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.
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.
Lt. General John E. Miller
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 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.