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 is Managing Director at Hehmeyer Trading + Investments with responsibility for Electronic Market Making, Digital Assets, and Client Asset Management. He has been the lead executive for quantitative trading in multiple Chicago proprietary trading firms and was a top-25 market maker in multiple Interest Rate and Energy markets and also traded in FX, Agriculture, and other Commodities. He has participated as a designated market maker in new product launches on several global commodities exchanges.
Mr. Peterson is also a senior lecturer at the University of Washington’s Computational Finance and Risk Management department where he teaches quantitative trading systems development and has published multiple papers on portfolio risk and portfolio construction. He is regularly invited to speak at major conferences on topics related to quantitative finance. He is author or co-author of more than 10 open source packages for using R in Finance, the organization administrator of R’s participation in Google Summer of Code, and a founding member of the conference committee for the annual R/Finance quantitative finance conference in Chicago.
Mr. Peterson was previously an executive at two global management consulting firms, one of which was included the Fortune 1000 during the 90’s Internet boom. As a management consultant, he advised 8 of the top 10 global banks and many regional banks, approximately half of the top 25 asset managers, global brokerages, and many other non financial services clients in industries including 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 has been a technology entrepreneur for most of his career, having founded multiple successful technology companies. He has over 30 years of experience as a software engineer, managing software development teams, developing complex systems and delivering products. He has consulted with venture capital firms and advanced technology start-ups, performing technical due diligence and business strategy assessments. 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 space resources economy, and ultimately to support human settlement of the Solar System. He performs project management and systems engineering for nanosatellite space missions. He has contributed to the INCOSE Space Systems Working Group CubeSat System Reference Model since 2016 and developed MBSE practices for small satellite missions. As an advocate of space-related and space-scalable businesses, he founded the NewSpace Chicago community of space entrepreneurs and others engaged in building commercial space ventures in Chicago. He has received 4 patents. He graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
At SCX, Mr. Hurst is focused on technical project planning, specifying the total system (launch, docking, transfers), 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.