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Currently: Lecturer, writer and consultant to start-up technology companies.
1998 - 2004: Radio talk show host of Lift-off To Logic and
Chairman, Texas Aerospace Commission.
1986 - 1998: The Genesis Fund; Founder/Managing General Partner
A $16 million venture capital pool and UNCO Ventures, a $3 million SBIC, making equity investments in early stage, technology oriented companies. Returned 14 percent on equity.
1979 - 1986: The Capital Group; Founder
A private investment firm catering to the particular needs of non-resident investors. The firm engaged in venture capital activities, addressed the financial needs of start-up and development phase companies and engaged in the acquisition of investment property.
1972 - 1984: Investor and Entrepreneur
One small business start-up, capitalized with $1,000, grew to annual revenues in excess of $1 million. Organizer of two national bank charters. Outside director of a number of technology based companies. Residential and commercial real estate investor.
1976 - 1979: 3D International; Senior Vice President and Director
President of the Engineering Division of this international architectural, engineering, and project management firm, with extensive operations in the Middle East. Effected a successful turn-around through modern management techniques. Grew to five disciplines and 165 engineers.
1974 - 1976: Hydrotech Development Company; President
An offshore engineering company, manufacturing a proprietary line of sub-sea pipeline connectors with extensive operations in the North Sea.. Managed the preliminary design of an unmanned, remotely operated, pipeline repair system for use at water depths of 4,000 feet.
1971 - 1974: Century Development Corporation; Senior Vice President
Responsible for the Operations, Legal and Administrative divisions, 5 million square feet of commercial properties and three service companies providing maintenance, parking and security services.
1968 - 1971: NASA; Chief, Skylab Branch of the Astronaut Office
Coordinated the operational development, system integration and habitability of all Skylab Space Station hardware including 5 manned space modules, 2 launch vehicles and 56 major experiments. Skylab was the first manned space application of photo-voltaic electric power, inertial storage devices for attitude control and molecular sieves for environmental control.
1963 - 1971: NASA; Astronaut.
Second civilian Astronaut. Pilot on Apollo 7, the first manned mission of the Apollo Program. Played a key role in all aspects of manned space flight including training, planning, systems design, testing operational support, space flight, analysis of results, program management, and public relations.
1960 - 1963: The RAND Corporation; Physicist.
Engaged in operations research on intelligence satellite data and performed studies of the earth's magnetosphere and classified projects for the Department of Defense.
1951-1976: U.S. Marine Corps; Active and Reserve Components.
Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps - Retired, with 4,500 hours pilot time, including 263 hours in space.