Full Name
Mr. Hoyt Davidson
Job Title
Founder & Managing Partner
Near Earth LLC
Speaker Bio
Hoyt Davidson is the founder and Managing Partner of Near Earth LLC, an investment banking boutique focused on the satellite industry, commercial space and the Internet of Things.

Hoyt received a Physics degree from MIT and upon graduation spent six years in the Space Systems Division of Lockheed Missiles & Space Company (TS/EBI+) leaving as a Senior Research Engineer to return to MIT for an MBA. At MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Mr. Davidson was awarded the Henry B. duPont III scholarship for academic excellence (top 5 students) and headed to Wall Street where he rose to the level of Managing Director at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and later at Credit Suisse. At DLJ, in the mid-1990s, he co-founded the Space Finance Group, the first corporate finance coverage group focused on the commercial satellite industry. This group had a #1 ranking for the sector for many years and raised over $15 billion for commercial satellite companies.

In 2002, he left Credit Suisse to start Near Earth LLC, to continue focusing on the growth of space-related companies. Near Earth is a FINRA licensed broker-dealer and provides M&A advisory services involving the buying or selling of lower middle market companies, early-stage equity private placement services for entrepreneurial companies and strategic and financial consulting for larger corporations and institutional investors. Near Earth has also been engaged by NASA and the U.S. Air Force for space related consulting assignments.

Hoyt currently serves on the advisory boards of Lynk Global and Nexteon Technologies and was until recently on the board of XO Markets Holdings (NanoRacks). His non-profit participations include serving on the board of the Space Foundation, where he acted as Treasurer from 2016 – 2019 and is currently a member of the Finance Committee, and serving on the board of the National Space Society, where he was the Vice President for Development from 2017-2020 and is currently a member of its Policy and Investment Committees. He is also a former member of the NASA Advisory Council for Commercial Space.

Mr. Davidson’s most recent space industry transactions include:
Selling Roccor to Redwire (an AE Industrial Partners portfolio company)
Selling Sinclair Interplanetary to Rocket Lab
Selling SpaceQuest to ACC Clyde Space
Board level advising in NanoRacks tender to Voyager Space Holdings
Hoyt Davidson