Founder of Fortem Technologies, a leading company in technology for drone airspace safety, security, and awareness. Fortem has raised over $35M in venture capital and is backed by Boeing, DCVC, Signia Ventures, and Mubadala.
Led growth at Fortem Technologies and IMSAR from a handful of employees to a team over 100 people.
Won over $125M in sales contracts while leading the business development effort at IMSAR.
MBA with Entrepreneurship and Strategy emphasis 2007, MS Electrical Engineering 1998, math minor.
Experience in Brief
Fortem Technologies Inc. Co-Founder and CTO, May 2016-present
Hired a world class management and engineering team. Raised $35M in venture capital. Created 100 jobs in Utah county, with customers around the world.
Defending the world against the threat of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS, aka drones) with the autonomous DroneHunter blue force interceptor powered by SkyDome airspace surveillance system and the best in class TrueView radar.
Delivered the world’s smallest aircraft collision avoidance systems for operation on military and commercial drones.
Business development with NASA, AFRL, ARMY, FAA, DARPA, U.S. Military, and numerous private companies..
IMSAR LLC, Vice President, Oct 2007-May 2016.
Led the business development team while securing over $125M in government contract awards.
Managed a team of 60 engineers developing sophisticated radar systems for unmanned aircraft.
Key leadership role in growing the company from 4 to 100+ full time employees.
Developed strategies for Intellectual Property, International Sales, and Research and Development.
Sponsored implementation of company culture rollout, ISO 9001, and Enterprise Resource Planning system.
Brigham Young University: Adjunct Faculty, School of Engineering, Aug 2010-April 2012.
Coached senior level engineering team in structured design process.
Worked with industry to solve their key technical challenges.
Cross Creek Capital, Wasatch Advisors A!liate: Intern Associate,
Jan 2007-May 2007
Implemented deal flow tracking platform for a $111M fund investing in pre-IPO financing rounds.
Sourced deals, performed due diligence ranging from customer calls to working with CFOs & CEOs.
Analyzed valuation both quantitatively and qualitatively for new investments and current holdings.
Agilent Technologies: R&D Manager, Senior Designer, Manufacturing Manager, 1998-2005
Initiated, led, and managed a $1.5M international R&D project developing a sensor circuit to ensure continuity and growth of a $30M product line.
Development plans approved by four vice presidents in three countries.
Led a 15 member team to craft strategic advanced development roadmaps serving two divisions.
Created strategic partnerships with UC Davis, Macquarie University, and Rockwell Scientific.
Granted US Patents, US 6,930,240 and US 6,822,162. Additional patents pending.
Transferred manufacturing to Malaysia, trained and mentored 5 new engineers and 8 international employees.
Initiated, developed and taught to 60+ employees a course in measurement uncertainty.
Master of Business Administration, 2007
Strategy and Entrepreneurship Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah Academic Scholarships, GMAT 720
Master and Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, 1998 Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah Graduate Course GPA 3.9, Six Scholarships Math Minor
Senior Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Former UC Davis Industrial A”liates Advisory Board
IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society International Microelectronics And Packaging Society (IMAPS) Association for Unmanned Vehicles and Systems International
· Mountain West Chapter President
Political & Community Service
Utah County Republican Party
· Legislative District 63 – Education Officer
· Precinct Vice Chair PR36
· State Delegate
· County Delegate
· Volunteered going Door to Door
Oak Hills Neighborhood Council, Member
Testified at Utah Legislature
Elected Elementary School Parent Teacher Site Council Member
Provo Airport Advisory Board
Utah Valley University Aviation Program Advisor
Youth religious instructor, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Youth Soccer Coach
Provo-Timpview Composite High School Mountain Bike Racing Team, Assistant Coach
Boy Scouts of America · Scoutmaster, Merit badge counselor
· Eagle Scout
BYU Entrepreneur of the Year, Judge
Volunteered in Countless Community Activities throughout my life