Jason, CEO and the driving vision of K2 Unmanned Systems, spent over a dozen years with the Boeing Company working in such programs as the Delta Launch Rocket and the International Space Station. In 2005 Jason took the role of Chief Operations Officer for Affordable Engineering Services, a key Defense contractor for the US Navy and Air Force. With the advent of commercial UAVs entering the National Airspace, Jason had a vision of marrying the burgeoning “drone” technology to First Responder operations, and launched K2 Unmanned Systems to fulfill that vision. Initial training classes conducted for SAR teams rapidly led to the development of our professional UAS curriculum. Jason sees that the benefits of UAV technology are clear, and it is the mission of K2 Unmanned Systems to enhance the capabilities of First Responders & Infrastructure inspection teams as much as possible with these rapidly developing aerial toolsets.
Jeff Nye is our Director of Operations, and a Ground school certified commercial UAV pilot. Jeff has been flying Radio Control vehicles and UAVs for over 10 years, and has been flying as a commercial UAV pilot for over 6 years. Jeff has done aerial film for tourism, movies and television, sporting events and also infrastructure inspections as well as conducted training missions for SAR and Emergency Services. Jeff has a vast wealth of experience and knowledge in RC systems and their components, and is a skilled pilot of fixed wing , RC helicopters and multi-rotor aircraft. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys flying 3D aerobatic flights with his 100cc MX2 plane, and also races FPV mini quadcopters against other pilots, locally and at nationwide events.
Jake, our UAS Engineer / Technician, is an Aerospace Engineering graduate of Cal Poly Pomona and comes to Kaizen Kinetics with four years of experience working with Unmanned Aerial Systems. During that time, Jake has built, maintained, tested, and enhanced the capabilities of Unmanned Aerial Systems specifically for Search & Rescue operations. Jake is deeply immersed in the evolution of our drone technology, researching and developing capabilities through EO/IR imaging, Surveillance & Reconnaissance missions, Autonomous Payload Delivery of emergency supplies, along with obstacle Sense & Avoid technology.
Piper is our Graphic Designer for the Aeronautical Training program. Piper is a Commercial Pilot and has extensive experience as a Canadian bush-pilot, as well as air ambulance, forest fire surveillance and flight instructor experience. He has also served as a Volunteer Firefighter, Emergency Medical Responder and a Lifeguard. Piper saw that the emerging UAS industry would quickly progress to overlap, and eventually replace, many full-scale manned aircraft operations across a myriad of industries. Looking to move with this progression of technology, he joined the rapidly evolving UAS world, developing a great deal of our proprietary training curriculum. His unique background and experience gives depth to our UAS vision and training. Piper is well engaged in the opportunity to get you and your company ahead of the field with FAA Certified UAS operations.
Carter is our research and development specialist with two years of experience designing, building, and flying UAVs. As our R&D specialist, carter works directly with our director of aerospace engineering and is responsible for finding new and innovative technologies to rapidly integrate into both our vehicles and manufacturing processes. Carter is heavily involved with the development of our new lithium ion battery packs, in addition to several prototype development vehicles. In addition to R&D, carter is one of our fully FAA part 107 certified commercial UAS pilots.
Sean Hersey is our Huntington Beach Branch Manager and Marketing Director. He keeps branch operations moving forward and is responsible for the development of strategic partnerships and marketing campaign in the United States. Sean has extensive experience in Management, Sales, Marketing and business development with 20 successful years in ski resort sales and marketing. Prior to his career in the ski industry Sean also served in the U.S. Navy as an Avionics Technician and a Plane Captain in an F-14 jet fighter squadron with experience maintaining, launching and receiving aircraft. Sean is no stranger to aerospace technologies and brings great enthusiasm, energy and knowledge of marketing and sales strategies that raises K2 Unmanned Systems to the top of the industry.