Jerry Whittaker- Chief Executive Officer (CEO)- FAA Certified UAS Pilot
Jerry is an FAA Certified UAS Drone Pilot and founder of CrossFlight Sky Solutions. Currently serving as the CEO. Jerry has over 35 yrs. experience working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the United States Navy. He has extensive experience leading or managing teams of aviation professionals and systems engineering teams to develop and implement technical solutions. He is a leading expert with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Air Traffic Control and engineering. Jerry served as an FAA Air Traffic controller for 26 years and participating on several aviation industry working groups advancing ATM concepts and technology standards. Our team is fully committed to aviation education and promoting safety in drone technology uses.
Joe Friesen- President- Chief Operations Officer (COO), FAA Certified UAS Pilot
Joe is a FAA Certified UAS Pilot and founder of CrossFlight Sky Solutions. He is the President/ Chief Operations Officer (COO) leading the CrossFlight Teams of aviation and video/data professionals. Joe has extensive experience working with and building high performing teams. He is an excellent communicator and relationship builder, serving as a Pastor for over 35 years. Leading mission trips and ministry teams working in several churches on their staff and leadership team. Joe has developed great relationships in the Low Country in the past 12 years. Joe is passionate about building strong teams and building business relationships with partners, clients and vendors.
Bill Strickland- Chief Pilot, Senior Aviation Consultant, FAA Certified UAS Pilot
Bill Strickland serves Crossflight Sky Solutions as its Chief Pilot. Bill is a former Lieutenant Commander in the US Coast Guard (USCG) with over 26 years of military service. Bill has 4000 flight hours in 6 different airframes and 10 years experience flying Unmanned Aerial Systems. During his Coast Guard career Bill was a counter-narcotics Mission Commander, Rotary Wing Air Intercept (RWAI) Aircraft Commander and served as a unit Operations Officer. He has extensive experience as an Instructor Pilot/Flight Examiner and is a former fleet Standardization pilot specializing in Crew Resource Management (CRM) and Operational Risk Management (ORM). Bill has a Bachelor’s Degree from Park University, attended the US Navy School of Aviation Safety and served on two USCG Commandant Mishap Analysis Boards. He brings a wealth of aviation experience to the team and will lead our Pilots with ensuring Safe and Efficient Operations.
Brian McGuire- Vice President, Business Development Sales & Marketing
Brian is serving as Vice President of Business Development. He is responsible for sales & marketing efforts and programs, brand management, and business development. Brian has extensive experience building and leading sales teams, with an emphasis on emerging markets and market penetrations. Brian's greatest strengths are his communication skills, commitment and leadership. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the company's reach into new and untapped markets. In his free time, Brian enjoys travelling with his family, playing golf and volunteering for missions and outreach at Low Country Community Church where he is an active member. We are extremely excited to have Brian join the CrossFlight team.
Benjamin Martinez, UAS Expert- Lead FAA Certified UAS Pilot
Benjamin is serving as lead FAA certified UAS Pilot. He is a United States Air Force Veteran who served in foreign combat zones. He is a highly experienced drone pilot with experience with filing waivers and complex missions. He is an expert is aerial imaging and photography and various mission planning tools and software. He served for 2 1/2 years as a Savannah Police officer and has a Associates Degree in Aviation Information Technology. He is leading mission planning and photogrammetry and surveying support. He also will be supporting sales and marketing efforts for CrossFlight. We are excited to have Benjamin as a key member of the CrossFlight team.
Justin Clemmer, Private Pilot, Aviation Analyst- FAA Certified UAS Pilot
Justin is a Private Pilot and Aviation Analyst, he is a current FAA Certified Private Pilot and UAS Pilot. He recently graduated from USCB with honors studying business and marketing. He was the president of the USCB Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). He will be working with clients and marketing as well as developing Pilot related Safety Procedures for our UAS Pilots. He is aspiring to become a Commercial Airline Pilot, working towards his Instrument Flight ratings. Justin is working on sales and marketing and client delivery and production.
Senior Associates and Advisors:
Dr. Sam Florance, PHD- Senior Business Strategy Adviser
Dr. Sam Florance serves as CrossFlight Sky Solutions’ Strategy Adviser, bringing 25 years of experience as investment banker, financial adviser, technology entrepreneur, and strategy consultant to high-technology ventures in biotech, industrial pharmacy, diagnostic instrumentation, transportation logistics, computational mathematics, industrial construction and ultra-high value, international real estate sales. Sam also served on the faculty and as Associate Vice Provost of Purdue University, and as founding director of Purdue Research Foundation’s #1 ranked tech-business start-up assistance program. He also served as adjunct faculty of Indiana Wesleyan University and on the boards of the Indianapolis Venture Forum and the National Christian Foundation-Lafayette, IN. Dr. Florance has also addressed local, state, national and international audiences as consultant and at university conferences.
Brian Messman- Video Post-Production & Training, UAS Pilot
UAS Drone Pilot- Brian Messman is serving as the Video and Post-production and training lead. He started Page 1 Media which is a growing small business in Bluffton SC. Brian has extensive experience with Video Productions for the filming and Media industry and Airborne Photography standards. Brian is a very experienced drone pilot and an expert in Media Photography and films. He is also an active member of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation Board of Directors in Bluffton SC.
Kacey McGuire, Film and Editing Consultant- Aerial Imaging and Film Expert
Kacey serves as CrossFlight Sky Solutions’ Film and Editing Consultant. In this position, Kacey takes the videos and photographs obtained by the CrossFlight drone pilots and turns them into packaged finished products by color-correcting and editing each of the assets. She is an experienced photographer and editor, and has a passion for film and photography. She is
currently a Film & TV major at the Savannah College of Art and Design. We are very excited to have Kacey working with our clients to produce amazing aerial images and productions quality films and videos.
Matt Cappodona, Technical Operations & Maintenance Lead- FAA Certified UAS Pilot
Matt will be serving as our lead in Technical Operations & Maintenance. He is a talented FAA Certified UAS Pilot and operator of several UAS platforms. Matt is an accomplished inventor and entrepreneur who has a passion for UAS and Aerial platforms. He closely tracks innovations in UAS technologies for CrossFlight. He will operate and maintain UAS systems and technical issues for our clients.
We are recruiting experience UAS Pilots:
We are recruiting FAA Certified UAS Pilots with special skills depending upon our customer requirements. We are always looking for highly experience FAA Certified UAS pilots. We recruit UAS Pilots for various jobs around the country based on customer requirements.