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Jim Etkin

Mr. Jim Etkin is a seasoned IT executive with decades of experience in data exchange standards and frameworks. He has worked with the C-Suite Management of insurance companies, led the design and implementation of high-profile, mission-critical, applications and systems, and created enterprise data infrastructures that drive profitable decision making. Currently he is researching ways to directly apply the power of data science to some of the world’s pressing problems, including RS for agriculture. He holds a BS in Computer Science, Union College.

Darryl Jenkins

Mr. Darryl Jenkins was born in Michigan, and educated in Utah and Arizona. Previously, he was with George Washington University for fifteen years and served as Director of the Aviation Institute and the Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Aviation Management from 2001 to 2003. He was visiting faculty at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2004. As a consultant, he has worked on numerous projects related to commercial aviation.  Recently, Mr. Jenkins changed his area of emphasis to commercial drones after he released  the first economic impact study of integrating UAS into the National Airspace for the trade group AUVSI. Although this study is more than three years old, it is still the most quoted study on UAV economics and was recently referred to in a White House speech by President Obama.     

Robert Blair

Mr. Robert Blair is a fourth generation farmer with Three Canyons Farm, Idaho. He is specializing in precision agriculture, remote sensing, and Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV). Mr. Blair is a graduate of Lapwai High School and the University of Idaho. He grew up on a farm near Kendrick, Idaho and currently manages it. In 2004 Blair incorporated precision farming equipment to his operation to reduce costs, increase productivity, and to reduce environmental impact. In 2006 Blair added a UAV to his farming operation and started a company based around these technologies. Blair's efforts with precision agriculture and UAVs has led him to be an expert on UAV use for agriculture and to speak at agriculture functions in the United States. Mr. Blair played basketball at Kendrick High School winning the 1985 Idaho A4 championship still holding two tournament team records and at Lapwai High School winning the 1987 A3 Idaho championship and belonging to the longest basketball winning streak n Idaho history at 81 games.

Blair currently resides on the family farm and serves as an executive board member for the Idaho Grain Producers Association  and is an Idaho Farm Bureau Federation county president.

Melissa Mendes

Ms. Melissa Mendes provides market research for Skylark Drone Research projects including a UAS project involving NASA and developing the conference on unmanned vehicles, air, land and sea.


In addition to working with Skylark Drone Research on aviation issues, she provides compliance monitoring for a major fashion manufacturer.


She holds a BA in merchandising from Fashion Institute of Technology, New York and a AA in Merchandising from Nassau Community College.