Dear NCS Members and Prospective Members,
I hope you enjoyed your summer and are having a terrific year! The first half of this year has been busy for NCS and the MS&T Community, and the remainder of 2021 should prove to be very exciting as we look forward to the MS&T Hall of Fame ceremony, the Florida Simulation Summit, and NCS Membership Night. Of course, we are all excitedly anticipating seeing all our colleagues at I/ITSEC! Before we look ahead to the rest of the year, let’s focus on some key highlights from the past few months.
Thanks to our generous sponsors and contributors, NCS and the Lou Frey Institute jointly hosted the 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Interlachen Country Club in March. Since the tournament’s inception, the organizations have together raised close to $400,000 over the past seven years to support scholarships, STEM education, and high school civics. The 2021 edition of the charity golf tournament set an all-time record with over $60K in profits. Thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers, especially our Tournament Co-Chairs, Brian Holmes (NCS) and Marcia Bexley (LFI).
Click here to watch the LFI golf tournament video.
On June 15, NCS hosted the industry’s first live event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was supported by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and attended by approximately 250 people on the eve of the TSIS Conference at the Rosen Centre Hotel. In addition to celebrating our return to in-person business, the main feature of the evening was a highly informative panel discussion on collaboration between large and small businesses. Janet Spruill (Aptima) and her panelists did an outstanding job in discussing the challenges and opportunities of large and small business teaming opportunities. A special thanks to our sponsors: Cubic, Leidos, Lockheed Martin, and Qualis. Look for more events to promote tech transfer and business teaming opportunities as we move through this year and into 2022.
As I mentioned in the last edition of President’s Corner, we have formed two standing committees to better focus on outreach, membership growth, and the transfer of M&S technology 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.
The Membership & Outreach Committee allows our organization to leverage our influential board members to attract new members and retain our existing members by extending our outreach and creating involvement opportunities and benefits for our entire membership.
As previously discussed, the Tech Transfer Committee hosted an outstanding event on the eve of TSIS and is methodically addressing strategies to integrate key vertical markets with M&S technology platforms.
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 to become 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; these projects will be completed by the end of the year.
The induction ceremony will be held on September 14 at the Orange County Convention Center. We, unfortunately, could not host a 2020 ceremony due to COVID-19, so this year’s ceremony will induct and honor both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021. Thanks to the support of Orange County, Orange TV will be broadcasting the Hall of Fame ceremony live from the Orange County Convention Center, and we will also have a live audience at the event. The inductees are:
Class of 2020: Mr. Dale Bennett, Pamela Boyers, Ph.D., Charles Hughes, Ph. D., David Peters
Class of 2021: Robert Catto, Lt. Col.Ronald Kornreich, USAF (Ret)
Click here for more information on the Hall of Fame.
The Florida Simulation Summit will take place on October 19 at the Orange County Convention Center. Due to the overwhelming success of the 2020 Florida Simulation Summit, this year’s conference will be both live and virtual. The Summit’s theme is “Cybersecurity…Enhancing Reality Through Digital Twin.” Be on the lookout for an invitation and details for both this event and Membership Night!
Click here to learn more ways to participate in the Florida Simulation Summit.
Stay safe and stay well!
George E. Cheros
President and CEO