NCS Board Candidates

Voting will begin Tuesday, September 4th and continue until close of business on Friday, September 28th. The winners will be announced at the NCS Membership Night in October. You will be given the opportunity to choose up to six (6) of the candidates below.

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Justin Barwick

VP of University Branches
FAIRWINDS Credit Union

I graduated from the University of Florida and have been in the banking industry for close to 15 years.  I have worked in various positions including teller, financial service specialist, and various management positions to now the VP of University Branches with FAIRWINDS Credit Union.  I have always enjoyed finding solutions to my member’s financial needs to help with their goals, for their personal or business needs.  I am an advocate for financial literacy and believe the more people are educated the better their financial well-being becomes.

I have lived in the Orlando area for 8 years and have been married to my wife for over 5 years.  She was born and raised in Winter Park which is how I came to live here.  When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family, watching sports and enjoying the Florida weather.

Contribution

Growing up in a family of an Air Force and parents that started a successful business, I learned to understand the importance of having the right financial plan.  One of the critical areas is having a good relationship with your banker who provides the resources to help educate on the path to a successful business.  Being part of this with my parents better prepared me to work with the business owners, especially in the Research Park area.

FAIRWINDS has two branches situated that serve the population at UCF and Research Park.  We partner with UCF and have worked the past year getting more involved with organizations in Research Park including NCS, CFL Navy League, UCF Incubator and many more businesses.  Being on the board for NCS would help strengthen relationships not only within the Modeling and Simulation community, but within the greater Orlando area.  This brings awareness to the second largest sector in Central Florida and the potential the industry can offer to the residents in Central Florida and beyond.  It would be an honor to work with the leaders in this sector and see where the future is heading.

Mary Trier

President & CEO
Capital Communications & Consulting, LLC

Having spent most of my career as an Army civilian working at PM TRADE, STRICOM then PEO STRI, I like to say I grew up in the Simulation industry. During my career, I worked closely with the PEO STRI leadership team, the engineers and program managers, and I had the good fortune to be in a position where I collaborated with members of the NAWCTSD, PM TRASYS and AFAMS teams. Through conferences, meetings, and events I met members of the simulation and training industry sector and I came to love the interactions with the people in our industry; I knew that together we could accomplish great things.

I left the government in 2006 and started my public relations and communications business where we began serving the simulation and training community by telling our clients’ stories, and garnering visibility and support for them. When I had the opportunity to run for an NCS board seat, I jumped at the chance because my feelings for this community run deep, and I wanted to make a difference – to give back and help grow our community.

Over the last eight years I have enjoyed applying my talents to help grow the community, and specifically the National Center for Simulation and its members. We are doing some important work in continuing to build the visibility for simulation and training, supporting infrastructure improvements, and expanding the roles of simulation and training to other business sectors.

I am committed to continuing my service to NCS, helping forge new partnerships, and expanding the scope and support for what has become known as a national treasure – our simulation and training industry!

Brian J. Holmes

After 30 years in Simulation and Training including both Government and Industry positions, Brian Holmes has extensive experience in a wide range of disciplines (engineering, business development, capture management, sales, marketing and operations management) and possesses the unique ability to “think outside the box”, which he uses to develop innovative solutions for both his employer and ultimately, the Warfighter. Brian’s journey in Modeling, Simulation and Training (MS&T) began at the University of Central Florida where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1988 and accepted a position with the Naval Training Systems Center (now Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division). After 5 years at NTSC, Brian accepted a position as a Lead Systems Engineer at the former Simulation and Instrumentation Command (now known as Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation), becoming Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certified in both Systems Engineering and Program Management. During his time within the Government Acquisition Commands, he also pursued and completed a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida with an emphasis in Simulation and Training.

Brian’s experience includes working with entire departments, teams, small groups, and individuals, at every level in an organization, from Boards of Directors and upper management to support staff. Brian has held positions as Project Engineer, Systems Engineer, Lead Engineer, Project/Program Manager, Capture Manager, Proposal Manager, Director of Operations and Vice President during his 26 years in the MS&T Industry. In addition to his time with the Government, Brian has worked for the MS&T industry for both small and large businesses; and has collaborated with dozens of companies to develop solutions for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. Brian is currently the Vice President, Business Development of Nova Technologies, and has served on the NCS Board since 2009, and is currently the Chairman on the NCS Executive Committee.

In 2014, Brian assumed the role of Co-chairman for the annual NCS-Lou Frey Institute Golf Tournament, and under his leadership the tournament has raised almost $250K for NCS Scholarships and Civics Education. This increase in funds has led to additional scholarships awarded by the NCS and expanded the Scholarship program to include $25,000 in annual scholarships for both university students and high school programs that promote STEM curricula. These scholarships are integral to the NCS’ core mission to develop and promote Modeling and Simulation as an Industry, a Profession, and a Graduate Program of Study. Brian is proud of the NCS efforts to help procure the John Hitt Partnership Complex in the UCF Research Park that are invaluable to defending the Orlando area from future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions that would negatively impact the synergy and cost-effective efficiencies created by the cooperation between Industry and “Team Orlando”. As the Chairman of the NCS Board of Directors since November of 2017, Brian is passionate about helping the NCS continue it’s mission to support and expand the modeling and simulation community by promoting MS&T technology expansion, supporting education and workforce development and providing business development support to its members.

Brian is active with other professional organizations within the community, including: member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Fairways for Warriors; Vice President of Programs, Association of the US Army (AUSA) Sunshine Chapter; former President of the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Central Florida Chapter; former member of the Navy League of Central Florida Board of Directors; member of the Lone Sailor Memorial Orlando Committee; and an active participant with Best Buddies of Central Florida (including being honored as the 2016 Best Buddies Champion of the Year for Central Florida). In addition to his professional and charitable endeavors, Brian relishes time with his wife Christine and son Alexander, a 2015 graduate of Florida State University, and their labradoodle Lola. Brian also enjoys golfing, cycling, fishing, surfing, traveling, and spending quality time with his family and friends.

CAPT (Ret) Bill “Roto” Reuter

CAPT (Ret) Bill “Roto” Reuter

A native of Key West, Florida, Captain Bill “Roto” Reuter was commissioned in August 1984 through the NROTC Program at the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Upon his transition from the Navy in June 2012, Roto formed R-Squared Solutions LLC, a full-spectrum consulting firm specializing in DoD/Federal industry business development & strategy focusing primarily on disruptive technologies across the sector including modeling & simulation, supply chain management and test & evaluation. Clients include NVIDIA, L3, Lone Star Analysis and The Boeing Company.

CAPT Reuter most recently Commanded the Naval Air Warfare Center-Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) assuming his role as Executive Officer in May 2008 and Commanding Officer from May 2010 to June 2012.  During his tenure in command, Roto led the 1200 personnel at NAWCTSD through the most transformational change in its 65-year history, leading it from a Mission Funded fiscal model to a Working Capital Fund (P/L) model.  He also led and instituted the Four Disciplines of Execution and the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership as part of a holistic strategy to develop people in order to advance the organization and its mission.

After being designated a Naval Aviator in December 1986 and completion of training in the F/A-18A Hornet, Roto completed deployments on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).

He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and subsequently was assigned to numerous high-risk test pilot missions and responsibilities.  Roto was then assigned as a Program Manager with managing upgrades to the F/A-18 aircraft with an over $200M annual budget. 

In November 1998, CAPT Reuter began his second tour at the Naval Strike Aircraft Test Squadron, serving as the Ordnance Support Team Leader, F/A-18 A-D Project Coordinator and was responsible for merging the F/A-18 E/F Integrated Test Team into a single F/A-18 A-F Test Project Team, which he led until June 2002.  He departed “Strike” to serve as the Executive Assistant to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) in Washington, D.C. 

In January 2003, CAPT Reuter reported as Chief Test Pilot of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) and subsequently assumed Command in June 2004. Upon completion of his command tour, he reported to Commander, Naval Air Forces and served as the Director for Aircraft Material and Engineering largely responsible for the aircraft inventory management and materiel readiness for the Naval Aviation Enterprise.

Roto has over 3,000 hours of flight time in 34 different aircraft, of which over 2,100 are in the F/A-18.  He has been awarded two Legion of Merits, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals and the Navy Achievement Medal. His degrees include a Masters and Post-Masters (Engineer’s Degree) in Aerospace Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Masters in Business Administration from IMPAC University. 

Roto serves several Boards of Directors including the National Center for Simulation and the Florida Defense Contractors Association. Additionally he is a standing member of numerous professional societies including The Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Tailhook Association.

NCS Vision

I have been honored to serve on the NCS board for the last 3 years.   I have been serving the Modeling and Simulation Industry for nearly 11 years and have immersed myself in advocacy for this industry while in and out of uniform.  I did so in my capacity as the Commanding Officer of NAWCTSD and continue to do so in my current capacity as a business owner.  I continue to represent our industry to many State and Federal government representatives and organizations, as well as industry partners who have been heretofore out of our sphere.  I have worked to highlight our industry in my work outside of Central Florida to attract more to this heralded ecosystem.  Additionally, I serve on the Orlando Regional Chamber Board of Directors and am the President of the Board of Directors for the Samaritan Resource Center for the Homeless.  I hope to continue to contribute even more to our industry, which is crucial not only to our Department of Defense, but to our Nation.

Janet Spruill

Ms. Janet Spruill is Vice President of Programs at Aptima, Inc., a small business that specializes in human performance research and engineering. In her role, Ms. Spruill guides business strategy planning and execution, supports successful transition of science and technology (S&T) research programs, and leads Aptima’s Orlando operations. As a major programs manager, she leads defense programs that differentiate Aptima as an industry leader in Modeling, Simulation and Training. Ms. Spruill has over 25 years’ experience growing and leading MS&T and organizational development programs across DoD, Intelligence, Federal, and Commercial sectors. She has deep expertise as a human performance technologist, learning solutions architect, and principal consultant developing and working with technology-based learning systems. Ms. Spruill was selected by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) to serve as Conference Chair for the 2016 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (www.iitsec.org).

Why I would like to Serve on the NCS BOD:

Continued innovation through forward-leaning S&T research programs is crucial to keep the U.S. ahead of our adversaries. However, without the successful transition of these new technologies, methods, and capabilities, the benefits from MS&T innovations will remain largely unrealized. I am eager to support the NCS stakeholder community to help bridge the current gap between R&D efforts and operational implementation. My career has been spent supporting training and simulation programs across DoD, as well as in the Civilian government and Commercial sectors, providing me a rich set of experience and insights about policy, operational priorities and requirements. In my role at Aptima, I am squarely focused on ensuring our research-based technologies and capabilities make their way into the hands of our warfighters, medical personnel, and first responders – those who need it most. This combined experience has equipped me well to serve our MS&T stakeholders by helping to improve how we bridge the research-operations gap. 

John Bachman

With great excitement, I’d like to request your consideration for a seat on the NCS Board of Directors. As a native to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania I came to Orlando in 2010. Before Orlando my whole life was spent in Pittsburgh, including my college years, where I attended the University of Pittsburgh from 2005 to 2009. While at Pitt, I played on the football team earning three varsity letters and numerous starts on the offensive line. However, education and activities outside of football were equally as important to me. I graduated with seven consecutive scholar-athlete awards from the School of Business with a focus in Marketing and Finance in addition to completing two corporate internships with Fortune 500 companies.

After graduation, I dabbled briefly in politics working for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives before accepting a position with PNC Bank. During my time at PNC, I graduated from their Corporate Banking Development Program and was placed in Florida to help assist in growing the middle market book of business across the state. With my final placement in Orlando, I quickly grew to love The City Beautiful and went on to also work at JPMorgan Chase & Co. for three years before most recently joining Regions Bank in 2016 within their Corporate and Institutional Banking Division. Personally, I have a beautiful wife, Claudia, and two amazing children, Camila and John.
In taking to General Baptiste and other clients in the industry, I believe the Military and Simulation Training Industry to be a critical component to our region. Orlando is certainly known for its theme parks, but we are much more than the mouse and need to continue to diversify and grow MS&T. The firms in this industry face unique and ever evolving challenges. I’ve had many discussions with clients and prospects around getting security clearances for employees, sometimes unpredictable contract wins/losses, diversifying revenue streams, retaining good talent, procurement of bank financing and more - it certainly isn’t always an easy road. However, for those who do it right, it’s a great and rewarding business.

With my background in finance, business development and marketing I believe I would be a welcomed addition to the Board. From providing insight into corporate America, experience with clients in the industry, to visions of growing the pipeline of talent for the industry - I would be honored to serve.

Dan Ketchen

Dan Ketchen is a Modeling, Simulation, and Training business growth professional with decades of experience selling and supporting technology solutions. In 2015, Mr. Ketchen founded Technology Associates and Products, LLC (TAP) to apply his experience in customer-focused, consultative sales and sales enablement to the unique technology furnace that is Orlando. Mr. Ketchen has built a steady career of increasing achievement, distinguishing himself as a business development manager, account executive, capture manager, technical writer, proposal manager, project manager, staff manager, analyst, and management consultant, with success in Government and commercial contracting.

At TAP, Mr. Ketchen leads the company’s mission to provide on-demand growth services, including marketing, strategic communications, sales, business development, capture, and proposal support to Modeling, Simulation, and Training companies. He has a special passion for working with small businesses and start-ups, enabling them to focus on developing their technologies instead of sales and marketing.  By outsourcing growth functions to TAP, these companies stay focused on enhancing the thriving technology community in Orlando and beyond, to the world’s benefit.

NCS Board Candidacy

NCS plays a critical role in maintaining Orlando’s status as the global epicenter of the modeling and simulation world, as well as promoting Modeling, Simulation, and Training generally, providing tremendous value to members globally. I wish to serve on the NCS Board to build on NCS’ legacy. I have been supporting NCS initiatives for years, including serving on the Golf Tournament Committee and assisting with the Hall of Fame by updating and expanding many of the bios of our early HoF inductees. I wish to expand my contribution and have an even greater impact on NCS’s success. Perhaps most importantly, I have used my current role as a consultant in our great industry to bring new members into NCS, including companies outside of Orlando (and even OCONUS) that wish to do business here. I believe we must continuously inject new membership into NCS to keep it thriving—on pace with the incredible technology our community produces. As a board member, this will be my passion.

I have succeeded at a large simulation company and now run a small consultancy with clients of all sizes. In my prior volunteer activities for NCS I have spoken with many companies of all sizes about their marketing budgets and policies for event sponsorships. I feel this provides me with a comprehensive if not unique understanding of the challenges and opportunities all of our industry members face. My time as a contract specialist for the Defense Logistics Agency gives me a bit of understanding about our Government partners as well. I have previous industry association Board experience which I will apply to NCS. I ask for your vote to serve this organization and our community.

Angela Alban

Vision Statement for National Center for Simulation (NCS) Board of Directors Elections - August 2018

The National Center for Simulation (NCS), a non-profit national organization with government, academic and industry members operating as an open consortium. NCS serves as the nation's focal point and catalyst for the development, understanding, and advancement of simulation and related technologies and strives to improve defense readiness and facilitate space exploration, to support education and training initiatives, and to extend useful applications of simulation. Additionally, NCS promotes coordination, collaboration and public awareness for its national and international member organizations.

I have been working in the modeling, simulation, and training industry since graduating from college in 1995 and an active member of the NCS Board of directors since 2006. During my tenure on the NCS Board, I have been Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chair of the Board as well as an active participant of the Hall of Fame, Public Relations, Workforce and Education, Development, Budget and Audit, and Executive Committees. I have always considered NCS to be an important part of our community and proud of our accomplishments since joining the Board of directors. Besides chairing the inaugural NCS Hall of Fame committee, I have also been actively involved in supporting STEM initiatives on behalf of NCS both personally and through my company.

Over the course of my career, I have held positions working with entire departments, teams, small groups, and individuals, at every level in an organization, from Boards of Directors and upper management, to support staff. I have experience working for large, international, small businesses before starting my own company, SIMETRI, in 2009. I have and continue to collaborate with academia, industry, and Government, enabling me to apply much of my professional experience to my role on the NCS Board of directors. I have ample non-profit Board service experience spanning across organizations in Central Florida to include my position as Chair of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, where I strive to strengthen our region’s broad-based prosperity and advocate on behalf of the modeling, simulation, and training industry.

I would be honored to be elected to continue serving as a member of the NCS Board of Directors, by supporting education and workforce development, economic impact studies, outreach efforts, and development of our growing industry. So much has already been done since the inception of NCS, and I look forward to the years ahead as we continue to improve defense readiness and grow technology.

Marni Spence

Marni Spence

Principal
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Bio:

Marni is a Tax Principal with more than 28 years of tax experience in public accounting, focusing on closely held businesses and their individual owner’s tax returns. She is in charge of the manufacturing and distribution tax practice in the state of Florida, and her background includes directly overseeing the planning, performance, and review of tax engagements. Throughout the year, Marni works closely with her clients on tax consultation, cash flow planning, and innovative tax solutions. While primarily providing her clients with strategic consulting throughout the year, Marni has strong working knowledge of federal and local tax methods specific to the manufacturing industry.

Experience Serving Clients:

Marni’s specialty is serving small-to-medium sized businesses involved in manufacturing and distribution as well as those businesses’ individual owner’s tax returns. She is the Research and Development tax credit liaison for the Orlando office at CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), working to actively identify clients who will benefit from CLA’s Research and Development Tax Credit studies. Marni’s industry focus within CLA is Manufacturing and Distribution.

Professional Associations:

  • Member, American Institute of Certified Accountants
  • Member, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Board Memberships:

  • Board Member, UCF Research Foundation Board
  • Co-Executive Director, Athena PowerLink Program Board of Directors/Mentor Advisor
  • Board Member, Orlando Regional Chamber

Education:

University of Central Florida, B.S. in Accounting

Awards Received:

  • 2001-2002 The Dr. Robert Doering Award-Crimeline
  • 2000 Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Vice Chair Award
  • 2005 Winter Park Chamber-Leadership Winter Park Chairman of the Year
  • 2011/2013 Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine Five Star Wealth Manager/Taxation Award

NCS Vision:

I have been in Central Florida since 1985, attending and then graduating from the University of Central Florida. In my professional career, I have become involved in the modeling, simulation, and training industry as I began to have more clients in this realm. I have been an active member of the NCS Board of directors since 2012 and, although my profession is not specifically in MS&T, I have become an advocate and ambassador for the MS&T community because I recognize the impact this capability has for both our national defense and our regional economy. During my tenure on the NCS Board I have been an active participant of the Budget and Audit Committee, offering my assistance as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a strategic leader. I consider NCS to be an important part of our community and am very proud of our accomplishments since joining the NCS Board of Directors. I leverage my service across our community through involvement with the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, UCF Incubator, and the Manufacturing of Central Florida board, all to broaden the NCS role and impact in our community at large.

I serve many clients in the MS&T industry and continue to commit to leverage my professional, unbiased experience in support of NCS initiatives such as education and workforce development, economic diversification, outreach efforts, and growth. We have already accomplished so much at NCS and I look forward to working further with fellow board members to make our strategic vision a reality.


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