Joseph Fuller, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Joseph Fuller, Jr. is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Futron Corporation. As Futron’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Fuller shares responsibilities for leading the firm with the Corporate Executive Team, focusing his activities on strategic initiatives and external relations.
Mr. Fuller’s career began at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) spanning 20 years as a NASA aerospace systems engineer, project manager, and senior executive. He is experienced in the design, development, and operations of human-piloted and robotic spacecraft, including Apollo, Space Shuttle, and TIROS/NOAA programs.
While working at NASA Mr. Fuller perceived a need for better integrated and comprehensive management solutions to technology problems. In response, he founded Futron in 1986 and set out on a mission to improve the management of advanced technology. Under Mr. Fuller’s leadership, Futron has emerged with a reputation for developing innovative, leading edge, decision management solutions.
Mr. Fuller is a Charter Member of the Federal Senior Executive Service (SES) and a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He is a current member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing and serves on the Board of Directors of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. Mr. Fuller is also a former member of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Research Council. His commitments to the community include counseling entrepreneurs and active corporate support for employee-sponsored charities.
A native of Houston, Texas, Mr. Fuller holds a B.S. in Physics from Texas Southern University and an MBA from the University of Houston.
Director, Space & Telecommunications Division
Mr. Jacob Gullish is the Director of the Space & Telecommunications Division at Futron Corporation. In addition, he is a member of the corporate executive team.
Mr. Gullish has more than 20 years of experience in the aerospace and telecommunications industries, including extensive international experience in 20+ markets in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. An economist by training, he has participated in a large number of financial transactions, strategic assessments, and due diligences as well as studies involving trend analyses and market forecasting. Jay has conducted strategy development, targeted outreach, and advocacy senior level, including integrated marketing communications, message development and dissemination, management of public relations and media outreach, marketing support, conference content development, and workshop leadership. His relevant experience encompasses market penetration strategies, business planning support, and economic valuations.
Mr. Gullish earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, California, followed by an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University−The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Bologna, Italy, and Washington, District of Columbia. He is a Board Member of the Washington Space Business Roundtable and a member of both the National Space Society and the Society of Satellite Professionals International.
Division Director and Program Manager, Hampton Roads Division
Mr. Ed Shea is responsible for management and administration of all projects at Futron Corporation’s office located in Hampton, Virginia.
Mr. Shea has more than 15 years of experience in aviation operations and safety. As a part of his technical work, he supports several NASA Langley Research Center projects including being the Deputy Project Manager and Mission Operations Director for the Hypersonic Thermodynamics Infrared Measurements (HYTHIRM) project, which records thermally calibrated imagery from a U.S. Navy P-3 of the Space Shuttle and other hypersonic vehicles upon entry into the Earth’s atmosphere and a Project Manager and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for several airport Safety Management Systems (SMS) gap analyses and implementation studies for airports throughout the U.S. Ed is an Adjunct Instructor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University teaching graduate and undergraduate classes in aviation safety, accident investigation, systems safety, safety management systems, and marketing as well as being an FAA rated commercial pilot (single, multi, and rotorcraft) with an instrument rating (fixed and rotorcraft).
Mr. Shea holds a Master of Aeronautical Science, Safety, and Operations degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, as well as an MBA from The College of William and Mary−The Mason School of Business in Williamsburg, Virginia. He also earned a B.A. in Russian from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition, Ed is a USN/USMC Aviation Safety Officer, has completed the Aviation Safety Officer Course at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California, and is a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC). His professional certifications include: Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.