Board of Directors
Mr. David Groen
Chairman, President & CEO
David Groen co founded Groen Brothers Aviation with his late brother Jay in 1986. Mr. Groen served as the President and CEO of the Company since 1990 and has been the Chairman since 2006. David’s determination and persistence is directly responsible for GAC’s recognition as a world leader in sustained autorotative flight. Mr. Groen has 45 years experience in leadership roles, 29 years in executive leadership of Groen Brothers Aviation the predecessor of Groen Aeronautics Corporation, with 26 years as its President and CEO, becoming Chairman of the Board in 2006 and now Chairman, President, & CEO of Groen Aeronautics Corporation. Mr. Groen led in the creation of its patented technologies, now 28 patents issued with 60+ under application, and led the development of many aircraft including: the Hawk 4 Gyroplane: World’s first turbine-powered gyroplane and the DARPA Heliplane: a successful Department of Defense Program designed to develop a 400 mph long range VTOL rotorcraft. His prior Executive & Management positions covered multiple activities including: Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO); Operations Manager, Safety Officer, and Branch Manager; Chief Pilot and Lead Pilot in: Emergency Medical Services, Power Line Construction, Forest Fire Fighting, Off/On Shore Oil Drilling, Seismic Oil Exploration, USGS Topographic Survey, and many others. Mr. Groen, in the US Army, was a Combat Pilot Aircraft Commander and Air Mission Commander in Vietnam flying hundreds of combat sorties, a significant number of which were led by Mr. Groen. He has 7,000 Hours of Flight Time in Rotary Wing & Fixed Wing Aircraft.
Mr. John W. Carter
Mr. Carter has remained active in finance and asset management following his run for the U.S. Senate in 2006. Mr. Carter holds a degree in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Law Degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. Mr. Carter has over 30 years of experience in business and finance. After leaving law school, Mr. Carter contributed to the successful U.S. presidential campaign of his father, Jimmy Carter. He then started his own grain elevator business where he became fascinated by the art of hedging – the use of futures markets to protect profit margins. This interest led him to the Chicago Board of Trade and then to currency trading at Citibank. He continued his career in finance by forming the financial consultancy firm Carter Global. Mr. Carter remains involved in humanitarian organizations including The Carter Center (http://www.cartercenter.org).
Mr. George P. Rudman
Mr. Rudman has over 18 years of experience in international finance, business and asset management. Since 2006 he has been responsible for developing and implementing business growth plans for an international asset management firm. He also serves as a Director for various international companies. Mr. Rudman has held investment management positions at UBS and several other large firms where he has conducted due diligence on private equity and various other types of alternative investments. Mr. Rudman holds an MA in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins University – Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC and an AB in Political Science from the University of Chicago.