John W. Brown, Executive Chairman of the Board
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.
James McBurney, President
James McBurney joins Silent Falcon UAS Technologies as President after a career in finance and private equity and with executive experience with early stage energy and technology companies.
During his career, Jim worked at Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America in New York and London, in the M&A, Energy & Power and Natural Resource groups. He served as CEO of JNR (UK) Limited, a Rothschild family-owned merchant bank with a primary focus on natural resources in the Former Soviet Union and as CEO of HCF International Advisers Limited, a financing and advisory boutique focused on the mining and steel sectors.
Jim was CEO of a Russian-based gold mining company and more recently worked with a US-based LNG development company and hydrogen-based fuels business.
Prior to completing his MBA at Harvard Business School, Jim served for five years in the US Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer in 3rd Battalion 9th Marines and as a platoon commander in 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. Jim received a BA from Yale University.
George W. Turner, senior advisor
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.
Trevor Briggs, Director of Flight OperationS
Mr. Briggs is responsible for the planning and coordination of all Silent Falcon flight activities. Having taken part in every flight operation performed by the company, he is intimately familiar with the aircraft and all associated equipment. He received a bachelors degree in unmanned aviation from Liberty University and his five years of unmanned aviation experience include maintenance, quality assurance, project management, and production/experimental flight testing. He has worked with military, commercial and public safety customers, and has flown missions for both domestic and international partners within the United States and overseas.
Luca Ispirescu, Director of Finance
Ms. Ispirescu comes from an extensive international background that includes international businesses startups, public relations liaison to the Romanian Government and Military for the “We are NATO” campaign, Program Manager for Epic Systems Corporation and Strategic Adviser for startups and small businesses involving technologically innovative ideas in collaboration with the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. She has a strong scientific foundation from the University of Bucharest (Romania) - Department of Physics, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of New Mexico, and MBA in International Management and Management of Technology.
Board of Directors
George E. Bye, VICE Chairman
Mr. Bye is an aerospace entrepreneur, manager and executive. He founded Bye Aerospace, out of which Silent Falcon™ UAS Technologies was 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, Major General (USAF Retired)
Major General 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. General 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 4,500 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 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. Prior to Formation, Inc., Mr. Evatt worked with General Electric, then served as CEO at Liberty Technologies, a producer of diagnostic systems for the nuclear power industry. Mr. Evatt holds a BA from Western New Mexico University and an MS in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University.
Mason Whitney, Major General (USAF Retired), Director
Major General Mason Whitney recently retired as Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security for Colorado and served on Governor 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 Retired) Director
Colonel 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.