Mr. Bishop is the founder, president and chief
executive officer of Reference Technologies and also serves as board secretary for Rocky Mountain UAS, board director for UAS
Colorado and as President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of AUVSI.
Mr. Bishop oversees the strategic direction of the
Colorado-based aerospace company and is the chief architect of
its Hybrid, Unmanned Aerial Systems and ground based robotics
Before launching ReferenceTEK in 2011, Mr. Bishop was
recruited by a national records storage company as its president and
CEO with the mission of bringing the company out of impending
bankruptcy. Under Mr. Bishop's leadership, the company reached
break-even status within the first 18 months and sustained
profitability the following year. Mr. Bishop continued
growing the company with an average annual growth rate of 15% in gross
revenue and profitability over the following five years when he
left to form ReferenceTEK.
In 1993, Mr. Bishop founded VisionTEK, a leading mobile
software applications company that focused on the law
enforcement market. In the ten years Mr. Bishop lead the
company as its chairman, president and CEO, it achieved national
status as the leading provider of wireless in-vehicle laptop based
incident and accident reporting applications.
In the years prior to VisionTEK, Mr. Bishop founded Automated
Storage Inc. (ASI) where he again led the company to
profitability and international recognition as a major robotics
based data storage
Mr. Bishop is involved in several volunteer organizations
including Boulder County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (BCARES), Air Force MARS and is a reserve volunteer with the Boulder County
Sheriff's Office and serves on the SWAT Tech Team, providing
ground and air based intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance (ISR) operations.
Mr. Bishop's military service included a career in
the U.S. Air Force from 1968 until 1976. His assignments
included Defense Support Programs (DSP-647) and other highly
based surveillance systems. Mr. Bishop was honorably
In 1975, Mr. Bishop was issued his pilot's license by the FAA
and currently holds a 2nd class medical certificate with over
5,000 hours of pilot in command experience.
Mr. Bishop recently celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary.
He has three children and three
grandchildren. He enjoys
amateur radio, flying, hiking and scuba diving.
Bishop is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and is responsible
for all government related activities including aircraft
certifications, Flight Safety Standards, Certificates of
Authorization (COAs) and other FAA related activities.
Mr. Bishop started as a machinist in 1981 with
the Kollmorgen Corporation's Electro - Optical Division in Northampton, Massachusetts.
In 1983, Gary moved to Los Angeles and was
employed by Hughes Aircraft Company, Electron Dynamics Division in Torrance, California. He
was initially hired as a Quality Control Inspector; and later he transferred to the Materials Parts
and Processes department as a Material Analyst.
While at Hughes Aircraft, Gary began flying at
Torrance Airport and over the course of 5 years earned his Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot,
Flight and Ground Instructor certifications.
Gary joined SkyWest Airlines in 1990 as a First
Officer in the Metroliner (SA227). In 1991, he transitioned to the Brasilia (EMB-120). During
this time he developed the Weight and Balance Passenger Index system for the new Advanced
Brasilia that SkyWest had purchased.
In 1995, Gary upgraded to Captain in the
Brasilia, earning his Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.
In 1998, Gary became a Check Airman in the
Brasilia and conducted new hire Initial Operating Experience for new hire first officers as well
as new upgrade captains. In 2006, he became a simulator instructor in the Brasilia responsible
for training newly hired pilots, upgrading Captains, and for recurrent check rides for
First Officers and Captains.
In 2011, he transitioned to the Canadair
Regional Jet (CL-65) as Captain.
Gary has over 12,000 flight hours in various
aircraft. He brings over 30 years of aviation background to Reference Technologies, including 14 years of Airline