John W. Brown, Chairman
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, and is a member of the External Advisory Board of the Global and National Security Policy Institute.
Grant Bishop, President and CEO
Mr. Bishop served in aerospace leadership roles after serving 20 years as an F16 pilot and commander in the US Air Force. Since retiring from the US Air Force in 2005, Mr. Bishop has been involved with bringing innovative technologies to improve aviation safety and to support the next generation of transportation systems globally to include bringing LIDAR scanning and surface imagery to the airport pavement management and infrastructure market. Grant also served as the Aviation Chair for Geospatial Transportation Mapping Association, (GTMA) to help develop policy, regulation and strategy for mapping of airports. Bishop provides the complete solution for advanced technology companies by transitioning the product from R&D concept demonstrator through to commercialization including engaging the regulatory agencies such as the FCC, FAA and Departments of Defense all while maintaining a focus on P&L and manufacturing. Bishop keeps focused attention-to-detail on items that will impact the user, regulator, manufacturer and customer throughout the entire process and product life cycle.
Jim Dow, Senior Advisor – Applications & Markets
Mr. Dow’s multiple careers have been vested in four major industry groups – US Military (9 years), Aerospace (6 years), Electric Power Generation and Transmission (21 years), and Airborne Remote Sensing (22 years). Along the way, Mr. Dow has been directly involved in the startup and maturing (commercialization) of at least four applications and solutions oriented technology innovations: specialized electronic instrumentation to detect and measure simulated nuclear blast waves (US Naval Weapons Laboratory), Computer Aided Engineering & Manufacturing (Lockheed Aircraft), Geographical Information Systems (The Southern Company), and airborne LIDAR (Light Detection & Ranging) and digital imagery remote sensing and mapping (Aerotec, LLC). Mr. Dow has been recognized as an international contributor/innovator through his association with Battelle Laboratories and his various professional positions – most recently President and CEO of Aerotec, LLC, an airborne remote sensing company operating throughout North America. Mr. Dow is an accomplished author and principal inventor holding six patents focused on airborne remote sensing applications – with one additional patent pending involving “Gently Curved, Convergent, Non-traditional Drone Flight Paths”.
Luca Ispirescu, Director of Business Development
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.
Nicolas Plazola, Director of Finance
Mr. Plazola joins the Silent Falcon team with a background in financial management for individuals and businesses having previously worked for a startup high-net-worth investment advisor in Santa Fe, NM. He is responsible for the accounting, payroll and purchasing duties at Silent Falcon.. Prior to his investment advisory career, Mr. Plazola studied and worked for the University of New Mexico where he completed his MBA in Accounting and earned his BBA in Finance, summa cum laude.
Justin Carr, Director of Flight Operations
Mr. Carr is responsible for the planning and coordination of all Silent Falcon flight activities. He has over 23 years of experience flying remotely operated fixed-wing aircrafts, and 7 years of experience designing, building and flying remotely operated multi-rotor aircrafts. Having worked through different operations with Silent Falcon UAS Technologies, from electronics to production, Mr. Carr supported electronics assembly, aircraft assembly, as well as tuning, testing, and flying the aircraft.
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.
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.
Ms. deCastro is a federal contracting executive and entrepreneur. A native New Mexican, she has been the President and CEO of Wildflower International, Ltd., New Mexico’s largest woman-owned business, for 27 years. Wildflower is a government technology firm focused on national security and owns the most important Federal Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) in existence today. Prior to founding Wildflower, she was the National Sales Director for the industrial division of Avnet, Inc. She attended college at The United States International University in San Diego, CA as well as the University of Hawaii.
Michael is the Co-Founder and Acting CEO of Quick Med Claims, a company that specializes in EMS Revenue Cycle Management for Air and Ground EMS Services. He served as its President until it was sold to 5 Points Capital in 2015. Under his leadership the company from has grown to become a national leader in its industry with over 350 employees. He also Co-Founded the “Cures for KIDS Foundation” a 501C-3 company that raises money for children’s charities. Michael graduated from SUNY at Albany in 1987 with a degree in Communications.