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 five 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
Sean McDaniel is a co-founder and the CEO of ATLAS Space Operations. With over 25 years in the space communications industry, and experiences spanning leadership in the U.S. Air Force to other private space communications start-ups, McDaniel has cultivated the knowledge, skillset, and technical proficiency necessary to lead ATLAS. McDaniel is equally found working on highly technical projects with the engineering and software teams, and honing ATLAS’ long-term strategy to align with company vision and industry trends. McDaniel prioritizes culture and core values to steer the ATLAS team. With clear communication, strategic problem-solving, and a team dynamic predicated on iterative learning and development, ATLAS is well-poised to continue their notable growth. McDaniel holds a MSc in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado and a BS in Mathematics from Michigan State University. A Michigan native, he views the value that ATLAS brings to Northern Michigan as crucial in developing the state’s growing space economy.
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 Operating Officer
Mike Carey is a co-founder and the Chief Strategy Officer of ATLAS Space Operations. Before ATLAS, he served in the US Air Force for thirty-two years, attaining the rank of Major General. In the years since, Carey has refined his skills and expanded his knowledge. He now leads by first tuning in to the ever-changing satellite communications needs of society and ATLAS’ clients. In doing so, the work that he is responsible for is centered around the development of infrastructure and technology that will bring people and space closer together. Carey has distilled his mission and streamlined ATLAS’ efforts to provide innovative and proven solutions for satellite operators. Carey holds a BA in History from the University of Central Florida, an MPA from the University of Oklahoma, and an MA in National Security & Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He’s proud to have returned to his home state of Michigan, this time creating jobs and driving innovation.
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.
A decorated Vietnam Vet and Retired USAF Colonel, Mike has 40+ years of aerospace/defense experience specializing in missile defense and defense space programs. An early VP of Orbital Sciences Corporation, founder of ASA Industries and Assured Space Access Technologies, he is both technically knowledgeable and business savvy. A three time successful entrepreneur, Mike brings expertise in financial management and contracts, in addition to his deep industry roots and engineering skills, to the ATLAS team. Mike holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University and an MA in Industrial Management from Central Michigan University.