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DroneAscent provides the general public, corporations and government UAS aerial services to meet their application needs. Our services include videography, photography, survey and other areas listed under our services page. Our company is FAA certified and insured. Safe and professional flight services are our top priority. Today’s UAS multi-rotor aircraft technology provides the highest of quality of aerial products and services at a fraction of the cost of conventional airplanes and helicopters. Drone technology is only at the beginning in finding applications for use.

MISSION:  Driven to meet the needs of our clients, DroneAscent delivers a diverse array of professional services through safe, FAA certified, and insured aerial flight..

VISION: Be the industry leader in commercial aerial drone services.

Rick W. Mills

President and CEO

Rick Mills has over 40 years of senior leadership experience in the military and public and private sectors. He founded DroneAcent as the drone industry was taking hold and serves as CEO today. Rick has been a private pilot since 1990 and closely monitors FAA regulations and technology advancement to ensure compliance for our drone operations and service capabilities for our customers. Rick is an AUVSI TOP Level 1 certified remote pilot, and teaches drone piloting and certification classes in his spare time.

Bob Warfel

Vice President of Flight Operations

Bob Warfel has over 25 years of experience in the aviation industry, with 23 years as a commercial pilot in turbo-prop and jet aircraft. A certified flight instructor for the FAA since 1994, Bob is also a drone flight instructor for DartDrones LLC. Bob oversees every mission to ensure the scope and parameters will be met, as well as protocols for standard operations, and updating pilots with training on safety, regulatory and equipment changes.

Bob Culliton

Vice President of Sales

Bob Culliton has over 30 years of experience bringing technology solutions to customers and building businesses around new technologies. He has spent his career in successful high-tech companies including Microsoft, SYNNEX, Zenith Data Systems as well as his own companies.

Mr. Culliton holds a Masters degree in Technology Management from Pepperdine University and a Marketing undergraduate degree which enhances his ability to provide valuable insights and creative solutions to DroneAscent’s customers.

Ned Matich

Vice President of Administrative Services

Awarded a Professional Operator Certificate and the FAA Remote Pilot Certification, Ned made it his mission to return to the sky and joined DroneAscent two years ago, utilizing his dual Master’s degrees in Public and Business Administration.

Previously, Ned served in the Army during Vietnam, and was awarded the Army Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with a device for Valor. After 22 years of honorable service in leadership and administrative Army positions, he later commanded the General George S. Patton Jr. ROTC Academy in Chicago, overseeing that program for 20 years.

Ryan C. Bremner

Vice President of Technology Services and Production Operations

Ryan’s love of computers and M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology served as the springboard into the drone industry two years ago, He quickly absorbs the ever changing nuances of the field as it evolves. Equipped with extensive knowledge ranging from video production and editing, web design, and the latest capabilities of drone cameras, Ryan brings an invaluable skill set to the DroneAscent team.

Certified in several Adobe products, and with 15 years’ experience as a Senior Web and Media Developer, Ryan is also proficient in content and learning management systems, data management, design for print and web; and mobile app management.

Lorrie Cozzens

Vice President of Marketing Communications

Delving into the drone industry and UAS pilot training two years ago with a goal of increasing public understanding for the varied business applications of drones, Lorrie also brings 18 years of marketing and communication experience to DroneAscent from both corporate and non-profit organizations. With a B.A. in Communications and an M.A. in Business Communications and Public Relations, she specializes in creating targeted content for print and digital media, commercial voiceovers, email marketing, and implementing branding efforts.

Enrico Schaefer Droneascent Legal Counsel

Enrico Schaefer, Esq.

General Legal Counsel

Enrico Schaefer, Esq. is a UAS pilot and technology lawyer. He is the founding partner of Traverse Legal, PLC and his firm operates www.dronelaw.pro. Enrico represents Fortune 100 and start-up companies on drone law, Part 107 compliance and other related issues. He is the author of many articles concerning drone regulations, Part 107, Section 333 Exemptions and FAA compliance.


Enrico has been a speaker on UAVs matters at the International Drone Conference, InterDrone, International Drone Expo, Michigan Parks and Recreation Expo and the Agricultural Claims Conference. He has had media appearances on MITech News, Robotics Business Review, The Steve Gruber Show (1240 WJIM Radio), WJR Radio (Detroit), DroneLife.com and "That Drone Show". Enrico and his firm Traverse Legal is the outside counsel to Ascent Drones, assisting with Part 107 compliance, business and intellectual property issues.