President’s Corner

From the Desk of George E. Cheros

Dear NCS Members and Prospective Members,

I hope all of you and your families are doing well and staying safe.  Despite COVID-19, the National Center for Simulation successfully hosted two major events in the month of October, the Lou Frey Memorial Golf Tournament and the Florida Simulation Summit:

Lou Frey Memorial Golf Tournament

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 2019 tournament included 112 golfers, sponsors, volunteers, golf planning committee, and supporters. We were able to give away great prizes and had much fun, even on a rainy day in COVID conditions!

Many thanks to our NCS Golf Chair Brian Holmes and the LFI Chair Marcia Bexley for their tireless efforts to champion these great causes and continuously create one of the premier charity golf tournaments in the state of Florida. There is not much time to dwell on the success of this tournament, we are ready to start the planning for 2021!

Florida Simulation Summit

Like everything else in 2020, the Florida Simulation Summit made the transition to become a virtual conference. Presented by NCS and the Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, we had the great fortune to have the program produced and broadcasted by the terrific team at OrangeTV!

We owe a special thanks to our partners at the Orlando Economic Partnership for their terrific contribution, and of course, none of this would have been possible without our sponsors, especially our host sponsor, Duke Energy. I had the pleasure of co-hosting from the studio with UCF Board Chair and FSS Chair, Beverly Seay.

Thank you again to our panels and attendees for your great questions and comments – we’re looking forward to seeing you all next year!

Click here to see a summary from the Orange County Government Newsroom and view the entire Florida Simulation Summit courtesy of OrangeTV.

NCS Board Announcements

We recently completed our 2020-2021 Board elections. Our board members serve three-year rolling terms. On behalf of Board Chair Mary Trier and the entire Board, thanks to Rob Matthews for his service on our board for the past three. Rob, a NCS Hall of Fame inductee, is in enviable position of spending more time with his family and we wish he and Cathy all the best! We had eight extremely well qualified candidates for three open seats. Congratulations John Givens (Bohemia Interactive Simulations) (current NCS Board Treasurer) for returning for another term. Welcome to our new board members Catherine Emerick (Raytheon) and Tara Kilcullen (NSTXL). At this time, I would also like to welcome Ms. Karen D. H. Saunders, Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation to our Military Advisory Board. She joins Capt. Tim Hill, NAWCTSD Commander as our permanent military advisors representing the two military organizations that were among NCS charter members in 1994. We look forward to working together!

Metro Orlando Defense Support Task Force (MODTF)

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. Central Florida, with its proximity to the Space Coast, synergies with all military branches’ MS&T missions, and many other attributes of living and working in Central Florida, is a very viable candidate for this command, which will have 1,400 employees.

The selection process continues through the remainder of 2020, and the selection is scheduled to be announced in 2021.

Stay safe and stay well!


George E. Cheros
President and CEO