Chris Thobaben was born and raised in rural Ohio and went on to get a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Miami University and a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management from Syracuse University. After a short time in retail operations, he was commissioned in the Marine Corps and became a Logistics Officer. He served as a platoon and company commander for transportation and maintenance elements supporting expeditionary combat operations, a logistics advisor for the Iraqi Army Division that held the line against ISIS, and a company commander of Marines supporting all operations of a globally deployed security element of 3,200 Marines and Sailors. After transitioning to the Marine Corps Reserve, he has maintained an active role by leading Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation efforts for the Department of Defense and has established himself as a supply chain consult to a wide range of companies around the world concerned with efficiency and productivity up and down their supply chains. The lessons and skills he developed through operating in expeditionary operations and through business operations helped him initiate a provisional patent for a system of final mile distribution that has been adopted for future operations within the DoD. Having seen humanitarian operations first hand and playing witness to the logistics behind disaster response operations that fell short at the time of desperate need, he knew something had to change. Once he recognized the role that hybrid airships could play in performing lifesaving final mile delivery, he was compelled to create LTAid to revolutionize a small part of humanitarian and disaster response while giving remote communities and organizations access to the global market for support.
AJ Scotti was born and raised in the Northwest and pursued a bachelor of science with an emphasis in microbial and terrestrial ecology. After a short stint in the biological sciences and pursuit of a Ph.D. in microbial evolution and population genetics, he joined the Marine Corps and became a commissioned officer. His military career path would take him through flight school, serve as an aviator in a light attack squadron, work as an air controller and executive officer in an infantry company, then as a commander for an aviation operations company. This mixture of ground kinetics, aviation, and logistics experience allowed him to develop a keen understanding of how to integrate multiple capability sets to achieve operational efficiency. He would prove this to be true as the co-designer and leader of one of the largest combat expeditionary airfields in DoD history: SSgt Taylor Airfield, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He has liaised with various international forces to coordinate and implement procedures for the safe conduct of aviation missions, and continues to serve as a Reserve Marine advisor to provide guidance and leadership in support of complex and integrated assignments. Since his transition from active service, he has worked in the energy, aerospace, and space, and the medical device industry, to include working as a Director of Sales at one of the first companies to build and fly a DARPA funded hybrid airship.
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