Thursday, May 18, 2006

About Geoff Nordloh

Kirk von Ackermann and Ryan Manelick worked for Ultra Services of Istanbul, Turkey.

One Missing, One Dead: An Iraq Contractor in the Fog of War, which traces the history of Ultra Services, relied extensively on information provided by Geoff Nordloh. Informally the CFO of Ultra Services, Nordloh represented the interests of another company, Stratex Freedom Services LLC, and its $50,000 investment in Ultra Services.

A longer version of Nordloh's bio is provided below.
Geoff Nordloh was born and raised in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana.

From 1982-1983 he lived in Heidelberg, West Germany, while his father taught at the University of Heidelberg under a Fulbright Grant. The experience provided Nordloh with the opportunity to become fluent in German.

In 1992 Geoff received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a master's degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 1993.

From 1993 to 1997 he served as an officer in the United States Air Force, responsible for the launch, deployment, and operations of several communications satellite programs. In this capacity he worked on three highly classified inter-agency programs, and received the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his work.

Starting in the fall of 1997 he was at Stanford again and received an MBA from its Graduate School of Business in June 1999. Following business school, he worked for 15 months as a financial analyst at Primecap Management Company in Pasadena, California
covering the capital goods sector for this manager of two Vanguard Group mutual funds and corporate pension funds.

In early 2001, he returned to active duty as a reservist on special assignment to direct engineering for a new $1.5B US military communications satellite program.

Upon completion of these duties in the Spring of 2002, he followed a long-standing interest in becoming an entrepreneur and co-founded Stratex Freedom Services LLC, an American managed firm with primary operations in Tashkent, Uzbekistan supplying prefabricated buildings, furniture, and logistics and supply services to the US military operating in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Kyrgyzstan. He served as the
company's CFO as sales grew from nothing to $2M in 2002, and to $7.5M in 2003. In March of 2003, he helped establish Ultra Services Ltd. based in Istanbul, Turkey to
provide similar goods and services to the US military in anticipation of the US invasion of Iraq.

In the Spring of 2004, Geoff co-founded Mesopotamia Group LLC and now serves as the company's CFO traveling between the United States and Afghanistan.

One Missing, One Dead: An Iraq Contractorr in the Fog of War
by Susie Dow with Steven Reich, ePluribus Media, May 15, 2006


Anonymous said...

Geoff Nordloh is actually my uncle and I was amazed when I found this, he was in town a couple years back, and seeing, him, I never suspected him to lead such a life. This is truly amazing, thanks to the creators of this site.

Geoff said...

My wife noticed this comment today while looking up stuff about me on the web. The above comment is surprising since I have only a single niece who is not even two years old yet and this post was made before she was born. Hmmmmm... Geoff

Susie Dow said...

How very odd. I could easily understand someone mistaking you for another Geoff Nordloh. But the post includes a photo.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm actually related. My son who is 16 and a junior in high school is a fan of Geoff and his military and education track. I'm sure he ( my son ) would love to pick his brain regarding what to do regarding military and educational options leaving high school. I don't think I will leave an email here. I am Jim & Barbara's son Jim from Cincy.

Geoff said...

Ahhhh...OK Jim -- we saw each other briefly at your parents' house a few years ago (sad that I cannot remember exactly when). Your dad and mine are cousins, so I believe that makes the two of us second cousins. Geoff Nordloh

apoggi said...

Geoffrey, I have a question for you. Did you participate in the Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp on 1988?

Geoff Nordloh said...


StreibProjects said...

Geoff- I was just telling my son about you. He's a freshman at BNHS and is running XC. I told him that I didn't know anything about XC in high school, but I do remember a guy named Geoff Nordloh that ran. His first question, of course, was what was his best time?

I'm sure you do not remember me at all, I think we had senior english together. Maybe? Anyway, I was just searching for your XC times and this site popped up.

Karen Nethery Streib

Anonymous said...

i am so proud to work with such great man and I had learn a lot from him, and I will never forget those days that we worked together with such a friendly space.