Leadership at DroneUp

Executive Team

Tom Walker

Founder & 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. He is an FAA Part 107 Certified Remote Pilot and avid drone enthusiast.

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.

Tom served 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, led to the creation of DroneUp. Tom is equally passionate about his community and a frequent speaker at various corporate and organizational events.

Anthony Vittone

Chief Operations Officer

Anthony Vittone, an accomplished lawyer and business executive, serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. He oversees DroneUp’s business in operations and finance, legal, HR and contract fulfillment. Vittone has extensive experience in working with developing businesses in a variety of disciplines. Prior to joining DroneUp, he was Senior Vice President of Swimways Corp., the outdoor products division of SpinMaster Ltd., a publicly traded Canadian company.

At Swimways, he most recently oversaw product development, product integrity, HR, finance, IT and the company’s operations in China. He holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Richmond and a master’s in business administration from the College of William and Mary.

Tripp Shannon​

Chief of Delivery Operations

Tripp Shannon, DroneUp’s Chief of Delivery Operations, leads the company’s delivery operations execution. With over 30 years of executive management experience, Tripp came to DroneUp from Proactis Holdings Plc, a publicly-traded SaaS eCommerce company headquartered in the UK, where he was the President of the North American Division. Tripp teamed with Proactis through the $132.5M acquisition of Perfect Commerce; joining Perfect as its 27th employee through roles as CFO and most recently as its COO, leading the company through 8 international acquisitions building to a global player in the eProcurement software business. 

Tripp spent 18 years in the financial services industry leaving as a Senior Vice President for Wachovia Bank. Tripp is a graduate of Colgate University and holds a    Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Joe Fuller

Chief Information Officer

Joe Fuller, a Georgia Tech graduate, holds a Part 107 certificate and heads up the R&D team for DroneUp. He is the former CIO of Dominion Enterprises, leading the team that migrated the billion dollar Auto Trader family of magazines to the Internet. As pioneers of the Internet, his teams created and maintained mobile apps and websites serving 30 million visitors per month. Before joining Trader, Joe owned and operated a software development company. Joe has been with DroneUp since its inception, refining its operating procedures in traditional drone services and delivery operations.

Joe is also a baseball umpire, achieving NCAA status and umpiring the PONY League World Series in 2017. Joe is married, golfs occasionally, and has 3 grown children.

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.  

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.

Carl Smit

Chief Strategy Officer

Carl Smit began his career as a U.S. Navy SEAL, and out of the military, Smit quickly transitioned into retail, where he spent nearly a decade at Apple. Smit negotiated the first iPod, and the iPhone retail accessory line launched Apple Retail in China and managed its global retail iPhone business. Smit left Apple shortly after Steve Job’s death to help Under Armour develop its worldwide retail and wholesale go-to-market strategy. Smit transitioned to Verizon as the Vice President of Retail Experience, spending his time focused on Verizon’s future-of-retail. Smit has recently been an independent consultant helping private equity firms assess consumer electronics and retail investments with an eye towards retail innovation.

Smit has a bachelor’s of science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from INSEAD. A two-time 505 World Champion, he spends his free time sailboat racing and with his wife, twin eight-year-old boys, and fourteen-year-old daughter. 

Board of Directors

Tom Frantz
Jerry Miller
ADM Joseph Prueher
Tom Walker
Tom Ward