Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
Experienced investment professional and entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience - Health2047 Capital Partners, Founding Managing Partner; Jefferies, Founding Managing Director, Global Life Sciences Investment Banking; Brightwaters Capital, CEO - new business formation and serial co-founder of bio-medical, med-tech, information technology, geolocation technology, and AI/ML spin-out companies from UCLA, Johns Hopkins, Harvard/MGH, Dana-Farber, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Caltech / JPL, among others. Named co-inventor on 5 issued US/EU patents for first-in-class medical technology
Boston University, BA, cum laude; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MHS; Wharton School, Executive Education
Co-Founder & COO
Prior experience includes 35+ years of technology development, systems, senior project management, business development and business formation, Caltech/NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), IBM, Westinghouse, and Northrop Grumman
Weber State, BS; Brigham Young, MS; University of Utah, MBA
Co-Founder & Corporate Development Manager
Stifel, Investment Banking Analyst, Leveraged Finance Group;
Internships - Omelet LLC, Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California; Senior Sailing Instructor, California Yacht Club; Volunteer, Heal the Bay and Surfrider Foundation
University of California, Santa Barbara
BA, Honors, Phi Beta Kappa
Experienced investment professional and entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience - Drexel Burnham Lambert, Executive Vice President and Co-Director of Domestic Capital Markets; Jefferies, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, Capital Markets Division, member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee; Private equity investor ranging from sports and entertainment, Co-Founded Major League Soccer, Principal owner of the LA Galaxy; Investor in financial services, medical technology and AI-driven, SaaS companies; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Member of Board of Directors, immediate past Chairman
Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude; Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, BS, summa cum laude
Richard DeFrancisco joins Balboa Geo with 30 years of leadership experience in software-as-a-service (SaaS), artificial intelligence (AI), and cybersecurity for companies such as Cujo AI, StoredIQ, Kana, and Pricewaterhousecoopers. Most recently, DeFrancisco served as CEO of Omnigo, a provider of public safety and security solutions for law enforcement, fire and rescue.
Penn State University, BA
Chief Engineer & Co-Founder of Sensors in Motion, a spinout of Caltech/NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). Sensors in Motion developed, manufactured, and commercialized navigation grade MEMS inertial sensors; Senior scientist and engineer (1997-2007) in Micro Devices Laboratory at Caltech/NASA's JPL responsible for MEMS testing, fabrication, and modeling, including design and fabrication of a MEMS gyroscope, development of interferometer system for dynamic MEMS structures characterization, and optical systems testing and control.
California Institute of Technology, B.S., M.S., and Ph.D, Applied Physics
Carbon Mapper, Director Airborne Operations; SeekOps, Founder & CEO, SVP Sustainability,
SVP Strategic Partnerships;
Senior Technologist, Caltch/NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, Planetary Surface Instruments Group;
NASA JPL-Chevron Alliance Fellow;
NASA JPL-NSTA Program Office & JPL Discipline Program Manager, NASA Applied Sciences;
Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar
PhD, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
MS, UC San Diego
BS, Chemical Engineering, Tufts University
Robotics Mechanical Engineer, Extreme Environment Robotics Systems Group at Caltech NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), 2018-Present
Research/Consulting Engineer, Chevron Corporation, 2013-2018
Completions Engineer/Project Manager (Completion Design & Project Support Team), Chevron Corporation, 2011-2013
Completions Engineer (Completions Hardware & System Reliability Team), Chevron Corporation, 2010-2011
PhD Mechanical Engineering, and M.S. Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, and
M. Eng. Aerospace Engineering, and B.S. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Cornell University
Jack Singal, PhD; Associate Professor of Physics, University of Richmond; Research with international profile in experimental and theoretical astrophysics; Experience with radio and microwave instrumentation, CAD design, statistical data methods, system analysis and integration, and machine learning computational methods; Postdoctoral Scientist at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; Postdoctoral Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; PhD Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara; B.S. Physics, New York University
Senior Engineer at Caltech/NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the past 20 years, developing scientific instruments for space, incorporating novel sensor technologies. Prior to joining JPL, worked for 10 years in industry, primarily in communications at Boeing Satellite Systems, and Philips Broadband Networks, software engineering at Fairchild Semiconductor, and semiconductors at National Semiconductor. Georgia Institute of Technology, MSECE; University of Utah, BSEE
Research experience in algorithm development, machine learning applications to big data, deep learning, Bayesian statistics.
UCLA PhD (candidate), Astronomy & Astrophysics; UCLA MS, Astronomy & Astrophysics; University of Richmond, BA, Physics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Please refer to Bio listed in Voice of the Customer Advisory Board.
Immediate past Division Director for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, First Responder Group. During his 15-year career at DHS S&T, partnered with industry, academia and federal/state government to develop technologies that improve first responder safety and productivity. Under Greg’s leadership at DHS S&T, the First Responder Group successfully developed and transitioned 22 technologies to the commercial market including POINTER.
Previously, Greg spent 16 years as a Unit Chief at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where he managed a team of professionals responsible for developing technologies for FBI headquarters, its field offices and state and local crime laboratories. Notable achievements during Greg’s career include two FBI Director Awards for Excellent, the DHS Under Secretary’s Award for Excellence and multiple DHS S&T awards for program excellence.
University of Maryland, BS, Information Systems Technology Management
Battalion Chief, LAFD
Structure Defense Specialist, California Interagency Incident Management Team,
Teams Operations Sections Supervisor and Strike Team Leader, LAFD Field Incident Management Team
Incident Command Trainer, California USAR Task Force One, Hazardous Materials Specialist and Los Angeles Training Unit
Member, Executive Steering Committee, Department of Homeland Security First Responder Group
BS, Health Education, California State University, Northridge
Helicopter Rescue Paramedic San Diego FD
-Urban Search and Rescue TechInfoSpec
-Military Helicopter Manager (MHEM)
Hazardous Materials Response Team
Firefighter/Paramedic San Diego FD
Tactical Paramedic SDPD SWAT
Member, Executive Steering Committee, Department of Homeland Security First Responder Group
Law Enforcement Advisor, Blue Wall Institute
CEO, The Oliver Group, Investigative and Protective Technology Company
Section Chief, Supervisory Technical Enforcement Officer, United States Department of Homeland Security
ICE-HSI Section Chief, Detailed to DHS/ Spectrum Relocation AWS 3-Program Manager
Member, Board of Directors DHS S&T Criminal Investigation and Network Analysis (CINA)
Sergeant, St. Clair County Sheriff's Department
BA, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Masters, Webster University
Assistant Chief, Harris County Fire Department, Houston, TX
Deputy Chief, Planning, Harris County Fire Department, Houston, TX
Captain, US Army Ranger
BA, Texas A&M
Masters, Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management, Columbia Southern University
Consultant and ASIM Instructor, C3 Pathways
Fire Chief (Retired), Seminole County Fire/EMS/Rescue, FLA
Health and Safety Regional Liaison, Seminole County Fire Marshall, FLA
Co-Chair Florida's Regional Domestic Security Task Force
Chairperson, Florida Search and Rescue Task Force
Member, Seminole State College's Fire and EMS Education Advisory Committee
Regional Coordinator, Florida Emergency Response Plan
Masters, Homeland Security, Naval Postgraduate School
B.A.Sc, University of Pheonix
Admiral Patrick Walsh, PhD (Ret) is a distinguished military leader and business executive in aerospace and defense, cybersecurity and higher education. As a United States Navy four-star admiral, he served as Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and Commander of the U.S. 5th Fleet. Admiral Walsh, a Naval Aviator commanded multiple Strike Groups and flew 77 combat missions while deployed aboard various aircraft carriers. Walsh was selected and became a member of the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, “Blue Angels”. During his Naval career he was appointed a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. He also chaired the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the U.S. Naval Academy and served as the Chief of Naval Personnel and reported to the Joint Staff. Concurrently, Walsh served as Director, Navy Quadrennial Defense and Director, Navy Programing Division. Admiral Walsh is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations by the U.S. Navy.
Since retiring from the Navy, Admiral Walsh served as an executive in aerospace and defense, cybersecurity and higher education including serving as Vice President, Boeing Global Services managing a $1.3B portfolio with full P&L responsibility, Senior Fellow - John G. Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs, Southern Methodist University, Senior Advisor to Oliver Wyman, a management consulting firm and business unit of Marsh McLennan and co-founder of the First Watch Group, a strategic advisory and consulting firm. Admiral Walsh also serves as President of Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep.
Admiral Walsh obtained a BS from U.S. Naval Academy, MA from Chairman University, and MA and PhD (distinction) from Tufts University.
Ed Dolanski is a highly experienced Fortune 50 business executive with 30+ years of experience leading organizations through performance turnarounds and into sustained transformational growth. His experience includes full P&L responsibility of businesses ranging in size from $300M to $10B annual revenue within the Aerospace / Defense, Industrial Manufacturing, Supply Chain / Logistics / Distribution Services and Retail Industries.
Ed is co-founder of the First Watch Group, a strategic advisory and consulting firm. He founded North Star Advisors LLC, an advisory, M&A and investment firm. Dolanski had significant senior management responsibilities at Boeing including President of Boeing Services, a $10B operating division of Boeing, President and CEO of Aviall, a $4.4B subsidiary of Boeing. Additionally, Dolanski served as Vice President of Mission Support and Cyber Engagement at Raytheon. Previously he held management positions at MagneTek and Walmart in supply chain management and logistics.
Ed currently serves as Chairman of MD Helicopters, board member at VSE Corporation, Chairman of Filtari, a social media filter start-up, board member of Catalyze Dallas and board advisor to Texas Blockchain Council.
Ed obtained a BA from John Brown University and attended the Executive MBA program at Vanderbilt University.
Jim Bethmann is a highly experienced technology executive, consultant and executive search / human resources professional. Jim is currently the Managing Partner, Technology at Caldwell, an international executive search firm. He spent 10 years leading a $300M technology company operations on 3 continents and his formative years as an active duty and reserve naval officer.
He is an industry specialist in the broader technology verticals of software, services, hardware and systems, telecom services and networks, to include SaaS, PaaS, CCaaS, UCaaS as well as managed IT services, cyber security, outsourcing & broader cloud services. He also serves the spectrum of the defense industry vertical with experience in the 3-letter agencies, DOD, Civilian agencies and Healthcare IT.
Jim currently leads the Technology Practice at Caldwell and focuses on all leadership consulting services for Board and C-suite engagements in the above noted industry segments as well as the CIO, CISO, CDO, and CTO functions globally. He has placed over 100 Presidents & CEOs in the past 20+ years and consulted with over 400 clients. Previously, he held leadership consulting roles at Heidrick & Struggles, Highland Partners, Korn/Ferry and Russell Reynolds. Bethmann has significant experience as a corporate and nonprofit board member. He serves as an advisor to the leadership team at Skyminyr, a human capital AI start-up, and is a Trustee of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Jim obtained his BS from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a Lieutenant Commander in Surface Warfare Operations.