Meet The Team

Our Team

Our team has the experience you need. With over 25,000 hours of combined UAV flight time, we have unmatched expertise ranging from programs and data systems to fighter jets and cargo planes. We have a combined total of over 100 years of aeronautical experience. Our backgrounds in education, military, flight operations, and logistical airfield support means you don’t just get a product, you get the whole package. It doesn’t matter whether you need aerial photos, data maps, contours, or anything aerial– at Empire Unmanned, We Can Do That.

TIM KOMBEREC
President and CEO of Empire Airlines
Tim Komberec, President and CEO of Empire Airlines, Inc., was born and raised in Montana. After high school, Tim moved to Seattle, Washington where he worked for the Boeing Company…

Brad Ward
President – Empire Unmanned
Brad Ward has over 11 years of experience in Unmanned Aircraft Systems in both his military and civilian life. He entered the Air Force in 1992, receiving his commission from the United States Air Force Academy…

Steve Edgar
Co-Founder
With over 40 years of aviation experience, Steve has operated and instructed in over 17 types of aircraft from single-seat military fighter aircraft to wide-body commercial aircraft…

Ken McCormick
Director of Operations
Ken brings over 14 years of global aviation experience and technical education to this exceptional team.

Brock Lipple
GIS Director

Brock was introduced to GIS while working for the National Park Service. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Boise State University and received a teaching and research assistantship from Idaho State University in 2013.

Gary Smith
Business Development
As a Vice President of sales and marketing, Gary was responsible for opening new markets in Asia, Europe and across the US.