Director & Senior Vice President
Diane M. 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, Ms. Simard is an angel investor in six other emerging-technology companies, ranging from information technology to medical devices to cybersecurity. A survivor of advanced Stage III breast cancer, she is also the founder of the Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence (COPE) at the University of Denver, the first specialty in the country to train psychology students at the graduate level how to effectively counsel cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.
Previously, she was Director of Community Relations and co-owner of IITC, an information technology services company. During her tenure, she helped the company achieve over 400% revenue growth before it was acquired for $36 million. Before joining IITC, Ms. Simard was Vice President of Marketing for a financial services company where she directed a proposal staff that secured almost $100 million in contracts to collect defaulted student loans.
Past recognition of her business leadership includes being named the 2016 Outstanding Woman in Business-Technology by the Denver Business Journal, winner of the Bob Cardenas Award for her support of veterans and the military, the 2017 honoree for the Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation, Aurora Chamber woman of the Year and Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction. Ms. Simard graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. She recently authored a book, The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer, an authentic, informative and humorous memoir aimed to inspire business women, successful leaders and driven individuals who think they know who they are before a diagnosis of cancer leads them to discover their true selves.