ROUTE DYNAMICS CORP

SAVING FLIGHT TIME...AND THE PLANET.

BOARD MEMBERS

Nexteon Technologies, Inc. Board of Directors Member
Eric Zahler
Chairman of the Board
FULL BIO

Former President and COO of Loral Space & Communications Inc.

Nexteon Technologies, Inc. Board of Directors Member
Dr. Jill Wittels
Board Member
FULL BIO

President & COO of Route Dynamics Corp

Nexteon Technologies, Inc. Board of Directors Member
Rob Kaimowitz
Board Member
FULL BIO

CEO of Route Dynamics Corp

Nexteon Technologies, Inc. Board of Directors Member
Michael Huerta
Board Member
FULL BIO

FAA Administrator 2013-2018

Nexteon Technologies, Inc. Board of Directors Member
Dixon Doll
Board Member
FULL BIO

Founder & Partner Emeritus, DCM Capital

Nexteon Technologies, Inc. Board of Directors Member Emeritus
Chris Brinton
Board Member Emeritus
FULL BIO

Founder and CEO of Mosaic ATM

Nexteon Technologies, Inc. Board of Directors Member Emeritus
Steven Chulik
Board Member Emeritus
FULL BIO

Co-Founder of Redstone Investors and Former Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley

Eric Zahler
Chairman of the Board

For eight years, Mr. Zahler was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Loral Space & Communications Inc., a global satellite manufacturer and communications company. Eric was responsible for overseeing all aspects of Loral's business strategy and operations with company-wide P&L accountability. He led a successful re-engineering of Loral's operations, resulting in improved productivity as well as significant market share gains and revenue growth. As a senior member of the management for 15 years, he was integrally involved in evaluating, negotiating and integrating Loral's acquisitions in the aerospace/defense and satellite industries.

Since 2014, Mr. Zahler has been a member of the Board of Directors of MDA Corporation, a leading global supplier of large geosynchronous communication satellites, satellite antenna subsystems, space-based and airborne surveillance solutions, imaging satellite ground systems, geospatial information services, and robotic systems for space and terrestrial markets. Since 2016, Eric has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of exactEarth Ltd., a leading  provider of global maritime vessel data for ship tracking and maritime situation awareness solutions, and a pioneer in the development and implementation of Satellite-Automatic Identification Systems (S-AIS) for maritime surveillance.

From 1975 to 1992, Mr. Zahler was an attorney at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where he was elected Partner in 1983.  At Fried, Frank, he represented numerous defense/aerospace companies in all aspects of their interactions with the U.S. government. Eric graduated from Harvard Law School in 1975. He earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in mathematics from Yale University in 1972. Mr. Zahler is currently the President and CEO of Monocle Acquisition Corp.

Dr. Jill Wittels
Board Member

Dr. Wittels is an experienced strategic thinker specializing in technology-driven businesses. She has served as a board director and consultant, and has experience in business plan execution and development, innovation, new business initiatives, acquisitions, partnership and license agreement negotiations and executive management. Jill has worked with early-stage startups as well as established companies seeking transformative growth. Over the course of her career, Jill has built a knowledge base across a myriad of areas including strategic growth initiatives, negotiations, business plan development, business strategy, technology trends, big data, cyber issues, M&A, finance, diversity/demographics, social media, sustainability and globalization.

For nearly 11 years through July 2011, Dr. Wittels was Corporate VP Business & Technology Strategy at L-3 Communications. Her portfolio included corporate and business unit strategy development, business case development for innovative strategic thrusts, and assessment of technologies and influence management. Prior to L-3, Jill held management positions including Business Unit President, Business Unit GM, Vice President of Night Vision Products, Vice President of Engineering and Director of Programs. Jill earned her SB and PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rob Kaimowitz
Board Member

Mr. Kaimowitz has 25 years of experience being strategically involved at the intersection of Wall St. and the commercial aerospace industry. Rob's Wall Street career gained traction as the #1 ranked analyst in Commercial Space & Satellite Communications. He participated in research, strategic development and institutional capital raises for the world’s leading Commercial Satellite & Space companies including: DirecTV, DISH Network, EchoStar Communications, Eutelsat, Globalstar, Hughes Electronics/Hughes Networks, Globecomm Systems, ICO Global, Inmarsat, Loral Space, Orion Network Systems, SS/L, SES, Sirius & XM, SpaceHab, ViaSat - plus many others.

Michael Huerta
Board Member

Michael Huerta served as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from 2013 to 2018.  He joined the agency in 2010 as Deputy Administrator.  He currently provides strategic consulting services in the aerospace, aviation and transportation sectors.  His is also a member of the Board of Directors of Delta Air Lines, Inc.

During his FAA tenure, Michael redefined the FAA's regulatory relationship with the aviation industry to achieve greater levels of safety through increased collaboration and widespread sharing of data. He led the agency's efforts to modernize the nation's air traffic control system while preparing the way for the safe integration of commercial space operations and small unmanned aircraft systems.  He is also well known for eliminating the decades old ban on the use portable electronic devices aboard airplanes during takeoff and landing, making it possible to use many devices from gate to gate.

Prior to joining the FAA, Mr. Huerta served in executive positions at Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Port of San Francisco and the New York City Department of Ports, International Trade andCommerce.

Mr.Huerta holds a BA from the University of California, Riverside and an MPA from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

Dixon Doll
Board Member

Mr. Doll currently is an independent advisor and private investor. For more than 40 years, he has influenced and guided entrepreneurs, investors and executives in the computer, communications, and internet industries. In the mid 1980s, Dixon cofounded the VC industry's first fund focused on telecom while at Accel Partners. Following his tenure at Accel, Dixon founded DCM, formerly (Doll Capital Management), where he built a top global VC firm with offices in Silicon Valley, Beijing and Tokyo. DCM is widely regarded as the first Silicon Valley venture firm to successfully invest in China, Japan and the US. His diverse experience also includes strategy consulting, teaching, authoring two books, regular Bloomberg Television appearances, economic policy leadership, serving on public boards like DirecTV, non-profit fundraising, TED Talks and innovative philanthropic accomplishments.



In 2021, Mr. Doll received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Venture Capital from the U.S. National Venture Capital Association. He was named to the Forbes Midas List for four consecutive years and received the 2013 Special Achievement Award in VC from the International Business Forum. Dixon was elected to the Board of the National Venture Capital Association in 2005 serving on the Executive Committee and as Chairman in 2008/9. Under Dixon’s leadership, the NVCA developed a widely embraced set of recommendations (NVCA 4-Pillar Plan) to stimulate liquidity in the U.S. venture capital industry. This plan resulted in bipartisan Congressional support for new job creation legislation and simplification of the IPO process for young emerging companies. Known as the JOBS Act, President Obama signed it into law in 2012. 

Dixon received his B.S. degree (cum laude) from Kansas State University plus M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in EE from the University of Michigan, where he was a National Science Foundation scholar.

Steven Chulik
Board Member Emeritus

Mr. Chulik runs a family office which invests in public, private, and startup companies. Previously, Steve  was co-founder of Redstone Investors, LLC, a long-short small and mid-capitalization focused domestic growth hedge fund. It was started with personal money from the founding partners in 2002 and peaked at $850 Million in assets.

Prior to Redstone, Mr. Chulik was a Portfolio Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Small and Mid-Cap Growth team which managed $8 Billion. With a focus on Technology, Healthcare, Industrials and Energy, he has analyzed over 1000 companies and 500 Initial Public Offerings.

Before receiving an MBA from The Wharton School in 1997, Mr. Chulik was a Mechanical Engineer assisting in satellite design for Lockheed Martin. Steve received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia with Honors with Distinction.

Chris Brinton
Board Member Emeritus

Mr. Brinton is the President, CEO and Senior Principal Analyst at Mosaic ATM.  Chris has over 25 years of experience in the research and development of advanced concepts and automation for Air Traffic Management. During his career, Chris has led analysis, concept development, software development, and field trials that have advanced the state of knowledge about the National Airspace System.

Mr. Brinton led Mosaic ATM’s work and operation field evaluations of Surface Traffic Management (STM) capabilities, including the Collaborative Departure Queue Management (CDQM) and Collaborative Departure Scheduling (CDS) concepts. He also led Mosaic ATM’s research of integrated arrival, departure and surface concepts, including the research, design, development, and analysis of algorithms for event prediction, taxi routing and taxi conformance, airport configuration management, and runway assignment.  Significant contributions have been made through this project in the state of the art of Surface Traffic Management.

Mr. Brinton has led numerous FAA and NASA research studies related to airport surface traffic, air traffic complexity, Traffic Flow Management, Dynamic Airspace, measuring ATM concept benefits, and Collaborative Decision Making concepts. He has conducted research on Virtual ATC Towers, and computer vision and speech recognition applications to Unmanned Aircraft System operations in the NAS.  Chris also led the development of the Surface Operations Data Analysis and Adaptation tool. Chris frequently authors technical papers and participates in industry workgroups.

Mr. Brinton received a Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Chris is an instrument-rated and commercially licensed pilot.

Paul De Lia
Paul De Lia
FULL BIO

Former Chief Technology Officer of L3 Technologies

Philip Friedman
Philip Friedman
FULL BIO

Head of the Aerospace and Defense M&A Advisory Practice at Perella Weinberg Partners

Arden Armstrong
Arden Armstrong
FULL BIO

Founder of Redstone Management and Former Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Asset Management

Andrea Fischer Newman
Andrea Fischer Newman
FULL BIO

Former Senior Vice President - Government Affairs, Delta Airlines

Hoyt Davidson
Hoyt Davidson
FULL BIO

Founder and Managing Partner, Near Earth LLC

Samuel Dinnar
Samuel Dinnar
FULL BIO

Founder of Meedance and Faculty at Harvard Negotiation Institute

Strategic Advisory Board Members
Paul De Lia
Senior Advisor

Mr. De Lia’s 38-year professional career includes serving as a member of the Leadership Team, Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for L3 Technologies, a global Aerospace and Defense company. Over his career, he has been the Chief Technology Officer at two Fortune 500 companies, and also held the position of Vice President in charge of a multifunctional technical organization with responsibility for engineering, product development and R&D.  He is a recognized industry technology leader, most notably in the areas of Unmanned Systems, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), commercial wireless and Electronic Warfare.

As a senior leader, Paul has been responsible for management of a $400M R&D portfolio, and for technology strategy and innovation. He has shared responsibility in over 30 mergers and acquisitions and on a billion-dollar M&A transaction resulting in the formation of new publicly traded company.

Prior to joining L3, Paul was the Vice President of System Implementation & Technical Operations for Sirius Satellite Radio. As one of the first 20 employees, Mr. De Lia created and led a world class team responsible for the development and implementation of the USA’s first satellite digital radio service, and oversaw the successful commercial launch in 2002.

Paul was a member of the senior technical staff at Lockheed Martin, where he was responsible for the integration, flight testing and initial operational fielding of Electronic Warfare systems. He served as the interface between the operators and systems engineering, responsible for translating operational needs into systems requirements.

Paul is a graduate of the Wharton Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania and completed the MIT Sloan course on Artificial Intelligence. Mr. De Lia also serves as an independent reviewer of R&D projects for the International Space Station National Laboratory.

Strategic Advisory Board Members
Philip Friedman
Strategic Advisor

Mr. Friedman has been at Perella Weinberg since 2006. Prior to his current role, he was a Senior Advisor for Asset Management business development and also ran an Aerospace, Defense and Security long/short fund. Phil is also currently a Partner at Permanens Capital, an outsourced CIO and multi-family office asset management firm. He is active in venture capital, with a focus on global New Space and other high technology  companies.


Mr. Friedman is a Board Member and Founder of HyspecIQ, a hyperspectral imaging satellite company. He is also a Technical Advisor to the New York Space Alliance and an Advisory Director at Talara Capital, an energy focused real asset private equity and long only fund.  He has Board Observer status at Vector Launch and is a member of the Wings Club.


Mr. Friedman was previously a Senior Consultant at Accenture. He began his Wall Street career and spent over a decade as a sell side Aerospace and Defense Electronics analyst at Drexel Burnham Lambert and Morgan Stanley (ultimately achieving #1 Institutional Investor status in both categories). He subsequently ran the 200 person North American Equity Research department at Morgan Stanley.  Phil then became a buy side investor and was head of the New York Active Equity business at Morgan Stanley (sitting on the $400 billion Risk Management Committee of MSAM). He later became a Senior PM and CIO at John Levin and Company.


Mr. Friedman received a BA from Rutgers University in 1978 where he was Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude. He received his Masters of Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with highest honors. Phil passed his CPA exam in New York.

Strategic Advisory Board Members
Arden Armstrong
Strategic Advisor

Ms. Armstrong is a veteran equity investor with over 30 years of professional investment management experience. Arden has built successful portfolios for a wide range of clients in institutional separate account management, mutual funds, and hedge funds. As a private investor, Arden has also invested in a wide range of private companies.


Ms. Armstrong spent 16 years at Miller Anderson & Sherrerd and Morgan Stanley (which acquired Miller Anderson in 1996). There, as a US equity portfolio manager and Managing Director, she headed the Small and Mid-Cap Growth Investment team, which managed institutional separate accounts and mutual funds totaling over $6 billion.


Subsequent to leaving Morgan Stanley in early 2002, Ms. Armstrong co-founded Redstone Investment Management, LP, a long short equity hedge fund that raised over $800 million dollars in small and mid-cap growth assets. At Redstone, she had portfolio management responsibility for selecting long and short investments in the Consumer, Healthcare, Technology, and Telecom sectors. As Managing Partner, Arden acquired deep knowledge of the investment management business along with a broad range of business management experience.


Ms. Armstrong graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1982 with a BA in Economics. She first joined American Management Systems, then Evans Economics as a research analyst. In 1986 she received her MBA from The Wharton School. Arden is a holder of the CFA designation.

Strategic Advisory Board Members
Andrea Fischer Newman
Strategic Advisor

Andrea Fischer Newman served as Senior Vice President – Government Affairs for Delta Air Lines from 2008 -2017, including responsibility for International, Regulatory, Federal, State, and Local government affairs. From 2001-2008, she was Senior Vice President – Government Affairs for Northwest Airlines and oversaw the regulatory approvals required for the Delta-Northwest merger in 2008. Ms. Newman joined Northwest in 1995, also serving as Vice President for State & Local Government Affairs and as Managing Director – Law and Government. Prior to her airline career, she was a Senior Counsel and Senior Partner at Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone from 1988 to 1994. She currently serves on the Boards of three private equity backed companies.

Ms. Newman's public service includes serving in President Ronald Reagan’s Administration as Special Counsel to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Logistics and Deputy Assistant to Vice President George H.W. Bush. She has been appointed to the Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity and the National Board for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. She is a member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel first appointed by President George W. Bush and reappointed by President Trump. Ms. Newman was an elected member of the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan from 1995 thru 2018. She has been a Vice President of the Detroit Economic Club, a Director of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. She also served as a board member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), and as a member of the Michigan Strategic Fund from 1987- 1990.

Strategic Advisory Board Members
Hoyt Davidson
Strategic Advisor

Mr. Davidson is founder and Managing Partner of Near Earth LLC, an investment bank focused on the space industry and providing M&A, strategic and financial advisory services and equity private placements. Formerly, Hoyt was a Managing Director at CSFB and DLJ where he co-founded Wall Street’s first dedicated coverage group for the commercial satellite industry. While there, he participated in financings totaling over $15 billion.

Mr. Davidson serves on the Board of XO Markets Holdings, the parent of NanoRacks. In addition, he is the Treasurer of the Space Foundation and the VP of Development for the National Space Society. Before his WallStreet career, Hoyt was a Senior Research Engineer at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. He received his B.S. in Physics from MIT and won the Henry B. duPont III Scholarship for academic excellence while earning an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School.

Strategic Advisory Board Members
Samuel Dinnar
Strategic Advisor

Mr. Dinnar is a consultant, board advisor and mediator with more than 25 years of international experience as an entrepreneur, executive, board member and venture capital investor. He is an instructor at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, teaches negotiation and mediation at the Harvard Negotiation Institute, educates executives internationally with PON Global and is a research Associate with MIT’s Science Impact Collaborative.

Mr. Dinnar is founder and president of Meedance, and builds on two decades of general management, strategic growth and operations team leadership in hi-tech and aerospace, including two start-ups that revolutionized their industry, while dealings across various continents and cultures. Samuel was involved in the early days of composite materials for aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, commercial integrated flight decks and general aviation datalink systems.

Mr. Dinnar’s academic education includes technical degrees in both aerospace engineering and computer sciences, and a PMD from the Harvard Business School. He is also an FAA-certified flight instructor and rated jet pilot. Samuel is the co-author of the 2019 award winning book “Entrepreneurial Negotiation: Understanding and Managing the Relationships that Determine Your Entrepreneurial Success” (Palgrave Macmillan), which serves as the foundation for a new course at MIT with same title.

Donvan Wolford
Donvan Wolford
FULL BIO

Former Chief ATC Coordinator, United Airlines

Capt. Jeffrey Osborne
Capt. Jeffrey Osborne
FULL BIO

Managing Director, Airline Operations, Major Airline

Dr. Heinz Erzberger
Dr. Heinz Erzberger
FULL BIO

Former Senior Scientist at NASA

Donvan Wolford
Donvan Wolford
Technical Advisor

Mr. Wolford has over thirty years of experience in airline flight operations as a flight dispatcher, instructor, air traffic coordinator, and operations specialist. Don has continuous service for over a decade as an SME and consultant for various FAA and industry sponsored initiatives. Mr. Wolford continues to collaborate with major organizations including flight operators, government agencies, manufacturers of cockpit and dispatch automation, and research organizations. He participated in the FAA/ATO video announcing CTOP.

From April 2016-Present, Mr. Wolford has been the Principal Aerospace Consultant of Don Wolford Consulting LLC. From 1990 through 2016, Don served at United Airlines’ as Chief ATC Coordinator, Flight Dispatch Instructor, and CDM Representative.

Capt. Jeffrey Osborne
Capt. Jeffrey Osborne
Technical Advisor

Captain Osborne is a senior airlines operations executive with 34 years of airline experience at one of the world’s largest carriers. He is an expert at optimizing complex airline networks across multiple fleets and entities, responding to airline crisis events, and achieving industry-best flight planning fuel performance. During his thirteen years as a Managing Director in Flight Operations, System Operations Control and Operation Integration, Jeff has led teams of up to 13 direct reports and 4,000 indirect reports. He also has been responsible for establishing protocols for operational decision making among his carrier's alliance partners.

Captain Osborne has substantial flight experience, including roles as Fleet Captain and Fleet Training Manager for B737s and F100s. Prior to that, he was a Check Airman and Line Pilot for multiple types of aircraft. Captain Osborne also served in the USAF Reserve as a C-141B Aircraft Commander.

Dr. Heinz Erzberger
Dr. Heinz Erzberger
Technical Advisor

Dr. Erzberger is the internationally-recognized father of air traffic control research. His work at the NASA Ames Research Center spanned half a century and laid the foundation for a wide range of air traffic control advancements, some of which today we take for granted, as well as others which are in the research stage.  Among his many honors, Heinz is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  

Dr. Erzberger conceived, designed, and oversaw the implementation of the Center-TRACON Automation System (CTAS), consisting of both en route and terminal area components. CTAS was foundational for a wide range of air traffic control enhancements. For instance, the the FAA Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) system, now implemented across the National Airspace System, is an outgrowth of CTAS. CTAS also laid the ground work for the Dynamic Weather Routes (DWR) system, and advanced dynamic routing in general.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Eric Zahler
Eric Zahler
Chairman of the Board
Former President and COO of Loral Space & Communications Inc.

For eight years, Mr. Zahler was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Loral Space & Communications Inc., a global satellite manufacturer and communications company. Eric was responsible for overseeing all aspects of Loral's business strategy and operations with company-wide P&L accountability. He led a successful re-engineering of Loral's operations, resulting in improved productivity as well as significant market share gains and revenue growth. As a senior member of the management for 15 years, he was integrally involved in evaluating, negotiating and integrating Loral's acquisitions in the aerospace/defense and satellite industries.

Since 2014, Mr. Zahler has been a member of the Board of Directors of MDA Corporation, a leading global supplier of large geosynchronous communication satellites, satellite antenna subsystems, space-based and airborne surveillance solutions, imaging satellite ground systems, geospatial information services, and robotic systems for space and terrestrial markets. Since 2016, Eric has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of exactEarth Ltd., a leading  provider of global maritime vessel data for ship tracking and maritime situation awareness solutions, and a pioneer in the development and implementation of Satellite-Automatic Identification Systems (S-AIS) for maritime surveillance.

From 1975 to 1992, Mr. Zahler was an attorney at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where he was elected Partner in 1983.  At Fried, Frank, he represented numerous defense/aerospace companies in all aspects of their interactions with the U.S. government. Eric graduated from Harvard Law School in 1975. He earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in mathematics from Yale University in 1972. Mr. Zahler is currently the President and CEO of Monocle Acquisition Corp.

Dr. Jill Wittels
Dr. Jill Wittels
Board Member
President & COO of Route Dynamics Corp

Dr. Wittels is an experienced strategic thinker specializing in technology-driven businesses. She has served as a board director and consultant, and has experience in business plan execution and development, innovation, new business initiatives, acquisitions, partnership and license agreement negotiations and executive management. Jill has worked with early-stage startups as well as established companies seeking transformative growth. Over the course of her career, Jill has built a knowledge base across a myriad of areas including strategic growth initiatives, negotiations, business plan development, business strategy, technology trends, big data, cyber issues, M&A, finance, diversity/demographics, social media, sustainability and globalization.

For nearly 11 years through July 2011, Dr. Wittels was Corporate VP Business & Technology Strategy at L-3 Communications. Her portfolio included corporate and business unit strategy development, business case development for innovative strategic thrusts, and assessment of technologies and influence management. Prior to L-3, Jill held management positions including Business Unit President, Business Unit GM, Vice President of Night Vision Products, Vice President of Engineering and Director of Programs. Jill earned her SB and PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rob Kaimowitz
Rob Kaimowitz
Board Member
CEO of Route Dynamics Corp

Mr. Kaimowitz has 25 years of experience being strategically involved at the intersection of Wall St. and the commercial aerospace industry. Rob's Wall Street career gained traction as the #1 ranked analyst in Commercial Space & Satellite Communications. He participated in research, strategic development and institutional capital raises for the world’s leading Commercial Satellite & Space companies including: DirecTV, DISH Network, EchoStar Communications, Eutelsat, Globalstar, Hughes Electronics/Hughes Networks, Globecomm Systems, ICO Global, Inmarsat, Loral Space, Orion Network Systems, SS/L, SES, Sirius & XM, SpaceHab, ViaSat - plus many others.

Michael Huerta
Michael Huerta
Board Member
FAA Administrator 2013-2018

Michael Huerta served as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from 2013 to 2018.  He joined the agency in 2010 as Deputy Administrator.  He currently provides strategic consulting services in the aerospace, aviation and transportation sectors.  His is also a member of the Board of Directors of Delta Air Lines, Inc.

During his FAA tenure, Michael redefined the FAA's regulatory relationship with the aviation industry to achieve greater levels of safety through increased collaboration and widespread sharing of data. He led the agency's efforts to modernize the nation's air traffic control system while preparing the way for the safe integration of commercial space operations and small unmanned aircraft systems.  He is also well known for eliminating the decades old ban on the use portable electronic devices aboard airplanes during takeoff and landing, making it possible to use many devices from gate to gate.

Prior to joining the FAA, Mr. Huerta served in executive positions at Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Port of San Francisco and the New York City Department of Ports, International Trade andCommerce.

Mr.Huerta holds a BA from the University of California, Riverside and an MPA from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

Dixon Doll
Dixon Doll
Board Member
Founder & Partner Emeritus, DCM Capital

Mr. Doll currently is an independent advisor and private investor. For more than 40 years, he has influenced and guided entrepreneurs, investors and executives in the computer, communications, and internet industries. In the mid 1980s, Dixon cofounded the VC industry's first fund focused on telecom while at Accel Partners. Following his tenure at Accel, Dixon founded DCM, formerly (Doll Capital Management), where he built a top global VC firm with offices in Silicon Valley, Beijing and Tokyo. DCM is widely regarded as the first Silicon Valley venture firm to successfully invest in China, Japan and the US. His diverse experience also includes strategy consulting, teaching, authoring two books, regular Bloomberg Television appearances, economic policy leadership, serving on public boards like DirecTV, non-profit fundraising, TED Talks and innovative philanthropic accomplishments.



In 2021, Mr. Doll received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Venture Capital from the U.S. National Venture Capital Association. He was named to the Forbes Midas List for four consecutive years and received the 2013 Special Achievement Award in VC from the International Business Forum. Dixon was elected to the Board of the National Venture Capital Association in 2005 serving on the Executive Committee and as Chairman in 2008/9. Under Dixon’s leadership, the NVCA developed a widely embraced set of recommendations (NVCA 4-Pillar Plan) to stimulate liquidity in the U.S. venture capital industry. This plan resulted in bipartisan Congressional support for new job creation legislation and simplification of the IPO process for young emerging companies. Known as the JOBS Act, President Obama signed it into law in 2012. 

Dixon received his B.S. degree (cum laude) from Kansas State University plus M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in EE from the University of Michigan, where he was a National Science Foundation scholar.

EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS

Steven Chulik
Board Member Emeritus

Mr. Chulik runs a family office which invests in public, private, and startup companies. Previously, Steve  was co-founder of Redstone Investors, LLC, a long-short small and mid-capitalization focused domestic growth hedge fund. It was started with personal money from the founding partners in 2002 and peaked at $850 Million in assets.

Prior to Redstone, Mr. Chulik was a Portfolio Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Small and Mid-Cap Growth team which managed $8 Billion. With a focus on Technology, Healthcare, Industrials and Energy, he has analyzed over 1000 companies and 500 Initial Public Offerings.

Before receiving an MBA from The Wharton School in 1997, Mr. Chulik was a Mechanical Engineer assisting in satellite design for Lockheed Martin. Steve received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia with Honors with Distinction.

Chris Brinton
Board Member Emeritus

Mr. Brinton is the President, CEO and Senior Principal Analyst at Mosaic ATM.  Chris has over 25 years of experience in the research and development of advanced concepts and automation for Air Traffic Management. During his career, Chris has led analysis, concept development, software development, and field trials that have advanced the state of knowledge about the National Airspace System.

Mr. Brinton led Mosaic ATM’s work and operation field evaluations of Surface Traffic Management (STM) capabilities, including the Collaborative Departure Queue Management (CDQM) and Collaborative Departure Scheduling (CDS) concepts. He also led Mosaic ATM’s research of integrated arrival, departure and surface concepts, including the research, design, development, and analysis of algorithms for event prediction, taxi routing and taxi conformance, airport configuration management, and runway assignment.  Significant contributions have been made through this project in the state of the art of Surface Traffic Management.

Mr. Brinton has led numerous FAA and NASA research studies related to airport surface traffic, air traffic complexity, Traffic Flow Management, Dynamic Airspace, measuring ATM concept benefits, and Collaborative Decision Making concepts. He has conducted research on Virtual ATC Towers, and computer vision and speech recognition applications to Unmanned Aircraft System operations in the NAS.  Chris also led the development of the Surface Operations Data Analysis and Adaptation tool. Chris frequently authors technical papers and participates in industry workgroups.

Mr. Brinton received a Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Chris is an instrument-rated and commercially licensed pilot.

STRATEGIC ADVISORY BOARD

Paul De Lia
Paul De Lia
Senior Advisor
Former Chief Technology Officer of L3 Technologies

Mr. De Lia’s 38-year professional career includes serving as a member of the Leadership Team, Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for L3 Technologies, a global Aerospace and Defense company. Over his career, he has been the Chief Technology Officer at two Fortune 500 companies, and also held the position of Vice President in charge of a multifunctional technical organization with responsibility for engineering, product development and R&D.  He is a recognized industry technology leader, most notably in the areas of Unmanned Systems, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), commercial wireless and Electronic Warfare.

As a senior leader, Paul has been responsible for management of a $400M R&D portfolio, and for technology strategy and innovation. He has shared responsibility in over 30 mergers and acquisitions and on a billion-dollar M&A transaction resulting in the formation of new publicly traded company.

Prior to joining L3, Paul was the Vice President of System Implementation & Technical Operations for Sirius Satellite Radio. As one of the first 20 employees, Mr. De Lia created and led a world class team responsible for the development and implementation of the USA’s first satellite digital radio service, and oversaw the successful commercial launch in 2002.

Paul was a member of the senior technical staff at Lockheed Martin, where he was responsible for the integration, flight testing and initial operational fielding of Electronic Warfare systems. He served as the interface between the operators and systems engineering, responsible for translating operational needs into systems requirements.

Paul is a graduate of the Wharton Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania and completed the MIT Sloan course on Artificial Intelligence. Mr. De Lia also serves as an independent reviewer of R&D projects for the International Space Station National Laboratory.

Philip Friedman
Philip Friedman
Strategic Advisor
Head of the Aerospace and Defense M&A Advisory Practice at Perella Weinberg Partners

Mr. Friedman has been at Perella Weinberg since 2006. Prior to his current role, he was a Senior Advisor for Asset Management business development and also ran an Aerospace, Defense and Security long/short fund. Phil is also currently a Partner at Permanens Capital, an outsourced CIO and multi-family office asset management firm. He is active in venture capital, with a focus on global New Space and other high technology  companies.


Mr. Friedman is a Board Member and Founder of HyspecIQ, a hyperspectral imaging satellite company. He is also a Technical Advisor to the New York Space Alliance and an Advisory Director at Talara Capital, an energy focused real asset private equity and long only fund.  He has Board Observer status at Vector Launch and is a member of the Wings Club.


Mr. Friedman was previously a Senior Consultant at Accenture. He began his Wall Street career and spent over a decade as a sell side Aerospace and Defense Electronics analyst at Drexel Burnham Lambert and Morgan Stanley (ultimately achieving #1 Institutional Investor status in both categories). He subsequently ran the 200 person North American Equity Research department at Morgan Stanley.  Phil then became a buy side investor and was head of the New York Active Equity business at Morgan Stanley (sitting on the $400 billion Risk Management Committee of MSAM). He later became a Senior PM and CIO at John Levin and Company.


Mr. Friedman received a BA from Rutgers University in 1978 where he was Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude. He received his Masters of Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with highest honors. Phil passed his CPA exam in New York.

Arden Armstrong
Arden Armstrong
Strategic Advisor
Founder of Redstone Management and Former Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Asset Management

Ms. Armstrong is a veteran equity investor with over 30 years of professional investment management experience. Arden has built successful portfolios for a wide range of clients in institutional separate account management, mutual funds, and hedge funds. As a private investor, Arden has also invested in a wide range of private companies.


Ms. Armstrong spent 16 years at Miller Anderson & Sherrerd and Morgan Stanley (which acquired Miller Anderson in 1996). There, as a US equity portfolio manager and Managing Director, she headed the Small and Mid-Cap Growth Investment team, which managed institutional separate accounts and mutual funds totaling over $6 billion.


Subsequent to leaving Morgan Stanley in early 2002, Ms. Armstrong co-founded Redstone Investment Management, LP, a long short equity hedge fund that raised over $800 million dollars in small and mid-cap growth assets. At Redstone, she had portfolio management responsibility for selecting long and short investments in the Consumer, Healthcare, Technology, and Telecom sectors. As Managing Partner, Arden acquired deep knowledge of the investment management business along with a broad range of business management experience.


Ms. Armstrong graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1982 with a BA in Economics. She first joined American Management Systems, then Evans Economics as a research analyst. In 1986 she received her MBA from The Wharton School. Arden is a holder of the CFA designation.

Andrea Fischer Newman
Andrea Fischer Newman
Strategic Advisor
Former Senior Vice President - Government Affairs, Delta Airlines

Andrea Fischer Newman served as Senior Vice President – Government Affairs for Delta Air Lines from 2008 -2017, including responsibility for International, Regulatory, Federal, State, and Local government affairs. From 2001-2008, she was Senior Vice President – Government Affairs for Northwest Airlines and oversaw the regulatory approvals required for the Delta-Northwest merger in 2008. Ms. Newman joined Northwest in 1995, also serving as Vice President for State & Local Government Affairs and as Managing Director – Law and Government. Prior to her airline career, she was a Senior Counsel and Senior Partner at Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone from 1988 to 1994. She currently serves on the Boards of three private equity backed companies.

Ms. Newman's public service includes serving in President Ronald Reagan’s Administration as Special Counsel to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Logistics and Deputy Assistant to Vice President George H.W. Bush. She has been appointed to the Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity and the National Board for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. She is a member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel first appointed by President George W. Bush and reappointed by President Trump. Ms. Newman was an elected member of the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan from 1995 thru 2018. She has been a Vice President of the Detroit Economic Club, a Director of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. She also served as a board member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), and as a member of the Michigan Strategic Fund from 1987- 1990.

Hoyt Davidson
Hoyt Davidson
Strategic Advisor
Founder and Managing Partner, Near Earth LLC

Mr. Davidson is founder and Managing Partner of Near Earth LLC, an investment bank focused on the space industry and providing M&A, strategic and financial advisory services and equity private placements. Formerly, Hoyt was a Managing Director at CSFB and DLJ where he co-founded Wall Street’s first dedicated coverage group for the commercial satellite industry. While there, he participated in financings totaling over $15 billion.

Mr. Davidson serves on the Board of XO Markets Holdings, the parent of NanoRacks. In addition, he is the Treasurer of the Space Foundation and the VP of Development for the National Space Society. Before his WallStreet career, Hoyt was a Senior Research Engineer at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. He received his B.S. in Physics from MIT and won the Henry B. duPont III Scholarship for academic excellence while earning an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School.

Samuel Dinnar
Samuel Dinnar
Strategic Advisor
Founder of Meedance and Faculty at Harvard Negotiation Institute

Mr. Dinnar is a consultant, board advisor and mediator with more than 25 years of international experience as an entrepreneur, executive, board member and venture capital investor. He is an instructor at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, teaches negotiation and mediation at the Harvard Negotiation Institute, educates executives internationally with PON Global and is a research Associate with MIT’s Science Impact Collaborative.

Mr. Dinnar is founder and president of Meedance, and builds on two decades of general management, strategic growth and operations team leadership in hi-tech and aerospace, including two start-ups that revolutionized their industry, while dealings across various continents and cultures. Samuel was involved in the early days of composite materials for aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, commercial integrated flight decks and general aviation datalink systems.

Mr. Dinnar’s academic education includes technical degrees in both aerospace engineering and computer sciences, and a PMD from the Harvard Business School. He is also an FAA-certified flight instructor and rated jet pilot. Samuel is the co-author of the 2019 award winning book “Entrepreneurial Negotiation: Understanding and Managing the Relationships that Determine Your Entrepreneurial Success” (Palgrave Macmillan), which serves as the foundation for a new course at MIT with same title.

TECHNICAL ADVISORY BOARD

Donvan Wolford
Donvan Wolford
Technical Advisor

Mr. Wolford has over thirty years of experience in airline flight operations as a flight dispatcher, instructor, air traffic coordinator, and operations specialist. Don has continuous service for over a decade as an SME and consultant for various FAA and industry sponsored initiatives. Mr. Wolford continues to collaborate with major organizations including flight operators, government agencies, manufacturers of cockpit and dispatch automation, and research organizations. He participated in the FAA/ATO video announcing CTOP.

From April 2016-Present, Mr. Wolford has been the Principal Aerospace Consultant of Don Wolford Consulting LLC. From 1990 through 2016, Don served at United Airlines’ as Chief ATC Coordinator, Flight Dispatch Instructor, and CDM Representative.

Capt. Jeffrey Osborne
Capt. Jeffrey Osborne
Technical Advisor

Captain Osborne is a senior airlines operations executive with 34 years of airline experience at one of the world’s largest carriers. He is an expert at optimizing complex airline networks across multiple fleets and entities, responding to airline crisis events, and achieving industry-best flight planning fuel performance. During his thirteen years as a Managing Director in Flight Operations, System Operations Control and Operation Integration, Jeff has led teams of up to 13 direct reports and 4,000 indirect reports. He also has been responsible for establishing protocols for operational decision making among his carrier's alliance partners.

Captain Osborne has substantial flight experience, including roles as Fleet Captain and Fleet Training Manager for B737s and F100s. Prior to that, he was a Check Airman and Line Pilot for multiple types of aircraft. Captain Osborne also served in the USAF Reserve as a C-141B Aircraft Commander.

Dr. Heinz Erzberger
Dr. Heinz Erzberger
Technical Advisor

Dr. Erzberger is the internationally-recognized father of air traffic control research. His work at the NASA Ames Research Center spanned half a century and laid the foundation for a wide range of air traffic control advancements, some of which today we take for granted, as well as others which are in the research stage.  Among his many honors, Heinz is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  

Dr. Erzberger conceived, designed, and oversaw the implementation of the Center-TRACON Automation System (CTAS), consisting of both en route and terminal area components. CTAS was foundational for a wide range of air traffic control enhancements. For instance, the the FAA Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) system, now implemented across the National Airspace System, is an outgrowth of CTAS. CTAS also laid the ground work for the Dynamic Weather Routes (DWR) system, and advanced dynamic routing in general.

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