CO-Founder & CEO
A serial entrepreneur and problem solver, Doron Merdinger is Doroni Aerospace’s founder, chief executive officer, and owner. After graduating from the New York University’s renowned Stern School of Business, Merdinger embarked on a successful career starting and expanding his own companies and managing eight-figure firms to unprecedented revenue growth. Over the last 25 years, he has gained vast experience in management, product design, manufacturing, sales, and vendor relationships. These experiences guided his design and engineering of the company’s single-seat, electric-powered hovering vehicle that served as the inspiration and forerunner of the Doroni flying car prototype. His vision continues to provide the foundation of the Doroni Aerospace mission. A well-regarded collaborator and communicator, Merdinger has assembled a best-in-class technical team whose complementary expertise and experiences are leading the way to bringing practical personal urban flying vehicles to fruition. Served in the Israeli Air Force. Honor student. Bs. Stern school of Business, New York University.
CO-Founder & Chief Aerodynamics & Mechanical Engineer
Roman Antonov has over fifteen years of experience in the Aerospace Engineering field. He is responsible for fluid dynamic calculations, mechanical design and integration of all components of design into one device. Mr. Antonov worked in one of the largest aircraft engineering companies in the world(Antonov Design Bureau), participated in design and production drones, monowheel, hoverboard, electric bike, and electric trucks. In addition he developed extensive experience as Chief Technical Officer and Chief Executive Officer in private firms. Mr. Antonov attended National Aviation University in Ukraine where he earned his Master degree in Aerospace Engineering with Honors.
Chief Systems & Software Engineer
Czar Balangue has over 6 years mixed experience in software and electronics engineering. His experience extends to embedded software development for research and development of unmanned aircraft systems, consumer electronics and medical devices. He has also taken on roles as a systems engineer in some of his aerospace projects and leading the software and electronics development. He has worked for various drone tech start-ups, a flight simulation company, consumer electronics design and manufacturer and a consultancy firm. MEng (HONS) Digital Communications and Electronics, University of Hertfordshire. United Kingdom.
Aerodynamics and Mechanical Engineer
Oleg Sukhovii has over fifteen years of experience in the Aerospace Engineering field. He is responsible for mechanical design, ergonomics, and integration of all components of design in one device. Mr. Sukhovii worked in one of the largest aircraft engineering companies in the world (Antonov Design Bureau). He developed extensive experience as an Engineer of Technical Department (AAL Group Ltd.) during repair and modernization of helicopters and as Chief Engineer at a private firm. Mr. Sukhovii developed and implemented the production of technical equipment for miners in a private company, participated in the design and production of a drone, electric bike, and in industrial laser lighting equipment. Mr. Sukhovii attended National Aviation University in Ukraine where he earned his Master degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Chief Electrical and Electronics Engineer
Since 2003 Derek Barger has been making the world's quickest and fastest batteries. Derek has made improvements with every generation of battery pack design. Working with many different cell manufactures has made the racing batteries safer and more powerful. Derek has multiple Electric vehicle records as World Record HTS Battery Packs First Ever in History 6.94sec @ 201.37mph 1/4 mile. He has engineered and created his own custom racing testing equipment and special racing assemble equipment to make higher power battery packs possible. He has been pushing the limits of battery and power delivery tech with each new vehicle. He has specialized in: Battery Management Systems (BMS) for racing applications, Custom Tooling, Cell Welding, Cell Assembly, Racing Battery Pack Building, Electric Vehicles, Race Vehicles, Battery Integration, Performance. He has Built batteries for the renowned Orange County Choppers Tulsa Technology Center-Lemley Campus Field of Study Electrical and Electronics Engineering Pickens Technical College.
Charles Boyd has over 20 years in the Aviation Industry and has accumulated over 14,000 hours of flight time. Building, modifying, and improving remote control vehicles and aircraft for 30years. He is part 107 Remote Pilot and Part 135 Private Air Charter Current and Qualified. Charles holds a First-Class Medical, ATP Certificate, and multiple type ratings on various aircraft. Initiated and assisted in developing company and FAA industry safety standards. As a captain, he is responsible for the safe operation of the aircraft, weight and balance, performance calculations, preflight and post flight operations, along with ensuring proper maintenance has been performed.
Business Development Manager
Yaakov Werdiger has over 6 years of experience in the automotive business development industry. With a robust background in e-commerce and marketing, he is a problem solver and enthusiastic to take an idea and make it a reality. After receiving his degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Jerusalem College of Technology and serving in the Israeli Defense Force, 7th Armored Brigade, Werdiger went on to various profitability management and project management positions. In these roles, he furthered his interpersonal skills along with business planning and development skills while working through conflict mediation, business forecasting and budgeting, and process design, implementation, and review. Continuing upon his early career success, Werdiger co-founded two start-ups, Commerfy and Champ. Seeing a gap in the e-commerce market and successfully implementing a solution to improve the online store building experience for clients, Commerfy generated more than $1M in revenue within the first 6 months of establishment. As a business development director, Werdiger continues to do what he loves, solving problems through the careful review and analysis of fundamental points. He creates practical solutions to complex issues and creatively turns ideas into reality.
Edward J Glueckler
An aviation industry executive with over 30 years of industry experience, Edward Glueckler has joined the Advisor Board of Doroni to assist and support the strategic direction of the team. Mr. Glueckler was the founding President of the Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA) in Washington, DC. While with ASA, he testified at a US Senate Hearing where he introduced to Congress a program to address the industry concern of counterfeit and unapproved aircraft parts. This concept evolved into the FAA Supplier Accreditation Program (FAA AC 00-56) and is now considered the global standard in the industry. Ed has also held multiple leadership roles in the aviation and aerospace industry including, Assistant Director Maintenance Engineering and Materiel management for the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), Vice President of CDG a Boeing Company, CEO of an engineering start-up, CADES Digitech, Secretary General of the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) and Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales and Business Development for Aerocycle, Inc. Ed holds undergraduate degrees from both New York Institute of Technology and Langston University. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Captain Alon Pereg
Alon Pereg, has retired from 28 years of active service in the Israeli Air Force as a fighter pilot and staff officer (Lt Col). During his service, he held positions as a pilot in a squadron, flight instructor in the flight academy and in the operational training unit (OTU), as well as a wide range of staff positions in international affairs and strategic planning. Co-founder and CEO of MATRIX JRAP, a consulting company focused on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, mainly for military use. The company was involved in operational concepts and design of new UAV systems that were produced in the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and in several strategic plans for the IAI and other major industries in Israel. In 2001 he founded Banner Holdings and Management Services in Israel. As part of the company’s assistance to the Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI), he launched and headed the first innovation team of the Israeli Aerospace Industries/LAHAV division. He also headed strategic planning for the division. His innovation team was the first and only innovation team in the IAI which remains active until today. In 2005 he founded the Banner Group in the USA, which was based on a core of top-level experts in commercial aviation. The group was involved in the development of IAI’s innovative TaxiBot system as designers of operational concepts and as consultants to the project’s team. The group also carries out tasks in strategic planning, assists in the development of airborne systems, and advises on operational issues in commercial aviation. Since 2004 Alon has flown as a pilot with EL AL Israel airlines, including as a check airman on Boeing 737NG airplanes and as a captain of Boeing 747-400 and 747-400F. Starting in 2019 he is a captain of Boeing 787-9.In his free time, Alon likes to fly in general aviation, mainly in the USA and light sport aircraft safaris in Africa. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Sciences from Ben Gurion University, Israel.
Keith Duffy has over thirty years of experience in investment banking, management, finance, strategic planning and operations, and has been a principal in a number of start-up companies. Mr. Duffy is the Chairman and CEO of Xeriant, Inc., a technology holding company focused on sourcing and accelerating emerging technologies with applications in aerospace. He arranged the merger of American Aviation Technologies with a public company to form Xeriant, and established the relationship with Florida Atlantic University (FAU), preparing the white paper that was approved by the Florida Atlantic Research and Development Authority. Mr. Duffy was formerly the founder and CEO of another public company, two bank holding companies, a software development company, and a biotech company now trading on NASDAQ. He trained to be a private pilot when he was 16 years old and after college became controller at an FBO at the Palm Beach International Airport which helped to further his knowledge of the aviation industry. Mr. Duffy has held a variety of management, accounting and finance positions over the years. He has been a licensed securities broker and currently holds a real estate license and a NMLS mortgage broker’s license in Florida. He has also served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee. Mr. Duffy attended Wake Forest University and Rollins College, where he earned a B.A. Degree in Business Administration and Mathematics in 1982.
Tadashi Mabee is a Marketing & Strategy leader experienced in helping Aerospace & Defense companies to launch value-driven product innovation and develop effective marketing and sales strategies. After over two decades in the aerospace industry with manufacturers both big and small, Tadashi is a big believer in new product innovations being more than just cool new technology -- it’s critical to also bring added value to your customers and execute more strategically than your competition. Tadashi has been instrumental in the product launches and marketing strategies of a wide range of aerospace products, including Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner commercial jets, Embraer’s Phenom business jets, and L3Harris' Viper Shield electronic warfare technology. He is an accomplished conference speaker, has traveled to around 40 countries, and has been a key contributor to successful sales campaigns resulting in 600+ aircraft orders worth more than $120B. Tadashi holds a MS in Interdisciplinary Engineering and a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Washington. His most valued training was a Certificate in Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen from the Harvard Business School.