Virtual Event | September 15-17, 2020

2019 Speakers

Keynote Presentations included

Jim Bridenstine


Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on the Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.Bridenstine’s career in federal service began in the U.S. Navy, flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. It was there that he flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and accrued most of his 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrier-arrested landings…Read more here.

Bala Ganesh

Vice President, Advanced Technology Group
United Parcel Service (UPS)

Bala Ganesh leads the Advanced Technology Group at UPS. He joined UPS in 2012 as the Program Manager for UPS My Choice. Thereafter he had stints in UPS Marketing, Global Retail Strategy and the Advanced Analytics & Revenue Management groups. Prior to joining UPS, Bala was a consultant with McKinsey & Co.  He has also worked as an Aerospace Engineering researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Early in his career, Ganesh served as a pilot in the Indian Air Force…Read more here.

CEO Panel Discussion: UAS Insights and Strategies for Success in the Current Marketplace

While various reports continue to highlight the billions of dollars that commercial drone technology will eventually be worth, we’ve also seen headlines that claim the drone bubble has burst, contributing to market softness that will not allow the technology to truly take flight. Given these disparate narratives, people are wondering about the reality of the technology in the present and in the future. We heard from an esteemed panel of industry leading CEO’s on where they have found success (and perhaps made some missteps) in the current market along with their vision of future challenges and opportunities.

Gretchen West

President & CEO
Schiebel Aircraft, Inc.

Mike Winn

Co-Founder & CEO

Tom Walker

Founder & CEO

Brandon Torres Declet

Co-Founder & CEO

Adam Bry

Co-Founder & CEO

2019 Speakers

Greg Agvent

Senior Director, CNN Aerial Imagery & Reporting - CNN Worldwide

Eric Allison

Head of Elevate - Uber

Keith Aubin

GIS Manager - Enel Green Power North America

Dusty Birge

President UAV Recon - President VOLTu2122

John Blackmore

Survey and Mapping Supervisor at Luck Stone Corporation - Luck Stone

Michael Blades

Vice President, Aerospace, Defense, and Security - Frost & Sullivan

James Bridenstine

Administrator - NASA

Adam Bry

CEO - Skydio

Matthew Burgess

Mission Operator & Geospatial Analyst - U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National UAS Project Office

Philip Butterworth-Hayes

Editor & Publisher - Unmanned Airspace

Matt Clark

Senior Associate - Hogan Lovells

Greg Davis

Founder and CEO - Overwatch Imaging

Karen DiMeo

Head of Policy and Government Affairs - AiRXOS

Luke Dixon

Founder - Civil Tracker

Matt Edwards

Technology Analyst - State Farm Insurance

Lisa Ellman

Executive Director (Commercial Drone Alliance) & Partner (Hogan Lovells US LLP) - Commercial Drone Alliance & Hogan Lovells

Scott Farber

Operations Manager - McCook Public Power District

Philip Finnegan

Director of Corporate Analysis - Teal Group

Luke Fox

CEO - WhiteFox Defense Technologies, Inc.

Bala Ganesh

Vice President, Advanced Technology Group - United Parcel Service (UPS)

Amit Ganjoo

Founder and CEO - ANRA Technologies

Dyan Gibbens

CEO & Founder - Trumbull Unmanned

Shayne Gill

Program Director for Multimodal Transportation - AASHTO

Mike Glasgow

UTM Architecture and Standards - Wing

Michael Goldschmidt

Assistant Director of Security - Port of Long Beach

Todd Graetz

Director, UAS Program - BNSF Railway

Matthew Grassi

Technology Editor, U.S. Horticulture Group - PrecisionAg, Meister Media Worldwide

James Grimsley

Executive Director, Advanced Technology Initiatives - Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Jeremy Groeteke

U.S. Digital Ag Lead - Corteva

Brendan Groves

Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General - U.S. Department of Justice

Sanjay Gupta

Advisor - Technology Practice - BIS Research

Michael Hartnack

Research Analyst - Navigant Research

Dave Henderson

Director of Sales, Geospatial Solutions - Topcon Positioning Systems

Corey Hitchcock

UAS Standardization Pilot - Southern Company

David Hose

CEO - AirMap

Cynthia Huang

Director of Business Development - DJI

Melvin Johnson

Deputy Director, Policy & Innovation Division Aircraft Certification Service - Federal Aviation Administration

Grant Jordan

CEO - SkySafe

Jesse Kallman

President - Airbus Aerial

Curtis Kayton

General Manager - Southwest Public Power District

Marc Kegelaers

CEO - Unifly

Philip M. Kenul

Chair - ASTM Committee F38 on UAS

Todd Knapp

Vice President - Hanging H Companies

Sarah Kohlsmith

Remote Sensing Coordinator - SunCor Energy

Toby Kraft

Founder and CEO - SolSpec

Jarrett Larrow

UTM Program Manager, UAS Integration Office - Federal Aviation Administration

Nynke Lipsius-Mulder

Exhibition Director - RAI Amsterdam

Richard Lopez

VDC Manager - Hensel Phelps

Travis Mason

VP of Public Policy and Government Affairs - A^3 by Airbus

Robert McCoy

Manager, Quality Assurance - Crown Castle

Jonathan McKenzie

Surveyor - Rio Tinto

Michael McVay

CEO - Sky Source Aerial

Jay Merkle

Executive Director, UAS Integration Office - Federal Aviation Administration

Bradley Middlemiss

Project Manager - Global Raymac Surveys

Robert Moorhead

Director - Northern Gulf Institute, Mississippi State University

Lisa Murray

Group Director - Diversified Communications

Todd Petersen

Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Seleta Reynolds

General Manager - Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Joseph Rios

Aerospace Research Engineer - Technical Lead for UTM - NASA

Jason Rolfe

Chief UAV Pilot and Photogrammetrist - Nevada Department of Transportation

Sharon Rossmark

CEO - Women And Drones

John Rygg

Technology Strategist - KIEWIT Technology Group

Matthew Satterley

Policy Team - Wing

Gregory Saunders

Photogrammetrist - Nevada Department of Transportation

Todd Schlekeway

Executive Director - National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE)

Mariah Scott

President - Skyward, A Verizon company

Peter Shannon

Investor in Advanced Aerial Mobility - Radius Capital

Douglas Spotted Eagle

Director of Educational Programming - Sundance Media Group, LLC

Christian Stallings

Research & Development Manager - McKim & Creed

Ken Stewart

CEO - AiRXOS, a GE venture

Angela Stubblefield

Deputy Associate Administrator for Security & Hazardous Materials Safety - Federal Aviation Administration

Rob Sweet

Manager, Strategic Operations Security - Federal Aviation Administration

Brandon Torres Declet

CEO and Co-Founder - Measure

Suzanne Van Cooten

Hydrologist in Charge - National Weather Service

Carissa VanderMey

Senior Advisor - U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Chris Walach

Executive Director - Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS)

Tom Walker

CEO - DroneUp

Randall Warnas

Global sUAS Segment Leader - FLIR

Gretchen West

President & CEO - Schiebel Aircraft Inc.

Herbert Williams

Strategic Policy Fellow, Office of Science and Technology Policy - Executive Office of the President

Mike Winn

CEO/Co-Founder - DroneDeploy

Basil Yap

UAS Program Manager - North Carolina Department of Transportation

Joshua Ziering

Founder - Kittyhawk

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Drone Delivery

Drone Delivery

Energy & Utilities

Forestry & Agriculture

Infrastructure & Transportation


Mining & Aggregates

Public Safety & Emergency Services


Surveying & Mapping


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