Tough Stump Technologies is a Veteran Owned Small Business that fuses the latest remote sensing technology with over 150 years of combined experience in small unit tactics, SUAS operations and air-to-ground integration, combined with the highest standards of integrity and performance.
With service in all four branches of the US military and Special Operations units, the members of our team are expertly equipped to help you succeed.
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JARRETT (Fish) HEAVENSTON
Jarrett founded Tough Stump Technologies after identifying a need for “Tactical Mapping.” He applies 25 years of tactical military experience to improve the capacity of righteous organizations to shoot, move and communicate.
Jarrett is an FAA Part 107 remote pilot.
Zeb Jaillet is the Cell Leader for small unmanned aerial systems and tactical networking. After 24 years as an Air Force Combat Controller, he joined the Tough Stump Team in 2019. He crafts tailor made SUAS training courses and can create a communications network where none exist. Zeb has a Bachelor of Information Technology, a Bachelor of Business Administration, an Associates in Airway Management, and is also an FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot, and has received a Bronze Star with Valor.
Ben is the triple threat, unmanned pilot, business executive and manned pilot, co-found Tough Stump to bring a 3rd dimension to the tactical mapping community.
United States Air Force Academy Class of 2008, Ben has a Master of Military Arts & Science, Joint Warfare.
Randy is the vanguard of tactical mapping piloting and instruction. After time in the US Army and Law Enforcement, Randy joined the team in 2017. His instruction has led to countless successful tactical mapping missions around the world. Randy is a USA Ranger and FAA Remote Pilot.
Jimbo is the is a TACP turned information leader. He leads training in all things Tough Stump. Master of ATAK, ARTEMIS, ATOS and all things communication. After 25 years of service in the Air Force he shares his leadership and passion for teaching with the world.
Becca is the longest standing member of the Tough Stump team. Becca oversees the entire Tough Stump Enterprise.
- BACHELOR OF BUSINESS
- RUTHLESS GANGSTER
- FAA REMOTE PILOT
A veteran of over 30 years of service in the US Army as an enlisted man, NCO, Warrant Officer, and Commissioned Officer, Master Aviator with over 4600 flight hours and eleven combat tours in an OH-58D, AH-6M, and AH-64D/E. An expert in US and NATO Special Operation Air Command and Control.
- BACHELOR OF HELICOPTER
- MASTER OF PALEONTOLOGY ARTS
- FAA PART 107 REMOTE PILOT
- REAL PILOT
- BRONZE STAR
Mike is rockstar ATAK software programmer. His skills and coding prowess have elevated the Tough Stump Team. 15 years working with ATAK programming has made him a force of nature in our world.
Christine is a powerhouse of skills coming from a diverse background. Being a military brat, veteran, and spouse, she understands the importance of structure and flexibility. Having served four years in the USAF and affiliations with the Special Operations community for 22 years, she understands the importance of service before self and getting the job done. She keeps the team tight and flying true.
After 20 years in the US Army, Rob swooped into Tough Stump from the skydiving world and now enthusiastically shares his experience and knowledge with his students and tactical mapping missions. He is a quiet professional with an operational focused approach in all things ARTEMIS.
After growing up as a military brat, Emma has honed her skills as an office manager with 8 years of sales experience and 5 years of management background. She brings exceptional people skills and organizational prowess to the Tough Stump Team.
After acquiring a degree in computer science from NCSU, Robby joined the Tough Stump team. As a problem solving extraordinaire, he greatly contributes to the software development and technological advancements of Tough Stump.
11-year Army veteran and joined the Tough Stump team in 2022. Manages the Ghost Robotics Vision60 and integration initiatives. Creator of marketing material and poster of social media content.
Dustin has over 20 years of business experience starting as an entrepreneur and co-founding multiple 7 figure businesses and earning his way to the highest level as CEO of a global conglomerate of over 20 companies. He is responsible for helping the executive team in guiding the strategic business direction of the company, securing financing, forging strategic partnerships, assisting in the hiring of key personnel and helping with many other strategic business needs. For more information go to: www.dustin-hillis.com
With nearly 18 years of experience in strategic business, finance and accounting, Erica joined the Tough Stump Team as the Financial Controller. She is responsible for the management of all accounting operations, financial modeling for strategic decision making, and generally all things finance related. Erica has a Master in Business Administration degree from UMass Amherst.
A 20 year Air Force veteran, Jon spent most of his career in the SOCOM real. He is a valued addition to the Specialized Training Cell with extensive experience and knowledge in RF, SIGINT and TSCM. Proud champion of "Best farmers tan 2022".