Noel Rimalovski is a Managing Director at GH Partners, an independent New York-based investment banking firm. Mr. Rimalovski leads the firm’s representation of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, debt financings, and strategic advisory services to domestic and international clients. At GH, Mr. Rimalovski specializes in the telecom, media, technology, space and defense sectors.
Prior to joining GH, Mr. Rimalovski was with Macquarie Capital, Wasserstein Perella, and Lazard Frères.
Mr. Rimalovski graduated from Tufts College and received an MBA from Columbia Business School.Dr. Tim Farrar
Mr. Michael Katrivanos is the Program Manager and Chief Systems Engineer for the Tactical Network Modeling effort in the National Center for Space Technology (NCST) at the Naval Research Laboratory. This revolutionary capability, conceived and developed under his leadership, was successfully used to test and evaluate the Space Development Agency (SDA) Tranche 0 proliferated Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation. Mr. Katrivanos was responsible for evaluating the SDA satellite vendors for space network interoperability, a key functionality for deploying the missile warning system in future LEO Tranches for the tactical grid. While working at NRL, Mr. Katrivanos has reached across multiple organizations to bridge gaps between agencies such as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), US Space Force, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and established memoranda of agreement with the National Security Agency (NSA).
Nick Merski is chief operations officer at BlackSky, where he leads the engineering and product operations unit responsible for executing the company’s vision for its constellation, platform, and analytic product suite. Previously, Nick played a pivotal role in overseeing the strategy, development, launch, and operations of the company’s constellation program as its director.
Prior to joining BlackSky, Nick served in the U.S. Air Force as an officer and civil servant. He held multiple program management and system engineering leadership roles for the Air Force’s operational and advanced technology programs, including the Operationally Responsive Space-1 program and the Department of Defense Space Test Program Standard Interface Vehicle.
Nick holds a Master of Science Degree in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Nick also serves on the Board of Managers for LeoStella, a joint venture between BlackSky and Thales Alenia Space.Catharine Parnell
Catharine Parnell is Skyloom’s Counsel. She is responsible for the company’s legal affairs and strategy, including the management of its contracts, intellectual property, and export control compliance.
Catharine joined Skyloom after serving two years in the National Courts Section of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, where she represented the U.S. government in litigation for monetary settlements on a variety of claims. Prior to working in the DOJ, Catharine worked for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction as its Associate General Counsel.
From 2011-2019, Catharine served on active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, primarily as a trial and appellate level prosecutor.
Catharine is pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. She graduated cum laude from Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 2010) and with Honors from Swarthmore College, majoring in political theory and history (B.A., 2006).Tim Winter
Winter overseas the corporate strategy and leads the iDirectGov team to bring solutions to the military satcom (MILSATCOM) arena.
Winter brings more than 20 years of experience in the satellite communications arena. Prior to joining iDirect Government, Winter served as vice president of global accounts and global government & defense at parent company ST Engineering iDirect. Winter managed all strategic global account engagements and capture pursuits for International Defense opportunities.
Previously, he managed the satellite networks division at L-3 Communications where he led all sales and business development efforts for managed satellite communication, data networks and operational field services.
Winter served in the U.S. Navy and flew P-3 Orion aircraft as a Naval flight officer on active duty for eight years. He continued his service in the United States Navy Reserves, flying P-3 aircraft and the BAMS-D UAV through 2022. He retired in 2022 from the U.S. Navy with the rank of commander.
He has a Master’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Science degree as a Trident Scholar from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. He is chairman of the board for the Minerallac Company.