Southeast Opportunities in Aerospace Regional Summit

Sessions & Post-Event Information

DECEMBER 7, 2021

  • 0930-1000: Aerospace Economic and Workforce Development Introduction and Keynote
    • Speakers:
      • Moderator: Scott Dorney, Executive Director, North Carolina Military Business Center
      • Chief Deputy Secretary, Jordan WhichardNorth Carolina Department of Commerce
      • Secretary J. Eric Boyette, North Carolina Department of Transportation
      • Recording
  • 1015-1145: Workforce Challenges, Solutions and Partnerships. A panel of aerospace industry, government and academic leaders will discuss lessons learned and innovative solutions and partnerships to address workforce challenges related to hiring, training and retention of a quality workforce. Become familiar with resources available across our state to enhance your workforce strategies.
    • Speakers:
      • Moderator: Mary Beth Fennell, North Carolina Military Business Center
      • Russell Padgett, Fleet Readiness Center East
      • Dr. Ray Staats, President, Craven Community College
      • Dr. Bill Fortney, North Carolina State University
      • Nicholas Yale, Guilford Technical Community College
      • Robert Boyer, HAECO
      • Melissa Smith, Business Services Consultant, ACT-Authorized Job Profiler, GuilfordWorks
    • Presentation 
    • No session recording available.
  • 1300-1430: Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Services Opportunities.Regional maintenance and logistics services organizations leadership will discuss ongoing and future operational requirements. This will include challenges they face which are business opportunities for regional companies to provide products and services solutions.
    • Speakers:
      • Moderator: Mary Beth Fennell, North Carolina Military Business Center
      • Don Davis, SVP Business Development, Vertex Aerospace
      • Charlie Creech, President, North State Aviation
      • Jim Cassella, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Amentum Aviation
      • Gary Toney, Senior Director of Operations, Amentum Aviation
      • Steve Pawlak, Senior VP of Maintenance/Director of Maintenance, Fly Exclusive
    • Presentation
    • No session recording available.


DECEMBER 8, 2021

  • 0930-1000: Aerospace Military, Commercial and General Business Development Introduction and Keynote
    • Speakers:
      • Moderator: Scott Dorney, Executive Director, North Carolina Military Business Center
      • Brigadier General David J. Sanford, Commander of Defense Supply Center Richmond and Defense Logistics Agency Aviation
      • Presentation
      • Recording
  • 1015-1145: Opportunities with Defense Logistics Agency Aviation . Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Aviation and major aerospace industry leaders will discuss products and services with current and anticipated future fulfillment challenges. The focus will be creating networks of aerospace providers to meet current demands and support vibrant aerospace industry growth now and into the future.
    • Speakers:
      • Moderator: Joe Tew, North Carolina Military Business Center
      • John Henley, Defense Logistics Agency, Aviation
      • Ronald Johns, Defense Logistics Agency, Aviation
      • Frank DiPofi, Defense Logistics Agency, Aviation
      • Kyle Hedrick, Defense Logistics Agency, Aviation
      • John Mannix, Boeing
      • Varick Williams, Boeing
      • Bill Ryall, Jr., Sikorsky
      • Bryan Currier, Collins
      • Christian Lugo, Honeywell
      • Michelle Geiyer, General Electric
      • Eric Matteson, General Electric
      • Scott Reyes, General Electric
    • Presentation by John Henley, Defense Logistics Agency, Aviation
    • No session recording available.
  • 1300-1430: Aerospace Economic Development Roundtable. Business, government and support organizations across North Carolina are collaborating to support the growth and development of aerospace industry. Panelists will discuss what assets and resources are available to support the growth of aerospace-related businesses in the state.
    • Speakers:
      • Moderator: Amanda Conner, North Carolina Department of Transportation
      • Steve Yost, President, North Carolina’s Southeast
      • Rick Reed, Aerospace Economic Development, Piedmont Triad Partnership
      • Clark Duncan, Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
      • Colin Kiser, International Business Development, Senior Manager, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
    • Presentation
    • EDPNC Aerospace Brochure
    • Recording will be available shortly. _____________________________________________________________

DECEMBER 9, 2021

  • 0930-1000: DoD Technology Introduction and Keynote
  • 1015-1145: Department of Defense Technology Panel. A panel of government and experts will discuss technology advancement that offer business development opportunities within the Department of Defense and the aerospace industry.
    • Speakers:
      • Moderator: Denny Lewis, North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH)
      • Eddie "Jamaine" Clemmons, Advanced Technology & Innovation (ATI) Team Lead, FRC-East
      • Captain Torrence (Tad) Wilson, Commanding Officer, USCG Aviation Logistics Center
      • Dr. Ali Karimoddini, NC A&T Autonomy
      • Darshan Divakaran, Senior Operations Research Analyst, AFWERX
    • Presentation
    • Recording

1300-until finished: UAS Technology Demo and Discussion. North Carolina is among a handful of states paving the way to aviation’s next frontier. Unmanned aircraft systems are transforming the way business and government operate. Learn about advanced drone operations already under way in the state and experience select demonstrations.

UAS Technology In-Person Attendance Instructions 

Vendor Registration during the UAS Technology Demo and Discussion. 

    • Speakers:
      • James Freeman, Founder and President, Emerging Technology Institute
      • Bobby Walston, Aviation Director, NC DOT Division of Aviation
      • SFC Christopher King, Unmanned Mobility Systems (UMS), 95th Civil Affairs Brigade
      • Todd D. Steiner, PhD, Senior Principle Scientist, Test and Evaluation Science and Technology Program, DUSD, R&E (Advanced Capabilities)
      • Jeff Causey, Causey Aviation Service, Inc.
    • Demonstrations by: 
      • AT&T Federal UAS Team: LTE Network for Drone Deliveries
      • Full Throttle Aerial: UAS Company that has the drone capabilities
      • Tracks North America: UGV Company that can pick a delivered package to a destination
      • Skydio Autonomous Drones in collaboration with NCDOT Division of Aviation