InterDrone Forms Industry Advisory Board

Former FAA Administrator Michael Huerta Joins 19-Member Board to Guide Programming, Speaker Selection, and Ensure Comprehensive Commercial Drone Training at 2018 Conference

NEW YORK – March 28, 2018 — 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
Rick BohlmanGo Professional Cases
Anthony DeMolinaLos Angeles County Regional Training Center
Romeo DurscherDirector, Public Safety Integration at DJI
Steve GitlinAeroVironment
Michael P. HuertaMacquarie Holdings
Richard LopezHensel Phelps Construction Co.
Mark McKinnonLeClair Ryan
Art PreglerAT&T
Jennifer RichterAkin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld
Colin SnowSkylogic Research, LLC
Robert BlairThree Canyon Farms
Marke “Hoot” GibsonNUAIR Alliance
Craig GloverPowerVision Robotics
Kevin KellyStampede
Derek LyonsBeyond The Drone
Dr. Gregory S. McNealAirMap
Lia ReichPrecisionHawk
Jim WilliamsJHW Unmanned Solutions

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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About InterDrone

InterDrone, The International Drone Conference and Exposition, is where the commercial UAV industry comes together. InterDrone allows drone pilots and buyers to connect with other drone pilots, service providers, UAS engineers and developers, UAV manufacturers, videographers, and enterprise UAV end-users at the largest, commercially-dedicated UAV event.

InterDrone boasts the most comprehensive conference program along with in-depth drone courses and special events, including the InterDrone Film Festival, The International Drone Awards, the Women in Drones Luncheon – which InterDrone spearheaded into an industry-acclaimed event—as well as After Hours and meetups, designed for networking and keeping drone pilots up to date on the latest in drone news and the industry.

InterDrone is owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with many shows dating back several decades. Emerald currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events, connecting over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupying more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space.


Lou Desiderio
Synergy Communications, Inc.

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