Satellite Markets and Research Vision Awards

In 2013, Satellite Markets and Research will be granting awards in three categories to deserving individuals, companies and products in the satellite industry. 

The Vision Awards will be granted in the following categories:

Visionary Executive of the Year- Awarded to an outstanding senior executive of a satellite company that demonstrated a keen sense of mission for his company and a forward-looking vision of where his company and the industry is heading.

Most Promising Company of the Year- Awarded to a company that has experienced growth in the markets they serve and demonstrated long-term viability of their enterprise.

Most Innovative Product or Service of the Year – Awarded to a product or service launched during the year that makes a substantial improvement to existing technology or performs a vital service.

Last year's winners of the  2012 Vision Awards are as follows:

Most Promising Company of the YearAmos Spacecom

Most Innovative Product or Service of the Year: Newtec’s MDM6000 Satellite modem

Visionary Executive of the Year:  Mark Dankberg,  Founder and CEO, Viasat;  

The following are the finalists for the 2013 Vision Awards:

Most promising company of the Year:  Arabsat; NewSat and Iridium.

Most Innovative Product of the Year:  Advantech Wireless’ SapphireBluTM series of  High Power Amplifiers;  Newtec’s HUB6000 and ScheduAll’s S5 Transmission Management System.

Visionary Executive of the Year:   David Hershberg, CEO, Globecomm Systems; Robert Kubbernus, CEO, Signalhorn Trusted Networks and Jorge Villarreal, CEO, Elara Communications.

Join us these year in honoring these finalists  at the reception at SATCON.   To confirm your attendance just send me  an e-mail at


The winners of the 2013 Vision Awards will be awarded during a reception ceremony at SATCON 2013 on November 13, 2013 in New York City.    The reception will be held from 6:00-7:00 pm at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.  

To register for SATCON for free go to  Eneter VIP code: CCE13 to get a free all-access pass to the SATCON conference and exhibition.

The 2013 Vision Awards is presented by Satellite Markets and Research and Application Technology Strategy LLC.

Vision Awards Board of Judges

The Vision Awards Board of Judges is composed of the editorial contributors to the Satellite Executive Briefing magazine, who are well-known consultants to the satellite industry.  They include the following:

Virgil Labrador is the Editor-in-Chief of Satellite Market and Research based in Los Angeles, California. He is the author of two books on the satellite industry and has been covering the  industry for various publications since 1998.  Before that he worked in various  capacities in the industry, including a stint as marketing director for the Asia Broadcast Center, a full-service teleport based in Singapore.


Bruce Elbert has over 30 years of experience in satellite communications and is the President of Application Technology Strategy LLC, which assists satellite operators, network providers and users in the public and private sectors. He is an author and educator in these fields, having produced seven titles and conducted technical and business training around the world. During 25 years with Hughes Electronics, he directed major technical projects and led business activities in the U.S. and overseas. He is the author of The Satellite Communication  Applications Handbook, second edition (Artech House, 2004).

Elisabeth Tweedie has over 20 years experience at the cutting edge of new communication and entertainment technologies.  She is the founder and President of Definitive Direction a consultancy that focuses on researching and evaluating the long term potential for new ventures, initiating their development and identifying and developing appropriate alliances.  During her 10 years at Hughes Electronics she worked on every acquisition and new business that the company considered during her time there. 


Robert Bell is the Executive Director of the World Teleport Association and the Society of Satellite Professionals International.



Jan Grøndrup-Vivanco is a Director in Emerald Advisors, a strategy & business development advisory firm based in Paris, France.



Tom van der Heyden is the Director and CEO of EurAsian Technology, an Asian start-up focused on developing regional satellite infrastructure businesses.  Tom  is a digital broadcast and satellite communications industry pioneer, with 25 years building  satellite systems and companies across Asia.


Dan Freyer is the principal of AdWavez Marketing, an integrated marketing agency serving the satellite industry. Since 1990, he has worked with leading spacecraft and ground equipment manufacturers, satellite operators, and video and IP users to grow their brands and businesses.