About Us

Unmanned Arizona is an annual conference offered by Aerospace Arizona Association.

The Association is a membership organization established to join unmanned industry stakeholders, coordinate key academic activities and advocate for legislature that advances the economic strength of the industry throughout Arizona.

The Association represents its members and the industry through education, advocacy, national / international partnerships, and networking. It is unique in its ability to bring together academia, corporations, businesses and entrepreneurs via roundtables, industry tours, forums, and conferences organized by the Association. It also works closely with local, state and federal legislators to champion policies and regulations that facilitate a thriving unmanned industry.

In addition to the membership association, Aerospace Arizona Association is the founder and managers of The Center for Innovation, a testing facility for unmanned technology in Benson, Arizona.

Visit our website to learn more about becoming a member.

Mission Statement

Aerospace Arizona Association promotes and advances the unmanned industry throughout the State of Arizona through actions focused on advocacy, education, networking and partnerships.

President

Mignonne Hollis

Mignonne Hollis

President

Executive Director of the Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation. An accomplished economic development professional with 25+ years of experience in developing businesses and transforming industries into sustainable economic assets. Ms. Hollis holds positions on several influential economic boards, including Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED), Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Advisory Board Members

Chad Marchand

Chad Marchand

Advisory Board Member

Director of Business Development for the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. Diverse experience in law, business development, and program management. He holds degrees and certifications in Public Administration, Terrorism Analysis and Applied Intelligence.

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Deirdre Gilmore

Advisory Board Member

President & Lead Strategist for Tank Girl Marketing. Certified Professional Services Marketer with 20+ years assisting firms with business and marketing planning, training and coaching staff on business development activities, strategic project pursuit and the implementation of tactics needed for success.

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George Scott

Advisory Board Member

Director for the Southeast Arizona Economic Development Group. 20+ years of experience promoting business and economic development interests both locally and state-wide.

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Glenn Williamson

Advisory Board Member

President of the Canada-Arizona Business Council. 30+ years of executive-level experience in leading companies from concept to maturity. Mr. Williamson currently serves as the CEO of Nest Ventures, a private equity firm with offices in Canada and Arizona.

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Ken Varga

Advisory Board President

CEO & Founder of Real Time Consulting, LLC. 35+ years of experience in systems/software engineering of real-time embedded systems for avionics, communication and control applications as well as work with the FAA and EASA.

Lorie Grabham2

Lorie Grabham

Advisory Board Member

Senior Systems Analyst & Business Intelligence for American Airlines. 20+ years of experience in aviation leadership and the successful delivery of business intelligence solutions.

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Michael Patterson

Advisory Board Member

Attorney at Law at Spencer Fane, LLP. Patterson's experience includes representing companies through product development, consulting with international giants, and sales to international companies.

Moses Koyabe

Moses Koyabe

Advisory Board Member

Vice President of Business Development for Ideal Aerosmith. 25+ years of experience in the aerospace industry and is highly valued for his expertise in turning corporate vision and strategies into high-impact organizational solutions.

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Paul Brierley

Advisory Board Member

Executive Director of Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture. In his current position, the research center focuses on desert agriculture across the world and the integration of unmanned systems into the agricultural industry.

Ted Maxwell2

Ted Maxwell

Advisory Board Member

President/CEO of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council. Ted Maxwell has 33+ years of military service, bringing with him extensive experience in working with Congress and foreign dignitaries.