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Learn more about our team at Airworx and why we love what we do!
FOUNDER | CEO
Stephen is the founder and operator of Airworx Unmanned Solutions. Since 2017, his vision is and remains to be the leading expert in developing unmanned and robotics programs within public safety, in an effort to reduce risk and enhance life-saving responses.
Stephen began his public safety service as an explorer cadet with an upstate agency in 1994 at the age of 14. He quickly grew his interest into a passion for full time volunteering service in public safety. Stephen was certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in 2001 and has over nineteen years as a law enforcement officer, and twenty-six years total in public safety.
In his professional career, Stephen has served in the communication technology field and assisted during numerous hurricane responses, under the emergency response team (ERT) with Nextel Communications (Sprint Nextel) providing critical communication support at the disaster sites.
Stephen has assisted in more than a dozen public safety agencies, in multiple states developing UAS/drone programs. Stephen, a reserve deputy sheriff, developed the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office UAS program in 2019, where he continues to serve as the Chief Pilot and program coordinator. With support from Airworx, Stephen trained fifteen pilots - from multiple disciplines within the agency - who are now Part 107 certificated. Stephen was also selected by the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team (FAAST) to represent the Columbia, South Carolina Flight Safety District Office as a public safety drone pro in 2019.
“After committing the majority of my life to public safety in law enforcement, I have observed and analyzed hundreds of task and scenarios that can be accomplished with less risk to the public safety professional, and greater success, to the victims or citizens by using robotic technology”
Stephen’s passion in the industry continues to develop relationships with the best vendors in the Unmanned industry to provide the most valuable solutions to the public safety and private industry though the enterprise sector.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
As a business development manager at Airworx™, Ryan Reid is both committed to his full-time professional career as a first responder, as well as his commitment to sharing his passions for technical advances in the emergency services industry. He joined Airworx™ in 2020 after becoming a Part 107 Pilot. With over 23 years as a first responder, Ryan has dedicated his life to public safety. Ryan Reid’s main areas of expertise are law enforcement, fire science, and emergency management.
Ryan started his emergency services career as a volunteer firefighter while in high school. Ryan’s passions for public safety grew over the years and delivered him into a career in law enforcement. As Ryan expanded his knowledge of fire and law enforcement services he began pursuing his education degree in emergency management.
Ryan served as incident commander on several federally declared incidents, and was awarded a South Carolina State Achievement Ribbon for his outstanding performances during the disasters of Hurricane Matthew. Aside from his duties in the public safety industry, Ryan has obtained state and federal certifications in the areas of Haz-mat, WMD, CBRNE, RAD/Nuclear response and mitigation.
“Using this technology in the private and public sector to enhance situational awareness, document and record critical indents in real time, and obtain critical data is paramount. Drone technology is the tool, for the toolbox! When we can utilize this technology to keep our responder safe, it is a win for everyone”
Ryan obtained his FAA certified Part 107 license and utilizes this technology in his daily functions. His education and experience in the public safety industry will afford him the opportunity to understand the daily challenges the industry faces and work to find solutions to meet those needs. Ryan is also working with private industries such as utility companies, public work departments, hospitals, engineering firms, and the construction industry to expand their knowledge of the advanced capabilities of drone technology.
Ryan was born and raised in Upstate, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Anderson University where he obtained his BA in Emergency Services Management and Homeland Security. Ryan resides in the Upstate of South Carolina with his wife and children. Airworx™ is excited to have Ryan as part of our team and we look forward to the opportunity to find your solution.