Christine Anderson – Chief Executive Officer
Christine Anderson is the Chief Executive Officer of Spaceport America. She is responsible for the development and operation of the first purpose-built FAA licensed commercial spaceport. Spaceport America is situated on 18,000 acres of state land in southern New Mexico, and has the use of 6000 square miles of adjacent US Army protected airspace. The spaceport has hosted 24 vertical launches and supports several tenants including Virgin Galactic and SpaceX as well as several other launch customers.
Prior to her position at Spaceport America, Anderson served as a civilian in the United States Air Force with 30 years’ service. In the Air Force she achieved the rank of Senior Executive Service, the civilian equivalent of the military rank of General Officer. Anderson was the founding Director of the Space Vehicles Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. She also served as the Director of the Space Technology Directorate at the Air Force Phillips Laboratory at Kirtland, and as the Director of the Military Satellite Communications Joint Program Office at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles where she directed the development, acquisition and execution of a $50 billion portfolio.
She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Anderson earned a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Maryland, and completed the National Security Leadership Program at Johns Hopkins University and the Senior Management in Government Program at Harvard University.
Tammara Anderton – Director of Business Development
Tammara Anderton serves as the Director of Business Development responsible for developing the Spaceport America brand worldwide and driving revenue growth for both the commercial aerospace and non-aerospace business sectors. Her responsibilities include business acquisition, go-to-market and brand strategy development, sponsorships, social responsibility, and public relations management at Spaceport America.
Anderton has held international executive management positions with Saatchi-Saatchi, OTM Brand, Unaxis, VP Bank, and CellTrust. Tammara brings 25 years of global business development experience, rolling out brand strategies across more than 100 countries, spanning the information technology, biotechnology, energy, mobile, financial services and non-profit sectors.
Tammara, a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, North America and several European countries. She began her business studies here in the USA, later completing the Euro-Asian Marketing Programme at INSEAD in France.
Zach De Gregorio, CPA – Chief Financial Officer
Zach De Gregorio is the Chief Financial Officer at Spaceport America, where he provides financial leadership and accountability for the financial administration of the agency in accordance with the administrative code of the State of New Mexico. Mr. De Gregorio is also a licensed CPA within the State of New Mexico.
De Gregorio previously held management positions in the film and hotel real estate investment sectors and most recently managed business operations for the Renewable Energy Division of Sandia National Laboratory generating $41 million in annual revenue with over 350 staff.
Passionate about both accounting and space, Zach recently published the book Wolves and Finance on theoretical finance discussing the challenges of accounting during space travel.
De Gregorio began his studies at University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he received a Bachelor Degree in Cinema and Business. He also holds a Master of Business Administration with a focus on Financial Management and Markets from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Zach went on to complete a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington University School of Business and a Master of Accounting Degree from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Bill Gutman – Director of Aerospace Operations
Dr. Gutman is the Director of Aerospace Operations at Spaceport America responsible for aerospace operations including space launches and airfield management. Dr. Gutman assists customers and staff in resolving technical issues, serves as the primary liaison with the US Army White Sands Missile Range, manages launches and flight safety, maintains the FAA launch site operator license, and manages spaceport technical instrumentation. Bill can also often be found in the classroom sharing his enthusiasm for space with the next generation.
Prior to joining the spaceport, Dr. Gutman was a research physicist at the New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory (NMSU PSL) and worked on a variety of projects. These included providing technical support to the spaceport, developing advanced sensor systems, research in high power laser propagation, investigating military smoke materials, developing optical instrumentation systems, and performing risk assessments of space and aviation systems. Beginning in 1999, he participated in the development of the unmanned aircraft program at NMSU PSL.
Dr. Gutman earned his Ph.D. in optical and molecular physics from Ohio State University.
Chris Lopez – Director of Site Operations
Chris Lopez is the Director of Site Operations at Spaceport America responsible for protective services, infrastructure and ground operations at the site. Prior to joining the Spaceport America team, he managed, redeveloped, and leased over 1,000,000 sq. ft. of commercial real estate. Much of this included work with nationally known corporate tenants such as JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. During this time he earned the prestigious CCIM designation (Certified Commercial Investment Member). Chris leads strategic site development, construction and program management at Spaceport America and is the designated point of contact for tenants, customers, visitors and contractors.
While serving in international sales management positions with Singapore Technologies Assembly and Test Services and Kyocera America, Chris negotiated and managed multi-million dollar revenue streams with customers including Intel, Motorola and Conexant. His teams launched early product lines with 802.11 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cell phone camera image sensors technologies in coordination with production teams across Scandinavia, Asia Pacific and North America.
Chris is passionate about his family and mentoring youth and has helped establish Charter Schools, DARE Basketball Camps and other initiatives over many years to encourage young people recognize and embrace the opportunities all around them.
Chris received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Marketing with a special focus on Logistics from New Mexico State University.
Ryan Noble – General Counsel and Chief Procurement Officer
Ryan T. Noble serves as General Counsel and Chief Procurement Officer at Spaceport America. He is responsible for advising the agency on a diverse set of legal issues arising at the local, state, national, and international level.
Prior to joining Spaceport America, he lived in Washington, D.C., where he advised various corporate and government clients on legal issues in the commercialization of space.
Ryan has interned for the Chief Counsel’s Office of the Federal Aviation Administration and the legal department of SpaceX.
Mr. Noble received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2009 and received his juris doctor, magna cum laude, in 2012 from the University of Mississippi School of Law with a certificate in air, space, and remote sensing law. Always eager to connect ambitious people with resources, Ryan is the co-founder of both the UC Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (UCSEDS) and the Ole Miss Society for the Law of Outer Space and Aviation (SLOSA).
Mr. Noble has been a member of the State Bar of Maryland since 2012 and a member of the State Bar of New Mexico since 2014.