Born in Bakersfield, California and raised in Onyx. Graduate of KV High School, 1970 & 1974 Graduate of California State University Northridge; 1997 Graduate of the Naval Aviation Schools Command; 1980 Graduate of the Naval Fighter Weapons School; (TOPGUN) and 1996 Graduate of the University of Maryland’s Center for Creative Leadership. His military career took him to sea as a carrier based F-14 Tomcat pilot with VF-14 and as an FA-18A project pilot at the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake California. Post Navy, 1985, Stu joined Westinghouse Electric Corporation, currently Northrop Grumman, for nearly nine years as an Engineering Test Pilot on the B-1B, F-16C and F-23. Stu joined CTA as a Program Manager in 1993 where he managed a $100M Range Development contract. After successfully completing this project and winning the follow-on competition, Stu was promoted to Vice President/Western Region Director, then to Executive Vice President, Director of CTA’s nationwide State and Commercial practice. For the past 31 months, Stu has been directing the expansion efforts of the East Kern Airport District’s Mojave Spaceport/Civilian Flight Test Center. Last summer, Mojave Spaceport was designated the nation’s first inland spaceport and played host to the world as Scaled Composites qualified and won the $10M Ansari XPrize at Mojave Spaceport and furthermore gave birth to the first man rated commercial space program in the world. These efforts have generated commendations by California’s Governor Schwarzenegger, along with the State Assembly and State Senate, Kern County’s Board of Supervisors and Congressman Bill Thomas.Stu is married to the former Susan Etoch and resides in Ridgecrest California. They have three grown sons.Stu is Trustee, representing area 2, on the Kern Community College Board of Trustee’s, Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, and Honorary Life Member of the California Space Authority along with Dr. Buzz Aldren, Burt Rutan and Mike Melville.