance and Risk Management. He is a sought-after speaker on quantitative finance with several publications on portfolio risk and portfolio construction. He has authored or co-authored more than ten open source packages for using R in Finance. He co-founded the annual R/Finance quantitative finance conference in Chicago and leads R’s participation in Google Summer of Code.
Mr. Peterson was previously an executive at global management consulting firms, including a Fortune 1000 firm during the 90’s Internet boom. As a management consultant, he advised 8 of the top 10 global banks, global brokerages, nearly half of the top 25 asset managers, and clients in other industries such as health care, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, services, and technology.
At SCX, Mr. Peterson is focused on partnering with international commodities exchanges, designing space commodity futures contracts, regulatory oversight, and identifying market-makers.
Jeremy Schiel, co-founder, and Chief Marketing Officer of Orbit Fab is a forward-thinking international business professional with an unwavering vision and passion for the space industry. He brings to a young industry his business development experience from tier one automotive manufacturing.
Mr. Schiel currently sits as Vice-Chairman of CONFERS, an industry consortium establishing best practices for satellite servicing. Mr. Schiel previously worked on new business development at Deep Space Industries and Brand Delta-V. As an advocate for the Space Frontier Foundation, and as former Program Director of the Center for Space Commerce and Finance, Mr. Schiel is working to push the boundaries of the final frontier and contribute to the growth of the industry.
Jeremy holds a dual degree in International Business (IB) and Management from Eastern Michigan University. He also founded the International Business Alumni Chapter connecting Eastern IB alumni together from across the globe.
At SCX, Mr. Schiel is focused on international marketing and business development.
David Hurst is a technology entrepreneur, having founded multiple successful technology companies. He also has over 30 years of experience in software engineering, developing complex systems, managing software development teams, and delivering products. He has performed technical due diligence and business strategy assessments for venture capital firms and advanced technology start-ups. In 2013, he left the IT industry to follow his passion for space exploration. Mr. Hurst founded Orbital Transports to develop the space logistics and orbital infrastructure technologies needed for the emerging economy of space resources—and ultimately support human settlement of the Solar System. Mr. Hurst performs systems engineering and project management for small satellite space missions. He is a contributor to the INCOSE Space Systems Working Group CubeSat System Reference Model and develops MBSE practices for small satellite missions. As an advocate of space-related and space-scalable business, he founded the NewSpace Chicago community of space entrepreneurs and others engaged in building commercial space ventures in Chicago. Mr. Hurst graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and has received four patents.
At SCX, Mr. Hurst is focused on engineering for launch, docking and transfer systems, technical project planning, and identifying and coordinating industry partners.
Daniel Faber, co-founder, and Chief Executive Officer of Orbit Fab is a pioneer of space technologies and mining. Mr. Faber has leveraged his experience as an entrepreneur and engineer to draw together key emerging players from diverse technology fields to launch new businesses and new industries.
As the former CEO of Deep Space Industries (DSI), Mr. Faber built a solid technology business, aggressively advancing a vision of delivering off-earth resources to the space economy. Under his leadership, the company released its first products with significant customer traction, grew sales from zero to nearly $10 million, changed global perceptions and regulations around space resources, and positioned DSI to systematically create and commercialize all the technology necessary for mining asteroids.
At SCX, Mr. Faber brings technical expertise on designing, testing and building orbital fuel depots and spacecraft for delivering orbital commodities.