Diane Simard, recently named one of the inaugural “National Top 100 Business Women to Watch” by Bizwomen.com, is Sr. Vice President and on the Board of Directors of Bye Aerospace. Her focus areas are media, government and investor relations, corporate governance and strategy. A passionate advocate for entrepreneurship, Diane is an angel investor in six other emerging-technology companies, ranging from information technology to medical devices to cybersecurity. She is also the founder of the Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence (COPE) at the University of Denver, a specialty area to train psychology students at the graduate level how to effectively counsel cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.

In addition, she mentors eight young business professionals through the Gold Torch Society at her alma-mater, the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Mile High United Way’s Generations United program and various private engagements.                     

Previously, she was Director of Community Relations and co-owner of IITC, an information technology services company. During her tenure, she helped the company avoid bankruptcy and later achieve over 400% revenue growth before it was acquired. Before joining IITC, Diane was Vice President of Marketing for a financial services company in Dallas, Texas, where she directed a proposal staff that secured almost $100 million in contracts to collect defaulted student loans.                                       

Past recognition of Diane’s business leadership includes the Bob Cardenas Award for her support of veterans and the military, Aurora Chamber woman of the Year and Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction. Diane graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.