, Corbin, KY


July 28, 2011

Sofcoast, Inc. names Swanson executive vice president

Company’s newest executive VP visits Corbin headquarters

CORBIN — Special to The Times-Tribune

Sofcoast, Inc., whose corporate headquarters is located at 100 N. Main Street, Suite 201, Corbin, is announced that Scott Swanson, originally from Minnesota, has joined the Sofcoast team as executive vice president effective June 20. Within this role, Swanson will be leading business development, program management and government programs for the corporation.

“Sofcoast is focused on being the world leader in developing and delivering hybrid air vehicles that solve real problems for real people,” said Sofcoast Founding CEO, John Surmont. “There is no better choice to help our team continue to advance our efforts than Scott Swanson. Scott is a rare find whose experience and skill are a great asset to our team.”

Swanson served as an officer in the United States Air Force (USAF) for 20 years in various roles including special operations and combat rescue, mission planning, mission management, program/project management, Department of Defense acquisition and flight test and evaluation.

Swanson is a USAF command pilot with over 3,000 hours in both helicopters and UAVs, within the Rescue, Special Operations and special reconnaissance mission communities.

Swanson was appointed Deputy Commander of Detachment 4 of the BIG SAFARI program office (Predator/Reaper UAS) where he led a team of 32 engineers, logisticians, technical writers, communications technicians, sensor operators and maintenance troops providing cradle-to-grave program management. He also commanded combat missions including weapons deployment in multiple theaters of operation using systems still undergoing test and development in support of the president’s number one national target set.

Swanson has most recently been using his skills and experience assisting small companies develop their business including local, state and federal contracting, commercial opportunities and program/project management strategies and execution.

“I look forward to furthering our efforts as a team to target and deliver world-class hybrid air vehicle solutions for key federal programs and government customers,” said Swanson.

Swanson has a Bachelors of Applied Science-Aviation Management from the University of Minnesota and is a certified Program Management Professional (DAWIA Level II) and Project Management Professional.

Swanson paid a visit to the Corbin offices July 26-28 and met with Board of Directors member John Bill Keck and Sofcoast’s local manufacturing partners as part of an ongoing project.

About Sofcoast, Inc.:

Sofcoast Inc., headquartered in Corbin, designs, builds and delivers tactical tethered hybrid air vehicles for frontline users in federal and commercial markets. Sofcoast has a satellite location in San Diego, Calif.

For more information, contact LeAnn Jones at 606-521-1509 or

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