Mr. Fleitz, C0-Founder/Principal, AviSight, Inc., a visionary operations expert with twenty-nine plus years of proven success, broad experience and executive level leadership across a multitude of large scale organizations. Jim has built a team of operations and sensor experts/engineers at AviSight and is responsible for the business and market development direction of the company. AviSight’s vision is to revolutionize unmanned industrial inspection and advanced data solutions.
Jim’s distinguished military career included four years as an Accounting and Finance Officer, nine years as an Airlift and Tanker pilot, eight years as a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) pilot and commander, culminating as the Romotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Advisor at the United States Air Force Warefare Center. Upon retirement, Jim utilized his nationally recognized subject matter expertice in Unmanned Aircraft Systems to lead and work in efforts focused within UAS operations, Advanced Programs, Maintenance and Support functions.
Jim has received education and specialized training from; Air University, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Georgia Tech University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States Military Academy and the University of Toledo. He has held top government and commercial industry certifications with over 7,500 flight hours.
/ James ‘Heidi’ Fleitz Executive VP of Sales
Gary Buchanan – Chief Operating Officer of AviSight. Gary brings over three decades of aerospace experience and leadership to the AviSight organization. During his career, he has led organizations through their development phases to further the operational safety and profitability in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has a long history working with technology and the commercialization of new products and services in aviation.
Serving in the United States Navy, Gary received accommodations for his leadership and relentless commitment to his teams and the success of each mission. Participating and leading several deployments, afforded Gary the opportunity to utilize best practices and on-scene leadership to achieve goals and expectations for each mission.
Education is an important part of Gary’s everyday focus. Gary is currently serving on the Waller ISD school board as a trustee. Gary was the Valedictorian graduate from Rice Aviation School of Aeronautics and then attended Embry Riddle University. Having and Airframe & Powerplant, Inspection Authorization and Pilot ratings both fixed wing and UAV from the FAA, Gary is committed to the continued improvement of the Aviation/Aerospace industry.
Gary spent 21 years with the Garrett Aviation organization holding a multitude of roles. These roles quickly elevated Gary in the leadership ranks. From Crew Chief to the EVP of Sales & Marketing, Gary lead success that position Garrett aviation as an industry leader. Gary joined the SkyWay Group and grew this organization in the successful creation of 100s of new products for corporate jet aircraft. Over a 10 year period, the team was able to successfully position the company as a leader in the new product aviation industry.
/ Gary Buchanan – COO
Suzanne Herring is a seasoned leader, experienced in the development and management of public accounting audit practice from department formation, through continuing operations. Bringing a diverse back ground of management and business ownership that has been built on over twenty years of experience in public and private accounting management, human resource enhancement, financial accountability, and the creation and implementation of comprehensive staff development programs with focused concentration towards teamwork, fiscal responsibility, education and communication within the accounting industry.
Business development, operational organization and management
/ Suzanne Herring – CFO
Mike is CTO and Co-Founder of the Las Vegas-based technology company AviSight Inc. AviSight is an aerospace and data solutions company that employs Aerospace systems, Remote Sensing technology, Analytics, and Data Collection/Distribution systems for commercial and government clients. Prior to AviSight, Mike served as an executive in the technology industry.He was responsible for growing and supporting professional services in the areas of Information Technology, Engineering, Business Support, Project Management, and Cyber Security/Information Assurance to government agencies and some of America’s top corporations.
Mike gained leadership skills and in-depth technology operations expertise from 23 years of active duty service. He held many positions during his distinguished career culminating as the IT and Telecommunications Operations director at Nellis AFB where he led 152 personnel supporting aerospace-systems and one of the largest IT enterprises in the US Air Force. While, in the military he was regarded as a leading expert on IT operations, aerospace support and global air defense systems.
Mike is a highly decorated professional winning top level awards for Communications Systems and Information superiority. His military decorations include but are not limited to the Global War on Terrorism, Humanitarian Service, and multiple Meritorious Service Medals. In addition to his DoD Top Secret (TS/SCI) security clearance, Mike carries top commercial industry certifications to include Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).
Mike has received specialized training from; Air University, the Community College of the Air
Force, Hawaiian Pacific University, The University of Maryland and Graduated Cum Laude from Ashford University/Forbes School of Business with a BA in Business Information Systems.
Chair- IT Sector Council Governor’s Workforce Development Board
Advisory Board- Dollars for Scholars, Las Vegas Chapter
Member- Senior Information Managers (SIM)
Member- Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)
/ Michael Frechette Chief Operations Officer
Kevin is Vice President of Operations for the Las Vegas-based technology company ‘AviSight’. Prior to AviSight, Kevin served as Program Manager for a defense contractor. He was responsible for all aspects of managing the State of Nevada, UAS Test Site. Kevin spent his UASF career in ISR. He was an operator, instructor and evaluator Electronic Warfare Officer in the RC-135 Rivet Joint, F-16 Falcon and RQ-170 Sentinel. He was also an ISR instructor at the USAF Weapons School. The following are a few notable accomplishments:
– Over 200 Operations Missions collecting peacetime, strategic & tactical reconnaissance
– Worked with National Command Authority to develop ISR objectives and tasking
– Developed tactics to deliver real-time intelligence to F-16CJ
– Led National- and Tactical- level customers developing essential elements of information resulting in Operations and Mission Plans development
– 1st ever C2ISR Mission Commander from RC-135 community – Mission Commander led the coordinated efforts of RC-135 Rivet Joint, E-8 Joint Stars, E-3 AWACS and EC-130 Compass Call
– Flew world-wide Operations such as Neptune Spear, Northern and Southern Watch, Allied Force, Desert Fox, Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, the Global War on Terror, and others.
/ Kevin ‘Lucky’ Fallico VP Operations | Chief Pilot
Jason Daub is the Head of Production for AviSight. He has had an extensive career working in the Film and Entertainment industry for 11 years before joining AviSight. Jason has also been at the forefront of the drone revolution from early on.
When drones started seriously hitting the market in 2010 he saw the value in what they can accomplish in many applications. He took the time to dive in and learn all he could about drone operations by becoming a Senior Technician at a DJI repair center. Jason then joined the AviSight team and brought all his skills in camera and drone operations. Since working for AviSight he has become an expert in LiDAR, Thermal, Methane, 3D Mapping, and Orthomosaic collection techniques. There are very few people that have the combined knowledge of so many fields as it relates to drone operations..
/ Jason Daub – Head of Production/Senior Pilot