Board of Directors
Thomas R. Frantz
ADM Joseph Prueher
VADM David Architzel
Tom Walker – Founder and Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, Tom provides leadership to position the company at the forefront of the industry, drives the strategic plan to advance the company’s mission and objectives and to promote revenue, profitability and growth as an organization.
Tom most recently served as the President of Web Teks, a leading online and mobile technology research and strategy development firm. A former military officer, he is a recognized pioneer in military and government digital reform, having managed extensive programming and web enablement of computer systems to support both U.S. and international Special Forces. Leveraging this experience, he has built a tightly woven teams of high-achieving professionals across multiple companies.
As a result of his research, The Point of Mobile Confluence, Tom was tapped as an advisor to the White House on innovative technologies and their impact on the emerging workforce. Data from that research, combined with a sincere desire to improve safety and disaster response outcomes, ultimately led to the creation of DroneUp and DART.
Tom is equally passionate about his community and a frequent speaker at various corporate and organizational events.
Joe Fuller, Chief Information Officer
Joe Fuller is former CIO of Dominion Enterprises (formerly Trader Publishing Company). He has 21 years of experience in web development, web hosting and mobile application development. He was responsible for web sites and mobile apps that served 30 million visitors per month. Joe is also a Part 107 certified commercial UAS pilot and avid enthusiast.
Joe is responsible for strategic technical partnerships and the development of DroneUp's web and mobile products. He is also responsible for pilot acquisition and training programs, including the Responsible Community Pilot certification and the Part 107 Prep course.
Anthony Vittone, Chief Operating Officer
Anthony Vittone is a lawyer and seasoned business executive. As COO, Anthony is responsible for finance, investor relations, sales, marketing, legal, HR and contract fulfillment.
Previously, he was senior vice president of Swimways Corp. in Virginia Beach, Va., the outdoor products division of SpinMaster Ltd., a publicly traded Canadian company.
Anthony is a ‘double Spider’ receiving a B.A. in 1990 and a law degree in 1993 from the University of Richmond and received an MBA from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 2011.
Jim Harenchar, Chief Marketing Officer
Jim oversees the planning, development and execution of DroneUp's marketing and advertising initiatives. His role includes meeting all other financial objectives through successful marketing of the company using market research, pricing, product marketing, marketing communications, advertising and public relations in their defined industry sectors.
With over 25 years of experience as an agency owner, Jim offers valuable perspective on both the “thinking” and the “doing”. Having worked as management consultant, strategic planner and account executive for clients ranging from Fortune 50 to Fortune 1000, he brings a broad perspective on developing and implementing marketing communications.
John Vernon – Chief Technology Officer
John Vernon has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry and a wide range of experience including system architecture, software solutions and development, information management, security, and business operations.
John has overall responsibility for managing the physical and personnel technology infrastructure including technology deployment, network and system management, integration testing, and developing technical operations personnel. He also manages client relations to ensure that service objective expectations are developed and managed in the operations areas.
Prior to joining DroneUp, John was the Vice President and CIO of Knowledge Information Solutions based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was instrumental in the leadership and strategic planning for rolling out new products and services. He embraced many of the “first to market” initiatives which lead to the launch of the Managed Services division, and his knowledge and leadership brought the company its early adopters of managed services.
John is a thought leader with a passion for continuous improvement through technology innovation and serves on various technology industry advisory boards, both locally and nationally.
Craig Coker – Chief Pilot, VP of Community Development
Craig’s responsibilities include community development/expansion, implementation of strategic marketing concepts, mission creation, as well as pilot deployment and technical support.
Craig’s career has taken several forms - from Professional Athletics, Electronic Engineering, Photography, Strategic Marketing Development, to world-class event production. These endeavors ultimately led him to the drone industry, where he quickly educated himself with the technology and rapidly became recognized as one of the top drone operators and industrial professionals. Craig’s proficient skills have garnered interest from industry leaders (Sony, DJI, 3DR, Polarpro, Yuneec), where his product development feedback and valuable technical analysis has contributed directly to progressions in the drone market. Using this experience and the success of his entrepreneurial strategies, Craig has added significant value to various startups.
Craig’s passion for humanitarian efforts ultimately led him to DroneUp. During Hurricane Harvey, he discovered DroneUp, an app which proved to be a powerful tool to manage and interlink groups of drone pilots during the disaster. This effort proved extremely valuable in providing SAR teams and people in need with immediate aerial perspectives. After that, Craig knew he wanted to leverage his skills and experience to help expand DroneUp’s commercial and humanitarian endeavors.