As Chief Executive Officer of Digital Harvest, Young Kim applies his 20+ years of experience as an entrepreneur and technologist to set business strategy, capture key customer relationships, establish strategic partnerships and guides the development of key products and services. Under Mr. Kim’s leadership, Digital Harvest leverages the compounding benefits from combining sensor data from satellites, manned and unmanned systems, and proximal ground sensing technologies to deliver solutions that enable growers to make better yield and profit impacting decisions.
Prior to joining Digital Harvest, Mr. Kim served for five years as CEO of Guided Systems Technologies (flight automation technology based on patented Adaptive Neural Network control methods) where he led the company’s transition from a small R&D organization to a growing, profitable, commercial-centric enterprise. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), and led the first AUVSI New Market Precision Agriculture committee. His passion for the potential of unmanned systems in agriculture led him to create and Chair the first conference exclusively focused on using UAS for agriculture in 2011. Mr. Kim has received speaker and presenter invitations from numerous foreign military and civil organizations in Asia, South America and Europe, and at international UAS events. He has been cited as a thought leader in numerous industry journals, and in mainstream news articles.
Mr. Kim served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. As an instructor and mission crew member, he logged over 2,000 flight hours in the E-3 Sentry AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) aircraft. Mr. Kim holds a B.S. in Applied Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA. He is married, has four children, and resides in Newport News, Virginia.