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Dr. Steve Sliwa

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  • MBA
  • MBA
  • Ph.D.
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Insitu, Inc. Executive Team, 6 Aug 2009 [cached]
In 1992 Paul was appointed Vice President, University Relations by then president Steve Sliwa.
Steve Sliwa
Steve is CEO and President of Insitu, Inc. and has been providing leadership for Insitu since 2001.
He was a classmate of founder Tad McGeer while studying aerospace engineering at Princeton and Stanford Universities. He started his career at NASA, ultimately becoming Deputy Division Chief for the Guidance & Control Division at Langley Research Center.
He founded one of the first PC-based educational software firms, selling it prior to returning to Stanford for an MBA as a Sloan Fellow. He then joined Integrated Systems, Inc. as VP of Product Development, producing tools for control system design. He helped lead ISI to a successful IPO in 1990, and to high rankings among 1991 tech stocks for profitability and growth.
Steve then served as the president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University from 1991-98, increasing revenues over 40 percent and serving over 18,000 students in aviation and aerospace. In 1998-99 he was CEO of New Colt Holding Corp., where he helped to reposition Colt's Manufacturing as a defense supplier and led the development of early versions of a personalized smart gun. As the founder of Capital Synergy Partners he helped emerging businesses raise capital, grow, or reposition. This included serving as temporary COO for firms in London and Atlanta. This activity resulted in joining Insitu as the 4th person in the office at that time.
Steve is a commercial pilot, multi-engine instructor and former designated flight examiner with over 3,500 hours in airplanes and sailplanes. He has been active as a board member for charitable activities and is currently serving on the boards of Mid-Columbia Economic Development District and the Gorge Technology Alliance. Steve lives in White Salmon with his wife Nancy (a former NASA manager for robotics and AI), and their golden retriever, standard poodle and cat. In addition to flying and computers Steve likes to hike, jog, and play pick-up basketball.
Steve Sliwa, former CEO of ..., 1 Oct 2014 [cached]
Steve Sliwa, former CEO of UAV maker Insitu, is scheduled to give the keynote speech at the Bend Venture Conference on Oct. 17.
When Steve Sliwa became the CEO of Insitu Inc. in 2001, he was one of four employees at a rural company that generated no revenue. By the time he left the Bingen, Washington-based unmanned aerial vehicle maker a decade later, Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing Co., had grown to more than 800 employees and $400 million in revenue.
On Oct. 17, Sliwa plans to share his story during the 11th annual Bend Venture Conference at the Tower Theatre.
"One of the key things is, we adapted our business model so our business model was as innovative as our technology," said Sliwa, who's the founder and CEO of the Seattle company Seeq Corp, which helps businesses analyze data.
Instead of selling UAVs like its competitors, Sliwa said, Insitu found a new niche - selling video or images gathered from the UAVs.
Economic Development for Central Oregon, which manages the BVC, has been working to make the region a hub of unmanned aviation technology. And with the inclusion of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in one of six national testing sites for unmanned aerial vehicles, Sliwa sees no reason why it can't become one.
"You can't build robotic airplanes without lots of experimentation," he said. "You can only do so much in the laboratory. You have to get out there and exercise the system."
Sliwa said having the test range close to Bend is a huge advantage.
Sliwa gave this piece of advice to BVC participants: Investors are going to be looking for a company that solves a problem, as opposed to a company that has invented something and is trying to find someone to buy it.
"We had the idea (at Insitu) that we might be able to help the military. … We said the real problem is they want the imagery, so why don't we sell them that, and we'll make the technology to give it to them," he said.
But another key component of success, Sliwa said, is a little luck.
"Nobody has significant success without having some luck along the way," he said.
Steve Sliwa, CEO & ..., 2 Jan 2016 [cached]
Steve Sliwa, CEO & Founder
Gorge Technology Alliance - Board of Directors, 15 Dec 2008 [cached]
Steve Sliwa, Insitu (Past President)
Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, 6 Dec 2011 [cached]
Mr. Steve Sliwa 118 E Col. River Way Bingen, WA 98605
Steve Sliwa started his career at NASA as researcher and manager. He joined Integrated Systems, Inc as Vice President. He then served as President of Embry-Riddle University, Colt's Manufacturing Company, and eRevenue. He is now the CEO at Insitu Group which is based at the Port of Klickitat small business park in Bingen WA. Insitu develops miniature robotic aircraft for civilian and military applications.
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