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The WASP is a mobile, tactical-sized aerostat capable of carrying a variety of payloads in support of military operations

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Focused on Key Markets

US Department of Defense
US Department of Homeland Security

Our Core Products Serving Key Markets

WASP ERS

WASP Elevated Relay System Serves the Warfighter

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WASP

WASP Can Deter Illegal Activity at Borders

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WASP LITE

WASP Lite is a Compact, Highly Mobile Aerial Platform

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Officers & Directors

Our Team: We are a small business built on the foundation of experienced leadership and industry renowned subject matter experts.

David V. Aguilar

Chairman of the Board

David V. Aguilar

Chairman of the Board

During a 35-year career at the U.S. Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection, Mr. Aguilar led our nation's largest federal law enforcement organization with a workforce of over 60,000 including 43,000 uniformed law enforcement officers. During his tenure as National Chief of the Border Patrol he developed the first US Border Strategy, doubled the size of the Border Patrol, and developed/instituted the Border Patrol's Infrastructure and Technology Program. Since retiring in February 2013, Aguilar has been a Principal at Global Security and Innovative Strategies ("GSIS"), a leading security consulting and business advisory firm headquartered in Washington, DC. At GSIS, David advises clients on a broad range of national homeland and international security matters including border security and logistics, global trade and commerce, supply chain management and security, risk management, viability assessments, and strategic planning and implementation.

Mr. Aguilar began his CBP career as a Border Patrol agent in 1978 and became Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol in 2004. He was appointed Deputy Commissioner in April 2010 and served as acting Commissioner from 2011 to March 2013. For his work and his career of service, Commissioner Aguilar received the Presidential Rank Award in 2008, the President's Meritorious Excellence Award in 2005, the Department of Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement Lifetime Achievement Award. During his tenure, Commissioner Aguilar focused on integrated border management, which includes securing our nation's border from all threats, while facilitating travel and trade. Following his retirement from the CBP, Mr. Aguilar co-founded GSIS where he focuses on the development of global risk management solutions related to supply chain security, customs compliance, and all issues related to border protection at and between international ports of entry.

Mr. Aguilar holds an associate degree in accounting from Laredo Community College and attended Laredo State University and the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Dan Erdberg

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

Dan Erdberg

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

Mr. Erdberg has progressed through the executive ranks at Drone Aviation Corp since helping to complete the 2014 share exchange and recapitalization which resulted in the present corporate structure.  Mr. Erdberg served as the Company's Chief Operating Officer from June 2014 to October 2015 and President from October 2015 to September 2019 when he also became Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Erdberg has worked with DAC's wholly-owned subsidiary, Lighter Than Air Systems (LTAS), for more than 7 years with a focus on advancing specialized tethered aerial solutions. Mr. Erdberg successfully developed and implemented LTAS’s aerial surveillance solutions in various vertical markets of Government and commercial sectors including multiple Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and commercial customers. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Erdberg has played instrumental roles in building public and private companies involved in various technology sectors including: software development, telecommunications, wireless networking and unmanned aerial systems. Mr. Erdberg graduated from Florida International University with a B.A. in International Business.

Reginald L. Brown

Chief of Staff

Reginald L. Brown

Chief of Staff

More than 35 years in high-level executive sales, marketing, management, information technology and business consulting across the public sector. Brown’s diverse business experience includes serving as vice president of U.S. solution sales for Oracle Corporation and Director of Federal Global Operations and Government Affairs, Integrated Systems, for Xerox Corporation as well as serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense when he was appointed to the prestigious President’s Commission on Executive Exchange.

Kendall W. Carpenter, CPA

Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer

Kendall W. Carpenter, CPA

Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer

Kendall Carpenter joined the Company at inception in 2014 following its merger with MacroSolve, Inc. where she served as Executive Vice President and CFO for over six years. Ms. Carpenter's previous experience includes Division Controller with Allied Waste Industries (AW) and over 10 years' experience as top financial officer of an enterprise software company with an international customer base. She also has over 8 years of experience in public accounting. Ms. Carpenter graduated with a B.S. degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University where she served as president of the OSU Flying Aggies and was captain of its competitive flying team. Ms. Carpenter holds the professional designations of Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.

Kevin Hess

Co-Founder and Acting Chief Technology Officer

Kevin Hess

Co-Founder and Acting Chief Technology Officer

Kevin Hess has 20 years of technology experience comprising electronic systems design for DoD programs, image processing and analytics for companies such as Hughes, Kodak and Dainippon. Mr. Hess has been integrally involved with Lighter Than Air Systems Corp. as an engineer and consultant since its founding in 2009, overseeing the development of its proprietary aerostat and drone products. As an IT executive at Fortune 250 companies, Mr. Hess has performed lead roles in software development, application architecture, mission-critical infrastructure, and multi-million dollar project sponsorship and oversight. Mr. Hess continues to leverage his background and education in computer science, having attended the Harvard Business School residence PMD program to further his strong track record of technology innovation and financial management. Mr. Hess brings his unique talents to the design, manufacturing and support of the Company's solutions.

Felicia A. Hess

Chief Quality Officer

Felicia A. Hess

Chief Quality Officer

As President of Lighter Than Air Systems Corp. (LTAS) since its inception in September 2009, Ms. Hess expanded her company’s impact on the lighter-than-air market through its tethered aerostat surveillance systems, which resulted in the company’s acquisition by Drone Aviation Holding Corp. in 2014. Prior to Drone, Ms. Hess served in a business development role for a financial services marketing company where she worked with some of the nation’s largest financial institutions. Ms. Hess is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Rhetoric and Communications.

Lt. General John E. Miller

Director

Lieutenant General John E. Miller (Retired), is a decorated combat veteran who has served over 34 years in the US Army, most recently as the Deputy Commanding General of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Army’s first digitized command and control system in a combat brigade. He is a former commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He also had multiple assignments at the US Army Command and General Staff College where help positions from Tactics Instructor to Commandant. While Commandant, he was concurrently responsible for 11 other Army Schools that provide tactical training and education for Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Officers.

After his retirement from active duty, LTG Miller was a regional Vice President for Oracle Corporation’s Public Sector Division and served as a Divisional President for L-3 Communication providing linguist, intelligence analyst and technical support for deployed forces in 13 countries.

Director Miller, an independent director, is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and also serves on the Compensation Committee and the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee.

Tim Hoechst

Director

Tim Hoechst

Director

Tim Hoechst has built a nearly 30-year career in Government Information Technology (IT) including holding senior leadership, technical strategy development and sales roles serving Federal government agencies. Mr. Hoechst most recently held the position of Chief Technology Officer at Accenture Federal Services (AFS), a leading IT solutions provider to the US Government. At AFS he was responsible for working with Government and industry leadership to identify and introduce new technologies to help the Federal Government with challenging IT problems.

Prior to AFS, he served as Chief Technology Officer of Agilex Technologies, an Information Technology consulting firm serving the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and various Government agencies. Agilex was acquired by AFS in 2015. Previous to Agilex, for nearly two decades, Mr. Hoechst held a number of senior executive positions at Oracle Corporation, including serving as Senior Vice President of the Public Sector Division.

Director Hoechst, an independent director, is the Chairman of the Compensation Committee and also serves on the Audit Committee and the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee.

Contact Us

Corporate Office

11651 Central Parkway, #118
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Tel: 904-834-4400
Fax: 904-834-4360
Email: info@droneaviationcorp.com

Sales Contact

Tel: 786-681-0800
Email: sales@droneaviationcorp.com