About VDOS Global

VDOS Global is a safety focused vertically integrated inspection service company providing the systems, software, personnel, and data for our clients. We are actively looking to incorporate generational leaps in systems and software enabling us to automate our processes and help our clients transition into the coming new technologies. VDOS Global LLC was founded in 2011 by CEO Brian Whiteside after a distinguished career in both the military and private aviation industry. The VDOS team travels to locations in the US and abroad to provide strategic UAV support through operations, data collection and consultation. VDOS Global has provided oil and gas inspections, environmental research, aerial surveying and other services using aerial robotics and remote sensing to clients in the Arctic, Middle East, Gulf of Mexico and more.

VDOS Global Leadership Team

Led by seasoned pilots with global experience and a track record of safety.

Brian Whiteside

Brian Whiteside


Seth Johnson

Seth Johnson

Chief Pilot, FAA UAS Test Range Manager

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Mr. Whiteside is a Navy veteran and former FA-18 pilot who has become a leader in the commercial application of unmanned technology through years of worldwide operations and deployments. Prior to starting VDOS, Mr. Whiteside served as Executive Vice President of Evergreen Unmanned Systems which pioneered the industry as the first commercial UAS service provider. Brian’s unmanned systems career began at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake where he stood up the Naval Unmanned Systems Integration Activity as the director of operations.

Brian serves the UAV community as the President of the Cascade Chapter of AUVSI and a member of ORAVI the Oregon Aviation Industries Group.

Mr. Johnson is a commercially rated pilot with an instructor rating in both the Scan Eagle and Aerosonde G. As a former commercial pilot for Horizon airlines, Mr. Johnson uses his operational experience and his commitment to safety to develop operations and procedures protocol for unmanned aircraft manufacturers throughout the industry.  Mr. Johnson holds a unique distinction as one of the few individuals in the nation to be qualified as an instructor on the Insitu Scan Eagle and the Textron Aerosonde.

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 Ann M. Veneman

Ann M. Veneman

Advisory Board Member

 Michael Bay

Michael Bay

Advisory Board Member

Al Spain

Al Spain

Advisory Board Member

Ann M. Veneman has a distinguished career in public service, serving as the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from 2005 to 2010 and as the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 2001 to 2005.   Veneman’s leadership and vision has been recognized both nationally and internationally.  In 2009 she was named to the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list, and she has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

At UNICEF Veneman directed a staff of over 11,000 in more than 150 countries around the world. She worked to support child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all, access to clean water and sanitation and the protection of children and women from violence, exploitation and HIV/AIDS. She traveled to more than seventy countries to review the plight of children, to witness the devastation caused by natural disaster, conflict, disease and exploitation, and to advance programs aimed at improving and saving lives.

As Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Veneman directed one of most diverse federal agencies with a budget of $113 billion and 110,000 employees.  She also served as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 1995 to 1999, overseeing the state agency responsible for nation’s largest agricultural producing region.  From 1986 to 1993, she served in various positions in the USDA, including Deputy Secretary, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs, and Associate Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service.  At USDA, Veneman advanced an expanded trade agenda, food protection, progressive farm policy, responsible forest policy, and stronger nutrition programs.

Veneman currently serves on the boards of directors for Alexion, and Nestlé S.A. Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company that combines groundbreaking science with a steadfast commitment to meeting the needs of patients living with severe, life-threatening and often ultra-rare diseases.  Nestlé is the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company, providing consumers a wide range of food and beverage products.

Veneman is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Trilateral Commission.   She is a frequent speaker on a range of topics including poverty alleviation, empowering women and girls, food security and nutrition, and global health.

Throughout her career Veneman has served on a number of advisory councils, committees and non-profit boards, particularly those involving higher education.  Currently she is on the boards of the National 4-H Council, Malaria No More, the Global Innovative Health Technology Fund and Landesa.  She is also a co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center initiative on Obesity and Physical Activity and on the Bipartisan Policy Center Commission on Political Reform. She serves on the advisory boards of BRAC, The FEED Project, Pencils of Promise, Roosevelt House, Terra Vesco, the Chicago Council’s Global Agricultural Development Initiative, the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, Living Goods, Runa Tea, Aloha, and Driptech .   In 2012 she served as a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and the U.C. Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy.

A lawyer by training, Veneman has practiced law in both California and in Washington DC.  Early in her career, she was a deputy public defender.  Veneman holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Davis; a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley; and a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.   She has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from several universities and colleges.

Mike is currently Corporate Controller for Vigor Industrial, a ship repair and fabrication business with operations in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Prior to his current role, Mike served as Chief Financial Officer for Evergreen International Aviation from October 2009 to May 2012 after a short stint as Vice President of Finance for Evergreen Helicopters, Inc. Prior to joining Evergreen, he served as Director of Sales and Operations Planning and Director of Finance and Planning for Weyerhaeuser Co. Mike has been recognized as a highly capable strategic leader with expertise in driving business improvement and leading organizational change. Mike earned his Masters of Business Administration, with an emphasis in Accounting and Finance, from Willamette University.

Al brings over 50 years of aviation experience to the table. His background reflects a career spanning General Aviation, Military, Airline, and Corporate aviation operations.

Most recently, Spain served as a founder and Senior Vice President Operations of JetBlue Airways, Corporation in New York. He retired from JetBlue in 2006 and prior to JetBlue, he was Vice President Flight Operations for Continental Micronesia Airlines, a subsidiary of Continental Airlines. Spain retired from Continental Airlines in 1998 after serving in Flight Standards and Training Division as well as a Captain in line flight operations. He was the FAA designated Director of Operations for both Continental Micronesia and JetBlue. He was Chief Pilot for Oceanic Contractors, a privately owned airline operating in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Most recently, Al served on the Board of Directors of Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. Mr. Spain flew as a combat pilot in Viet Nam (Forward Air Controller) and among his awards are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Air Medal for Valor. His last military assignment was as Chief, Flight Evaluation Branch, USAAVNS. He was involved with the Army’s early Unmanned Aerial Systems (USD-1) operations.

Spain has recently served the Federal Governments’ Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) as an Independent Assessment Team member. He also was a member of The National Academies of Science, National Research Committee on R&D for Wake Turbulence and NAOMS review committees. He has served on the FAA Safety Team (FAAST) as a Safety Representative. He is currently involved with Civil Air Patrol at the Wing and National levels.

Mr. Spain holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech University and an MBA from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). He is a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Life Member of the Navy League of the United States. He served as a member of the Industry Advisory Board of MIT’s Global Aviation Industry Program and a member of the Aviation Department Advisory Committee of the State University of New York at Farmingdale. Currently, Al serves on the board of The Low Country Economic Development Alliance and the Beaufort County Airports Board. He previously served on the Aviation Management Advisory Board of Auburn University. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Salmon Count

VDOS Team supporting OSU and ODFW using UAVs to count local salmon populations.

OSU Support

Brian holding one of Oregon State Universities quad copters.

Corvallis Fire

VDOS helped local fire fighters with some overhead imagery after a recent wild fire using manned aircraft.


Brian is the Cascade Chapter President of AUVSI.

Giving Back

The VDOS team are constantly working to give back to the community through various programs and efforts.  Brian serves to support the industry as the local chapter president of the Cascade Chapter of AUVSI representing Oregon and Washington.  Additionally Brian is involved in humanitarian assistance and disaster response(HADR) programs through the multination communications interpretability program (MCIP).  This program through the US Pacific Command serves the Pacific Rim nations and works to establish disaster response protocols incorporating new technology and processes.  VDOS is volunteering for Oregon State University to help stand up the UAS programs and enable research as the aviation and pilot leads for programs focused on environmental research and forestry.  VDOS is active in local and national efforts to promote responsible unmanned aviation operations and working to develop best practices and methods that support the industry and customers it serves.

Images from VDOS Global operations

VDOS Global uses state of the art imaging to capture high resolution and thermal imaging in hard to reach areas and in challenging conditions across the world.