Brian Taylor

CEO

Brian has significant technical experience in circuit board design and assembly, embedded software development, vehicle dynamics, estimation, and simulation. Prior to founding Bolder Flight Systems, Brian was the Director of the University of Minnesota UAS Research Labs, which he grew from a small research group into a leading flight research organization. Previously, he was a researcher at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) where he conducted innovative parameter estimation research and led an extensive ground and flight test campaign on the X-48B. Brian was the Deputy Chief Engineer on the X-48C through development and initial flight testing. Brian has a private pilot’s license, instrument rating, complex and high performance endorsements, and a passion for aviation.

Melissa Iszler

COO

Melissa Iszler has a diverse set of skills and leadership experience. She has worked on 13 different aircraft of various types consisting of UAS, helicopters, fighters, and one bomber. Prior to joining Bolder Flight Systems, Melissa worked in the private industry and for the Department of Defense in the engineering fields of aircraft airworthiness, flight test, aircraft performance, flying qualities, air data, structures, maintenance, and repairs. She has experience in various types of engineering from technical to hands-on roles such as control room operations, computer modeling, manufacturing support, maintenance field support, and aircraft repair and inspections. She also has a private pilot’s license.

Kevin Maris

CFO

Kevin brings a unique background and specialized skillset to Bolder Flight Systems as he currently serves in the role of Chief Financial Officer. He began his career in the accounting and finance world as a CFO for a regional, mid-west distribution company, where he refined his technical skills, grew as a leader, and served for nearly a decade. Driven to add greater value, Kevin realized the need to become proficient in sales and marketing. Fortunately, these activities came natural to him and he excelled in a variety of business development leadership roles in the investment, distribution, manufacturing, and aerospace markets. In his latest role, Kevin led the business development efforts for an aerospace engineering firm, primarily specializing in handling qualities, vehicle dynamics and controls. He has worked with a variety of commercial aerospace customers and government organizations.