ABOUT US

We're building on a solid aviation business foundation to serve a burgeoning new market with tremendous growth potential.

SERVING AN EMERGING INDUSTRY

Drone manufacturers are eager for commercial operations to rapidly expand, and we believe that a talented network of aviation authority-approved repair stations will accelerate this market

Our network includes service centers across nearly every region of the world that are optimized to provide certification, maintenance, and repair services for the emerging commercial drone aircraft infrastructure.

Drawing on only the best FAA and aviation-authority-approved maintenance organizations that currently maintain manned aircraft, Robotic Skies offers a comprehensive turnkey field service program designed to keep UAS flying safely, affordably, and productively.

BRAD HAYDEN, PRESIDENT & CEO

Brad grew up in the aviation industry, working as a repairman and a dealer from a young age in his family’s avionics sales and service business. After graduating from the University of Utah, he left aviation to launch his career managing global, high tech marketing programs for companies such as US Robotics, 3Com, Informix and EFI.

 

Brad later returned to aviation as one of the original executives of Aspen Avionics, a venture-backed cockpit display manufacturer, where he was responsible for creating and building the emerging company’s brand and overall marketing presence. Next, he was given responsibility for all product strategy at Aspen, and led the definition and rollout of the company’s groundbreaking Connected Panel product line, which has revolutionized the synchronization of data in the cockpit.

 

Today, in addition to directing Robotic Skies, Brad remains an active member of the manned aviation community, and has been invited to speak about the emerging UAS opportunity at events for the Aircraft Electronics Association, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), The Rotorcraft Business & Technology Summit, and other aerospace events. He is a voting member of ASTM Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, The NBAA Business Aviation Management Committee, and the Helicopter Association International (HAI) UAS Committee.  Brad is also a contributor to aviation publications, covering UAS integration and emerging avionics technology trends.

 

A certified private pilot, and an avid First Person View drone pilot, Brad believes that the future of aviation lies in embracing and supporting emerging technologies, like unmanned aircraft, into the mainstream of the civilian aerospace industry.

ERIC BUTLER, COO & CFO

Eric brings to Robotic Skies a diverse professional background in international finance and program management. His career began with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Los Angeles where he audited investment funds and insurance companies, specializing in valuation and financial modeling. Eric later transferred to Zurich, Switzerland, where he led the global audit of one of PwC’s largest clients across over 50 countries.

 

Eric also has experience working as an analyst in investment management, leading investment decisions across multiple sectors, including the airline and aviation industries.  Prior to joining Robotic Skies, Eric worked in the oil and gas industry as the Director of Finance and Analytics at an exploration and production company where he was responsible for financial strategy, capital allocation, corporate budgeting and forecasting, capital raising and business development.

 

Eric graduated from Miami University with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business, and later earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He holds a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Colorado.

KICKSTART SEED FUND

 

Kickstart Seed Fund is Utah’s most active venture capital fund. Kickstart supports the best entrepreneurs in the Mountain West with capital, connections and intelligence to launch hyper-growth companies into the world.

 

After five years of making Series A investments in Utah, Kickstart’s founder, Gavin Christensen, decided that the lack of seed capital was hurting Utah entrepreneurs and the ecosystem needed a seed fund. Following the launch of its first $8M fund in 2008, Kickstart became known for being accessible, willing to lead investments in promising but early teams, and for being fair with entrepreneurs and investors alike. Kickstart Seed Fund quickly became the most active investor in Utah and is now synonymous with seed capital in the region.

SUN MOUNTAIN CAPITAL

 

Sun Mountain Capital is a diversified private equity firm with investment strategies in both direct investment and fund of funds programs spanning venture capital, mezzanine debt and growth equity.

 

Sun Mountain Capital was founded in 2006 by a team of senior investment professionals. The team has continued to grow since the Firm’s founding and today encompasses a broad network for deal sourcing and best in class investment diligence and analysis. Post investment, the Firm provides value adding investment management through board of director positions in portfolio companies and membership on Limited Partner Advisory Committees.

 

In addition to fund management, Sun Mountain also provides discretionary as well as non-discretionary investment advisory services primarily to large institutional investors.

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