THE DREAMERS AND DOERS OF ATLAS SPACE OPERATIONS
Together, they are what makes ATLAS stand out above the rest.
Get to know the group driven by a collective passion to disrupt a once stagnant ground industry. A team of dreamers, thinkers and doers led by an executive team with 130+ years of experience in the space / engineering industry.
Meet the four individuals leading ATLAS into the future with over 130+ years of commercial and government experience, it’s safe to say they’ve been around the block a few times. From overseeing day-to-day operations, to presenting at global industry conferences, our founders share a passion for providing exceptional service to the space industry.
Chief Executive Officer
Casey Cowell graduated from the University of Chicago receiving an A.B. degree in Economics in 1975. In 1976, at the age of 23, he co-founded U.S. Robotics, Inc. He served as Chairman and CEO throughout the company’s history culminating in its merger into 3COM Corporation. A $200 post-college start-up, U.S. Robotics became the world’s largest manufacturer of modems and related products that connected computers to the global telephone network. In addition to a broad array of other products and technologies, USR also brought to market the Palm Pilot, the first highly successful digital handheld organizer. USR distinguished itself by designing and manufacturing all of its products in its own factories in the US in a period when US companies were focused on moving offshore. Its revenues grew from $50 million in 1990, the year before it went public, to $2.5 billion in 1997.
Cowell is an active investor, advisor and board member in a broad range of companies with an emphasis on start-ups and early stage. In 2016 he started Boomerang-Catapult, LLC to back entrepreneurs and launch these kinds of companies in northern Michigan, a boomerang being someone who grew up in or lived in northern Michigan, went out into the world and learned how to create value and would return if they could find the right work. Boomerang-Catapult seeks them out and invests in them in the Traverse City area. Since mid-2016 Boomerang-Catapult has helped to start 21 local, high-value creation companies into which more than $130 million of venture capital has been invested.
Cowell is engaged in many civic and philanthropic efforts and organizations with emphasis on northern Michigan and Traverse City. He serves on the boards of Munson Healthcare, Interlochen Center for the Arts and 20Fathoms incubator / accelerator and is an advisor to many enterprises and institutions.
Chief Technology Officer
Brad brings over 20 years of software development experience in the aerospace industry to the ATLAS team. He has designed, developed, tested, and deployed satellite command and control, mission planning, and data management applications throughout his career. Now, Brad is the genius behind the ground-breaking Freedom™ Software Platform. He holds an MS in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University.
Chief Growth Officer
T.I. Weintraub is the Chief Growth Officer (CGO) of ATLAS Space Operations. A Colorado resident with over 30-years of aerospace and defense leadership experience, he is responsible for the company’s growth strategy. Prior to joining ATLAS Space Operations, he most recently worked for BlueHalo where he was responsible for the growth of the Space Superiority and Directed Energy portfolios. Weintraub has held leadership positions at Riverside Research, Raytheon, Harris, and Peraton. He is a former decorated U.S. Army officer with specialties in imagery intelligence, defense acquisition, and space operations. Weintraub served in Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Iraqi Freedom. He is a distinguished military graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Applied Photographic Science and has completed M.S. coursework in Telecommunications from George Mason University.
Chief Financial Officer
Corey Geer is the Chief Financial Officer of ATLAS Space Operations. A Michigan native with over 20 years of experience as a senior financial executive, Geer has an extensive background in financial planning and analysis, accounting, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and capital raising. Prior to joining ATLAS, Geer moved his family to Northern Michigan and was the CFO of both domestic and international food processing companies ranging from $50 million to $100 million in revenue. Additionally, Geer served as the inaugural Chairman for two years for the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council, a group dedicated to the growth of thriving Northern Michigan manufacturers. Before moving to Traverse City, Geer was the Director of Finance for Tillster, a San Diego-based software company serving the restaurant and theater industries, and prior to that, was the Manager of Finance for HomeAdvisor (previously ServiceMagic) in Denver. At various times throughout his career, Geer has consulted with numerous organizations, offering financial services and expertise. Geer started his career in investment banking with Merrill Lynch in Chicago in their mergers and acquisitions group and graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.