Space Florida’s Frank DiBello to discuss ‘Future Directions for Florida’s Space Industry’
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL, May 16, 2012 – Space Florida President Frank DiBello will be the guest speaker for the National Space Club (NSC) meeting held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. His presentation is entitled “Future Directions for Florida’s Space Industry.” The luncheon event begins at 11:30 am and will be held at the Radisson at the Port, Cape Canaveral.
DiBello was selected in May 2009 to lead Space Florida, which serves as the single point of contact for aerospace-related economic development in Florida. In this position, he develops and executes programs designed to retain, grow and expand aerospace business in Florida. He also focuses on the development of Florida aerospace workforce retention and vendor appreciation programs.
DiBello has more than 40 years of direct aerospace and defense industry-related experience. He is a founding partner for Aerospace Capital Partners, an infrastructure investment fund investing in aerospace, technology and telecommunications initiatives. DiBello also previously served as president and CEO of a strategic advisory and investment banking firm serving the aerospace and high technology industry, and was president/CEO of Florida’s Aerospace Finance Corporation, established by the Florida legislature to assist financing the needs of new and established companies applying aerospace technologies to space, aviation and defense markets.
Over the course of his career, DiBello was appointed by NASA and the DoD to serve on a number of critical space commissions and committees. He is also a frequent industry speaker and advocate. In 1985, DiBello received the Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Defense Department’s highest civilian honor, for his work as president of the United Services Organization (USO). He was also founder of the Space Business Roundtable in Washington D.C.
DiBello taught at the Defense Systems Management College and International Space University. He received his BS in Mathematics from Villanova University and did graduate study work at American University and George Washington University.
The National Space Club (NSC), founded in 1957, stimulates the exchange of ideas and information about rocketry and astronautics, and promotes the recognition of America’s achievements in aerospace. The Club, which meets monthly in Cocoa Beach, is a non-profit corporation composed of representatives of industry, government, educational institutions and private individuals who share a commitment to increasing public awareness of America’s aerospace programs.