President/CEO - Mark Landers is President/CEO/Director for SpecTIR LLC, Director TerraCore Corp, Chairman Exogenesis Corp, and a Director at SpecIM Ltd. He has over 40 years of military and corporate management/leadership experience. He is responsible for the overall leadership, management and strategic planning for SpecTIR's hyperspectral, and advanced GIS technologies. For the past 4 years, Mark has provided management oversight for two SpecTIR spin off companies, TerraCore Corp and Exogenesis Corp. He is directly involved with foreign and domestic Defense, Civil Agencies, Academia, and Private Sector to advance hyperspectral design, development and operational application. Mark led SpecTIR to become an internationally recognized leader in hyperspectral imagery collection and analysis. In June 2013, he directed the spin offs of TerraCore International and Exogenesis to focus SpecTIR’s hyperspectral and GIS expertise to the core imaging market, and to the defense/commercial space remote sensing industry respectively. He is a retired US Navy CDR with over 24 years of experience in cryptologic, imaging, and hyperspectral operations. Education: BS, U.S. Naval Academy 1981; MS in Space Systems Operations, Naval Post Graduate School 1987 and ; MA, National Security Studies, Naval War College 2000.
Chief Counsel and Director - Samuel Stern is a recognized expert in the reform of legal infrastructure in countries moving to open-market economies. With his extensive experience advising governments and private sector entities in respect of legal infrastructure for oil and gas, power, mining, and water, Mr. Stern has served as counsel or advisor to the governments of over 40 countries. Mr. Stern has done significant work in privatization, particularly of utilities and power. Mr. Stern serves as an arbitrator, advocate, or expert in international commercial arbitrations. Mr. Stern served as Law Clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court and was assistant counsel to a Presidential Commission. Before joining the firm, Mr. Stern was a senior partner (and member of the management committee) of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and of Dickstein Shapiro and counsel to Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance US LLP). He served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law Center, lecturer at Yale, Cambridge, and Sussex Universities, and a board member of the International Law Institute.
OPERATIONAL & TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP
Chief Science Officer – Oliver Weatherbee is our technical visionary. He pioneered the use of the Airborne Imaging Spectroradiometer for Applications (AISA) hyperspectral data in the mapping and environmental analysis of coral reefs, wetlands, and forestry. Oliver established SpecTIR’s data pedigree and project integrity leading complex projects centered on the data collection and the processing of multi-sensor data (multispectral, hyperspectral, thermal, high-res imagery and LIDAR) to provide classifications and biophysical index measures for environmental monitoring and assessment. He is a subject matter expert not only in hyperspectral imagery but in LIDAR integration techniques. Oliver developed advanced algorithms for the fusion of bathymetric and terrestrial LIDAR imagery data suitable for use in data analysis of sub-aquatic and vegetation classifications. He also developed techniques and algorithms for creating derivative products and analysis output from multi-return LIDAR and intensity images including internal forest canopy structure, age, and condition. Oliver is a Graduate Fellow at the University of Delaware, Center for Remote Sensing, College of Marine Studies and worked on numerous NASA, NOAA, EPA and State Department grant research. Oliver possesses a Ph.D.in Applied Ocean Sciences, University of Delaware; MS in Geography, University of South Carolina; BS in Marine Science, Minor in Geography, University of South Carolina.
Director of Operations – Aaron Cumashot coordinates all hyperspectral ground and airborne operations for SpecTIR. Over the last ten years, he has established SpecTIR’s operational framework- including employee training, mission assignments, and management of our data processing and analysis workflow. Under his leadership, SpecTIR has streamlined their airborne operations to a globally agile team. Aaron also plays an integral role as the technical authority for proposals and contracting. Before his operational management role, Aaron was a Remote Sensing Specialist at SpecTIR, conducting Hyperspectral data collection missions worldwide. He has experience with mission operations in multiple countries including Canada, South Africa, Mozambique, Chile, Peru, and Morocco. Prior to his career at SpecTIR, Aaron worked with the National Geographic Society - winning a prestigious internship with their Education Foundation. His education includes a BA in Geography from West Virginia University, Minor in Philosophy, and training from the National Outdoor Leadership School
EXPERT FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Chief Financial Officer - Rich Tower brings over 20 years of business experience to SpecTIR. He is responsible for directing the company’s financial and administrative organization, including revenue and sales growth; expense, cost and margin control; and monthly, quarterly and annual financial goal management. He also oversights all federal government contracts which requires DCAA/FAR expertise. Rich has worked for both small privately held companies, and large national public companies, providing his skills in all facets of both large and small accounting departments. Rich possesses a BS in Philosophy from UCLA.
Controller - Michele Tower has been with SpecTIR for six years as a Financial Support Professional and was promoted to the Controller position in August, 2014. Michele is responsible for the overall financial reporting, as well as contracts and insurance. Michele is experienced in the Governmental contracting and financial realm to include DCAA & DCMA interactions. She comes to SpecTIR with 4 years in the Banking Industry primarily in operations and lending, and 9 years of experience with a CPA firm in Accounting and Tax.
Business Development Project Manager - Linda Milks brings 27 years experience as executive assistant and Financial Analyst to SpecTIR. She joined SpecTIR in 2008 and provides support to the President, BD and Ops teams. She assists with proposal writing; quote distribution, client database and tracking sensor inquiries and responses. Additional duties include maintain and coordinate plans and schedules for proposals, tradeshow logistics and marketing materials. She researches, interprets and follows federal and international business regulations and guidelines for the domestic and international export/import/transport and purchase of products and services.
Director HR – Debra Landers has over 21 years of administrative, personnel, human resources and Board Secretary experience. She came to SpecTIR with 7 years of DoD civilian personnel experience working for Directors and Commanding Officers. Debra has worked as office administrator, HR Director, and Board Secretary for SpecTIR since 2004. She also supports Exogenesis Corp and TerraCore Corp with HR and Board Secretary expertise. Debra possesses an AA degree and is a qualified Professional in Human Resources – PHR in 2010 and SHRM Certified Professional, SHRM-CP in 2015.
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CAREERS & JOBS
SpecTIR is committed to a high performance culture and provides an environment that challenges our employees to be remarkable and obtain their full potential. We are an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer that understands the value of diversity and its impact on a high performance culture.
Interested individuals are invited to visit the SpecTIR Career Center for available opportunities and the option to enroll under General Applicant if no positions are currently available. General applicants will be notified when a position meeting their skills and abilities opens.
To provide exceptional, full-service Remote Sensing and Geospatial Solutions to include systems development and integration; data collection, processing and interpretation, and multi-source products – to the government and the private sector, foreign and domestic.
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