Shelby Mounts is a native of La Mesa, California. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned a Navy Ensign in May 1992. He also completed a Master of Science through the University of San Diego Business School in 2002. After graduation from Annapolis, Shelby served four years as a Surface Warfare Officer, including deployed time in South America, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East, then was selected to attend US Navy Flight School. After earning his wings as a helicopter pilot in August 1997, Shelby progressed as a pilot and officer, accumulating 2500 flight hours in the CH-46D and MH-60S helicopters as an operator and two-time instructor. This period included numerous deployments to the Middle East and Western Pacific Ocean supporting Navy and Marine Corps operations from San Diego, CA, Guam, and Japan, and a tour leading a helicopter squadron with 500 people and 19 helicopters in Norfolk, VA. His staff assignments included a joint assignment at US Special Operations Command in Tampa, FL (with a deployment to Afghanistan planning air operations for Special Operations Forces), two tours at the Pentagon in a variety of Navy Staff resourcing and operations positions, and a special assignment as a Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow at Shell Oil in New Orleans, La. After retiring as a Navy Captain in 2017, Shelby joined Allegheny Technologies Inc (ATI) as Director of Defense Aerospace and Maritime Business Development, based in Arlington, VA. Shelby joined Vita Inclinata Technologies in June 2020 as EVP of Sales and a key member of the leadership team.