Dr. Ghaffarian is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Intuitive Machines. Throughout his 35-year career, Dr. Ghaffarian has created multiple successful companies and has extensive experience working at the intersection of government contracting and technological innovation.
Dr. Ghaffarian started his entrepreneurial career in 1994 by founding Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc., a government services company focusing on IT, engineering, and science applications. Dr. Ghaffarian has also held numerous technical and management positions at Lockheed Martin, Ford Aerospace, and Loral. Dr. Ghaffarian has obtained two Bachelor of Science degrees, including a B.S. in Computer Science in Engineering and a B.S. in Electronic Engineering, an M.S. in Science in Information Management, a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems, and a Ph.D. in Technology.
Dr. Ghaffarian is the co-founder and executive chairman of Intuitive Machines and several companies, including IBX, Axiom Space, X-energy, and Quantum Space.
Mr. Blitzer serves as the Director of the Board of Directors of Intuitive Machines. Mr. Blitzer has been the co-Chief Executive Officer of Inflection Point Acquisition Corp. since February 2021 and a Director since January 2021. Mr. Blitzer is the founder and co-CIO of Kingstown Capital Management, which he founded in 2006 and grew to a multi-billion asset manager with some of the world’s largest endowments and foundations as clients. At Kingstown, Mr. Blitzer oversaw and participated in nearly all of the firm’s investment decisions, including countless public and private investments in the consumer and technology industries. Mr. Blitzer brings an in-depth understanding of public markets and has invested in a variety of corporate transactions such as spin-offs, rights offerings, public offerings, privatizations and mergers, and acquisitions. He was also a public company director of Signature Group Holdings after its exit from bankruptcy in 2011, where he also sat on the audit committee and was on the board of directors of the European mutual fund TREND AD.
Mr. Blitzer began his Wall Street career at J.P. Morgan Securities in 1999, advising companies globally in private debt and equity capital raises, followed by work at the investment fund Gotham Asset Management. Mr. Blitzer taught courses in Investing at Columbia Business School for five years in the 2010s. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.S. from Cornell University, where he received the Cornell Tradition Fellowship. Mr. Blitzer currently sits on the Executive Advisory Board of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing at Columbia Business School. He is a trustee of Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT, where he is also a Treasurer and Chair of the Investment Committee.
Lieutenant General (Ret.) Liquori serves as Director of the Board of Directors of Intuitive Machines. Lieutenant General Liquori retired as a Lieutenant General from the United States Space Force in 2022 after over thirty years of distinguished service in both the U.S. Air Force and Space Force. Lieutenant General Liquori served as the Space Force’s first Chief Strategy and Resourcing Officer. Lieutenant General Liquori also led the development of the Space Force international engagement strategy; served as the lead policy interface to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the National Space Council.
Lieutenant General Liquori entered the Air Force as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Boston University. His career included numerous positions in Air Force Space Command, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Air Force Secretariat, U.S. European Command, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the White House as Director for Space Policy on the National Security Council staff. During his time at the White House, Liquori served two Presidents of the United States, was the lead author for the 2018 National Space Strategy, served as the primary NSC interface to the National Space Council, co-led the 2018 U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Dialogue on Space, and supported the early policy work leading to the establishment of the United States Space Force. He has commanded a space operations squadron at the 50th Space Wing.
Lieutenant General Liquori graduated from Boston University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science. In 1996, Lieutenant General Liquori earned Master’s Degrees from Webster University in Computer Resources and Information Management. From 2004 to 2005, Lieutenant General Liquori proceeded to Air University, where he received Master’s Degrees in Airpower Art & Science and Air & Space Power Strategy. Then, in 2009, Lieutenant General Liquori attended the Marine Corps University, where he received a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.
Mr. Masson is serving as Director of the Board of Directors of Intuitive Machines. Mr. Masson was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Latham Group, Inc. in June 2022. As Chief Financial Officer of Latham Group, Inc., Mr. Masson is responsible for planning, implementing, managing, and controlling all financial-related activities for the company.
Mr. Masson is a skilled finance executive with nearly 20 years of experience in the aerospace, defense, and industrial sectors. Before joining Latham Group, Inc, Mr. Masson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hypertherm, Inc., where he oversaw the company’s global financial, information technology, and legal operations. From 2016 to 2018, Mr. Masson was Vice President of Finance at Flowserve, where he led the company’s operational finance, operational accounting, and corporate financial planning and analysis teams. From 2003 to 2016, he served in various finance leadership roles at Raytheon Technologies, including CFO roles for several of the company’s business units.
Mr. Masson began his career as a Lieutenant and Naval Aviator for the United States Navy, where he worked from 1992 to 2001. Mr. Masson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Mr. Masson currently serves as a director for Tech-Etch, Inc., where he is chair of the audit committee.