John W. Brown, President and CEO
Mr. Brown is a technology entrepreneur and a seasoned corporate finance professional. Prior to joining Silent Falcon UAS Technologies, Mr. Brown was CFO of Bye Energy, a founder of Sandia Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity investment and advisory firm, and COO of PricewaterhouseCoopers Securities, LLC, the investment banking affiliate of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Brown is a Chartered Financial Analyst, holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a BBA from the University of New Mexico.
Gregory W. Walker, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Walker has over 25 years direct experience in designing, building, testing, and operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). He has a distinguished career in the industry as an Army officer conducting UAS research with both the Army and NASA, industry entrepreneur, and for the past 15 years starting and leading the University of Alaska UAS program. As the Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration he was widely respected as he developed the most extensive and technically advanced program for the development and deployment of unmanned aircraft systems for civil applications around the world. He is regarded as the go to person on the operational, developmental, design and technical aspects of employing small UAS as well as the issues of integrating UAS into sovereign airspace worldwide. Mr. Walker graduated from the University of Wisconsin, in 1986 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and from Stanford University in 1988 with both an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics.
George W. Turner, SVP - Systems Integration
Mr. Turner is an experienced electronics manufacturing executive. Prior to joining Silent Falcon UAS Technologies, Mr. Turner held various management positions within Motorola Corporation including leadership of the Logic and Analog Integrated Circuit Division, Radio Frequency (RF) Division, Vice-President of Reliability and Quality Control, President of Motorola Korea responsible for all of Motorola's operations in South Korea and as Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Motorola's Life Sciences Division. Mr. Turner holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico.
Jon McClellan, Director of Flight Operations
Mr. McClellan is an aviation professional with 22 years of experience in various aviation disciplines including operations, flight test, research and development, manufacturing/maintenance, and quality assurance. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Dedicated Crew Chief of A/OA-10 aircraft and was a member of the West Coast A-10 Demonstration Team. Mr. McClellan’s career has been focused on the development and airworthiness of several experimental aircraft and multiple certificated aircraft. He studied aviation science at Eastern New Mexico University and possesses an FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate with an Inspection Authorization endorsement.
Paul Reynolds, Director of Production
Mr. Reynolds comes to Silent Falcon with over 30 years' experience in manufacturing technologies, technology commercialization, lean manufacturing, ISO compliance, program management, and product design. Paul is an accomplished machinist, fabricator, and production manager.
Kären Mastenbrook, Director of Marketing
Ms. Mastenbrook is a marketing professional with over 20 years' experience marketing diverse product lines and services, from industrial private-labeled saw blades, promotional product catalogs, security products, to telecommunications services. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Marketing and a minor in Psychology.
Board of Directors
George E. Bye, Chairman
Mr. Bye is an aerospace entrepreneur, manager and executive. He founded Bye Aerospace, out of which both Silent Falcon UAS Technologies and its sister company Bye Energy, now Beyond Aviation, were formed. Previously, Mr. Bye developed and led Aviation Technology Group and designed the Javelin Jet. He has over 4,000 flying hours in aircraft including T-38 and the C-141B transport. Mr. Bye is a veteran of Desert Storm. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington.
H. H. “Bugs” Forsythe, Maj. General (USAF Ret.), Vice Chairman
Maj. Gen. H.H. “Bugs” Forsythe serves as a Senior Fellow at the Joint Forces Staff College and previously served in a command position with Central Air Force Command. Gen. Forsythe graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and has served on active duty, in the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve accumulating over 4500 hours as an instructor pilot, flight commander, weapons officer, operations officer, squadron commander and operations group commander.
Mark Eidemueller, Director
Mr. Eidemueller founded and is a Principal of Wasena Capital Management, a private equity investment firm. Prior to that he was a partner at Brockway Moran & Partners, a growth-oriented private equity firm with $1.3 billion under management. Mr. Eidemueller earned a BA at Yale University, an MBA at Carnegie Mellon’s and a JD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Nim Evatt, Director
Mr. Evatt is Chairman of the Board of AeroSat Corporation. He previously served as Vice President and GM of EMS Aviation, which was a consolidation of Formation, Inc. and two EMS business units, with combined revenues of $120 million.
Prior to Formation, Inc., Mr. Evatt served as CEO at Liberty Technologies, a producer of diagnostic systems for the nuclear power industry. Mr. Evatt went to Libery Technologies after 17 years with General Electric.
Mr. Evatt holds a BA from Western New Mexico University, and an MS in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University.
Mason Whitney, Major General (USAF Ret.), Director
Maj. Gen. Mason Whitney recently retired as Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security for Colorado and served on Gov. Ritter's cabinet as the Adjutant General of Colorado. He retired from the Colorado National Guard after 39 years of commissioned service in the U.S. Air Force and Colorado National Guard accumulating over 6,000 military flight hours, 343 combat missions and 758 combat hours in O-2A, A-7, T-37, T-39 and F-16 aircraft.
Scott Chesnut, Colonel (USAF Ret.) Director
Col. Chesnut is a senior manager with Rockwell Collins. He was previously the Vice Commander of the Air Force District of Washington DC region, overseeing homeland security and interagency operations. He has over 7,000 hours in the USAF F-111, KC-10, C-5 and Gulfstream V, and over 30 civil general aviation aircraft. He received his BS degree from Arizona State University, an MBA from Embry Riddle University, and an MA in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.