Adam Robertson | Fortem Technologies

Mr. Robertson is a devoted husband and the proud father of 8 children. He is the co-founder and CTO of Fortem Technologies where he led the early development of the groundbreaking TrueView radar and DroneHunter products. His technical areas of expertise include millimeter wave electronics, compound semiconductors, radar systems for drones, and avionics. His business areas of expertise include contract law, intellectual property, negotiation, international export, strategy, business development, and raising capital. He holds an MSEE and MBA from BYU and is the inventor on multiple patents.

Adora Taylor | Northrup Grumman

As seen on stages for SWE23, Los Angeles Channel 35, and many others, career coach and mentor in Adora Taylor brings her journey through aerospace across the country. Her community contributions have directly motivated students to see a future in STEM. Taylor’s passion for aerospace continues to leave audiences with memorable presentations and interactive workshops. From the manufacturing line to sending birds into the sky, Adora Taylor’s hands-on and up close experience gives hope and vision to students and young professionals still on the fence about pursuing careers in aerospace. Visit www.AdoraTaylor.com to learn more.

Ben Goddard | The LiDAR PROS

Benjamin Goddard is a Data Acquisition and Sales Specialist with The LiDAR PROs in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Ben brings a wealth of experience to the UA industry with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, public safety, aviation, and Department of Transportation.  Ben has a deep understanding of UAS technology and its potential applications.  Ben has a unique perspective of UAS due to his combined his years of experience with the UDOT Incident Management Team, working in mining and heavy construction, and working with multiple state agencies, including Utah DPS.

Brad Schuster | AOPA

Brad Schuster is the AOPA Northwest Mountain Regional Manager covering general aviation interests at the state and local levels for WA, ID, MT, UT, CO, OR, and WY.   Brad has been flying as a GA pilot for 35+ years and has a COMM certificate with INST/SEL/SES/MEL ratings and is an active CFI/CFII/MEI. His background includes a 20-year stint as a USAF logistics and special operations officer followed by 10 years in technology sales and project management and more recently, worked as a full-time flight and high school aviation instructor.   He received his bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Washington State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Golden Gate University and lives in Kirkland, WA (a suburb of Seattle). In his spare time, Brad enjoys boating, flying, skiing, golf, and just about any outdoor activity.

Brandon Crosby | Duncan Aviation

I have been working with Aircraft “ACFT” for about 15 years. Most of that has been working with interiors. The other part of that was painting ACFT and parts. I have worked on helicopters, small, medium and large jets. I love to create/fabricate things. I have spent the last 4 years of my career here in Utah at Duncan Aviation.

Brent Chamberlain | USU

Dr. Chamberlain is a professor in the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department at Utah State University. He has been working on vertiport land use planning for several years and has expertise in geospatial modeling and regional planning. A full bio can be found at http://brentchamberlain.org.

Brian Torgersen | Provo Airport

Brian has worked with Provo City for over 10 years and served as the Provo Municipal Airport director since August 2023. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and he is a certified Professional Engineer with the State of Utah.

Cam Peterson | SAi

Cam Peterson is a Principal Software Engineer at SAi residing in Logan, Utah. Cam holds Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic, Private Pilot and Sport Pilot certificates for both airplane and powered parachutes (PPC).

Chay Mosqueda | WFRC

Chay Mosqueda is a Long Range Transportation Planner at Wasatch Front Regional Council, leads the long range roadway planning and studies and focuses on freight, AAM and safety planning. Before becoming a planner Chay worked in the aeronautics space in the US Marine Corps.

Chris Metts | 47G

Chris currently serves as the Executive Director for Advanced Air Mobility at 47G, Utah’s Aerospace and Defense Industry Association. His career has included 35+ years of progressively responsible leadership both in government and industry, resulting in incredible success throughout the FAA and the global aviation community. This includes time as a transportation Attaché at US Embassies overseas. He served as the FAA’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, the VP for their PMO and as the VP of US Air Traffic Operations. In industry, he has served as a corporate VP at L3Harris and a partner level executive at Deloitte LLP. He is also a Mike Mansfield Fellow, an expert in US/Japan relations.

Douglas Spotted Eagle | SMG

Douglas is the primary UAS instructor and industry consultant for Sundance Media Group and VASST. Douglas is a well-known musician and a world-traveled speaker/instructor; a giant in the video and audio industries, having received Grammy, Emmy, DuPont, Peabody, and many other awards. Douglas is the author of several books and DVDs and continues to serve as an adviser and guide for videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters. Douglas now focuses his energy and experience within the UAV/sUAS industry. Douglas was a co-founder of SMG in 1996. Skydiving since 2006 and instructing UAS since 2012, Douglas is an accomplished aerial photographer who thrives in the adrenaline-filled world of fast-action videography. Appointed as a Safety and Training Advisor in the aviation world, he is a risk management/mitigation subject matter expert. Douglas is an audio and imaging pro with numerous awards for his productions; 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, public safety implementation of UAS, commercial and infrastructural UAV applications, UAV risk management, night UAS flight, aerial security systems, and 107 training to ensure pilots clearly understand the FAA laws. Douglas incorporates his years of imaging and aviation experience into best-practices for everything drone/UAV/UAS. Douglas is a frequent speaker and consults on UAV cinematography, public safety implementation of UAS, commercial and infrastructural UAV applications, UAV risk management, night UAS flight, aerial security systems, and 107 training to ensure pilots clearly understand the FAA laws.

Eric Holcomb | SLC Airport

Eric began his journey into aviation in 2011 at Mt. San Antonio College in Southern California. After learning to fly and completing the CTI program there, he started as an Air Traffic Control Specialist at Anchorage Center in 2014. He now works at Salt Lake Center and holds  Commercial Pilot SEL Airplane and Gryoplane Certificates, an Instrument Rating, and a Gyroplane CFI.

Eric Marsing | SLC Airport

Eric Marsing has been in Air Traffic Control for 15 years: 4 years at VGT ( North Las Vegas Tower) and 11 years at SLC ( Salt Lake City Tower).

Jared Esselman | WSP

Jared is one of the national leaders in AAM and has implemented one of the nation’s first statewide planning studies for aerial corridors, placement and design standards for vertiports, and the integration of AAM and surface transportation systems. He brings extensive experience in project management and works with clients to identify ways to leverage technology to enhance overall mission goals while simultaneously modernizing and improving operational efficiency.

Jared began his career in aviation in the United States Air Force as a Loadmaster in the 15th Airlift Squadron. During his military service, Jared earned his FAA pilot certification and is an IFR-rated private pilot and certified Part 107 UAS operator. Jared earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC and his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Focused on aviation policy, Jared served as Director of State Government Affairs for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. At AOPA Jared personally drafted and passed state laws on aviation in 25 states. He also served on the Board of Directors for the National Conference of State Legislators Foundation helping influence and focus aviation legislation across the country.

Most recently Jared served as the Director of Aeronautics for the State of Utah and established himself as one of the nation’s leaders on Advanced Air Mobility.

John Hunter | Skidabrader Group

John brings 20+ years of airfield pavement maintenance experience in sales, sales management, contracting, and in manufacturing-supply chains.  John works directly with airports, consulting engineers, and State Aeronautics Departments developing pavement maintenance projects and long-term maintenance strategies. Working in the various business segments allows the understanding that the pavement maintenance construction sector is a relatively small group, and the industry is built on information sharing and relationships.  Airports are vital to communities, large and small.  The industry is full of dedicated, passionate, professionals.  The most exciting part of my career is working with the stakeholder groups, uncovering the specific needs, and helping find solutions that work within the budget.  The payoff are the relationships that build during the process.   Personal: (if needed)  John currently lives in the Oklahoma City area with his wife Casey.   They enjoy spending time outdoors and with family.   Casey and John have one son, Heath, working in the wildlife management field. 

Jonathan Klein | FAA Civil Rights

Jonathan Klein is the Deputy Director for the National External Operations and Policy Programs at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Civil Rights.  The team oversees airport program compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, and related requirements, ensuring nondiscrimination and compliance in airport programs and contracting opportunities.  The team conducts compliance reviews, complaint investigations, consultations, and trainings, and advises the agency on related policy matters.  Mr. Klein has worked at the FAA since 2015, following nine years with the Federal Transit Administration, where he focused on civil rights matters and oversight of transit services and major infrastructure projects.  Mr. Klein earned his undergraduate degree at Columbia University and law degree at the University of Southern California and is a member of the California State Bar.

Josh Nattress | Robotic Skies

Josh Nattress, Vice President, Operations oversees all of Robotic Skies operations as well as direct the operation of its global service center network. Josh also directs Robotic Skies quality assurance culture and programs to ensure the company’s customers of the highest quality service and documented compliance with UAS regulations. Josh joined Robotic Skies after 15 years at Air Methods, one of the world’s leading EMS helicopter companies. At Air Methods, Josh started as a field Aviation Maintenance Technician working on a variety of rotor wing and fixed wing aircraft, and advanced to become a Regional Maintenance Director. In that position, Josh managed 90 Lead and Line AMTs across six states as well as other local managers within the organization. While at Air Methods Josh also worked on public service helicopters for highway patrol operations, local news coverage, and power infrastructure inspection. Josh holds an Inspector Authorization (IA) certificate and an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license, as well as a Part 107 Remote pilot certificate. Josh joined the Robotic Skies team with a passion to apply his manned aviation experience and knowledge to the unmanned aviation world. He has helped initiate and manages a Safety Management Systems. Josh is committed to safety and to safe operations of all aircraft.

Kimberly Silvester | J-U-B Engineers, Inc.

Kimberly specializes in airport engineering with an emphasis on airfield pavement design and maintenance, lighting/signing, land use compatibility, and airspace analysis. Her 15 years of airport design engineering, planning and project management experience with commercial and general aviation airports while with J-U-B’s Aviation Services Group includes master plans, ALP updates, NAVAID’s, utilities, fencing, snow removal equipment buildings, and procurement.

Larry Weitzman | Aviation Consumer

I am a 3,000 hour Commercial, Instrument multi-engine pilot. I have flown over 40 different types of general aviation aircraft and three types of transport category aircraft. I have owned at least 6 different personal aircraft and 5 transport category aircraft. I owned and operated three executive Vickers Viscounts for about six years providing transportation to most entertainment groups on tours throughout North and South America. The client list was extensive, Presley, Eagles, America, Pink Floyd, Bad Company, Starship, Earth Wind and Fire, Greg Allman, ELO, Zappa, Rod Stewart, Who and more. I have written extensively on Aviation for EAA Sport Aviation, AOPA Pilot, Aviation Consumer, Mountain Democrat newspaper, Motor Trend and more. I’ve consulted on aircraft acquisitions, maintenance, operation and policy. My aviation experience spans seven decades and I have been fortunate to discuss aviation with many notable aviation leaders and notable including Gen. Chuck Yaeger, Col. Paul Tibbets, Jack Pelton, Paul Poberezny, Bob Hoover, Richard McSpadden, Tom Turner, Sean Tucker and so many more.

Major Jefferson Page | Hill AFB

Major Jeff “Bender” Page is a reservist F-35 fighter pilot in the 466th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base and a Delta Air Lines First Officer on the Airbus 320 fleet.

Over his Air Force career, Bender has flown over 3000 hours in Air Force jets, including 500 combat hours in the F-16 flying missions in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.

These days Bender splits time flying Delta’s passengers across the country and maintaining combat mission readiness requirements in the F-35. Passionate about the future success of military aviation, Bender co-hosts the Kodiak Shack and the Afterburn podcasts, focusing on innovation collaboration between commercial and defense entities.

Mayor Ben Nadolski | Ogden City

Mayor Nadolski took office on January 2, 2024, bringing with him a breadth and depth of experience to the office, including two terms on the Ogden City Council, and a 23-year career with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR). From jumping from helicopters for the DWR to overseeing its operations today, Mayor Nadolski’s commitment to Ogden and its natural resources is unwavering. He has a Master of Science degree and years of professional training in Public Management and leadership.

Michael Duke | DBT Aero

Michael Duke has developed with his company, DBT Aero, six-seat future autonomous aircrafts with a target fuel economy of an SUV or luxury car traveling six times faster. The aircrafts are designed to be the most efficient, high speed aircraft ever developed whether powered electrically, with hydrogen or using traditional fuels.

Randall Parkman | SLC TRACON

I attended University of North Dakota where I underwent private pilot training as well as studied air traffic control. I was hired by the FAA in 2011 and worked for several years in Springfield, MO. I have been at Salt Lake TRACON since 2014.

Raymond Christy | SLC Dept. of Airports

During the past 20 years, Raymond Christy has worked to create opportunities for small businesses seeking contracting opportunities in the transportation industry. As an Airport Planner DBE Manager, Raymond is responsible for establishing small business contract goals for concessions and federally funded construction contracts at airports operated by Salt Lake City Department of Airports. He is also responsible for holding concessionaires (food & beverage, retail, and rental car contracts) and contractors accountable for small business participation on federally assisted contracts. 

In addition to establishing contract goals on airport federally assisted procurements, Raymond is responsible for monitoring and DBE enforcement on federally assisted contracts. Additionally, Raymond is the Labor compliance officer on federally assisted construction projects. He ensures contractor employees are paid the correct wage for the various types of federally funded construction work performed.

Richard Jeffs | FAA

I, Richard Jeffs, am the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) Program Manager for the SLC-FSDO. My education (obtained at Salt Lake Community College) and experience consists of both aviation maintenance and avionics. I have worked for a variety of air operators (FAR 135 and 121), agencies (FAR 145), and a flight school (FAR 141) performing maintenance as an A&P Mechanic, Avionics Technician, and held several positions in Management. In 2002 I was hired by the FAA in the position of Geographic Avionics Air Carrier Inspector. I then transferred into the SkyWest Airlines Certificate Management Office (CMO) in 2004 as a Maintenance Inspector primarily performing oversight and management over the EMB-120 Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program (CAMP). In March 2016, I was offered the position as the FAASTeam Program Manager in the SLC-FSDO. As a FAASTeam Program Manager, I no longer perform surveillance and enforcement on airmen, operators, or agencies. The FAASTeam mission is to lower the Nation’s aviation accident rate through training, outreach, and education to within the aviation community.

Roy Evans II | UBCPA

Roy Evans II is a professional aviator with over 25 years and 12,000 hours of accident and incident free flying in all types of aircraft, from light singles and twins, to experimental, vintage, light-sport, unmanned aerial systems, gliders, turbo propeller, narrow body and wide body turbojet powered aircraft both domestically and internationally. Outside the flight deck, Roy is happily married to his college sweetheart, a father to five of their amazing children, and the President of the Utah Back Country Pilots Association. When his chores are done, he’s likely to be flying his 1949 Piper PA-11 Cub Special around the Utah and Idaho backcountry, with one of his children asleep in the backseat wondering how much longer til the next huckleberry milkshake.

Shaun Hill | Hypercraft USA

Shaun Hill leads the Revenue and Sales departments at Hypercraft and is responsible for global streams of revenue including recreational, commercial, private sector, international, public sector, and emerging markets.

In his previous role, he was responsible for enterprise sales to public sector clients including state and local governments, higher education, federal agencies, Department of Defense, and members of the intelligence community. He was foundational in standing up the public sector sales division at Nuvolo, yielding millions in new revenue for the organization.

 Shaun has spent more than 20 years in both the private and public sectors. He has served as a Specialist in the Foreign Service, first at the Embassy in Beijing, China and next at the Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey for the U.S. Department of State.

Stephen Cook | Volante Aircraft

Stephen Cook has a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from Brigham Young University.  He has 30 year’s experience in automotive, aerospace, and medical device manufacturing, and is a Private Pilot.  He loves to coach and formerly competed in freestyle mogul ski competitions, Ultimate frisbee tournaments.  He enjoys boating, riding his Yamaha WR450f dirt bike and flying Piper PA-180 aircraft.  He is passionate about Advanced Air Mobility (AAM).  He owns Utah’s first and only street legal ATV / Aircraft, the Volante.

Steve Snyder | Duncan Aviation

Steve Snyder is a Technical Training Coordinator at Duncan Aviation. He oversees the apprenticeship program and technical training at Duncan Aviation’s Provo location. He graduated from Salt Lake Community College with a degree in Aviation Maintenance.

Steven Derengowski | InterVISTAS Consulting

Steven has over a decade of combined experience in airport operations and facility planning. He provides airports with cost effective solutions to enhance the operational performance of their airfields and local airspace system. His piloting and airport operations experience coupled with his facility planning expertise allows him to understand challenges from multiple perspectives and provide sensible solutions. Additionally, he has served as a lead Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) planner for several projects, looking at both on-airport and off-airport AAM applications. He currently serves as the Chair of the Future of Mobility subcommittee with ACC and has published an industry white paper to help airports prepare for AAM. Finally, he is a panel member to speak about AAM during the AAAE/ACC Planning and Design Symposium in Salt Lake City.