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March 30, 2018
InterDrone Forms Industry Advisory Board

NEW YORK   Emerald Expositions, owner and organizer of InterDrone, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to commercial drone use, announced it has created a new Industry Advisory Board. The board consists of 19 members from industry-leading companies to analysts, and former FAA employees and administrators, including Michael Huerta. The board will assist conference organizers with program development and speaker selection to ensure the most comprehensive schedule of commercial drone training during this year’s conference. Registration is now open for InterDrone 2018, which will be held at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas from September 5-7, 2018.

“InterDrone’s Industry Advisory Board features some of the most respected and esteemed members of the commercial drone industry and their knowledge, guidance, and expertise will be an invaluable asset as we develop programming for this year’s conference,” said Ted Bahr, chairman of InterDrone.

“Unmanned aircraft systems represent one of the most innovative and fastest growing segments in aviation and aerospace, explains Michael Huerta, advisory board member, former FAA administrator, and senior advisor to Macquarie Holdings (USA), Inc.. “Every day new possibilities present themselves and the future is very bright. The industry needs to continue to work with policy makers to foster innovation while at the same time ensuring safety and security.”

Other InterDrone Advisory Board members include Marke “Hoot” Gibson, former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) senior adviser on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and current CEO of NUAIR Alliance, Jim Williams, former manager of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office and founder of JHW Unmanned Solutions, and Art Pregler, UAS Program Director at AT&T. A complete list of InterDrone’s Advisory Board members is below. Full bios of all board members can be viewed at

Michael BladesFrost & Sullivan                                                                             Robert BlairThree Canyon Farms

Rick BohlmanGo Professional Cases                                                                    Marke “Hoot” GibsonNUAIR Alliance

Anthony DeMolinaLos Angeles County Regional Training Center Craig GloverPowerVision Robotics

Romeo DurscherDirector, Public Safety Integration at DJI         Kevin KellyStampede

Steve GitlinAeroVironment                                                                                    Derek LyonsBeyond The Drone                                                                      

Michael P. HuertaMacquarie Holdings                                                               Dr. Gregory S. McNealAirMap

Richard LopezHensel Phelps Construction Co.                                                   Lia ReichPrecisionHawk

Mark McKinnonLeClair Ryan                                                                                Jim WilliamsJHW Unmanned Solutions

Art PreglerAT&T                                                                                                       Colin SnowSkylogic Research, LLC

Jennifer RichterAkin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld 

InterDrone also announced its Call for Speakers for the 2018 conference is now open.  Proposals for 60-minute sessions (or two-part, 120-minute sessions) as well as panelists for pre-determined panel topics are now being accepted. To learn more and submit a proposal, visit InterDrone’s Speaker Resource page.

This year’s Conference + Expo is expected to draw more than 3,500 UAV professionals from around the world and feature more than 125 sessions, panel discussions, and keynotes conducted by renowned industry experts covering numerous applications in the fields of construction, inspection, precision agriculture, public safety, surveying and mapping, and other commercial markets and applications. The Conference + Expo will showcase the latest hardware, software, and drone accessories from more than 160 leading manufacturers and innovators. Attendee registration is now open.

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