Broken Arrow, OK

September 12 – 13, 2018

UAS Tech Forum 2018Notes://driscoll/88257EF6000002CA/156D7AB6960DAF3488257C470079925D/5F68A5029BB2E93A88258217006D184A (Untitled) Speakers

Brett Amerine

TONIC Ventures

Brett is the Chief Operating Officer at Startup Junkie Consulting, and the Founder and Chairman of the Startup Junkie Foundation.  These organizations are funded by groups including the US SBA, US EDA, Walton Family Foundation and others to build the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem. He is also managing member of the Tonic Fund, and Co-Founder and General Partner of Cadron Capital Partners. He holds a master’s degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas’s College of Engineering, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business. Northwest Arkansas Business Journal named Brett as one of the region’s “Fast 15”. Brett is a certified Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP). For additional information, please visit

Mark Askelson Ph.D

University of North Dakota

Mark A. Askelson received his Ph.D. from the Department of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma in the fall of 2002, his M.S. from the same department in the fall of 1996, and two B.S. degrees (meteorology and mathematics) from the University of North Dakota in the spring of 1993. He is currently a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of North Dakota, having served as both a research and teaching assistant while at the University of Oklahoma. In a 14 year span, he has participated in numerous field research projects, including the NOTE, VORTEX, Hal, and CRYSTAL-FACE. His recent research has focused on surface transportation weather, the utilization of radars for both aircraft deconfliction and meteorological applications, objective analysis, mesoscale modeling, data assimilation, and storm dynamics. (tornadogenesis).

Shawn S Bullard

Duetto Group

Shawn S. Bullard, president of Duetto Group, is a Capitol Hill-based government relations strategist, advisor and lobbyist who specializes in disruptive technologies. For nearly three decades Mr. Bullard has driven public policy at the highest levels of government. He began his career in Washington as a senior congressional staff member to a long-serving member of the House Armed Services Committee and House Transportation Committee.

As vice president of government relations for one of the nation's oldest public relations firms, he designed strategies for some of the most recognizable brands in America, including NASA. Mr. Bullard has served as a trusted resource to scholars at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, as a representative on the White House Y2K Task Force, and as an advisor to delegates on the Federal Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce.

He is a nationally recognized speaker on the intersection of public policy and emerging technologies and sits on multiple boards and advisory committees. He is most active as a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society board (Washington branch), as SkySpecs’ advisory board chairman, and was an external advisory board member to ASSURE and the FAA Center of Excellence for UAS Research. For nearly a decade he has served North Dakota’s UAS interests in Washington and has been the lead federal government advisor to the FAA designated Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site since the beginning. Mr. Bullard holds a Masters degree from George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government, and has served on the school's national alumni board.

J.R. Claeys

Kansas State Representative
District 69

Fifth-Generation Kansan, Born and Raised in Salina, Kansas
Graduate of Salina Catholic Schools and Kansas State University
Kansas House of Representatives, District 69 Representative 2013-2019
Chairman, Committee on Transportation & Public Safety Budget
Kansas Republican Party State Executive Committee Member
Chairman of the Kansas Young Republicans
Young Republican National Federation Campaign Committee
Kansas Republican Party Leadership Series Class of 2011
U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy Judge

J.R. Claeys is the State Representative for west Salina and northwest Saline County, serving the family, friends and neighbors he grew up with. J.R. was born and raised in Salina and is proud to serve the 69th District in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Keeping Kansans safe, and supporting our first responders, is J.R.'s top priority. As chairman of the Transportation and Public Safety Budget Committee, he led his committee in delivering a new pay plan and a pay raise for the Kansas Highway Patrol,  which has led to more recruits at the KHP Academy in Salina. He initiated conversations between KHP and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation that led to the creation of a new career path between the agencies. J.R. delivered a raise for corrections officers and a focus on prison reform issues with the goal of reducing recidivism statewide.

Home of Kansas State Polytechnic, Salina hosts one of the nation's premier aviation schools. J.R. created a plan to support the development of the UAS industry in Salina. He led the effort to create a UAS director position within KDOT Aviation. He has developed a plan to grow the UAS industry here in Kansas, including the creation of a UAS Research Triangle, the development of an aviation research park and UAS business incubator in Salina, and a new tax credit for Kansas engineering students to stay and make their careers in Kansas.

J.R. fought to make government more efficient and accountable, and wants to make sure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. He pushed to implement recommendations from the state efficiency study, including new procurement rules and ways to make KDOT deliver high quality transportation services in the most efficient way.

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, J.R. scrutinized budgets to make sure your dollars are being spent in the best possible way and making sure that services reach those who need them the most. As a member of the Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee, J.R. has worked on vital job creation programs, looking for new ways to make Kansas the best state in the nation to do business. His economic development work includes partnering with the Department of Commerce to discuss ways the department can better market Kansas' business advantages to companies nationwide.

The youngest of three and a fifth-generation Kansan, J.R. Claeys was raised in a middle-class family in Salina, Kansas. It was there that his parents, Joe and Judy Claeys, instilled in him the value of hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit. Mowing lawns for the elderly on the weekends with his dad, J.R. learned the importance of service and community.

J.R.'s father, Joe Claeys, was born and raised in Axtell, Kansas where his parents owned a downtown business. His parents were ranchers in Blue Rapids, Kansas before losing their livlihood in the Great Depression. J.R's grandfather weathered the depression by working for the railroad before settling in Axtell.

J.R. tried his hand in the family trade, spending part of his summer working for Claeys Harvesting on his uncle's combines, harvesting wheat in south-central Kansas up through northeast Colorado, before heading to K-State.

J.R.'s mother, Judy, grew up in Salina, Kansas. Her father drove a dairy truck and later worked for Graves Truck Lines. J.R.'s grandfather also served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during World War II. After raising four children, J.R.'s grandmother worked in the front office at Motor Service in Salina.
J.R.'s parents met in Salina where his mother attended Marymount College and his father started work for Western Electric before serving in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. J.R.'s father retired as a technician for AT&T in Salina, where he served for over 50 years. His mother is a first grade teacher at St. Mary's Grade School where she has taught Salina children for over 34 years.

After graduating high school in Salina J.R. attended Kansas State University where he was involved in nonprofit student media and later worked for The Manhattan Mercury, receiving several state and national awards for his work. This is where J.R. first decided to pursue work in the nonprofit sector for charities and civic organizations. After the attacks of 9/11, J.R. became a founding member of a volunteer networking organization that matched volunteers with charitable organizations seeking help.

At K-State, J.R. was recognized by the Manhattan City Council with a Community Service Award for his volunteer work with the Riley County Police Department and Crimestoppers.
After graduating from K-State, J.R. went to Washington, D.C. to work in fundraising for the Republican National Committee. He went on to earn his Master of Public Administration degree from The George Washington University School of Business, where he studied nonprofit management.

J.R. went to school at night while working as director of communications for the National Small Business Association (NSBA), a Washington, D.C. based small-business advocacy organization with over 150,000 member companies. There he advocated for reforms to encourage small business growth across America and was appointed as a U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy Judge with the Bush Administration in 2004.

J.R. also served as the director of communications for the Small Business Exporters Association and the Small Business Technology Coalition. He was the spokesman for the Coalition Supporting Equity for Our Nation's Self-Employed, a coalition of business associations supporting tax fairness for self-employed health care costs, as well as the Small Business Coalition for Equitable Health Insurance, a coalition of businesses and trade associations supporting a market-based approach to health insurance coverage.

From there, J.R. was selected as the President and CEO of the National Association of Government Contractors (NAGC), a trade association for small and midsize businesses involved in government contracting. J.R. has been an advocate for a fair and transparent procurement process and increased access to government contracts for small businesses. As president, J.R. assisted thousands of small businesses seeking work with federal, state and local government agencies. During election years he led massive Get Out The Vote campaigns to register new voters across the country, and helped get voters out to the polls on election day.

J.R. is quoted as an expert on small-business legislative issues in major publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and many others. He has also appeared on national radio programs and television news channels representing small businesses throughout the country. In 2011, J.R. was selected to testify on behalf of small businesses before the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2012, J.R. testified before the House Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, representing small businesses involved in the GSA Schedule.

J.R. is a certified international elections observer, having served as a volunteer in a young democracy grappling with voter fraud issues and the implementation of Voter ID programs to secure citizen ballots.
In March 2009, J.R. worked to stop voter fraud in El Salvador's presidential elections. At his voting center a Nicaraguan was caught trying to vote illegaly, attempting to steal the vote of an eligible voter. J.R. advised the country's electoral tribunal on the changes necessary to prevent future voter fraud, helping reform the electoral process of a nation.

J.R. is also a supporter and volunteer with the Kids Voting Kansas Program, an organization that teaches kids the elections process by allowing parents to bring their school-aged children with them to the polls to learn how to vote.

Throughout 2009 and 2010, J.R. ran a strong statewide campaign for the Republican nomination for the Office of Kansas Secretary of State, falling short, while winning 34 counties and over 67,000 votes.
J.R. currently serves on the regional advisory board for the Partnership for Technology Innovation, committed to improving rural access to technology in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas.
Continuing in his commitment to promoting conservative principles, J.R. served as Chairman of the Kansas Young Republicans, and on the State Executive Committee of the Kansas Republican Party. He is also a volunteer organizer for the Republican Leadership Series, and a graduate of the innagural class in 2011.

J.R. is Salina's Representative, first elected in 2012 to the Kansas House of Representatives. Reelected in 2014 and 2016, J.R. serves as the chairman of the Committee on Transportation & Public Safety Budget, and as a member of the Committee on Commerce, Labor & Economic Development, the powerful Committee on Appropriations, and the Joint Committee on State Building Construction, in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Lindsey Dreiling

Marketing & Outreach Manager
Kansas Department of Transportation

Kelvin Droegemeier

Secretary of Science & Technology
Oklahoma Governor's AAS Council

Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier is Vice President for Research, Regents’ Professor of Meteorology, Weathernews Chair Emeritus, and Teigen Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma. He earned a B.S. with Special Distinction in Meteorology in 1980 from the University of Oklahoma, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in atmospheric science in 1982 and 1985, respectively, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He co-founded and directed the National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center (STC) for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS), and co-founded the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA). From 1999-2001, he wrote a daily weather science column for the Daily Oklahoman newspaper, which is Oklahoma's largest.

Dr. Droegemeier was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the US Senate for a six-year term on the National Science Board, the governing body of the National Science Foundation that also provides science policy guidance to the Congress and President. Dr. Droegemeier was re-nominated by President Obama and again confirmed by the Senate, serving a second six-year term on the National Science Board, the last four years as Vice-Chairman. He has testified before Congress on seven occasions.

Dr. Droegemeier served as Chair of the Association of Public and Land Grant University’s (APLU) Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education (CRPGE), now the Council on Research. He is a Trustee and Chair-Elect of the Board of Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. He also served a member of the Board of Directors of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Foundation, and the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR). Dr. Droegemeier currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America and serves on the Council on Competitiveness Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative (TLSI).

Dr. Droegemeier is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was was appointed in 2017 by Governor Mary Fallin as Oklahoma’s fourth Secretary of Science and Technology. In his more than 30 years at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Droegemeier has generated over $40 million in external research funding, authoring or co-authoring more than 80 refereed journal articles and over 200 conference publications.

Vince Howie

Aerospace Director
Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Steven Koch

Director of the
NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)

Dr. Koch currently serves as the Director of the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma, an Affiliate Professor Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, where he advises and teaches courses to students, and as Program Manager for VORTEX-Southeast. NSSL is one of several research laboratories in Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)). Dr. Koch joined NSSL in 2011 after having served in a high-level management position at the Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado for more than a decade, as a tenured Associate Professor at North Carolina State University in the 1990s, and as a research scientist from 1980-1993 at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In the past, he has also served as an adjunct faculty member to underrepresented minority students at North Carolina A&T University and at Iowa State University. Dr. Koch has been instrumental in developing and transitioning many new Science & Technology systems to the National Weather Service, including advanced numerical weather prediction systems, meteorological observational and display systems, and forecasting techniques, and has won awards for his contributions. He is a Fellow of both the American Meteorological Society and the OU Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies. In his nearly 40 years of service in both the federal and state academic sectors, he has authored or co-authored nearly 80 refereed journal articles and 180 conference publications. He is an internationally recognized expert on atmospheric gravity waves, mesoscale meteorology, and severe storms, and is a frequent invited speaker on the topic of applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems to monitoring severe thunderstorm environments.

Tom McMahon

Vice President, Advocacy and Public Affairs
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

Tom McMahon is senior vice president of Advocacy and Government Relations at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. In this role, he leads AUVSI’s public affairs and communications organization. He also manages initiatives to reach policy decision makers and influencers with information about unmanned systems and how the technology will benefit the economy and generate business opportunities and jobs.

Before joining AUVSI in 2015, McMahon was director of Global Communications and Government Affairs at Motorola Solutions, a leading provider of public safety communications systems. Previously, he was director of Corporate Communications and Government Relations at CenturyLink and Qwest Communications, two of the nation’s largest telecommunications providers. He managed media relations during the $22 billion CenturyLink-Qwest merger, a transaction that required approval from the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and more than 30 state public service commissions.

Earlier in his career, McMahon was vice president of Communications and Government Affairs at WaveCrest Laboratories, an electric vehicle systems developer. He helped promote the company’s patented electric propulsion technology in the international transportation market. Before that he was vice president at the public affairs firms Powell Tate and Brodeur Worldwide, where he consulted clients on policy issues concerning several industries, including technology, telecommunications and transportation. He has also worked in the U.S. Congress, serving as a spokesperson for members and committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

McMahon is a graduate of Auburn University and was general manager of its public radio station. He is a member of the National Press Club and formerly served on its the Board of Governors. Currently, he is chair of the Marketing Communications Subcommittee of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Advanced Mobility Consortium.

Art Miller

Angel Investor
Cowboy Technology Angels

Art Miller is the founder of Miller Business Consulting, Inc., a management consulting firm located in the Oklahoma City area. He specializes in working with businesses that have performance issues. His areas of expertise include financial projections, cash flow and working capital management, cost controls, private placements of debt and equity, mergers and acquisitions, as well as accounting and financial systems and procedures. In addition, Mr. Miller has extensive business planning and strategic planning experience, both as a prerequisite to raising capital and as an effective tool for prioritizing and making progress toward business and personal goals.

Art sat in the Chief Financial Officer’s chair at First Capital Corporation, a leading national provider of asset based loans up to $5 million in size. It was at First Capital that he closed the first ever securitization of the small asset-based loan asset class – a $100 million deal. He also oversaw the Information Technology area of First Capital’s business. Before founding Miller Business Consulting he joined Infinite Solutions Group, a turnaround consulting firm, as a partner. Art was also CFO of a venture financed software development firm, and raised both debt and equity capital for that business to finance new product development and market growth.

Art has a diverse financial background that includes positions in banking, mortgage banking, investment banking, asset-based lending, factoring, mezzanine capital, and venture capital. As a provider of funds in those many layers of the capital structure, Mr. Miller is uniquely qualified to advise companies with financial challenges on how best to improve their capitalization to reach growth and other critical business goals.

During Mr. Miller’s work as a venture capitalist and later as an advisor to many small and growing businesses in both a consulting and fund raising capacity, he has formed formal Board’s of Directors and Advisory Boards, as well as non-profit Boards. Therefore, Art is thoroughly familiar with sound Board practices that add value to a business, and he is deeply appreciative of the positive attributes and disciplines that result from a strong Board or group of advisors. Currently he owns a franchise in Oklahoma City for The Alternative Board (TAB), which forms peer advisory boards for small and medium-sized businesses. Art acts as facilitator for these boards and business coach to the owners.

Art brings a lot of “gray hair” to his consulting assignments, resulting from over 30 years of diverse business experience as a manager and a business owner, as well as a consultant and confidential advisor. He earned an undergraduate business degree with a concentration in accounting from Bucknell University. Art holds an MBA from the Colgate Darden School at the University of Virginia, where he was recognized with the William Michael Shermet Award and the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence. Mr. Miller also holds professional designations as a CPA and as a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

Michael Mitchell

Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc.

As a member of the Chickasaw Nation, Mr. Mike Mitchell brings 19 years of experience and expertise to Chickasaw Nation Industries (CNI) as the President of the Defense Logistics Division. He has held a variety of roles and responsibilities throughout his tenure with the company and has been deeply instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the corporation. He provides executive oversight to the subsidiary managers and furthermore, supports the development of relationships with customers, teaming partners and various Government contracting stakeholders to ensure project success. He also holds fiduciary responsibility for contract execution and ensures overall
alignment to CNI’s strategic vision and mission.


Mr. Mitchell is a native of Ada, OK. His service to the Chickasaw Nation has been extensive. He was the first employee of Chickasaw Nation Industries following its federal charter in 1999, serving as the President and CEO for the new holding company. By 2002, he grew CNI into a company that exceeded $20+ million in annual revenue. Due to his commitment and service to the United States Army National Guard, he stepped down as CEO in 2002 and deployed overseas in support of Operation Armored Falcon (Operation Enduring Freedom). Upon his return, he assumed multiple executive positions until a second deployment in 2007-2008. After returning from his second deployment, he was tasked with duties serving as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer (DCO) and then Chief Operating Officer (COO). In 2017, Mr. Mitchell assumed the responsibility as President over the newly formed Defense Logistics Division of CNI. With a career spanning over 19 years with CNI, he has served in various roles supporting the growth of the company. Perhaps most impressive, under his leadership and tutelage, he has helped CNI grow into a company that has achieved $330 million in annual revenue and employ over 2,600 employees in 40 states.


Mr. Mitchell is active in his community, participating as a member of the Board of Directors of Armed Forces Communication and Engineering Association OK Chapter (AFCEA), Gatesway Foundation of Tulsa (non-profit), Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance (non-profit), and Allied Arts of Oklahoma City (non-profit). He is a proud member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). He also serves as a Deacon of the Fittstown Church of Christ, an AQHA member, an APHA member, and a proud parent and sponsor of Ada Athletics and the County 4-H community.


Mr. Mitchell’s service to the Oklahoma Army National Guard began as an enlisted soldier in 1991 (Private First Class) Artillery Repair Specialist (45L) with the 120 S&S Battalion (BN), Detachment 1, 1120th Maintenance Company. He graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS – Class 038) in July 1993 and commissioned in the Oklahoma National Guard as a Second Lieutenant. Maj Mitchell has held various assignments and staff positions within the Army National Guard. Assignments: Artillery Repairer (45L/K), Base Maintenance Platoon Leader, Detachment Commander, Company
Commander, BN Support Operations Maintenance Officer, BN S-4 Logistics Officer, BN S-3 Operations Officer, and BN Executive Officer (XO). Maj Mitchell served during Operation Noble Eagle/ Armored Falcon (Operations Enduring Freedom) from December 28, 2002 – January 1, 2005, as a Military Police Company Commander. His most recent deployment was during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Baghdad, Iraq from September 10, 2007 – December 25, 2008, where he performed the duties as the S-3 Operations Officer and BN Executive Offer (XO) for a Military Police Battalion assigned to Detainee Operations Task Force 134 (TF MP North) – Baghdad IRAQ.

Maj Mitchell’s military schools include Basic Training, Advance Individual Training (Distinguished Honor Graduate), Officer Candidate School, Ordnance Officer Basic Course, Ordnance Officer Advance Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate), Combined Arms Service Staff School (CAS3), Maintenance Leaders Course, Petroleum Officer Advance Course, Commanders Safety Course, and Joint Force Tactical Air Operations.

Maj Mitchell’s awards, decorations, and qualifications include the Army Bronze Star for Combat Operations IRAQ, Meritorious Service Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd), Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2nd), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (3rd), Overseas Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2nd), Global War on Terrorism Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (4th), Oklahoma Good Conduct Ribbon (3rd), Oklahoma Long Service Ribbon (10yr), Oklahoma State Active Duty Ribbon (Operation Twister), and Expert Marksmanship Badge with Rifle Bar, Pistol Bar, and Hand Grenade Bar.

Tracy A. Poole

Angel Investor

Tracy Poole is an accomplished lawyer and former corporate executive whose more than 20 years of broad-based experience in the business community have included serving as outside counsel to various energy and power companies while in private practice, as corporate counsel to a leading energy marketing and trading company, as general counsel of an energy-focused hedge fund, and most recently as a founding partner and leader of three private exploration and production companies and two midstream natural gas storage development project companies. He has also been active in the management of several portfolio companies, having previously served on their boards of directors. Not only does Tracy understand the unique issues associated with managing business opportunities, but he is well-regarded for his ability and willingness to draw from his hands-on leadership, operational and legal experiences and insights to add meaningful value to client relationships.
Tracy’s practice encompasses the areas of venture capital and capital markets, energy and natural resources law, energy litigation, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, business formation and organization, regulatory compliance, contracting, corporate governance and compliance, financing, and securities law. He has specific experience with matters involving the management and operations of energy assets; acquisition and divesture of upstream assets; debt financing, including senior secured, senior unsecured, mezzanine and reserved-based facilities; development and management of investment funds; management of private equity investments; acquisition of equity securities; structured swaps and options; joint venture agreements; development of natural gas storage facilities; and the negotiation of a multitude of contracts, including long-term power, transmission and distribution, tolling, joint development, power plant development, construction and engineering, and gathering, processing and joint use agreements. Additionally, Tracy has held FINRA series 7 and 63 securities licenses and is skilled in the negotiation and preparation of OTC derivatives transactions.
Tracy’s achievements have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (energy law).

James O Poss

ISR Ideas

Maj. Gen. James O. Poss (ret) is the CEO of ISR Ideas, an intelligence and unmanned aerial systems consulting firm. He is the founder and former Executive Director of the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence Team. ASSURE is 22 of the top US, Canadian and British UAS research universities with 100+ corporate members teaming to solve the FAA’s UAS research issues.
He is a 30 year US Air Force veteran with combat experience in four wars and was the Air Force’s senior career intelligence officer at his transition from active service in November 2012. He is a leading expert on UAS, having helped designed the US Air Force’s remote split operations system for UAS control and the Distributed Common Ground Station for UAS intelligence analysis. Gen Poss also has extensive experience in cyber operations from his assignments with the National Security Agency and as the Air Force lead for stand up of US Cyber Command.

General Poss received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Southern Mississippi. He flew RC-135 sensitive reconnaissance missions during the Cold War, served in DESERT STORM with the U.S. VII Corps RC-12 Guardrail Battalion in Saudi Arabia, commanded an RC-135 squadron during the Kosovo Air War and was Director of Intelligence for Coalition Air Forces in Southwest Asia at the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom. The general commanded the 488th Intelligence Squadron, Royal Air Force Mildenhall. He also commanded the 609th Air Intelligence Group at Shaw AFB, SC and 70th Intelligence Wing at Fort George G. Meade, MD.

The general has previously served as the Director of Intelligence at both Headquarter U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Combat Command. His final assignment was Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, Headquarters US Air Force. His ASSURE UAS team won the competition for the FAA’s unmanned research center against teams that included MIT, Stanford and Michigan. He is the 2012 winner of Aviation Weeks’ Curtis Sword Award for his leadership in Anglo-American aerospace relations.

1982 Bachelor of Science degree in political science, University of Southern Mississippi
1986 Master of Arts degree in international relations, University of Southern California
1994 Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies, College of Naval Command and Staff
1994 Armed Forces Staff College
1998 Air War College
2009 Executive Seminar in International Relations and National Security Studies, Harvard University

Brian Post

Vice President
Choctaw Global

Mr. Post’s experience includes almost 20 years of financial analysis, strategic planning, project management, and economic and business development in industries such as telecommunications, gaming and hospitality, media, oil and gas services, manufacturing, food and beverage, real estate, and aerospace. Mr. Post is the lead point of contact for the Choctaw Nation’s UASIPP and led the team that submitted the successful application to the FAA. Prior to joining the Choctaw Nation, Mr. Post was an integral team member in two business start-ups valued at $500 million each and taking one to an initial public offering. Mr. Post has led 10 Acquisitions and Divestitures valued at over $50 million and currently manages a strategic investment portfolio of approximately $90 million for Choctaw Global, a division of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Prior to managing the strategic investments portfolio at Choctaw Global, Mr. Post successfully managed Economic Development and several special projects for the Choctaw Nation including: 1) leading the team converting paper real estate records to digital GIS mapping files; 2) leading the team that rolled out the Choctaw Development Fund which invests in communities throughout Southeast Oklahoma; and 3) leading the team and efforts to get a $750,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration.
Mr. Post has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver and a Master of Business Administration from Oral Roberts University.

Raymond Red Corn

Assistant Principal Chief
Osage Nation

Raymond W. Red Corn III was elected to the 1st Osage Nation Congress in 2006, and to the 2nd Congress in 2010. He served as Second Speaker in the 2nd Congress and as Speaker in the 3rd. Elected as Assistant Principal Chief in 2014, Raymond has focused on organizational issues, agriculture, and constituent services. At Chief Standing Bear's instruction, he has led efforts to acquire and plan development of new properties, prioritize acquisitions, and work cooperatively with local governments.

Raymond has four sons – Ryan, Jon, Alex, and Studebaker – and a stepson, Jed Creel. Raymond has worked around the fire since 2003 and has been a member of the Pawhuska Committee since 2006. All four of Raymond’s Osage sons participate in the I-lon-schka. Raymond is the son of Raymond and Waltena Red Corn of the Pawhuska Indian Village, and the husband of Louise Red Corn, owner of the Bigheart Times, a local newspaper.

Assistant Chief Red Corn values education. All of his sons graduated from Kansas University; Ryan with a degree in Fine Arts, Jon with a Masters in Architecture, Alex with a degree in Education and Studebaker with a degree in Engineering. Both Alex and Studebaker are pursuing doctorates in their field; Alex at Kansas State and Studebaker at Purdue. Inspired by his sons, Raymond went back to school in 2010 part time, graduating in 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a Management emphasis.

Sergio A Salinas Monroy

Assistant Professor
Wichita State University

Sergio A. Salinas Monroy received the BS degree in
Telecommunications Engineering from Jackson State University, Jackson,
in 2010, and the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering
from Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, in 2015. He is
currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science, Wichita State University, Wichita,
KS. His research interests include security and privacy in
cyberphysical systems, cloud computing, and big data. He is a member
of the IEEE and ACM.

Jeff Seymour

Director of Business Development
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Jeff Seymour currently serves as the Director of Business Development for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. In this role he leads the Chamber’s effort to expand the industrial, office, aerospace and destination retail sectors of the Oklahoma City economy.

Prior to serving at the Chamber, Jeff served as Executive Director of the Franklin County Development Council, a county-wide economic development organization in the greater Kansas City region and the Executive Director of the Blackwell Chamber of Commerce/Blackwell Industrial Authority in Blackwell, OK.

Jeff lives in southwest Oklahoma City with his wife Natasha and daughter Emmaline. He is an avid biker and traveler and is graduate of Oklahoma State University and Northern Oklahoma College with degrees in economics and international business. Jeff holds the status of a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council.

Sujeet Shenoi PhD

The University of Tulsa

Wesley Shover

Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation

Craig J. Smith

District Director
Office of Oklahoma Congressman Steve Russell

Matthias Steiner

Senior Scientist
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Dr. Matthias Steiner is a Senior Scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) serving as Director for the Aviation Applications Program of the Research Applications Laboratory (RAL). Drawing from three decades of scientific experience, he leads new initiatives and directs research and development efforts broadly aimed at mitigation of avoidable weather impacts on various sectors, with a particular focus on aviation. Dr. Steiner’s vision, leadership, and substantial contributions toward mitigating weather impacts on the aviation industry reach deeply across the traditional boundaries of developing more accurate weather forecasts in order to integrate weather guidance in the decision-making process to better serve aviation operators. At present, Dr. Steiner is leading efforts to understand weather sensitivities and requirements for the rapidly growing interests in urban air mobility and using unmanned aerial systems for wide-ranging applications and safe integration into the national airspace system. Dr. Steiner has received multiple recognitions for excellent contributions to field programs, scientific missions, and outstanding publications. Most notable, Dr. Steiner is a Fellow of both the Royal and American Meteorological Societies.

Jim Troxel

Cowboy Technology Angels

Jim is a Founder of Development Capital Networks and manages its WBTangels initiative which includes funds in Oklahoma, North Dakota, and Wyoming. In his career he has inspired over 70,000 people in his seminars and workshops ranging from change management, to adult education and participative planning. Since 1997, Jim has led over 100 workshops on seed investing for angel investors and new entrepreneurs. As an expert in strategic planning, group facilitation, and organizational learning, Jim heads up the firm’s internal planning processes and new curriculum designs. He received his B.S. from Oklahoma State University and earned a master's degree with a concentration in organizational transformation from DePaul University in Chicago.