@ ISight RPV Services
Pres. ISight RPV Services; Co-Fndr, Mdwst Drone Grp + UAI International
After graduating from the University of North Dakota (UND) with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing, Tommy accepted a job at the UND Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF) as Director of Student Services. He remained at UNDAF for fifteen years, becoming the Vice President of Business Development, securing major contracts and philanthropic gifts for both the Foundation and UND.
In 1999 Tommy established T-Kort LLC, a property development company, and soon after became Managing Member for Hilton Garden Inn/UND. His entrepreneurial spirit continued as he founded Tglobal Inc. in 2002, a company focused on consulting, logistics support, and warehouse space for startup businesses. He also became involved in angel investing as the Chair of the Valley Angel Investment Fund, LLC. It was the first fund of its type in North Dakota and raised equity capital of $1.2 million.
From 2006-2018 Tommy served as Rainmaker and VP of Development for the UND Center for Innovation Foundation, mentoring budding entrepreneurs and judging business plans for Innovate ND, Idea Fest and various school competitions.
Seeing potential in unmanned aerial systems (UAS), Tommy founded Unmanned Applications Institute International (UAI), as the first private drone company in North Dakota in 2010. Soon after, based on an idea Tommy presented to Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), the North Dakota Airspace Integration Team was formed and this vision became reality as North Dakota was selected as the nation’s first UAS test site by the FAA in 2013.
UAI merged with Isight RPV Services to form Midwest Drone Group, LLC in 2017. Their operations have grown to over twenty employees/contractors, including 13 highly qualified pilots, with flight operations in 33 states and 7 countries.
Tommy’s passion for entrepreneurship has led him to assist others grow their dreams and maximize their potential. He has established nine businesses and invested in over twenty startups. He serves on multiple boards including ND Economic Development Foundation, Thief River Falls, MN Education Foundation, Chair Research ND, KeyedIn Solutions-Minneapolis and Advisory Board of Dakota Venture Group.
When not ‘entrepreneuring’ he enjoys Fighting Sioux Hockey and spending time at the lake.