About Us

Technology focused

We are a software technology and immersive aerial mapping company with extensive combined experience in aviation, aerial photography, and immersive imaging.

Our mission is to take the blinders off traditional mapping technology and allow our clients to see the world in 360° clarity.

Our vision is to become the fastest growing and in demand aerial mapping company in the US.

DJ Vegh – Co-Founder

DJ Vegh is an expert in 2D and 3D graphics. A serial entrepreneur, he founded AZ ChopperCam, an aerial photo business using small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAV) equipped with digital cameras, in 2005. His success with AZ ChopperCam led him to found PhotoShip One, LLC in the summer of 2008.

Full Bio

DJ Vegh was an inventor with an entrepreneurial spirit even in his childhood years. As a youngster he enjoyed designing and building things. His favorite past time was building and flying radio controlled airplanes. After he graduated from high school he became interested in video production. He quickly landed a job at a Fox affiliate TV station in Ozark, AL as an assistant in the production dept. Within several years he had managed to work his way up to a Chief Editor/Motion Graphics Artist at a large advertising agency/production house in Mesa, AZ. During that time he became well versed in the art and science of 2D and 3D motion graphics.

During his stint at the ad agency he became quite interested in aerial photography. In the summer of 2005 he founded a small start-up, AZ ChopperCam. AZ ChopperCam began as an aerial photo business which used small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAV) equipped with digital cameras. He realized that technology advancements in the hobby radio controlled aircraft industry and digital camera industry had created a convergence where the two could be put together.

He maintained his position at the ad agency while working AZ ChopperCam on the side. After he had spent 13 years at the agency in 2008 he decided to leave his full time job to pursue a new business dream. Seeing success with AZ ChopperCam he realized there was a major opportunity awaiting. Until this time in 2008 there were less than four other companies manufacturing camera gimbal systems for SUAVs. The demand for such products was on the edge of going mainstream.

He founded PhotoShip One, LLC in the summer of 2008. PhotoShip One designs, manufactures and sells camera gimbal systems for SUAVs. It has been a major success for DJ having designed and produced over 12 different SUAV related products since PhotoShip One was started. Within 1 year of starting the company DJ had pushed PhotoShip One to become a leader in the industry.

DJ had become involved with 360° aerial spherical photography around the time he founded PhotoShip One. He knew there was something to it that others hadn’t quite latched onto yet. He headed up several design projects at PhotosShip One specifically related to capturing 360° spherical panoramas from SUAVs. For several years he dreamed of specifically pursuing 360° immersive aerial imaging. He had some innovative ideas in ways to develop and use the technology for purposes other than they are currently being used.

In early 2014 he partnered with Jim Todd, a Phoenix, AZ based aerial photographer, and Mike Smith. Together they founded Aerial Sphere, Inc.

The best is yest to come!

Mike Smith – Co-Founder

Mike Smith is a serial entrepreneur who built, owns and manages Jokake Companies, the parent company for Jokake Construction Company, Superior Marble, Jokake Real Estate Services, and the Stockyards Restaurant.

Full Bio

Business Investment – Jokake Real Estate Services

Jokake Companies

June 1983 – Present: (31 years 11 months)
5013 East Washington, Suite 100, Phx, AZ

Started and built Jokake Real Estate Services as part of Jokake Companies.


Business Investment CEO

Business Investment in Stockyards Restaurant

January 1978 – August 2012: (34 years 8 months)

Stockyards Restaurant is a legacy restaurant in Arizona. It was mismanaged and was going out of business. We pruchased, remodeled and repositioned the restaurant into a successful business.


Business Investment in Superior Marble

Arizona Public Services

September 1991 – October 2011: (20 years 2 months)
Superior, AZ

Purchased a startup calcium carbonate mining and processing company. Built it up to a multi-million dollar, multi-state company.

Jim Todd – Co-Founder

Jim Todd started Todd Photographic Services in 1990 in a spare bedroom and an overfilled garage. His premise was simple: keep prices reasonable, keep service responsive, focus on the customer, and do work you love.

Full Bio

Jim Todd started Todd Photographic Services in 1990, a tiny start-up born in a spare bedroom and an overfilled garage. His premise was simple: keep prices reasonable, keep service responsive, focus on the customer, and do work you love. It’s been a winning equation for more than ten years, and Todd’s reputation is keeping the dream alive.

Since 1990, Todd Photographic Services has expanded in staff size and in services, becoming a “one-stop shop” for all things visual, but the philosophy remains the same. Todd’s partnership with construction companies, realtors, brokers and other development companies continues to be a cooperative one; Todd’s photography helps to sell land, developments, and other projects. “You have to see the piece of land before you buy it,” says Todd. “I have a unique talent with photography, and I want to help people sell real estate.”

In February 2014, Jim partnered with DJ Vegh, another Phoenix, AZ based aerial photographer and innovative entrepreneur. Together they founded Aerial Sphere, Inc.

Jim’s sage advice for entrepreneurs? “Your most important goal has to be making your client happy — no matter what.”

Suzi Shoemaker – Director of Operations

Suzi Shoemaker is part of the Jokake Companies Team and Designated Broker for Jokake Real Estate Services. As a licensed real estate broker in the state of Arizona and a former high school and college teacher, she brings her vast experience to Aerial Sphere as the new Director of Operations.

Full Bio

Suzi is a multi-generation Arizona native. She has a BS in Secondary Science from the University of Arizona and MAT in Physical Science from Northern Arizona University. She is married to her college sweetheart and they have two college age children. Her hobbies include reading, photography, cycling, running, fitness, and spending time with family.

Troy McCasland – VP Business Development

Troy is an experienced software executive, entrepreneur, and channel sales expert who succeeds by focusing on creating value for investors, partners and customers, keeping their best interests at heart.

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Troy is an experienced software executive, entrepreneur, and channel sales expert who succeeds by focusing on creating value for investors, partners and customers, keeping their best interests at heart.

Built three SaaS companies using channel marketing: Miva, Attracta and AgentSquared. All three companies achieved dominant brand and market positions through channel partnerships. Both Miva and Attracta were sold for millions of dollars.

Passionate about all things related to web hosting, online marketing, direct marketing and channel marketing. Knack for identifying market needs, seeing opportunities and filling those needs with new products and services.

Specialties: Fundraising, Business Development, Channel Marketing, Product Management, Sales and Sales Management, Direct Marketing, Telemarketing, Contract Negotiation, PR, Expertise in all types of online marketing: Search Engine Optimization, Landing Page Optimization, Paid Search Marketing, E-mail Marketing.

Michael Katic – Engineer

Michael Katic is a skilled software engineer versed in a wide range of areas. From graphics to mapping and onward to web development Michael has pushed our technology to the edge. He has built a full suite of tools that incorporate the most powerful frameworks the industry has to offer.

Full Bio

Michael Katic is a skilled software engineer versed in a wide range of areas. From graphics to mapping and onward to web development Michael has pushed our technology to the edge. He has built a full suite of tools that incorporate the most powerful frameworks the industry has to offer.

After graduating from ASU, Michael was hired by Microchip Inc. in Chandler, Arizona as a 32-bit graphics engineer. Following that he worked in a fast-paced environment at a local third party casino gaming company where he rapidly created prototypes on a quarterly basis. Later he would go on to work on several grants for ASU as an Academic Professional. There he helped write grant proposals and assisted in the research and development of graphics and mapping algorithms.

After being contracted out by Aerial Sphere and falling in love with the company Michael became a full team member. We believe Michael will continue to push out tech to the limits and can’t wait to see where we go next!

Tyler Vegh – Designer

Tyler Vegh has been in love with graphic design and computer programming since he was young. He started out as a Computer Repair Technician for various companies, while doing some freelance graphic design and programming work here and there.

Full Bio

Tyler Vegh has been in love with graphic design and computer programming since he was young. He started out as a Computer Repair Technician for various companies, while doing some freelance graphic design and programming work here and there. While in college pursuing his Bachelor’s in Computer Science, he became our Designer, perfectly joining his two favorite hobbies. He has helped turn our custom spheres into what they are today!