AUVSI Names Member, Chapter Awards

Awards presented to Member of the Year Brent Klavon of Jacksonville, Fla., and several AUVSI chapters

DENVER - The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) named Brent Klavon as AUVSI Member of the Year and presented several Chapter Awards during ceremonies today at XPONENTIAL 2018, the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry, which is taking place this week at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

Klavon is the director of commercial drone services at Aviation Systems Engineering Company in Jacksonville, Florida., a small, veteran-owned business focused on providing value and innovation in the areas of engineering, training, and flight services. He previously held senior positions within the International Organization for Standardization, the largest developer of voluntary international standards. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran.
In May 2017, Klavon was appointed to the AUVSI Board of Directors and he regularly participates in government, industry, and academic conferences in the aerospace and business communities around the world.
"Brent is an active AUVSI board member and provides valuable feedback on the pulse of the industry, its regulators and international stakeholders," said Brian Wynne, AUVSI president and CEO. "Brent's commitment to the industry started many years ago and his wealth of knowledge provides information and insight on many matters for AUVSI."
AUVSI also presented awards recognizing its chapters and members for their support of the association: Chapter of the Year, AUVSI Florida Peninsula; Chapter Leader of the Year, Anne Swanson of Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP, for her role as president of AUVSI DC Capital Chapter; Chapter Communications, AUVSI Cascade; Chapter Development, AUVSI Great Plains; and Chapter Recruitment, AUVSI Twin Cities.
The AUVSI Membership Awards promote excellence and leadership throughout the year. Award winners serve as inspirational leaders to AUVSI as they embody the core value of serving the unmanned systems industry.
"The AUVSI Membership Awards recognize the innovative approaches our leaders and chapters are using to connect our members and expand into new markets," Wynne said. "Our chapters have effectively energized the unmanned systems industry and encourage information sharing and cooperation."
More than 8,500 industry leaders and forward-thinking users from the defense and commercial sectors are attending AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 to learn the latest on policy, business use cases and technology applications. XPONENTIAL will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago next year, and at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in 2020.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics, represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.

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