Our Story

About us

Uplift is the leading drone service provider for the AEC industry. We deliver aerial insights to the AEC industry by end to end, seamless implementation of drone technology. Our integrated service model connects drone pilots, site surveyors, construction site managers and BIM engineers to assist everyone in tracking progress, updating stakeholders and beating budgets.

We fly drones, analyze data and deliver insights during each phase of the construction process, from preconstruction to site commissioning. And because drones collect 4-cm accurate 3D data, we deliver accuracy checks throughout the project lifecycle. Our drone services prevent rework and allows you to better update your project stakeholders.

Sure, we fly other missions too, but construction is where Uplift truly soars!

Propelling Aerial Insights!

Meet the Team

We are a fun, passionate team marching towards the common goal of impacting the world with drone technology! We are deeply excited about the potential value of drone technology on businesses and society at large. We do believe this to be the “next internet era” in its transformative value and working hard to realize this future with our clients.

Suzanne EL-Moursi | CEO

Suzanne is the President of Uplift Data Partners with executive responsibility. She leads and empowers the team daily to take to the skies safely and ensures that we provide enterprise clients with full implementation of drone technology. Suzanne is an accomplished leader with over 15 years of experience specializing in digital transformations, brand strategy, growth marketing, entrepreneurship and startup operations; building new brands and successful businesses. She is characterized as a high-energy leader, a relentless optimist, and a creative thinker who thrives on the success of building healthy teams, cultures and businesses.

Kinan Sweidan | VP of Engineering

Kinan Sweidan is the VP of Engineering at Uplift leading product development and aerial insights. He is a serial entrepreneur who combines strong product and customer development skills. Throughout his career, Kinan built advanced tech products including location-based social networks, IoT platforms, and machine vision applications. Kinan holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering and a master’s degree in Computer Science. He is in pursuit of the best old fashioned Chicago has to offer.

Andrew Dennison | COO

Andrew Dennison brings years of drone experience and a wealth of knowledge around technology, compliance and operation of commercial drone flights in the United States. As COO of Uplift Data Partners, his role is ensuring data is collected safely and accurately for all drone flights. He works with operators throughout North America sharing his knowledge and helping them execute their flights. Prior to Uplift, Andrew was head of Business Development for SkySpecs in Ann Arbor, MI. He was born and raised in Troy, Michigan, and a graduate and huge fan of the University of Michigan. Currently lives in Chicago, where Uplift is based.

Suzanne EL-Moursi | CEO

Suzanne is the President of Uplift Data Partners with executive responsibility. She leads and empowers the team daily to take to the skies safely and ensures that we provide enterprise clients with full implementation of drone technology. Suzanne is an accomplished leader with over 15 years of experience specializing in digital transformations, brand strategy, growth marketing, entrepreneurship and startup operations; building new brands and successful businesses. She is characterized as a high-energy leader, a relentless optimist, and a creative thinker who thrives on the success of building healthy teams, cultures and businesses.

Kinan Sweidan | VP of Engineering

Kinan Sweidan is the VP of Engineering at Uplift leading product development and aerial insights. He is a serial entrepreneur who combines strong product and customer development skills. Throughout his career, Kinan built advanced tech products including location-based social networks, IoT platforms, and machine vision applications. Kinan holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering and a master’s degree in Computer Science. He is in pursuit of the best old fashioned Chicago has to offer.

Andrew Dennison | COO

Andrew Dennison brings years of drone experience and a wealth of knowledge around technology, compliance and operation of commercial drone flights in the United States. As COO of Uplift Data Partners, his role is ensuring data is collected safely and accurately for all drone flights. He works with operators throughout North America sharing his knowledge and helping them execute their flights. Prior to Uplift, Andrew was head of Business Development for SkySpecs in Ann Arbor, MI. He was born and raised in Troy, Michigan, and a graduate and huge fan of the University of Michigan. Currently lives in Chicago, where Uplift is based.

Kelsey Warda | Client Services Manager

Kelsey is the Client Services Manager at Uplift Data Partners, where she works to ensure that operations are running smoothly throughout all parts of the Uplift process. Prior to joining the Uplift family, she graduated from Boston University and worked in the software realm. Realizing how important it is to focus on the people involved in technology just as much - if not even more so - as the technology itself, she communicates with clients daily to build strong relationships in all facets of the tech industry. Outside of work, she loves to cook, read, and entertain her puppy Moose.

Matt Lyon | Head Pilot

Matt is the Head Pilot at Uplift with a focus and responsibility for all flights in construction and surveying. He is passionate about applying his Industrial Engineering chops to leading the research and development efforts at Uplift for continual improvement on the services provided by our certified pilots. Matt is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He has been fortunate to travel the country visiting client sites and takes on any chance to travel globally in his spare time.

Brittany Hicks | Director of Marketing & Communications

Brittany is the Director of Marketing & Communications at Uplift Data Partners. She is a B2B marketing rock star with a love for strategic marketing planning. Prior to Uplift, she worked at a B2B executive-level events company where she established a niche marketing department that drove seven figures in revenue within its first year. She also marketed events in a wide range of industries including homeland security, oil & gas, construction, healthcare, and much more. Born and raised in Chicago, Brittany graduated with honors from Indiana University with a degree in Psychology.

Kelsey Warda | Client Services Manager

Kelsey is the Client Services Manager at Uplift Data Partners, where she works to ensure that operations are running smoothly throughout all parts of the Uplift process. Prior to joining the Uplift family, she graduated from Boston University and worked in the software realm. Realizing how important it is to focus on the people involved in technology just as much - if not even more so - as the technology itself, she communicates with clients daily to build strong relationships in all facets of the tech industry. Outside of work, she loves to cook, read, and entertain her puppy Moose.

Matt Lyon | Head Pilot

Matt is the Head Pilot at Uplift with a focus and responsibility for all flights in construction and surveying. He is passionate about applying his Industrial Engineering chops to leading the research and development efforts at Uplift for continual improvement on the services provided by our certified pilots. Matt is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He has been fortunate to travel the country visiting client sites and takes on any chance to travel globally in his spare time.

Brittany Hicks | Director of Marketing & Communications

Brittany is the Director of Marketing & Communications at Uplift Data Partners. She is a B2B marketing rock star with a love for strategic marketing planning. Prior to Uplift, she worked at a B2B executive-level events company where she established a niche marketing department that drove seven figures in revenue within its first year. She also marketed events in a wide range of industries including homeland security, oil & gas, construction, healthcare, and much more. Born and raised in Chicago, Brittany graduated with honors from Indiana University with a degree in Psychology.

Brooks Allwardt | Director of Operations

Brooks is in charge of flight operations across real estate and broadcasting for Uplift. As Director of Operations, Brooks works with both the clients and the pilots from A to Z to ensure that whatever product is delivered is of the highest quality and meets both the customers and the pilot’s expectations. Before working at Uplift, Brooks worked for Ford Motor Company in Louisville, Allen Park, and Wayne, Michigan on new model vehicle launches. Brooks brings extensive experience in process implementation and optimization through his work at Ford and his Industrial & Operations Engineering degree at the University of Michigan. With a devout passion for all things competitive Brooks is always looking for a new challenger in ping pong and golf.

Ciara Taylor | Head of Experience Design

Ciara is the Head of Experience Design at Uplift Data Partners where her secret not so secret mission is to motivate people to love robots as much as she does. Prior to her role at Uplift, she applied her knowledge of games and play to design gameful experiences to facilitate change and human flourishing in healthcare, financial services, and education. Ciara is passionate about ethics in design and technology. When she isn’t advocating for robots, you can find her playing games and gushing over cute animals.

Josh Arneson | Data Analysis & Production Manager

Josh is the Data Analysis and Production Manager here at Uplift Data Partners. He works on producing the deliverables - everything from 3D terrain models and orthomosaics to videos with animations. Josh is from the Chicagoland area and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Geology, having worked on a Department of Energy funded research project at the Illinois State Geological Survey. He is interested in providing insight into the earth system and human environments using drones and pushing the limits of the drone platform. He is also a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.

Brooks Allwardt | Director of Operations

Brooks is in charge of flight operations across real estate and broadcasting for Uplift. As Director of Operations, Brooks works with both the clients and the pilots from A to Z to ensure that whatever product is delivered is of the highest quality and meets both the customers and the pilot’s expectations. Before working at Uplift, Brooks worked for Ford Motor Company in Louisville, Allen Park, and Wayne, Michigan on new model vehicle launches. Brooks brings extensive experience in process implementation and optimization through his work at Ford and his Industrial & Operations Engineering degree at the University of Michigan. With a devout passion for all things competitive Brooks is always looking for a new challenger in ping pong and golf.

Ciara Taylor | Head of Experience Design

Ciara is the Head of Experience Design at Uplift Data Partners where her secret not so secret mission is to motivate people to love robots as much as she does. Prior to her role at Uplift, she applied her knowledge of games and play to design gameful experiences to facilitate change and human flourishing in healthcare, financial services, and education. Ciara is passionate about ethics in design and technology. When she isn’t advocating for robots, you can find her playing games and gushing over cute animals.

Josh Arneson | Data Analysis & Production Manager

Josh is the Data Analysis and Production Manager here at Uplift Data Partners. He works on producing the deliverables - everything from 3D terrain models and orthomosaics to videos with animations. Josh is from the Chicagoland area and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Geology, having worked on a Department of Energy funded research project at the Illinois State Geological Survey. He is interested in providing insight into the earth system and human environments using drones and pushing the limits of the drone platform. He is also a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.

Joel Puthoff | Head of Field Sales

Joel Puthoff is the Head of Field Sales at Uplift Data Partners. Joel has built a career in developing individuals personally and professionally. His enthusiastic and diligent approach to training individuals, creates a highly involved atmosphere that enhances engagement and development. He used these skills and his ability to manage systems, to build a leadership development company that produced 7 figure revenue for the past 4 years. Joel grew up in Ohio and graduated from Wittenberg University with a degree in Business Management.

Inspire 1 | Uplift Mascot

Inspire 1 is the official mascot at Uplift Data Partners. He is one of our most valuable team members, as without him we wouldn’t be able to effectively map out many of our project sites. Born and raised in China, Inspire 1 graduated at the top of his class from the most reputable flight school, AeroVista Drone Academy.

Jamail Carter | VP of Business Development and Sales

Jamail Carter has more than 16 years of experience leading business development and sales operations, including defining strategy and managing teams within the consulting, telecoms and utility industries. Most recently, before joining Uplift Data Partners to lead business development, Jamail was the Chief Operating Officer at ONVI, Inc where he was tasked with helping lead ONVI's initial product launch and establish its operations. His was responsible for all aspects of the company's operations, including supply chain, finance, regulatory, and administration. Prior to ONVI, Jamail worked at Gartner Inc. where he tripled the contract value of a historically underperforming territory. Jamail has an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a BS from Vanderbilt University, where he also played quarterback.

Joel Puthoff | Head of Field Sales

Joel Puthoff is the Head of Field Sales at Uplift Data Partners. Joel has built a career in developing individuals personally and professionally. His enthusiastic and diligent approach to training individuals, creates a highly involved atmosphere that enhances engagement and development. He used these skills and his ability to manage systems, to build a leadership development company that produced 7 figure revenue for the past 4 years. Joel grew up in Ohio and graduated from Wittenberg University with a degree in Business Management.

Inspire 1 | Uplift Mascot

Inspire 1 is the official mascot at Uplift Data Partners. He is one of our most valuable team members, as without him we wouldn’t be able to effectively map out many of our project sites. Born and raised in China, Inspire 1 graduated at the top of his class from the most reputable flight school, AeroVista Drone Academy.

Jamail Carter | VP of Business Development and Sales

Jamail Carter has more than 16 years of experience leading business development and sales operations, including defining strategy and managing teams within the consulting, telecoms and utility industries. Most recently, before joining Uplift Data Partners to lead business development, Jamail was the Chief Operating Officer at ONVI, Inc where he was tasked with helping lead ONVI's initial product launch and establish its operations. His was responsible for all aspects of the company's operations, including supply chain, finance, regulatory, and administration. Prior to ONVI, Jamail worked at Gartner Inc. where he tripled the contract value of a historically underperforming territory. Jamail has an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a BS from Vanderbilt University, where he also played quarterback.

Interested in joining the Uplift team?

We are always on the lookout for fresh talent to join our growing team. Check out the available positions on the careers page.

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What People Are Saying

"They were digging the footing line, then they did the drone shot with vector overlays. They were going to pour it that morning and he was like stop. Pretty slick, I love it. It actually saved us, it paid for itself in 2 months. That right there, the concrete guy would have been ripping it all out and anchor bolts and rebar he was getting ready to pour it on an angle 18 inches out of skew."

– Jerry Wenzel, Operations Manager at Clayco

"We experienced a refreshing attitude of professionalism and direct support. Uplift’s nationwide reach allows cross feeding of best practices to the network of pilots and allows everyone to become more effective in this new and growing industry. We look forward to being part of an organization whose goal is to understand customer’s needs and execute reliably with competence."

– Tradewinds Aviation, Network Pilot

"I was asked to provide video and pictures of 210 acres of raw land to be used in commercial advertisement for future development potential. Uplift gave me the tools I needed to accomplish the aerial work, by providing me with all the information, shot list, narrative and contact information in a timely manner so that I had time to fully understand what was expected. Communication was extremely professional and I enjoyed dealing with Brooks Allwardt and Matt Lyon before and after the shoot. I believe we, as operators with Uplift Data Partners, have a future that will be very beneficially rewarding to us and we in turn we will be beneficial to Uplift."

– Ray Grisset, Network Pilot

"Uplift Data Partners has been one of the most efficient companies I have ever dealt with in the eight years I have been working in the UAV/Drone industry. Each member of the Uplift team has been vetted and has clearly become fluent with all current FAA commercial UAV operation regulations. Starting a UAV based service providing company is difficult to say the least, but having a resource like Uplift data partners in your back pocket can save you a lot of time, money and headaches. I wouldn’t go anywhere else for the services they provide, they are that good!"

– Nate R., Network Pilot

"I love being outside, flying my drone, and watching the construction progress. Uplift helped me with drone training, drone technology recommendations, and construction site etiquette. I fly construction sites part time for extra income and it fuels my passion for aviation."

– Tom Lemda, Network Pilot
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