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DroneUp completes executive team with two additions

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Chesapeake-based DroneUp announced this week two additions that will complete its executive leadership team.

Craig Coker will serve as chief pilot and vice president of community development. As a drone pilot proficient in technology development, Coker has guided industry leaders in product development and technical analysis, contributing directly to advancements in the drone market. He is recognized by the industry as one of the top drone operators. A former professional freestyle skier, Coker’s creative pursuits have led him to use drone imagery to photograph landscapes, streets, aerials and world-class events.

Last year he was among a group of drone pilots that used DroneUp’s mobile app to assist in search and rescue efforts during Hurricane Harvey.

Anthony Vittone will serve as executive vice president and chief operations officer. Vittone was previously senior vice president of Swimways Corp. in Virginia Beach. At Swimways, he most recently oversaw product development, product integrity, HR, finance, IT and the company’s operations in China. He holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Richmond and an MBA from the College of William and Mary.

Coker and Vittone complete DroneUp’s leadership team, which also includes Tom Walker, founder and CEO; John Vernon, chief technology officer; Joe Fuller, chief information officer; and Jim Harenchar, chief marketing officer.

DroneUp’s mission is to connect drone pilots with certification and training to ensure safe operations and compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

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