Posted by Brit Battle on Aug 31, 2023
By now, most of us have heard of “5G” as the next generation of wireless technology. Some of us already have “5G” icons on our cell phones and perhaps have limited access to this new service. But what is the current state of the global 5G rollout and perhaps more importantly, what will be possible in light of this next generation of connectivity eventually being deployed ubiquitously? What is the full promise of 5G?
 
FreeFall 5G, a Tucson founded early-stage venture backed disruptive antenna technology company, is poised to help unlock new value and deliver on the potential for the ‘real-time’ data sharing economy to be fully realized. With ever-increasing data utilization and data dominance emerging as a major overarching theme of the global economy over the next decade, you will gain an introduction and insights into the locally developed fully patented, FCC Certified FreeStar5G mmWave Advanced Antenna Platform. Additionally, what does someone do when presenting before an excelling group of leaders? Challenge them to lead better with The Leadership Difference! 😊
 
Biography: Alex Rodriguez
 
Alex Rodriguez is Chief Executive Officer of FreeFall 5G, Inc, an early-stage technology development company that provides proprietary disruptive antenna systems for the global 5G market. FreeFall’s unique technology provides high data rate communication at mmWave frequency at a fraction of the size and cost of any existing solution. Alex served as Vice President of Government & External Relations and Chief of Staff at Vector Launch, Inc., a small-class rocket company, where he helped the Founding Team raise over $103M and win its first major government contract. Alex led Vector’s external relationships with international, national, state and local jurisdictions and spearheaded investor relations.
 
Previously, Alex served as Vice President of the Arizona Technology Council where he turned around and expanded Southern Arizona operations providing strategic value to over 800 technology businesses and organizations including Optics Valley Arizona.  Alex served as Facilitator of the Arizona Aerospace, Aviation and Defense CEO Network.  Alex earned his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with concentrations in International Trade and Finance and International Security in 1997.  He obtained his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Arizona in 1994 and is a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute.  He completed Army ROTC as a Distinguished Military Graduate, becoming an Army Officer at twenty years of age in 1991.  Alex is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and completed a rigorous public policy institute at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management of Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. 
 
Alex held significant leadership roles in business development and strategic planning for three Fortune 500 companies. At Raytheon, Alex led a half-billion dollar spend portfolio in supply chain management.  He led the national team that won a new multi-million dollar cooperative contract at W. W. Grainger, Inc.  Alex served on the Board of Trustees of a 60M privately held ESOP. A former Term Member of the New York based Council on Foreign Relations, Alex served as a U.S. Department of Defense International Policy Advisor, Country Director and Special Assistant at the Pentagon, entering federal service by appointment as a Presidential Management Fellow.  Locally, Alex was elected to serve on the Governing Board of the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) where he served as Board President, Clerk and Member of the Board. Alex was candidate for U.S. Congress losing the election to Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in 2006.
 
Over the millennium, Alex was mobilized as a Captain in the U.S. Army for a tour-of-duty in support of Operation Joint Forge, the U.S. Peacekeeping Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina.  His military decorations include the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Service Medal,  NATO Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" Device, Army Achievement Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Airborne Parachutist Badge.  After college, Alex worked at the Arizona State Senate, the United Nations Association in New York City, and with the U.S. State Department at the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador.
 
Alex was inducted to the Nogales High School Hall of Fame and named to the Arizona Daily Star 40 Under 40 Class in 2009.  Alex appeared regularly on KMSB TV Fox News 11 providing expert commentary on economic, political and societal issues. The son of a first-generation working class family, Alex was raised as the youngest of ten children and was the first child with the privilege to graduate from college.  He is an avid reader, enjoys playing racquetball and playing the drums on his free time.  Alex is married to the former Claudia Araiza and they are the proud parents of 9th grader Emi Sofia, an avid performer with the Tucson Dance Academy, and Alexander, their three year old who is reportedly the one in charge at home!
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