Lou Sapienza [LouSapienza]
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Lou Sapienza is CEO of North South Polar, Inc. and a founding member of the Fallen American Veterans Foundation. In both those roles, Lou’s guiding principle is to honor the promise of “Leave No Man Behind.” More specifically, he formed and leads a remarkable coalition of world-renowned explorers, scientists, engineers and specialists - global experts - on private and governmental missions to recover American servicemen Missing-In-Action from World War II. To accomplish that goal, Lou works closely with branches of the US military, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), and the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO). He also manages an informal community of international scientists from NASA/JPL, the US Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation and numerous universities to develop the most efficient information and techniques to locate and return US Armed Forces MIAs. In Sept 2012, Lou and his NSP team returned from their second Greenland expedition for the US CG. The expedition succeeded in locating a J2F-4 Grumman Duck amphibious biplane containing three heroic American servicemen who had been missing since Nov. 29th, 1942. Lou is a former member of the Greenland Expedition Society WWII P-38 Recovery Team. He participated in three expeditions that developed the technologies and equipment that recovered a WWII P-38 Lighting fighter plane from 24 stories beneath the ice sheet surface. Lou also served as the mission’s principal photographer, and his work was used extensively in the History Channel’s “The Hunt for the Lost Squadron.” Lou also travels the world as a professional photographer. His work has appeared in LIFE magazine, National Geographic, Forbes, Paris Match, and Gulliver (Italy), as well as numerous other international publications and corporate annual reports. Sapienza is an elected member of the world-renowned, NY-based Explorer’s Club. He lives on eastern Long Island, NY, with his son Ryan and Sarge the howling Dachshund.