Living the dream!
Supporting my home state as we prepare for the future of flight, surrounded by a dedicated, overachieving team at NC State, working with dynamic, powerful aviation professionals every day, with a family that motivates me to do more. What more could a guy ask for?
I have had an amazing, non-traditional career in aerospace and aviation. From seeing a couple of the last SR-71 flights at NASA Armstrong, to seeing the X-45 UCAV go from first flight to retired in just a couple years, to completing the University of Tennessee Aerospace MBA program with the most inspirational classmates ever, to having the charge of making North Carolina a leader in Unmanned Aircraft Systems integration- it’s been one crazy journey. I have had the rare opportunity to work for some great leaders, for some visionary companies, and in many unique positions that provide a global, comprehensive perspective to the aerospace industry.
Aviation is growing and changing by the day. New technologies, new users, new procedures, new variables to consider- they are all constantly requiring a fresh look at how we interact in a modern air transportation system. Throughout my education and career, I have developed the skills and network of resources to evaluate these situations and develop strategies to address them. Personal travel, by air and land, is going to look very different in the not so distant future. Nobody could have predicted the technological breakthroughs and advancements we take for granted today when the Wright Brothers were just getting airborne 112 years ago. Innovation advancement is just as important today, but the world is more connected, information more accessible, and demands are increasing. We have many reasons to look forward to the future of aviation. By working together, taking on the toughest challenges, accepting failure for the sake of progress when necessary, and not being afraid to dream big, we can create new realities.