About Us

“The servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the
natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.
Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.”

– Robert K. Greenleaf

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Our Approach

We create an environment conducive to high performance by surrounding our team with leaders that encourage and support their continuous growth in the pursuit of technical mastery and personal excellence.

We are 100% committed to the servant leader philosophy and are focused on increasing the capabilities and performance of our customers, our partners, and our people.

Our Story

Our team has over 50 years of combined experience in aviation operations (manned and unmanned), security solutions, and technical services supporting a wide variety of defense and commercial customers around the globe. Our focus is on our customers and ensuring that we provide them the highest quality and most effective products and services for their unique mission or business requirements.

The Invictus leadership team has an in-depth understanding of our customers’ requirements through our involvement as operators, maintainers, and security professionals as well as our extensive experience leading and managing large, complex military and business organizations.

We are well versed in the execution of ISR requirements and possess a thorough understanding of complex regulatory requirements both domestic and abroad. The Invictus team was instrumental in the development and growth of the ISR services industry and we have regularly deployed large numbers of technical services professionals, into austere, semi-permissive environments. Our inherent knowledge of the processes and requirements necessary to operate around the globe is another one of our competitive differentiators.

Meet The Team

Experts at building high-performance teams and driving excellence
in operations.

Jim Hays Chief Executive Officer

Jim Hays is responsible for implementing Invictus’ strategic direction and managing all external stakeholder engagements and requirements. Jim brings over 25 years of leadership in military, aviation, and business operations. He’s a proven leader in the UAS industry and has served as the Director of Aviation Operations and Deployed Operations for a large

Previously, he also held the role of Program Manager for all Marine Corps programs and has operational experience supporting a Tier 1 customer as a ScanEagle Mission Coordinator. During his time in the Marine Corps, Jim accumulated over 2500 flight hours as a CH-46 aviator, completed two combat deployments as a forward air controller, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He holds an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of California, Davis.

Melanie Ditton Chief Financial Officer

Melanie Ditton is responsible for managing the company’s finances, including financial planning, managing financial risk, and financial reporting.  Melanie plans, directs and coordinates the Invictus’s finance and accounting functions.

Melanie has 35 years of public and private accounting experience.  Prior to Invictus, Melanie was a partner in a CPA firm for 15 years and has held corporate CFO and Controller positions.  She is a CPA and earned her Accounting degree at the University of Oregon.  Go Ducks!

Matt McLaughlin Chief Operating Officer

Matt McLaughlin is responsible for the implementation of organizational structure and the flawless execution of all customer requirements. Matt brings 20 years of aviation operational leadership and management experience to Invictus. Previously, he served as the Director of Deployed Operations at a large UAS OEM, where he led and managed a team of over 360 UAS field service representatives and support staff.

Matt is a certified Integrator Operator and ScanEagle Mission Coordinator, as well as a prior Marine Officer, AV-8B Harrier pilot, and instructor pilot. He holds an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Oregon.

Jon Grinter Chief Resource Officer

Jon Grinter is responsible for the recruitment, retention, and performance management of all Invictus personnel, as well as identifying new opportunities for growth within the industry.

Jon has over 25 years of operational leadership and personnel management experience in both the Marine Corps and the private sector. Jon has learned the UAS industry from the ground up having completed multiple deployments as a UAS Operator and Site Manager. Prior to his current role, he was an Operations Manager, who was responsible for deploying FSRs around the globe and managing their performance, and a Human Resources Business Partner.

Jon has held multiple leadership positions within various Marine Corps infantry units and has extensive combat deployment experience in Iraq, including spearheading the assault to recapture Fallujah. Jon is currently a Marine Corps reservist where he holds the rank of Sergeant Major and is assigned to a Marine assault support squadron.

Jodi Mosier Program Manager UAS Services

Jodi Mosier is responsible for managing all Invictus UAS Services requirements and leading and mentoring a global UAS Operations team. She manages all Invictus services contracts and is responsible for exceeding customer expectations and executing within budgets.

Prior to her current role, Jodi was a Deployed Operations Manager at Insitu, responsible for supporting UAS Operators deployed around the world. For six years she was directly responsible for executing all staffing requirements for SOCOM’s MEUAS contracts where she actively managed sixty-seven deployed personnel at four forward-deployed sites totaling 3100 flight hours a month. Jodi also spent over 15 years working as a litigation paralegal bringing that attention to detail and customer service focus to the support of her customers and operators.

We are currently accepting applications for
ScanEagle Pilots and Maintainers.

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P.O. Box 376
Stevenson, WA 98648

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