Mr. Holder is a leading executive with 30 years experience in aerospace systems management, engineering, planning, and operations. He has held many senior positions and is well known in the aerospace industry to commercial companies, NASA, NRO, DARPA, USAF and various arms of the Department of Defense and National Security Space community.
Early after he graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, Mr. Holder was recognized and decorated for his depth of knowledge and decision-making excellence in his role as a Titan III Launch Officer at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Mr. Holder accepted many challenging and classified assignments, including his selection as a Manned Spaceflight Engineer, which earned him an assignment to fly as a payload specialist on the Space Shuttle prior to the Challenger accident.
Mr. Holder left the Air Force in 1988 to pursue a career with Boeing. While there, Mr. Holder excelled in many increasingly senior roles including: management of the Space Station international integration activities; leadership of the Habitation Module IPT; Program Manager of Sea Launch; and Chief Engineer and Program Manager of Aviation Information Services (precursor to Connexion by Boeing), a system that provides wideband satellite communication for Air Force One and other vital US mobile platforms.
In 2002, Mr. Holder joined Andrews Space as Vice President Space Systems, where he was responsible for the company’s space system design, development, and new business activities. He led the company to its first DoD contracts on the FALCON program, a joint DARPA/USAF effort.
In 2004 Mr. Holder co-founded Holder Aerospace where he has served a range of clients supporting various civil, NASA and DoD aerospace needs. His support has ranged from strategic and technical advice, to proposal preparation support to project management.
In 2006, Holder Aerospace suspended operations to support AirLaunch LLC where Mr. Holder served as Chief Program Executive, where he managed all AirLaunch programs. Under his leadership AirLaunch achieved several unique and significant technical milestones including the largest and heaviest object ever dropped from a C-17 and the largest and longest Vapor Pressurized rocket engine firings.
Mr. Holder holds a B.S. in Astronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, and an M.S. in Systems Management from University of Southern California.