There are a lot of options out there to manage your fleet of drones and keep track of them in the sky, but what does it take to really scale these operations and integrate them into the national airspace? Our panelists will discuss solutions and the key ingredients to scaling your operations.
As President & CEO of Airspace Link, Inc. Michael Healander is responsible for running all facets of the business. Michael has a proven executive management track record and 15 years of experience driving sales growth in the technology industry. Prior to joining Airspace Link, Michael was Vice President of Business Development at Acuity Brands and he was responsible for all software sales across four brands. Previously, he was the co-founder and CRO of Geometri where he built an indoor mapping, analytics and navigation business that was successfully acquired by Acuity Brands. Michael also served on GISinc. management team for six years and was recognized as a leader in location technology. GISinc grew from 25 to 170 employees over this period. Michael has 20 years of experience in spatial technology, 12 years in state & local government, 7 years in the commercial and retail industry, 2 years in Federal (DoD) and currently holds an FAA commercial drone pilot license.
For more than 25 years, Mr. Mills has served as a serial entrepreneur, investor, and CEO in the communications and web-based technology market. Mr. Mills has been involved in multiple venture-backed technology start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and private equity investment and portfolio companies during his career.
Mr. Mills founded venture-backed GENBAND (General Bandwidth, Inc.) in 1999 and led the company as CEO, President until 2005. During his tenure at GENBAND, Mr. Mills secured financing venture capital funding from Sevin Rosen, Sequoia Capital, Venrock, and Invesco, and through a successful partnership with Alcatel, won a significant part of the SBC Communications APON, VOIP (Project Light speed) contract in 2004. In 2006, Mr. Mills founded Rip Code, Inc., a video technology company based in Dallas and Austin, Texas that focused on the deployment of mobile, three-screen video trans coding and delivery. In 2010, Rip Code merged with RGB Networks, a Klein Perkins and Accelerate backed video technology company based in Sunnyvale, California. Mr. Mills has held previous positions with ATEME, S.A., RGB Networks, Cisco Systems through its acquisition of NetSpeed in 1998, Dell Computers and NetWorth, Inc.
Mr. Mills serves as Managing Partner of Fortress Solutions, Fortress UAV, ReadyH2 and Vspeed Capital, LLC. Mr. Mills has 12 US technology patents and holds a B.A. degree from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.
Danielle comes to Commercial UAV News from an editorial background in higher education publishing where she edited books on every topic from financial risk management to nanotechnology and morphing wing technology. During that time, she reported and conveyed the business needs and expectations between all points of her organization and the technology team, working closely with IT development. This skillset led her to Diversified Communications and the commercial UAV industry, where she is excited to be able continue to report important technology news and developments to a wider audience.