W. David Thompson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Dave Thompson is the Founder of Diversified Energy®, an accomplished Entrepreneur, Industrialist and a Financier of development-stage companies. During his 28-year career in aerospace and technology, he has personally performed and managed hundreds of complex advanced technology R&D and high-tech manufacturing activities, including some of the nation's most challenging space projects. Prior to Diversified Energy®, Dave was the Founder, President and CEO of Spectrum Astro, Inc. for 16 years. Starting with only $5000 and a credit card at his kitchen table, Dave began with one employee and grew Spectrum Astro into America's fastest growing medium-sized aerospace company, later acquired by General Dynamics Corp. Under Dave's leadership, Spectrum Astro developed over a dozen high performance satellites and executed over $1 Billion in aerospace business. The company was featured twice on the Inc. 500 list, in 1994 and 2001, and was often listed among the fastest growing companies and Manufacturer of the Year in Arizona. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he was twice selected as a Finalist United States National Entrepreneur of the Year, once for Manufacturing and a second time for Defense and Security. More recently, Dave has performed as an "Angel" investor in more than 10 development-stage companies in the Southwest. In 2005, he elected to take an active management role again, in the startup of Diversified Energy®. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Electrical Engineering, spending 10 years in active duty Air Force R&D positions, and holds an MSEE in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Dave is a strong believer that American technology and alternative resources can substantially assist in the coming U.S. energy crisis.
 

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