1UP Land Liberator and 3D Aerial Memory Maker (CEO)
1UP Land Liberator and 3D Aerial Memory Maker (aka CEO), FAA Part 107 Certified Pilot, and tenured IT, Cloud industry veteran who spent 23 years in the high tech industry.
I see the intersection of what our clients can do with the commercial use cases that unmanned aircraft represent. Combine drones with high quality photography, videography, 3D modeling software, and we jumped at the opportunity to integrate these services. We are driving cost effective, revenue generating solutions that augment our client’s GIS surveying, digital photography/videography, drone-vertising, business inspection and data acquisition strategies.
Layering 3D Models of geospatial information over large commercial land developments to create subdivisions from raw land, or reconstructing accident scenes for forensic science evidence gathering using drone flyovers with layered animations are examples of the “industrial strength” applications of the technology and services provided by 1UP.
He is a well-respected executive speaker on Emerging Technology, Cloud, IoT, and Business Development. Chuck enjoys skiing, racquetball, and the outdoors. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and is married to Kimberly. They have 3 daughters, 1 son, and 3 grandchildren.
1UP VP - Fanatical Customer Support
1UP VP, Operations has responsibility for overall project planning, marketing, finance, and fanatical customer satisfaction. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Oklahoma State University. Before embracing her greatest career accomplishment in raising 2 wonderful daughters, Kimberly was a juvenile probation officer (watch out fellas).
I am excited and blessed to be part of this incredible, emerging industry! I look forward to assisting our customers and building relationships for life.
In addition to 1UP Operations, Kimberly is a volunteer for CASA of Jefferson County. She also plays the piano for two of Bessie’s Hope nursing homes. Kimberly enjoys skiing, hiking with her two “kids” (aka 2 year old Golden Doodle and a 6 year old Lab), and spending time with family and friends.
FAA Part 107 Certified Pilot & FPV Cinematographer
“Triple T’s” best describes Troy….Talent, Talent, Talent!
Our best (and most creative) drone pilot on the team has been flying for 8 years. (Check out a sample of his creativity: https://youtu.be/xpSR9JUOGj8).
He is well rounded in digital marketing, FPV drones, cinematography and is gifted in full on video production with a mission to create, tell stories, and showcase passion-fueled humans, athletes, and brands in a compelling, exciting, and authentic way.
Troy is a passionate “creative” that enjoys working with brands and people from all over the world to cultivate their vision into videos that can reach out and share their stories.
He tells us his favorite flight so far has to be chasing drift cars at a local Colorado event. “This was the most fun and exhilarating flying I have done. Trying to get as close as possible to these cars drifting around corners at 40 mph was amazing!” (we might add, all legal in the FAA’s world).
When he is not flying drones he loves mountain biking, camping, rafting, snowboarding, golfing, tennis, traveling and adventure with his girlfriend in their converted short school bus named Earl! We reluctantly admit it but he does ride the “short bus”.
FAA Part 107 Certified Pilot & Level 1 Thermographer
By his profile you may be able to gauge Ron’s expertise at 1UP. FLIR equipped drones and Thermography! The possible applications for thermal imagery are growing and endless. Ron is a FAA Part 107 Certified Pilot and a Level 1 ITC Certified Infrared Thermographer. He regularly provides inspection projects involving solar panels, electrical infrastructure, commercial buildings/roofing, pipeline monitoring, precision agriculture, security, traffic monitoring, and SAR (search and rescue). I like to say he “runs hot and cold”!
Ron is a native of Nebraska and tells us last winter he had the opportunity to be a “drone rancher” helping a farmer with livestock inventory management while counting heads of cattle with a drone. He has also recently had some adrenaline rush flights over the beautiful coast of Oregon while chasing seagulls (or was it the other way around). In his off hours you will find him enjoying the great outdoors, living the “lake life”, hiking the mountains, fishing and camping with his wife and dogs.
We've Got Gas, Fill Me Up As Oil & Gas is my specialty!
A seasoned veteran who has flown for 3 years and is a Part 107 Certified pilot! His equipment includes a Phantom 4 and Mavic Pro Platinum, but his specialty lies in the 10 years he has spent in the Oil & Gas industry. He has significant pipeline expertise that he brings to the team, as well as a wealth of knowledge in generation models, design, and construction of O&G facilities.
Eduardo is an expert in the software to create 3D mapping, equipment inspection, construction progress reports, and digital marketing. Additionally, he tells us his strong suit is his ability to collaborate with surveyors to talk “their” language and has done many land mapping/modeling projects.
Flying, working out, visiting with family/friends, and trading in foreign exchange markets are activities that provide a release to Eduardo. “I love creating new and amazing perspectives of pipelines, facilities, construction sites, and basically anything that can provide a client with a ‘new’ perspective of their business.”
Gary Hinton started in the turf industry 25 years ago mowing lawns to pay his way through college. He later worked as a teacher with at-risk youth. Then, soon after completing his Master’s Degree, he left that profession. He returned to the green industry that he loved, as Grasshopper. Gary became an industry leader in sports field maintenance, including fertilizing, water control, trouble-shooting problem areas, and keeping fields looking beautiful and most importantly, safe for the players. He has held the position of Head Groundskeeper at Community America Ballpark, home of the Kansas City T-Bones. He personally knows the long hours that go into manicured turf as well as the need for resource management.
Gary has combined his passion for turf and technology to assist 1UP as our agriculture, and turf expert. Whether it’s a golf course, a sports field, or 1800 acres in the mountains, Gary enjoys providing aerial data that can re-shape the way work is done on the ground. Gary & 1UP is your Multi-Spectral Solution….Water management and soil integrity is our goal.
Expert Drone Operator & One of USA's Top Drone Racing League Pilots
One of the Top 50 MultiGP pilots in the USA who has 10 years of flying experience. He holds his Section 333 Exemption and is an extremely talented technician solving almost every UAV operational challenge. Lately you will find him hanging out with his Inspire 1, Phantom 3, or multiple racing drones. His “highest” achievement in his drone career was in June 2015 when he filmed Mount Humboldt after 4 hours of tough hiking the brutal 14er. He then flew a total distance of over 18,000 feet! Jacob also enjoys St. Mary’s Glacier and filming many other beautiful locations in Denver and the Front Range.
He is a specialist for 3D Maps, Pre Construction 4D mapping, Commercial Real Estate, Land Development, and Large HOA’s.
When he is not flying, Jacob is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, competitive FPV Drone Racing, Inline Hockey, and Disc Golf.
Operations & IT Coordinator, with a Minor in Raising Great Kids
IT veteran, Cloud guru, anything aaS, Spencer is at the forefront. Over the last 5 years he has spent his career exploring how 1UP and other companies can take advantage of the operational expense model that aaS infrastructure offers to our clients. From the IT & SW tools we use to being an awesome “pinch hitter” for the founder when he is out of the office, to the operational excellence he brings to the company he is an excellent “jack of all, master of everything” resource for our team.
A couple of other fast facts about Spencer…he is studying for his FAA Part 107 license that he hopes to obtain in 2020 so 1UP can expand our office to Texas. He’s also the son of Chuck so be careful what you say about Spencer! When he’s not working for 1UP he enjoys his time with his wife Megan, children, Morgan and Dylan, and Stoby the Brittany Spaniel.
Operations & Business Development, with a Major in Raising Great Kids
Chip is our specialist in bringing complex projects to fruition. Each 1UP customer deserves special focus, thorough communication, personalized collaboration, and efficient operations & logistics. Chip uses his vast experiences in business –finance, sales, employee performance, customer service, operations & project management to work with 1UP and the customer team to tailor a custom project solution for your particular needs.
It’s true, drone flights are exciting and use the latest advanced technology, but we also know each project requires focus on the customer’s ROI and unique business requirements. Chip doesn’t fly the drones (yet!), but he works tirelessly to pull together the non-flight related aspects of each project, from site logistics to staffing, communication & coordination. 1UP stands apart from the competition – we use great pilots & technology, while integrating our decades of successful business acumen to understand & work together on beneficial outcomes.
Chip’s unique skill set comes from a diverse business background, starting with a degree in finance from the University of Colorado Leeds Business School, experience from the hard knock school of founding & running a profitable business, plus an extensive corporate background integrating business strategy with high performance teams.
Chip fosters his competitive spirit in his free time through mountain biking, skiing, stock trading & trying to keep up with his three active children, his wife, Kate, & their rescue dog, Duke.
Quality Assurance, Definitely Qualified With Quality
Ken Farber brings more than 38 years of experience in values based executive leadership, quality assurance, executive coaching, human resources, training and development, finance and accounting.
Ken works closely with clients to craft and align project management, schedules, profitable and sustainable relationships in highly competitive environments.
Ken brings a wealth of knowledge to 1UP and has worked with numerous Silicon Valley icons including Travelocity, Apple, Oracle, Intel, AMD, Cisco, Autodesk, Sun Microsystems, HP, 3Com, Adobe Systems, Novell, Nvidia, Intergraph, Silicon Graphics, The Coaches Training Institute, financial institutions including Citicorp and Security Pacific Bank (BofA) as well as numerous startup companies.
Ken’s broad professional experience has encompassed working in accounting and finance, private equity ventures, executive roles in human resources, educational development and training, public speaking and speaker training, external COO roles for client companies, and executive coaching.
Having spent the majority of his career in New York City and San Francisco, Ken and his beloved wife Christina (of 20 years) now live in Golden Colorado. You will find them hiking regularly and he is an active member of the community, Ken serves as the Vice-President of the Genesee Foundation and help establish the Governance Committee of the Foundation, of which he is currently Chair.
1UP Data Scientist the "Secret Weapon"
Commonly known as the 1UP “secret weapon”. Dr. Rafert brings value to our clients through his innovative initiatives and provides integration of 1UP solutions using “data actualization” and actionable data intelligence. In other words, we assist our clients in taking what we capture in photographs, videos, sensors, and other means and make this data useful in making critical business decisions. He has served on the US Army Science Board, and was the scientific and technical founder of the USAF Hyperspectral initiative.
Bruce is a subject matter expert in astronomy, structure-from-motion, high-tech computing, cyber infrastructure, data archival, computer storage and networking. He rounds out the team as a nationally recognized “data scientist” who will assist our clients in analyzing untapped, new information collected by unmanned aircraft. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Case Institute of Technology and a PhD from the University of Florida.
Justin oversees 1UP brand positioning, and keeps a keen eye on the company’s engagement strategy to enhance our reputation and awareness. Justin has experience in marketing, operations, sales and business leadership, with proven success across the broad spectrum of today’s marketing channels. He’s passionate about helping 1UP revolutionize how we bring products and services to market, creating meaningful experiences with our customers.
Justin founded Cast Influence marketing agency after serving Corporate in-house senior marketing roles for 16 years. When he’s not working 24 hours a day he enjoys playing guitar, running Harley his Black Lab (Black Labs Matter ya know), riding his Harley (not the dog), and spending time with his significant other Leah.
Video Production and Editor Extraordinaire
Ron makes us all look good by putting the “spit shine” on our video productions. He is a valuable partner that is a one-stop video shop for business owners, promotional videos, corporate video productions, training films, social media, and television advertising. He is an expert at 3D rendering for live event productions, audio-visual production management, motion-graphics creation, and digital visual effects for film and television.
Most recently he has been working on Ed Bozarth Chevrolet dealership commercials, and is an award winning producer who wrote, produced and directed a short science-fiction thriller called, “Traveller” which was made to be a 30-minute “pitch” for a television series feature film. In 2014, the film was seen at over 15 film festivals throughout the US and earned 12 awards, three of which were audience nominated awards. Best visual effects, best cinematography, best short film were among the awards given.
When Ron is not in front of his switching station or computer in a dark room (we let him come out every now and again) he enjoys a good beer, BBQ, and most of all….weekends!