Who is Paul Rancatore?

A native of Waltham, Massachusetts, Paul Rancatore is a tenacious leader who has successfully demonstrated the ability to operate in all types of dynamic environments, including the Department of Defense and Congress.

Mr. Rancatore has an extensive Air Force and Commercial aviation background. He retired as an Air Force Reserve Officer serving at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense's National Security and Space Office. He is the former Director for Commercialization of Human Space Flight. Mr. Rancatore was responsible for fostering collaboration and partnership with this nascent industry, and has been instrumental in sponsoring future concepts that will transform space access and protection, force projection, and a new advanced energy storage capability. All of these future concepts could have a transformational effect throughout the world. Mr. Rancatore was Assistant Chief for Space Science Research and developed the framework for the creation of the National Center of Excellence for Energy Neutrality.

Mr. Rancatore joined the Air Force as an enlisted man and became a highly decorated military officer and aviator. Mr. Rancatore’s aviation background dates back to flying light airplanes as a teenager in and around the Alaskan mountain ranges. His Air Force pilot career started after he was selected from a national board to attend Air Force pilot training for the Air Force Reserve. Mr. Rancatore has flown numerous types of military and civilian jet aircraft. He has extensive operational experience in Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, Middle East, Russia and South America.

Mr. Rancatore is credited with saving the lives of his crew and passengers by successfully landing a severely crippled C -141B aircraft after an explosive depressurization at 37,000 feet.

Mr. Rancatore is a Captain for American Airlines and has been involved in many elements of flight operations, training, and management, to include developing the framework for the strategic alliance between American and British Airways. His experience extends across the entire fleet of aircraft: A300-600R, A319/320/321, B727, 737, 757, 767, 777, F100, MD-11 & MD-80.

Mr. Rancatore is one of the founders of i-Tex Wireless, Inc. The company patented a new disruptive communications technology for airlines and airports.

Mr. Rancatore is also President and Co-Founder of 2RHealth, Inc. – the creators of Zumanna. A great tasting, highly nutritious, vegan, non-gmo bakery mix and food. 2RHeath also develops and implements educational material and programs in the areas of health, nutrition, and performance. The company’s main focus is improving the health and nutrition of children and adolescents around the world. 2R Health is working with the North Texas Food Bank/Feeding America to provide Zumanna to the 47 million Americans that are dependent on their area food banks for a portion or all of their nourishment.


Mr. Rancatore holds a B.A. from The Citadel and an M.A. from The University of Texas at Dallas. He is a graduate of the Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and National Security and Space Institute Executive Program.

Work Experience

  • Director, Commercialization of Human Space Flight, National Security and Space Office, Pentagon

  • Assistant Chief, Space Science Research, National Security and Space Office, Pentagon

  • President and Co-Founder, 2R Health, Inc.

  • Founding Partner, i-Tex Wireless

  • Former voting member, Department of Homeland Security Aviation Security Advisory Committee

  • Former member, Transportation Security Administrations working group for Air Cargo Security