Chief Executive Officer, Spaceport America
Prior to joining Spaceport America in 2016, Dan Hicks had a successful 34-year career with the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range, where he held positions of increasing responsibility with various directorates. He was the Supervisory General Engineer of the Patriot Missile System, leading the execution of all aspects of developmental and operational testing of that major system. Later, as the acting Division Chief of the Materiel Test Directorate, he managed the activities of the Air and Missile Defense, Tactical Missiles and Targets, and Space, Sensor and Interoperability branches. These programs focused on theater missile and national missile defense, air defense, battle management, U.S. Army directed energy and space programs, space related programs/applications under NASA, DoD, foreign and other commercial programs. In 2013 he was appointed Deputy Executive Director of the range responsible for assisting the Commanding General and the Executive Director in the operations of the range, with over eleven billion dollars of infrastructure and a noontime population of approximately twelve thousand personnel.
A graduate of Las Cruces High School, Mr. Hicks received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University. He is also the recipient of an honorary selection to the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Academy at New Mexico State University.