Dear NCS Members and Prospective Members,
I hope all of you and your families are doing well and staying safe. We closed 2020 with over 270 members and have a very active agenda for 2021.
Thanks to our generous sponsors and contributors, NCS and the Lou Frey Institute jointly hosted the 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Interlachen Country Club. Since the tournament’s inception, both organizations together have raised close to $350,000 over the past seven years to support scholarships, STEM education and high school civics.
The 2021 edition of the charity golf tournament will take place on March 29. Don’t wait to sign up for sponsorships. Due to the tournament’s success, we are only accepting reservations for sponsors at this time. If the field is not full by March 9, we will then open up registration for foursomes and individual golfers,
We had two very interesting events to kick off 2021:
January 27: Jason Edwards, founder and CEO of Edwards Financial Services presented the 2021 Economic Outlook
February 18: Health Compass Consulting presented health benefit strategies to increase profits and provide improved coverage to employees.
February 24: Dick Finnigan of C-Suite Analytics: Stop your best employees from being poached!
March 17: Maynard, Cooper and Gale (Law Firm): Selling a Government Contractor: Exit Strategies
Click here to view replays of past events, learn more and register for upcoming events.
Our slate of Board officers for this year is set; Mary Trier from Capital Communications returns as Board Chair, joined by Vice Chair Terry Kohl from Leidos, Treasurer John Givens of Bohemia, and Secretary Janet Spruill from Aptima. In addition, we have formed two standing committees to better focus on outreach, membership growth, and M&S technology transfer to non-defense vertical markets. The Membership & Outreach committee will be permanently led by the Board’s Vice Chair, Terry Kohl, and the Tech Transfer committee is led by Janet Spruill. Stay tuned for updates on these two exciting initiatives.
As always, we thank Capt. Tim Hill, NAWCTSD Commander and Ms. Karen Saunders, SES, PEOSTRI, who serve as our permanent military advisors representing the two military organizations that were among NCS charter members in 1994.
The MODTF, co-chaired by NCS and the Orlando Economic Partnership, has coordinated the submission of initial bids by Orange and Seminole counties to enter the selection process for the Space Force Command headquarters. The Florida Space Coast was chosen as one of six finalist locations, however Huntsville, AL was the choice of the Selection Committee. There are several Space Force commands which Central Florida is pursuing including STAR Command and MS&T operations consistent with the other branches of the military. The MODTF was awarded a $110,000 grant to update the Economic Impact Analysis, Strategy and Capability Analysis and our STEM Certification examination and preparation materials.
Finally, I would like to pay tribute to two very important leaders of our statewide space and military community that we lost during the month of February:
Capt (Ret) USN Jim Kuzma
SVP and General Manager
Jim Kuzma was an invaluable and irreplaceable force that spearheaded the statewide bid to relaunch and recapture our space industry. He was a true gentleman who deeply cared about all elements of the military.
Jim Breitenfeld was a founder of the Florida Defense Alliance and strong promoter of all Florida military installations. He was always there to provide wisdom and insight to representatives of the Florida base community. Even though he represented the Ft. Walton Beach military community, he was a strong supporter and advocate for Central Florida’s successful bid for state funding to purchase Partnership IV and V.
Stay safe and stay well!
George E. Cheros
President and CEO