Daniel R. Morris, J.D. L.LM. is an attorney and entrepreneur who is currently acting as Executive Director at the National Institute of Aerospace’s REaKTOR – a technology-centric business incubator and accelerator focused on high-tech, high potential growth businesses in the unmanned systems (UMS) field.
Mr. Morris serves as the Hampton Roads Chapter President for the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, (AUVSI) and is NASA Langley Research Center’s named point of contact for commercialization of “all things unmanned” in southeastern Virginia. He is co-leading the Jacob’s Technology Days Unmanned Systems Opportunity Exchange scheduled for April 20 and 21, 2017 in Hampton Virginia.
Morris is founder and co-chair of the Hampton Roads Unmanned Systems Alliance (HRUSA), a newly formed organization comprised of members from the UMS business community, legislators, regulators, and regional economic leaders. HRUSA’s purpose is to align and coordinate the region’s unmanned systems industry efforts with the State and Regional Economic Development efforts, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s UMS Center of Excellence and with recommendations from Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission Report.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Morris founded reQuire, LLC, a unique, technology-based service to track the release of real estate mortgage liens. The service is still utilized nationwide in the residential real estate transaction market. As CEO, he managed all aspects of the company with direct responsibility for long-range strategic planning, product innovation, technology implementation, legal and regulatory navigation, and overall profitability. After selling reQuire in February 2013, Morris began pursuing opportunities in the unmanned systems industry. He is an investor in several UMS businesses and serves as an advisor on their boards.