National Space Society Board of Directors
Hoyt Davidson is the founder and Managing Partner of Near Earth LLC, an investment bank focused on the satellite industry, commercial space and aerospace/ defense. Clients include major companies in those industries, private equity and hedge funds, and early stage entrepreneurial firms seeking private equity capital.
He received a Physics degree from MIT and then spent six years at Lockheed as a Senior Research Engineer, before returning to MIT for an MBA and heading to Wall Street. In the 1990s, at DLJ and later Credit Suisse, he co-founded the Space Finance Group, the first coverage group focused on the commercial satellite industry, and raised over $25 billion for companies such as PanAmSat and XM Radio. In 2002, he left to start Near Earth LLC, to continue helping space-related companies grow. He also serves on and the Boards of Pacific International Center for Space Exploration Systems and NanoRacks LLC, and formerly served on the NASA Advisory Council.