Michael Fieldson has more than 19 years of experience working with Special Operations Forces (SOF) as a mechanical engineer, technology developer, and program manager. At US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), he led numerous Science and Technology (S&T) developments including biometrics, imaging, nanotechnology, power and energy, and communication networks. He also led all unmanned aerial systems (UAS) efforts and the production of the latest AC-130J gunship. From 2007 to 2017, he held numerous government positions culminating in his role as the director for Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (AISR). He served as the systems engineer and ensured Silent Knight Radar met all the user requirements. Later he created the AISR Directorate by integrating PM-UAS and manned ISR and established the $1.2B organization’s culture.
After leaving government service, Michael served as director for the SOF business area at Draper where he had P&L responsibility and reported directly to the VP of National Security and Space. He also led the multi-million-dollar Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC). Michael has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), all from the University of South Florida.
Ryan brings over two decades of military and leadership experience to the Ombra team. A retired Major from the United States Marine Corps, he has a track record of superior performance and growth in diverse roles. At Ombra, Ryan oversees all business functions, manages over $4M in government contracts, and supports a team of over 40 employees. His military career includes developing aviation training programs, directing Navy ROTC programs, and serving as a Marine Corps Helicopter Pilot. Ryan holds an MBA from the University of South Florida and a Master of Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Thomas Brown serves as Director of Sales and Business Development for Ombra. Mr. Brown has an accomplished background of military expertise and corporate acumen. In his role at Ombra, he is responsible for domestic and international product sales, client relationship management, and identifying new growth opportunities for the company. Prior to Ombra, Brown was Director of Sales and Business Development at Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation. At Sarcos, he built strong customer relationships across a diverse portfolio of robotic solutions designed to prevent injury, save lives, and create new possibilities. Mr. Brown also brings sales experience from Teledyne FLIR, a leader in imaging systems, advanced threat detection, and multi-domain unmanned systems.
Mr. Brown spent the first decade of his professional career as a U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer, serving in various assignments around the world. After departing from active duty, he spent several years in the oil and gas industry prior to pivoting his focus towards defense related technologies. With an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy, Thomas brings a unique blend of leadership, strategic thinking, and technical expertise to the Ombra team.
After graduating from Ohio State University with his Master’s in mechanical engineering, Arthur Schultz began his career at Battelle Memorial Institute, gaining 35 years of experience in their Equipment Development Department, supporting hardware and software solutions across nearly every technical area. He was involved in product areas such as government hardware for military and intelligence clients, as well as commercial products for transportation, manufacturing, and medical industries. His specialty areas are rooted in robotics and unmanned platforms, chem-bio, and complex failure analysis. Mr. Schultz’s job responsibilities spanned across nearly every aspect of Battelle’s business including engineering, business development, program management and line management. Mr. Schultz brings his experience to Ombra to support its product and service delivery, as well as to assist in refining and streamlining its processes. He helps oversee Ombra’s programs and client management.
Terry is a veteran of the United States Air Force with 23 years of service. He excels in Project, Logistics, and Operations Management. Holding a Master of Science in Life Cycle Logistics and various Department of Defense certifications, he has a proven track record in leading large teams and managing complex logistics operations. Terry’s career highlights include significant roles in the United States Air Force, where he managed maintenance for a fleet of KC-135 aircraft valued at $1.3B. His educational background is robust, with degrees in Lifecycle Logistics, Business Finance, and Aviation Maintenance Technology, complementing their extensive experience in program management, risk mitigation, and logistics management.