Meet the team behind Volansi’s flying robots. Each week we share stories from the team at Volansi highlighting their journey to joining the team, how they help keep our drones taking off, and some quirky fun along the way.

Mike Guerchon

Title at Volansi: Senior Vice President of People

Joined the team: 2021

Team member #146

Hometown:Washington, DC

Tell us a little bit about your background and the work you did before joining the Volansi team?

I studied Finance at the University of Arizona on a wrestling scholarship. I went through Pillsbury’s management training program and got assigned to their restaurant group in Texas. I worked my way up from there into my first human resources role as the Director of Training. I’ve been in human resources for more than 25 years now.

One of my most fun adventures was joining Riverbed Technology in San Francisco when they were at $20 million in revenue and about 60 employees. Ten years later they achieved $1.2 billion in revenue, 2800 people, and the best IPO in the world the year we went public. The opportunity, the people, and the excitement at Volansi remind me of that same feeling.

In your own words, what do you do at Volansi?

My role at Volansi is to ensure that you find your dream job! My team and I want your experience to be great in every way. Although there are a lot of moving parts to achieve this, we believe one key element to set employees up for success is getting consistent employee feedback. Volansi is a great place for us all to grow our careers, be wildly successful, and have some fun along the way!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with my family skiing, fly fishing, riding, floating, and hiking. Exploring the great outdoors is one of the reasons we moved to Bend!

Who are your heroes in aviation, drone, or logistics history?

It’s hard to beat some of the exceptionally brave accomplishments from Amelia Earhart. For someone who was born in the 1890s she had a lot more faith in aviation than I would have.

We are in the dawn of unmanned flight and autonomous mobility. What are the applications that excite you most?

I think the humanitarian and medical applications are really life-changing uses of our technology.