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Gretchen West

Executive Vice President, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)

After graduating from the University of Richmond with a degree in Leadership Studies, Gretchen worked for several years for Smith, Bucklin and Associates, an association management firm with a primary focus on managing meetings, tradeshows and events for a variety of non-profit associations in different industries. Gretchen continued this career path and added corporate events to her experience in San Francisco and Chicago but returned to Washington, DC in 2003 to pursue a Masters in Business Administration with the George Washington University. While in the masters program, she held internships with APCO worldwide, a public affairs and communications firm, and Ernst & Young. After graduating from the full-time masters program in 2004, Gretchen began working for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) as the Marketing and Communications Manager. Since her start with AUVSI, Gretchen has overseen many functions of AUVSI, such as marketing, communications, sales, global business development, advertising and government relations. Gretchen now serves as the association’s Executive Vice President and while continuing to manage AUVSI’s government relations efforts, she also works with the President & CEO on strategic planning initiatives, international growth, association partnerships and overall business development.

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