MEET the TEAM

Management Team

Jon Rimanelli

Founder / CEO

JP Yorro

Chief Commercial Officer
Guido Defever

Guido Defever

VP of Engineering

Qhase Lokhandwala

Director R & D
Camilo Pardo

Camilo Pardo

Chief Designer

Advisory Board

General Duncan J. McNabb (Ret.)

  • 37+ year USAF career; former TRANSCOM Commander ($56B assets, 150K soldiers, global C2)
  • Previously commanded Air Mobility Command providing joint global mobility, refueling, airlift, medevac
  • Co-Founder / Managing Partner of Ares Mobility
  • Developing ASX fleet operations management command center

Bob Lutz

  • Former Vice Chairman of GM
  • Unparalleled 47-year auto industry career with increasing levels of responsibility within Ford, GM, Chrysler and BMW
  • Author of 3 books and renowned for his leadership and collections of iconic cars, jets and motorcycles

Dyan Gibbens

  • 10+ years DoD aerospace program management and acquisitions
  • Pilot, engineer, former USAF Academy Parachute Team
  • MBA from OSU and engineering PhD research on UAS integration
  • Air Force One & Global Hawk engineering and sustainment
  • Liaises with White House on entrepreneurship and aeronautics

Dr. Timothy B. Smith

  • Member of the Aerospace Engineering faculty at University of Michigan since 2006.
  • Interests include electric propulsion, plasma physics and optical diagnostics.
  • Active member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and American Society for Engineering Education.
  • Holds several degrees from the University of Michigan including a MSE in Aerospace, MSE in Nuclear Engineering and PhD in Aero. He also holds a MS Ocean Engineering degree from George Washington University and a BS Aerospace Engineering degree from the University of Virginia.

Todd Hodges

  • Pilot with 40+ years in VTOL design, development and testing experience at NASA Langley
  • Worked with Uber Elevate Director of Aviation Engineering Mark Moore to develop Puffin e-VTOL
  • Supervisory roles in test article fabrication of composites / metals
  • Diverse, historical knowledge of technical aeronautic disciplines

Dr. Joaquim R. R. A. Martins

  • Professor / Head – Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Laboratory, Department of Aerospace Engineering at U. of Michigan
  • Focused on the development and application of MDO methodologies to aircraft configuration design
  • M.Sc. and Pd.D. degrees from Stanford University