Strategic Advisory Council

Bye Aerospace's Strategic Advisory Council consists of distinguished industry and business professionals from across the country.

JOSEPH H. ARMSTRONG, PhD
Chief Technical Officer, Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (AST)
Dr. Armstrong has been on the forefront in the development of lightweight, flexible photovoltaics for terrestrial, aeronautics, near-space, and space applications. He is a founding member of the Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. team. His role in AST is to initiate the development of new technologies, particularly with respect to next-generation products such as high efficiency thin film PV devices. Prior to the formation of AST, Dr. Armstrong served as the Manager for the Advanced Photo-voltaics Division of ITN Energy Systems, Inc. that was dedicated to the advancement of thin-film flexible photo-voltaics and served as the core technology to form AST. Prior to ITN, Dr. Armstrong worked for Martin Marietta Defense Space and Communications where he spearheaded the effort to expand photovoltaic efforts and was responsible for the development of a viable polycrystalline thin-film photo-voltaics effort. Dr. Armstrong served as a member of the Advisory Board for the State of Colorado Center for Revolutionary Solar Photo-conversion. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Advanced Materials Institute.   

AMIR BLACHMAN
Executive Vice President, Phase Four and former Managing Director, Space Angels Network
Mr. Blachman leads business development and finance for Phase Four, a company building plasma thrusters for the rapidly-growing satellite market. Prior to Phase Four, he served as Managing Director of Space Angels Network, investing in emerging aerospace companies. Mr. Blachman has over 20 years’ experience in startup operations, finance and marketing, and in real estate investment. He holds a BA from UC Santa Barbara, an MBA from UCLA Anderson, and is a graduate of the NASDAQ/Anderson Director Certification Program for corporate governance. Mr. Blachman holds a private pilot license with instrument rating, and has completed Rich Stowell’s Emergency Maneuvers Course. Mr. Blachman resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters.

AUSTIN BLUE
CEO, Sci-Fly and President, Spectrum Aviation
Mr. Blue has been active in the aviation industry since 1995, primarily in the development of the high-performance, advanced technology aircraft. As President of Spectrum Aeronautical, LLC Mr. Blue led a team of up to 150 people that built and flew a highly innovative business jet prototype and secured three quarters of a billion dollars in orders. Mr. Blue has considerable hands-on experience in advanced composites tooling and fabrication, managing complex development projects and aviation business development. Mr. Blue has a Master of Arts in History from the University of St Andrews, Scotland and a Global MBA from National University. He is also an instrument rated pilot, board member and Secretary of the Southern California Aviation Association and member of the Young Presidents Organization.

PETE BUNCE                            
President and CEO, General Aviation Manufactures Association

Mr. Bunce is the President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufactures Association which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with additional offices in Brussels, Belgium.  He travels worldwide engaging regulators, policy makers and elected officials to promote general aviation and advance the interests of GAMA's international membership of 80 airframe, avionics, engine and component manufacturers, as well as the world's leading business aviation maintenance, repair and overall companies.  Pete retired from the United States Air Force in March 2005, with his last assignment as the Director of the Air Force Congressional Budget and Appropriations Liaison. During his 26 year Air Force career, Mr. Bunce flew F-15s and A-10s, while commanding several large operational fighter units.

GRETCHEN JAHN                              
Former CEO, Mooney Aircraft Company and COO, Remos Aircraft                                           
Ms. Jahn has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, IT and aviation leadership. Ms. Jahn received a BA from Lawrence University and an MA from University of Colorado. She also holds a commercial pilot license with instrument and seaplane ratings.

TESS OXENSTIERNA                                                                                                                                                        Ms. Oxenstierna has over 20 years in the aerospace and defense industry, government policy arena and financial services sector. Tess has a deep domain knowledge and transaction advisory skills, especially in the high growth markets of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), unmanned vehicles systems, cyber-security and strike warfare. Currently, Ms. Oxenstierna co-heads the Aerospace l Defense l Government practice at Headwaters investment bank, leading efforts in mergers and acquisitions, capital formation and strategic advisory services for public and privately-held companies in the middle markets.  Focus areas include aero-structures, avionics, component manufacturing, MRO, net-centric solutions, cyber security, unmanned systems/robotics, national security/intelligence solutions, government services and homeland security.  Previously, Tess founded the Aerospace and Defense practice at Bank Street, a middle market boutique investment bank, focusing on private and public corporate clients with diverse products such as command and control software for aerial drones, satellite-based force tracking systems and electronic warfare devices used in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tess was also Director of Corporate Development and Strategy at Raytheon, with deal team transactions valued at over $3.4 billion in sensor automation/information synthesis, geospatial mission support, network forensics, interoperable communications for homeland security, and commercial aviation/life cycle support. Prior to those roles, Tess worked in the Reagan White House, U.S. Departments of State and Energy, and NATO Headquarters, complementing her combat operational experience as a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Tess was also Global Head of Equities Strategy at Lehman Brothers, responsible for strategy development leveraging competitive intelligence, market analysis and acquisitions across Americas, Europe and Asia. Transactions included investments in stock exchanges, a NYSE specialist market-maker and international broker dealers. She holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College London, M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, B.A. in International Relations from UCLA, and studied corporate finance at Harvard Business School.

JULIEN PORCHER
Lead, Astrium Earth Observation Services Program - EADS
Mr. Porcher is head of EADS - Astrium Earth Observation Services Programs, based in Paris. Previously, he was CEO of EADS Air Services where he was responsible for the start-up and development of public private partnerships in the field of defense and security. Mr. Porcher was also previously Deputy to the CEO of EADS Systems, Services and Telecommunications and Deputy to the CEO of EADS.

ROBERT SLEZAK
Mr. Slezak is a private investor who served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of TD Ameritrade, Inc. from January 1989 to November 1999 and as a Director from October 1996 to September 2002. Bob serves as a board member and investor with the Nebraska Angels, Inc., a non-profit corporation organized to assist early-stage and emerging growth companies with ties to the state of Nebraska. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of United Western Bancorp, Inc., Bridges Investment Fund, Inc. and Xanadoo Company, a provider of wireless communication services.  Bob has over twenty years of experience as a financial officer of a publicly traded company and as a board member of publicly traded companies. 

MARK VAN TINE
Mr. Van Tine began his career with Lockheed DataPlan, a leading flight planning and weather services company located in Los Gatos, California, which, in 1989, was acquired by Jeppesen. He served as the managing director of DataPlan from 1991 until 1995, before relocating to Denver to oversee Jeppesen's worldwide flight information development, printing and distribution operations, and IT organizations. He has since spent his career working in a variety of different organizations within Jeppesen, including flight operations, customer service, navigation, and information technology. Mr. Van Tine was the company's Chief Information Officer from 1998 to 2002. He was appointed to his present position in January of 2003. As Jeppesen is a subsidiary of the Boeing Company, he also currently is Vice President, Commercial Aviation Services for Boeing. Mr. Van Tine holds a Private Pilot certificate and is an active general aviation pilot.

MASON WHITNEY                                                                                                                                                  Major General USAF

Mason Whitney is formerly Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security for Colorado and served on Governor Ritter's cabinet. He served as the Adjutant General of Colorado from 2000 to 2007, and retired from the Colorado National Guard in 2007 with nearly 39 years of commissioned service in the U.S. Air Force and Colorado National Guard. Over his military career he had over 6,000 military flight hours, 343 combat missions and 758 combat hours. Besides the O-2A and A-7, he has flown the T-37, T-39 and F-16 aircraft.

EPHRAIM ZUCKERMAN
Former General Manager of Isreal Aerospace Industry's Malat UAV Division
Mr. Zuckerman led the growth of the UAV business size from $60M to $350M is less than 7 years,  Mr. Zuckerman won the prestigious Isreal Industrial Achievement Award from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the development of the IAI Medium Long Endurance UAV.  He holds a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering and a B.S. in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering and graduated summa Cum Laude from the Technion Technological Institue, Haifa, Isreal.