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Marshall L. Heard is a career Aerospace Industry Specialist with over 55 years of experience that covers a variety of industry assignments and interests.

Following five years with the Air Force, including tours with the Strategic Air Command and Air Force Systems Command, and in 1965, he joined the Boeing Company. While with Boeing, he divided his efforts between engineering, marketing/business development, and program management. As a Vice President, he directed the Tandem Rotors Programs (CH-46 and Ch-47), the Comanche Program (RAH-66) and served as the deputy program manager of the V-22 Osprey Joint Program Office. In total, he managed six multi-billion-dollar Department of Defense programs for Boeing.

Additionally, he was Vice President of domestic and international marketing/business development for Boeing’s passenger, cargo and tanker military aircraft programs and was Boeing Aerospace’s senior executive in the Washington, D.C. office. His was also Vice President of Air Mobility for Boeing.

Marshall Heard has also been a long-time participant in space activities, particularly as they relate to transitioning the Kennedy Space Center to a multiuser spaceport. He has served on numerous cabinet level panels and commissions (including the Defense Science Board and the Commercial Space transportation Advisory Committee) and has been a frequent witness before both the U.S. Congress and foreign legislative bodies. In these functions, he addressed the subjects of strategic deterrence, battlefield mobility, space exploration, and the role of technology in national defense and space policy. Also, He continues to actively serve on a number of local, state, and national boards and commissions associated with Aerospace issues ranging from training and education to economic development.

Marshall L. Heard is a 1960 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds advanced degrees in engineering and business management respectively from the University of Illinois and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow for 1975/1976.

He is enjoying an encore career as an Aerospace consultant working with clients from the public and private sectors on both aviation and space programs. From 2018 to present, he has also been a Senior Strategic Advisor to an early-stage aviation/space platform company located on Cape Canaveral, Florida with responsibilities for strategic planning and business development.

In 2016, he received a lifetime achievement award from the National Space Club Florida Chapter and is married to Annette Snow McAllister of Salt Lake City. They reside on Merritt Island, Florida.