Jeffrey S. Goldfinger is the owner of Xtra Mile Enterprises, a privately-held consulting firm that helps small to mid-size companies, primarily in the aerospace and defense industry, with revenue generation strategies, including new business development, sales training and competitive proposal writing.
An ASTM International fellow and 2012 Award of Merit winner, Goldfinger was honored by Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems for his leadership in standards work that supports the global UAS community and heightens the industry’s safety and access to national airspaces. Goldfinger, an ASTM member since 2003, also received the President’s Leadership Award in 2009 for contributions to F38 and for promoting the recognition and acceptance of standards developed by the committee. He is a past F38 chairman, for which he received an Outgoing Chairman Award, and also serves on Committee F37 on Light Sport Aircraft.
Goldfinger served as a naval flight officer for 20 years in the U.S. Navy, logging more than 1,500 flight hours in various carrier-based tactical aircraft as well as leading a Pioneer UAS detachment at sea. He retired from the Navy in 2002 and joined Brandes Associates Inc. in Santa Barbara, Calif., as the director of UAV programs. In 2006, he joined L-3 Communications, a publically-traded aerospace and defense contractor in Arlington, Texas, as director of unmanned systems applications for the sensors and simulation group. Goldfinger transferred to L-3’s Interstate Electronics Corp. division in San Diego, Calif., in 2011 before leaving to start Xtra Mile Enterprises in 2013.
Goldfinger is a member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). A graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., where he received a bachelor’s degree in computer science, Goldfinger holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument rating from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).