LEADERSHIP TEAM

CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

KENJI SUGAHARA

—A graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Oregon School of Law, Kenji is the CEO of AriAscend Corporation.  An attorney, he currently manages a 4,500 member non-profit that has an economic impact of $18 million in Oregon.  He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Tourism Commission and advises the Oregon Legislature on UAS issues. In the past he was Chief Operating Officer for a legal e-filing company.

His passion for unmanned aerial systems began 5 years ago with his introduction to Andrey Kim, the Chief Technology Officer. As a drone operator he has gained a reputation for excellence having produced the first drone footage inside a state capitol building.

CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

ANDREY KIM

—A graduate of Oregon State University, Andrey is the CTO of AriAscend Corporation. He is one of the earliest pioneers of unmanned aerial imaging having designed and produced aerial imaging gimbals and drones since 2002.  Recently he worked as Vice President of Quality for Edoc Systems Ltd where he was in charge of optimizing processes and implementing Quality Management Systems (ISO9001) and Information Security Management Systems (ISO27001). Andrey worked for Xerox for many years where he received his patent for an optimized inkjet apparatus.

He keeps sane by playing Irish and Scottish music on Uilleanne and Highland bagpipes.  He is a proud father of 2 boys and is a baseball dad.  As a graduate of Oregon State University, Andrey often wonders how he gets along with Kenji, a U of O Duck.

ADVISORS

David P. Beck

David Beck is the co-owner of the Crawford Beck Vineyard located in Amity, Oregon. He is the Chairman of the Oregon Wine Board, President of the Oregon Winegrowers Association, member of the Oregon Wine Board Research Committee and a member of the Willamette Valley Technical Group. A graduate of Princeton University, he received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and received a postdoctoral fellowship from Harvard University.

David has worked for more than forty years in research and science administration. David and Jeanne share a deep passion for wine, that which led them to visit vineyards throughout the world. It was their passion for wine that influenced their decision to refocus their energy into farming grapes, and they chose Oregon because of the admiration they shared for Oregon wines. Like the good scientists they are, they focus much of their energy to advancing our knowledge of vineyard systems through research efforts.

Jeanne C. Beck

Jeanne Beck is the co-owner of the Crawford Beck Vineyard. She is a member of the Willamette Valley Technical Group and the President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness affiliate in Yamhill County. A graduate of AB Wilson College, she received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and received postdoctoral fellowships from both Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Harvard University.

Jeanne worked more than 45 years in biomedical research, primarily in the biochemistry and genetics of human disease.  A passion for understanding wine has been an abiding avocation for all of those years and it turned into a new vocation when Jeanne decided to leave the biomedical laboratory for the “laboratory” of the vineyard. Firmly convinced that “if one does not measure it, one cannot manage it,” Jeanne is an expert in collecting, analyzing, and presenting data on the performance of her vineyard and the wine it produces. She has developed an ongoing collaboration with Linfield faculty on the study of vineyard microorganisms.

Carr Biggerstaff

Carr Biggerstaff is co-owner of both Interrobang Vermouth and BiggerstaffVBA. He serves as the Interim Director of the Chehalem Valley Innovation Accelerator, is an executive board member for Chamber of Commerce, and is involved in a variety of community initiatives including Innovate Yamhill County and the Newberg economic development council.  A graduate of Duke University, Carr holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

Carr has broad, international experience in companies of all sizes and stages – large enterprises, small businesses, start-ups, IPOs, and turnarounds.  He has held executive positions in sales and marketing, business development, investments and acquisitions, and IT.  He has been an officer and director in companies such as Rumblefish, Secure Computing and Genesys Telecommunications.  At Intel, Carr played a dual role as investment analyst and emerging technologies expert.  Prior to Intel, Carr was the IT Director at InFocus Systems where he won the President’s Award. He came to InFocus from Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he was responsible for all aspects of the law firm’s technologies.  He began his technology career as a manager at Andersen Consulting, following his high school and college interests in programming and software development.

Ben Howard

Ben Howard is an engineer at heart. As a kid he took all kinds of things apart to figure out how they worked. He sketched plans for rotary engines and used his first generation LEGO Mindstorm kit to build a robot that could back a trailer.

Ben has always been excited to learn and grow. In high school he learned to program with projects like a search spider in the early days of Google. As he learned more he discovered image processing and worked on the foundation of a DARPA Grand Challenge entry. In college Ben worked on a number of different projects like stereo vision and a digital image forensics tool.

Mr Howard has always been fascinated with robotics and in 2012 he co-founded HoneyComb to make autonomous drones for farming. During the past 4 years Mr Howard lead two successful teams that created hardware and software products used around the world.

Ben balances all of the technology work that he does with outside activities. In the winter he snowshoes and snowboards. During the summer Ben spends time riding motorcycles, camping and paragliding.

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