October 28, 2014
Darren Feeley is the chairman of the NVTC Technology Innovations Committee. He is the CEO of GeoPay Inc., an entrepreneur and sits on a number of Boards. As CEO, Feeley is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company bottom line, corporate strategy and business development, as well as investor relations. Feeley has more than 15 years of experience as an Internet and technology executive. Feeley was previously the CEO of Pivotal IT, founder of Navigation Consulting, and a director at the AOL Division of Time Warner. He has had responsibilities that include business and technology strategy, corporate planning, acquisition integration, and international ventures. He is a graduate of West Virginia University. Feeley now serves on a number of Boards.
Business Development Manager
Aurora Flight Sciences
Jeff Imel began his career in the Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) industry in 2003 when he designed and built his first sUAS. Imel is responsible for several sUAS designs based around blended-wing body airframes built specifically for use in agriculture and mining. He is the holder of one U.S. patent and has worked as a sUAS pilot, airframe designer, systems integrator and business development manager. He spent more than ten years focusing developing sUAS solutions for the commercial market and deployed his first sUAS for agricultural use in 2008. He served eight years in the United States Marine Corps, attended the University of Maryland (electrical engineering) and has worked for more than two decades in high technology business development leadership.
Anne Swanson is a partner in Cooley's Regulatory Communications practice and resident in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Swanson was a partner with Dow Lohnes, which merged with Cooley in 2014.
Ms. Swanson is an administrative law expert who helps communications, equipment, and navigation companies solve their regulatory problems. During her 30-plus year career, she has worked on a wide variety of agency rulemakings, enforcement matters, mergers, and financial transactions involving media firms, GPS and other device manufacturers, and investors. More and more, her practice focuses on complex spectrum issues and new technologies, such as unmanned vehicles and "smart transportation" systems.
Ms. Swanson's professional activities have included service as the Federal Communications Bar Association's president, president-elect, delegate to the ABA, treasurer, and assistant treasurer as well as on the FCBA Nominations Committee; she has served as co-chairman of several of its committees, and she was recently elected to another two-year term as the FCBA's ABA delegate. In the 1990s, she also served a three-year term on the Governing Committee of the ABA's Forum on Communications. Ms. Swanson is vice president of the DC Capitol Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicles International, and she serves on the chapter's Executive Committee.
Ms. Swanson holds a joint JD-MPA degree from Yale Law School and Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, an LLM from Georgetown University's Law Center, and an undergraduate degree in journalism from WVU. Prior to private practice, she clerked with The Honorable Charles B. Renfrew in the Northern District of California and The Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the Seventh Circuit.
Prior to attending graduate and law schools, she spent a year at the White House as editor of the President's daily news summary, and, throughout college, served as a National Security Council staff intern.
George Mason University
Christopher Vo is a roboticist at George Mason University and a drone technology educator who develops motion planning algorithms for autonomous swarms of drones to fly safely, quickly, and robustly. As the director of education for the D.C. area Drone User Group, he has taught hundreds of everyday users how to build and fly a drone of their own.