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Personal Profiles: Eric Bartsch and Gwen Lighter

Eric Bartsch co-founded VerdeGo with Erik Lindbergh and Dr. Pat Anderson. Gwen Lighter has been the CEO of GoFly since January 2015.

ERIC BARTSCH, CEO & FOUNDER AT VERDEGO AERO

WORK EXPERIENCES & TIMELINES
  • Bartsch co-founded VerdeGo with Erik Lindbergh and Dr. Pat Anderson in 2017. He has been the CEO of the company since July 2019.
  • Additionally, Bartsch is also the founder of Chanute Consulting Group LLC and has been its president since January 2012 to present.
  • Since September 2013 to date, Bartsch has also been an advisory board member at Powering Imagination, which he co-founded to promote clean, quiet electric flight.
  • Bartsch also volunteered at XPRIZE as a visioneering team member for transport challenge in November 2013.
  • Over the course of his career, Bartsch has been responsible for leading innovative teams that have launched billions of dollars of new products across a wide array of industries.
  • Bartsch has held executive roles as well as general management roles at $250M+ businesses along with extensive expertise commercializing new innovations.
  • Not only was he responsible for the first formation electric aircraft team at AirVenture 2013, but Bartsch also led flight test, development, and marketing at Yuneec/GWI.
  • Back in February 2018. Bartsch had an interview with Impakter, which is a global platform for news, articles, interviews, and environmentally-friendly products where he talked about how he and the other co-founders started VerdeGo Aero and gave details on the company's VTOL cars.
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL INTERESTS

GWEN LIGHTER, CEO GOFLY

WORK EXPERIENCES & TIMELINES
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL INTERESTS

RESEARCH STRATEGY

After an exhaustive search through news, press releases, articles, and official or governmental reports, the research team found that there is no readily available data about both Eric Bartsch and Gwen Lighter's personal interests. When the search failed to provide information on their personal interests, we opted to look for their personal Facebook profiles, and Twitter handles using their names, but this also proved to be futile. After more thorough research, we did not find anything helpful about Bartsch, but we were able to find a blog that shed a little light on some of Lighter's's personal interests and was able to compile the above findings.

We then decided to look for any information about them on their company websites. When we explored GoFly's website, there was no available information about Gwen Lighter's personal interests. Additionally, in VerdeGo Aero website, the only information about Bartsch that was available was his professional background. We then went ahead to explore the Chanute Consulting Group LLC website where Bartsch is the president and we were able to get a little information about his personal interests that we used to compile the above findings.

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Quotes
  • "Gwen Lighter, CEO of GoFly, is enthusiastic — she wants to fly, and if you want to fly, too, she wants to help. "
Quotes
  • "In 2017, the young entrepreneur convinced Boeing and other sponsors to fund a $2 million competition encouraging mad scientists and daredevils to come as close as possible to Star Wars’s light cycles, James Bond’s jetpack, Marty McFly’s hoverboard, or any other flying dream."
Quotes
  • "Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, and more than 20 aviation associations have also supported the GoFly Prize -- the multi-million dollar challenge that I created."