Annual Flagship Luncheon and Silent Auction at SATELLITE 2019

Gregory Thomas

  • May 7, 2019
    11:00 am - 1:30 pm

WSBR Annual Flagship Luncheon & Silent Auction
featuring keynote speaker,
Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications


Join us on May 7, 2019 for our Annual Flagship Luncheon and Silent Auction featuring keynote speaker, Matthew J. Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications. Iridium recently completed a $3B refresh of its satellite constellation, known as the Iridium NEXT campaign. With the completion of Iridium NEXT, Iridium continues to be the only communications network with 100% coverage of the planet. Mr. Desch will be providing insight into this historic achievement, completing a decade long design, construction and launch program. Find out what’s next on the agenda for Iridium, including subscriber growth, Internet of Things, Iridium Certus, and Aireon, the Iridium-hosted global air traffic surveillance service that will revolutionize air traffic management.

Mr. Desch has more than 35 years of experience in telecommunications management, and more than 25 years in the global wireless industry. Joining Iridium in 2006, Desch has been responsible for leading the innovation and growth of Iridium, which includes taking the company public on NASDAQ (IRDM) in 2009, completing the financing and development of Iridium NEXT, the company’s $3 billion investment in upgrading the Iridium network with powerful new satellites, and launching Iridium Certus, a multi-service broadband platform enabled by the upgraded constellation. With Mr. Desch at the helm, Iridium has more than tripled in subscribers, reaching 1 million in early 2018, and more than quadrupled its operational earnings, while moving into important new services like global space-based aircraft tracking with its joint-venture, Aireon.

Mr. Desch was named a “Tech Titan” by Washingtonian Magazine, Via Satellite’s Satellite Executive of the Year, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year for the Greater Washington Area. Mr. Desch was also ranked as one of the world’s most powerful people in the telecommunications industry on Global Telecom Business’s Power100 list. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Chicago.


Rob McDowell advises telecommunications, media and technology clients on their most significant regulatory, legal and business matters. As a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and a highly regarded industry leader, Rob has been at the forefront of the most complex and groundbreaking issues facing telecommunications.

Rob was first appointed to the FCC by President George W. Bush in 2006 and again by President Obama in 2009. He was unanimously confirmed both times by the US Senate. During his tenure, Rob led efforts to expand consumer access to spectrum through his work on the two largest wireless auctions in US history at the time, played a key role in the 2009 digital television transition and led efforts to establish the first federal civil rights rule in a generation by creating a ban on racially discriminatory practices in broadcast advertising.

Rob is often called upon for speaking engagements and frequently appears on TV and radio. He has written opinion pieces for many high-profile publications, including the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

The annual WSBR Flagship Luncheon and Silent Auction, held in conjunction with the SATELLITE conference, supports the Washington Space Business Roundtable’s Education Fund. The auction includes items such as electronics, sports tickets, gift certificates, experiences, and rocket models. All proceeds from the auction and luncheon go directly into the WSBR Education Fund, which is used to support STEM and Space education programs in the Washington metropolitan area. If you have items you’d like to donate, please email Auction Chair, Mark Mozena.

View our Silent Auction items here. 


  • 11:00 am: Registration, Auction, and Networking
  • 12:00 noon: Lunch begins
  • 12:30 pm: Program
  • 1:30 pm: Adjourn and Auction Concludes

**Registration ends at 2pm on May 1st**

*Platinum sponsors are entitled to two complementary seats. The options below for Platinum sponsors to purchase tables and half-tables reflect the one time two seat discount. For further questions on your Platinum sponsorship benefits or to redeem your two individual tickets without table purchase, please contact Annette Summers at directly.


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