Chief Executive Officer,
Women And Drones LLC
Chief Executive Officer, Women And Drones LLC
The CompTIA Drone Advisory Council works to increase awareness and adoption of business opportunities in the unmanned aerial systems ecosystem. Our members include industry leaders from hardware manufacturers, video and component manufacturers, mapping software developers, platform providers, insurance companies, experts in FAA regulations and policies, drone pilots and instructors, lawyers and flight service providers.
The Drone Advisory Council explores new routes to market for this fast-growing industry and acts as a think tank of subject matter experts. The group provides invaluable insight in the development of educational materials, research, tools, certifications and other business-enablement resources. The council collaborates with CompTIA’s other industry advisory councils around business applications, internet of things, blockchain and the IT channel. By working together, we are able to:
We address relevant industry trends and issues affecting the drone market and its rapidly evolving platforms and methodologies by:
Chief Executive Officer,
Women And Drones LLC
Chief Executive Officer, Women And Drones LLC
General Manager, HTS Ag
John Vernon has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry and a wide range of experience including system architecture, software solutions and development, information management, security, and business operations. He has overall responsibility for managing the physical and personnel technology infrastructure including technology deployment, network and system management, integration testing, and developing technical operations personnel. He also manages client relations to ensure that service objective expectations are developed and managed in the operations areas.
Prior to joining DroneUp, John was the Vice President and CIO of Knowledge Information Solutions. He was instrumental in the leadership and strategic planning for rolling out new products and services. He embraced many of the “first to market” initiatives which lead to the launch of the Managed Services division, and his knowledge and leadership brought the company its early adopters of managed services.
John is a thought leader with a passion for continuous improvement through technology innovation and serves on various technology industry advisory boards, both locally and nationally.
UAV & IP Attorney,
TRAVERSE LEGAL, PLC
UAV & IP Attorney, TRAVERSE LEGAL, PLC
Mr. Schaefer is a seasoned trial attorney practicing internet, social media, domain and trademark law on a global basis. Mr. Schaefer has first chair trial experience in a wide variety of litigation matters, including class action litigation, internet and domain law, cybersquatting actions, intellectual property, non-competes, commercial and fiduciary litigation, UDRP and IP licensing. He has represented some of the largest companies in the world in litigation, domain name, trademark and related matters. He is a frequent author and presenter on issues related to protecting business interests in a global internet economy. Mr. Schaefer represents companies and business interests from around the world.
Co-Founder, Helios Visions
Ted Parisot is the Co-Founder and CMO of Helios Visions -- a Chicago-based, professional drone services company helping clients throughout the United States. Helios Visions provides aerial data collection (videos, photos, building project/site inspection, façade images, event footage) to many types of organizations including developers, façade inspection companies, event organizers, building and property managers, as well as commercial film productions. As one of the few companies with nationwide FAA waivers, including § 107.29 (daylight operation) and § 107.39 (operation over human beings), Helios Visions places paramount emphasis on safe and legal drone operations. Mr. Parisot’s 20 years of experience as a technology, digital marketing, and photography professional has led to Helios Visions becoming one of the leading drone service providers.
UAS Operations Manager,
UAS Operations Manager, SPACECO, Inc.
Brian Kravets is responsible for the coordination of UAV flights and data processing at SPACECO, Inc., a civil engineering and land surveying company. He supervises a small team of UAV pilots, and is responsible for all data processing and analysis, and built the UAV department from the ground up. He helps integrate UAV captured data into the engineering and surveying workflow. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in Cinema Art and Science, Brian brings a creative eye to his work. Brian has over 4 years and thousands of hours of UAV flying experience with several types of UAV's.
CEO, URSA Inc.
David Kovar has over twenty years of extensive technological experience in fields ranging from computer forensics to search and rescue to small unmanned aerial systems. He developed the practice of UAV forensics in 2015 and now runs URSA Inc., a unmanned systems risk management startup.
Prior to URSA Inc. he worked at Ernst and Young’s US Advanced Security Center (ASC) where he was a senior manager. He coordinated EY’s US incident response program and provided computer forensics, security monitoring, and malware analysis leadership, services and project management.
Mr. Kovar is currently working on a degree in international affairs with the goal of applying his extensive technology background to international public policy and humanitarian aid issues. He also continues to perform research on UAVs and other disruptive technologies and continues to assist with search and rescue as time allows.
Senior Director of CNN Aerial Imagery & Reporting,
Senior Director of CNN Aerial Imagery & Reporting, CNN Worldwide
Greg Agvent is the Senior Director of the CNN Aerial Imagery & Reporting unit, CNN Air. Agvent has led CNN’s domestic unmanned aerial systems (UAS) program since CNN initiated its research efforts in 2013. As a partner in the FAA’s Pathfinder program, Agvent led CNN’s successful research effort towards safe operations of UAS over people. Agvent also leads CNN’s UAS Integrated Pilot Program partnership. He has overseen the development of all facets of CNN’s aerial operations, including training, safety management systems, operations, risk management and expansion.
Government Relations Lead,
Government Relations Lead, DJI
Jordan Gross is the Senior Government Relations Lead for DJI. He manages a portfolio that includes issues such as data and cyber security, trade, procurement, and state drone policy across the U.S. In this role, Jordan engages with partners across the industry to push for policies that support the growth of the drone ecosystem.
Before joining DJI, Jordan worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s tech policy division, known as C_TEC. As Manager at C_TEC, Jordan worked with companies ranging from start-ups to fortune 500 companies. His portfolio included issue areas like Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, drones, the sharing economy, and financial technology.
Sundance Media Group, Inc.
Instructor/Examiner UAV, Sundance Media Group, Inc.
Douglas is a primary instructor and industry consultant for Sundance Media Group, Inc. and VASST, authoring several books and DVDs and serving as an advisor and guide for videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters. Douglas Spotted Eagle is a giant in the video and audio industries, having received Grammy, Emmy, DuPont, Peabody, and many other awards. Douglas is a well-known musician and a world-travelled speaker/instructor and he now focuses his energy and experience within the UAV/sUAS industry, having written six books focused on specific UAS tasks and workflows.
Skydiving since 2006 and instructing UAS since 2011, Douglas is an accomplished aerial photographer who thrives in the adrenaline-filled world of fast-action videography. Appointed as a Safety and Training Advisor at Large in the aviation world, he is a risk management/mitigation subject matter expert. With an intimate knowledge of the FAA FARs and FSIMs, Douglas’ vision is to incorporate his years of imaging and aviation experience into best-practices for everything drone/UAV/UAS. Douglas is a frequent (and dynamic!) speaker and consults on UAV cinematography, commercial and infrastructural UAV applications, UAV risk management, night UAV flight, aerial security systems, and 107 training to ensure pilots clearly understand the FAA laws.
Secretary & Treasurer,
Nevada Drone Center of Excellence
Secretary & Treasurer, Nevada Drone Center of Excellence
Joanne is Operations Manager for Base 11’s UAS operations in Nevada. Ms. Leming is a product of technical education before it was STEM. An education advocate, she has managed postsecondary education operations from site selection thru construction, to the first student through the doors, in both Allied Health and Aviation. Ms. Leming served as Secretary and Treasurer for Skybot, a Nevada organization serving STEM education in the middle school arena. Her compliance background in both industries lends well to the developing UAS industry. Always in search of new adventures Joanne is a successful and respected UAS advocate. Ms. Leming holds a Part 107 Remote Pilots Certificate and is active in First Nevada Robotics as a volunteer.