Meet the Team
Hague E. Howey
President/CEO and Founder
Visionary for this startup, he has undertaken the task of initiating its operation, and squaring it to operate as a legal entity, defining its mission, and managing the administrative/marketing functions of the company.
About Mr. Howey
He is motivated by being a change agent and leaving a foot print behind in solving issues by stepping back and assessing through the eyes of insight of new technology meshed with traditional solutions. The mantra that there are “No Problems, only opportunities” has guided his life. Structuring the design of solutions handing that over to others to develop and maintain with trouble shooting and resolution artfully crafted by “what if”, posed to the team, guiding them to their ownership of the outcome. Subordinate development and delegation to the limits of their capability is extremely satisfying for him. Youth development and recognizing the importance of mentors for anyone, guides his operating approach.
He graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business with a Major in Accounting/Finance. His first Entrepreneurial experience was a business of selling precast concrete and steel which helped pay his way through the University of Missouri. Twelve years following his college training in Finance lead to the conversion of kinetic skills in a hobby of building a personal residence, encouraged by others, lead him into a second business adventure, general contracting for 24 years. A private pilot’s certificate earned in High School and the requirements of a pilot’s certificate to fly “Drones” encouraged an interest in beginning his current new technology adventure with a focus on Construction and Engineering.
Early achievements of being an Eagle Scout, Fire Builder Tribe of Mic-O-Say, later Order of the Arrow, and as a Scoutmaster. Hague’s scouting experience has been a foundation for community service. He has serviced on several scholarship boards; a mentor; skilled trade adviser to Millard, Omaha Public and Metro Tech schools; Chamber Think Tank; Nebraska Governor’s first committee on Affordable Housing and many other Community/Professional organizations. Most recently, He has initiated a city wide program through the affiliation of area Radio Control Clubs to: “Getting Couch Potatoes off the Couch into RC Quad Copters”.
Howey has a deep passion for community involvement with a focus on the deep knowledge that before education can really occur with youth. He strongly feels today’s youth need to have an inner feeling of self-worth, a vision that they can aspire beyond their circumstances, and encouragement by mentors.
Roy C. Kessell
Vice President, Director of Field Operations
As Director of Field Operations for Midwest UAS Services and Supply, LLC, Roy Kessell is in charge of the planning and execution of all UAS missions coordinated with clients. He uses his extensive aviation background to plan/supervise the planning of missions to optimize the unique characteristics of UAS vehicles to meet the client’s specific needs. He then flies/supervises the flying of these missions to ensure safety while providing an excellent product for all clients.
About Mr. Kessell
Lt, Colonel, USAF (Ret.) Kessell holds a M. S. in Administration degree from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering degree from the United States Air Force Academy. He also studied Meteorology through the Air Force Institute of Technology at Texas A & M University. He is a graduate of the U. S. Air Force Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College.
His USAF operational assignments included Operations Officer for strategic reconnaissance operations flown from the Aleutian Islands; RC-135 Flight Commander, Instructor Pilot and Aircraft Commander on politically sensitive strategic reconnaissance missions tasked and monitored by NSA, CIA, DIA, JCS, and Headquarters, Strategic Air Command (SAC); T-38 Check Pilot, Instructor Pilot in the advanced phase of USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training; and Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training.
His USAF staff assignments included Division Chief and Branch Chief at the Headquarters SAC Strategic Reconnaissance Center where he developed tactics, plan, and exercises for strategic reconnaissance assets worldwide; Command Weather Briefer providing daily weather briefings to the Commander-in-Chief, Strategic Air Command (CINCSAC); Air Force Institute of Technology Student at Texas A & M University; and Assistant Wing Executive Officer managing wing inspection programs and providing administrative support to the Command and Wing Executive Officer at Laughlin AFB, TX.
After retiring from the U. S. Air Force with over 22 years of service, he was a Flight Instructor at the Offutt AFB Aero Club and Plattsmouth Municipal Airport. He then became President and Chief Flight Instructor for Flight Nebraska Group, Inc. where he directed flight school operations and managed the Plattsmouth Airport. Currently, he also is an Independent Corporate Pilot and Flight Instructor with 9,500 hours of flight time.
Honors and Recognition
In 2010, Nebraska Congressional District II Small Business Person of the Year Award; the Lt. Colonel Charles A. Lane Innovative Partnership Award from the Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership (ENCAP) for creating opportunities for service; five Meritorious Service Medals for outstanding service to the United States; and seven Air Medals for meritorious service while participating in aerial flight.
- Belleview Kiwanis
- Heartland-Lemay Chapter US Academy Alumni
Director of Technology and Operations
Bill’s extensive background in the field of technology and operations management have led him to be one of the most qualified individuals for his position here at Midwest UAS. Here at Midwest. Bill is in charge of maintaining and ensuring normal operation of the software and hardware we use.
About Mr. Alexander
Bill’s professional experience began 43 years ago in 1974, when he worked as a Sr. Systems Programmer for Pizza Hut Inc. in Wichita Kansas. Since then has worked as a ECPI Technology Instructor, VP of Software Engineering, Sr Advisory Analyst at Tandem Computers, Sr Director ETS Infrastructure at PepsiCo Food Services, Director Enterprise Information Technology at West Corporation, Technology Board of Director at Compaq/HP, Manager at ISS Transportation Logistics at ConAgra Foods, Project Manager at The Gallup Organization, and most recently I/T RTS Engineering at First Data Corporation.
With his budding interest in the field of remote control aircraft and emerging drone technology, Bill was excited at the opportunity to work at Midwest UAS. Bill is not only a part of Midwest UAS’s flight team, he is also an active member in the local RC club, “The Omahawks”. He has his own selection of drones that he operates in his free time.
Bill has a great passion for mentoring youth and encouraging them to become all that they can. His passion led him to volunteer as Vice President for “100 Men of Omaha”.