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Charles W. Ergen / Charlie Ergen

Chairman and CEO, Founder

Born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. March 1, 1953 He received his B.S. from the University of Tennessee, and went on to receive his M.B.A. at the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University in 1976. Ergen went on to start a career with Frito-Lay as a CPA {financial analyst} from 1976 to 1978. Around 1980 Charlie Ergen and Jim DeFranco, both tried their gambling skills at blackjack and poker in Las Vegas. Both Charlie Ergen and Jim DeFranco were ejected from Las Vegas after being accused of counting cards at blackjack; that misfortune actually was very lucky. That led them to sell C-Band satellite out of a truck, Charlie Ergen, Cantey/Candy Ergen and Jim Defranco founded Echosphere, which turned into many other business ventures. The rest is history Dish Network is the second largest DBS provider in the U.S. being ejected from Las Vegas was likely the best thing that could have happened to Charlie Ergen and Jim Defranco, It gave them a real career.

James Defranco / Jim Defranco

EVP - Executive Vice President, Sales and Distribution, Co-Founder

Jim Defranco attended Clarkson College of Technology in Postdam, N.Y., where he studied industrial distribution. Jim Defranco is also on EchoStar's Board of Directors, and has held numerous positions with EchoStar's subsidiaries. Jim Defranco had said if Echostar I, had failed to launch December 1995, "I'd be back selling wine," Luckily for executive vice president Jim Defranco the launch from China was a success, and he doesn't have to count cards or sell wine.

Carl Vogel

President and Vice Chairman

As of September 2006, Carl Vogel once again holds the position of president of EchoStar Communications Corp. a position he held earlier in his career from 1994 - 1997 in which he was a key member in the launch of Dish Network. Carl Vogel grew up in the Chicago suburbs, his family moved to Wisconsin when he was in high school. He then attended St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduation he moved back to Chicago and went to work for Arthur Andersen and Co. which eventually led Vogel to a career in the cable industry. But he also, in his words "Helped create the arch enemy" meaning {DBS} Direct broadcast satellite while working at Echostar / Dish Network the first time around. That quote was made while Carl Vogel was CEO at Charter Communications. It's known Vogel is a huge NASCAR fan, if I were a betting man I'd bet he would have Cable TV as a backup to Dish Network for those rainy days. Rain fade won't stop a good cable man from watching the race.

Bernie Han

CFO - Chief Financial Officer

In September 2006 Bernie Han joined Echostar as its CFO which makes him responsible for all of EchoStar's accounting and also finance functions. Before joining EchoStar, Bernie Han was executive vice president and CFO of Northwest Airlines, the fourth largest airline worldwide. Previous to that position, Bernie Han was the CFO and also chief marketing officer at America West Airlines. His career started at the space and communications group with Hughes Aircraft Company and went on to American Airlines. Bernie Han received a master's degree in Business Administration and also Electrical Engineering along with his bachelor's degree from Cornell University.

David J. Rayner

Executive Vice President, Installation and Service

David Rayner started with Echostar December 2004, and was responsible for EchoStar's accounting and finance functions. David Rayner now serves as the executive vice president at EchoStar and supervises daily operations of DISH Network Service, L.L.C. which is a national installation and service network. David Rayner earned a bachelor's degree in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University.

Carol Kline

Executive Vice President of Operations

Carol Kline is the executive vice president of Operations for EchoStar, she provides supervision to DISH Network's customer service centers. Carol Kline also oversees DISH Network Service, the installation side of the company. Carol Kline earned her undergraduate degree from Ohio Northern University and her M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve.

Steven Schaver

President, EchoStar International

Since starting with EchoStar in 1984, Steven Schaver has held numerous positions with EchoStar's subsidiaries. Which includes vice president of European Operations; he also served as CFO and also COO until he was chosen as president. Since being named president of EchoStar International in 2000, Steven Schaver now concentrates his efforts on expanding EchoStar's worldwide set-top box distribution.

Mark Jackson

President, EchoStar Technologies Corp

Mark Jackson started with EchoStar back in 1993 as vice president of Engineering. Since then he has had numerous responsibilities with EchoStar. Mark Jackson is currently responsible for EchoStar Technologies Corporation. Mark Jackson received his degree in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University.

Michael Kelly

Executive Vice President, Commercial and Business Services

In 1991 Michael Kelly founded Kelly Broadcasting Systems {KBS}, a leading distributor of international radio and television programming in the United States. In 2000 EchoStar acquired KBS. Michael Kelly now works for EchoStar as executive vice president of Commercial and Business Services.

R. Stanton Dodge

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Since joining EchoStar in November 1996, Stanton Dodge has been responsible for all legal and regulatory affairs of EchoStar. Stanton Dodge has held various positions in the legal department. Stanton Dodge earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in 1995 and his B.S. in accounting from the University of Vermont in 1991.

Tom Cullen

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development

Tom Cullen is now serving as executive vice president of Corporate Development for EchoStar, Tom Cullen supervises business development functions. Tom Cullen graduated from the University of Colorado with a master's degree in Business Administration, and also received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University.

Stephen Wood

Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Stephen Wood is now serving as the executive vice president of Human Resources for EchoStar. Wood currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Wharton School of Executive Education. Stephen Wood earned his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and his law degree from the University Of Virginia School Of Law.

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