Uplift is pioneering advanced technologies for a multiplanetary economy that will revolutionize humanity's connection with space and promote the conservation of Earth.
Philosophy and Vision
Philosophy: Unrelenting commitment to quality
Vision: Multiplanetary economy
Brand Values: Quality, craftsmanship, design, attention to detail, uniqueness, and authenticity
Company Values: Deliberately ensure our actions provide a net positive impact on the Earth
CEO Josh Hanes is an accomplished executive with a professional background overseeing multimillion-dollar equity funds and successful real estate investment projects. His managerial experience includes time spent as the COO of the Reef Life Foundation where he oversaw large-scale reef restoration projects in the Caribbean. Hanes began his career with an emphasis on the technical side of the space industry. Soon after receiving a BS in Physics at the University of Utah, Hanes joined a team working with Dr. Steve Howe to develop a proposal for an advanced ion propulsion system. Hanes’ managerial abilities including budget management, maintenance of a robust company schedule, and ability to raise outside capital synergize with his intimate knowledge of the space industry to position Uplift Aerospace at the forefront of this exciting and growing industry.
Director of Engineering
Director of Engineering Eric Willeitner is an accomplished mechanical engineer with experience developing components for military, space, and commercial aerospace. He excels in coordinating and collaborating with multi-disciplined engineering groups to meet shared goals. Willeitner received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University in 2014. Upon graduating, he began working as a Fluid Control Design Engineer for RAM company. He was promoted to the Engineering Lead of Test Systems and Tooling where he increased project success rates by coordinating product testing and manufacturing development. Willeitner brings his deep engineering understanding to Uplift Aerospace. As the company moves forward with its plans for the Constellation Vault, the Suborbital Triptych, and the Moon Cast, Willeitner’s engineering skills will assist Uplift in understanding and designing solutions to meet the challenges ahead.
Director of Operations
Director of Operations Jeffrey Johnson is an accomplished business executive who’s spent more than fifteen years overseeing successful business operations. His skillset includes government relations, contract negotiations, and budget analysis. Johnson graduated with honors from The University of Utah’s Masters of Public Administration program with an emphasis on governmental and organizational management. He has gone on to work for governmental agencies where he’s been responsible for contract negotiation, budget tracking, and contractor performance oversight. At Uplift Aerospace, Johnson is bringing these organizational skills to negotiate and coordinate with government agencies like NASA as well as private corporations like Blue Origin. His experience with large agencies will allow Uplift to continue growing into a premier technology company while forging deep business ties.
Meet The Team
Ana Roberta Flores
Digital Marketing Specialist
As a marketer, Ana Roberta positions herself at the crossroads of business and creativity. She views marketing as the catalyst to how consumers experience the passion and values that drive a business. As Ana Roberta completes her Master of Science in Digital Marketing and Data Analytics, she has learned the importance of applying various marketing techniques to modern business strategies. Recently she acquired her Bachelor of Science in Art and Entertainment Technology from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout her undergraduate experience, she secured and completed four internships, excelled in creative coursework, and participated in creative and business student organizations.
Dayne Gyll is a senior-level student pursuing a BS in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Utah. He is currently contributing to Uplift Aerospace in a lab technician role by utilizing engineering principles to aid in the development of high-quality, precise, and complex lunar concrete systems in order to increase momentum toward the vision of Uplift Aerospace. He is proficient in a variety of materials characterization techniques and instruments, as well as materials processing methods. Dayne is also currently conducting research for a senior thesis directed at synthesizing and analyzing polymers constructed with biological-based backbones and crosslinkers for fully biodegradable superabsorbent polymer structures.
Magnet Empyrean, Jill Clark
Jill brings her unique vision, and expertise to Uplift’s cultural and philanthropic endeavors. With more than 30 years of experience producing International art projects, Jill's clients value her passionate approach to collection-building and knowledge of the art market. She has an intrinsic capacity to assemble diverse talents creating dramatic and inspiring exhibitions. As the founder and principal of Magnet Art Group– a multifaceted boutique firm whose ventures have included brick-and-mortar galleries in New York’s SoHo and Tribeca art districts, as well as advisory offices in Miami and Berlin – Jill now manages private and institutional collections, in addition to facilitating charitable auctions, coordinating exhibition lending, and special events coinciding with major international art fairs. She has served on the host and VIP committees of Miami Art Week, Frieze New York, Zona Maco, Art Berlin, and the Venice Biennale.
Advisor: Curatorial and Project Development
Advisor: Branding and Creative Direction
Creative director, design explorer and agent of tranquility, Alfred Lamoureux believes in turning ideas into reality. His diverse merger of talents leverages his strategic vision, business acumen, and artistic talent to deliver high-impact branding campaigns, design invention and experience. This cross-platform functionality to his concepts have captured audiences around the globe and provides insight into the next big idea. For Uplift Aerospace, Alfred is inventing a dialect of brand design and inspiration, blending earthly intent with out-of-this-world philanthropy.
Advisor: Technical Content
Trevor serves as Uplift's technical content advisor and works to convey important research developments through press releases. Trevor also worked as a flight control intern at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center