a Living Document as of: 31 December 2014
Note: NCS has recruited 57 new Members in 2014. At present, NCS has a total of 235 Members. The makeup of the Membership is as follows:
MS&T Company 119
Non-MS&T Company 41
Objective 1—Expand M&S Technology & Applications
- Support knowledge transfer
- Support collaboration
- Support diversification
6 Feb, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste presented a keynote address to a number of fire chiefs from across the U.S. The event was hosted by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). In addition to the presentation, NCS partnered with UCF/IST to showcase their fire fighters command & control simulation that was a prominent part of the partnership booth at I/ITSEC 2013.
9 Apr, Galeynn Mihelc, Performance Specialist at Valencia College invited Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste to tour the new Collaborative Design Center at the West Campus. The space is ideal for Companies/Organizations to conduct offsite strategic planning and team building sessions.
9 Apr, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste gave a presentation at a Modeling, Simulation & Training Industry Round Table event hosted by Valencia College, West Campus at their newly opened Collaborative Design Center. Valencia College is exploring the possibility of establishing a 4-year degree program in Simulation.
13 Apr, George Cheros gave a presentation at SpringSim 2014, a conference hosted by the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS), at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. The purpose of the presentation was to highlight the benefits of collaboration between industry, government and academia. The history and accomplishments of Team Orlando were presented as a prime case study. The audience consisted of Modeling and Simulation professionals and academics from all over the world.
28 Apr, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste gave the keynote address to kick-off Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) Simulation Summit. This initiative was a result of OCPS Superintendant Barbara Jenkins participation in the One Orlando Summit and visit to I/ITSEC 2013. She is interested in exploring ways to better leverage the MS&T Industry in Central Florida to further the education of Orange County students at both the Middle and High School levels.
6 Nov, George Cheros appeared at “It’s a high tech world” – a panel discussion with British Consul General David Prodger to discuss British American collaboration in Science, Technology and Research. Other panelists included Dr. Thomas O’Neal, UCF Office of Research & Commercialization; Richard Daley, Founder, Pentaho Corporation; Aziz Patel, Founder/COO, Freshorize; Dr. Jonathan Kibble, Assistant Dean, UCF College of Medicine; Michael Schiffhauer, VP International Trade, EFI. The event was held at the Lewis Auditorium at UCF’s School of Medicine at Lake Nona.
Objective 2—Support M&S Education, Awareness & Public Policy Development
- Support education/academic programs
- Communication & outreach
- Participate in Government affairs
- Sponsor events, conferences & meetings
17 Jan, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste, George Cheros and several other community leaders met with Congressman John Mica to discuss 2014 legislative priorities in support of the MS&T cluster in Central Florida. Other participants included:
Dr. Dan Holsenbeck, VP University Relations, UCF
BG (Ret) Steven Seay, Seay Business Solutions, LLC
Jim Craig, VP Lockheed Martin
Michael Macedonia, UCF
Waymon Armstrong, President/CEO Engineering Computer Simulations (ECS)
Shari Sandifer, Chair Orlando, Inc.
CAPT (Ret) Bill Reuter, R-Squared Solutions, LLC
Mary Trier, President/CEO Capital Communications
21 Jan, NCS hosted a round table event in partnership with alliantgroup focused on R&D tax credits. Those tax credits may not be extended in 2014 so NCS Member companies should be aware of credits they may qualify for in 2013 and also in prior years.
21 Jan, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste participated in the Orange County Mayor’s Economic Summit.
21 Jan, the Orlando Sentinel carried a front page article written by Richard Burnett that addressed the threat of future rounds of BRAC and community efforts to solve the Team Orlando office space shortfall in the Research Park. Reliance on 200,000 sq ft of leased office space remains Team Orlando’s most critical BRAC vulnerability.
23 Jan, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste attended a Tiger Bay Club luncheon event focused on the political climate in Florida as we move into 2014.
27 Jan, Paul Owens, Orlando Sentinel Opinion editor asked for an interview with Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste to follow up on the Orlando Sentinel front page article written by Richard Burnett and released on Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014. The article was published on 3 Feb and was supportive of community efforts to approach the Legislature with a funding request to acquire additional office space to eliminate Team Orlando’s most critical BRAC vulnerability and set the stage for additional MS&T Industry growth in Central Florida.
28 Jan, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros met with Tommy Boroughs, Chris Brockman, and Glenn Adams from Holland & Knight, Attorneys at Law. This is follow-up to Gen (Ret) Baptiste’s BRAC brief to the Central Florida Bar Association. Holland & Knight are not members of NCS but are showing an interest to learn more about the Industry and our community BRAC mitigation efforts. Holland & Knight has since joined NCS.
28 Jan, Mike Hodge from Cisco travelled from VA to meet with Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros. Cisco considers the simulation industry a prime target for their IT solutions and wants to understand better what NCS does in support of the MS&T Membership. Paul Forsberg, the local Cisco representative also attended the meeting and Cisco has since joined NCS.
29 Jan, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros met with Phil Turner from Windstream, the 4th largest telecommunications company in America. Phil was a referral from Col (Ret) David Smith and was interested to learn more about the MS&T Industry in Central Florida with an eye toward possible Membership.
30 Jan, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste participated in a panel discussion at the Citrus Club hosted by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). The panel was focused on prominent & emerging industries in Central Florida. Leaders from Construction (Beatty, Balfour), Tourism & Hospitality (Nassal Company) and MS&T (NCS) participated.
3 Feb, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste participated in the Florida High Tech Corridor Council (FHTCC) Conference Call which brought together the three Co-chairs President John Hitt, UCF; President Bernie Machen, UF; and President Judy Genshaft, USF for a number of issue updates. Gen (Ret) Baptiste provided a brief description of the MS&T Industry cluster, its economic impact across the High Tech Corridor and the challenges posed by potential future rounds of BRAC.
4 Feb, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste met with Brandon Hueber, an Attorney with GreenbergTaurig. Prior to completing his law degree, Brandon was an advance trip planner for Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and later Secretary Gates. With that DoD experience, he is interested in knowing more about NCS, the MS&T Industry and other Defense Industry activity in Central Florida. He is also interested in potential NCS Membership for the Law Firm.
4 Feb, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros met with Eric Ushkowitz and others from the Orange County Mayor’s office staff. The purpose of the meeting was to evaluate the value of Mayor Jacobs attending a portion of ITEC 2014
(20 – 22 May 2014). The Mayor is considering a trip to the Netherlands during that same time frame and would consider also attempting to stop by ITEC in Germany.
5 Feb, NCS in partnership with Edwards Financial Services hosted a round table event focused on an economic outlook for 2014. Jason Edwards, Chief Economist and Managing Partner discussed his predictions for both the domestic and international markets.
5 Feb, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste attended a joint Board of Directors meeting of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and the Canaveral Port Authority. This was a historic first for the two Boards to meet and discuss issues jointly.
10 Feb, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste participated in the M&S Leadership Caucus in Virginia Beach, VA. Congressman Randy Forbes, VA and Congressman Bobby Scott, VA joined members from the MS&T Industry. Gen (Ret) Baptiste also moderated a panel of lobbyists who discussed how to work issues on Capitol Hill.
11 Feb, George Cheros spoke in support of Space Florida at the FAA Scoping Meeting in New Smyrna Beach. The purpose of the Scoping Meeting was for FAA to gather inputs to prepare the Shiloh Environmental Impact Statement. The FAA representatives stated that the crowd of over 500 concerned citizens was the largest crowd at any of the Scoping Meetings being held across the country for private space launch facility analysis. George appeared on behalf of NCS and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and spoke of the potential economic impact of developing the proposed site.
11 Feb, while in D.C., Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste had a follow-up meeting with Cisco Executives. Cindy DeCarlo and Mike Hodge were interested in finding ways for NCS to assist them with access to the MS&T Industry in Central Florida. Cisco has recently joined NCS and Gen (Ret) Baptiste outlined a number of ways for them to plug into Team Orlando and Industry customers in Central Florida.
11-13 Feb, Congressman John Mica organized meetings for Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste, NCS; BG (Ret) Steve Seay, Seay Business Solutions; and Waymon Armstrong, ECS to speak with Industry and a number of Members and staffers in the House and the Senate.
Offices/Individuals engaged included:
Ryan Crumpler, House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Staffer
Senator Bill Nelson, Cathy Haverstock, Military Legislative Assistant and
Amanda Figueroa, Defense Fellow
Congressman Rodney Frelinghausen, Vice Chairman HASC
Congressman Mike Turner, Member HASC, and one of his staff
Congressman Mike McCaul, Lynn McCormack, Legislative Fellow
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Ryan Canfield, Senior Legislative Assistant
Congressman Rich Nugent, Barry Smith, Military Legislative Assistant
Due to the severe winter storm that hit the East Coast on Wed, 12 Feb, appointments with Senator Rubio, Congressman Bridenstine, HASC and their staffers scheduled for Thurs, 13 Feb had to be cancelled.
18 Feb, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros met with Bill Mitchell, CEO at ETC. A referral from John Danielle, he is interested to know more about NCS with an eye toward Membership. He is also interested in participating in a future NCS-Team Orlando Industry Capability Day.
18 Feb, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros met with CAPT Wes Naylor, XO @ NAWC TSD. He is engaging Industry leaders to examine ways to improve communications with the Navy Command.
19 Feb, Lt Gen Burt Field, A3/5, USAF visited the Research Park for a Team Orlando brief and round table discussion with Government/Academia/ Industry leaders. His visit was on the margins of the AFA Symposium held annually in Orlando.
20 Feb, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste attended a Tiger Bay Club luncheon featuring Congressman Tom Rooney, House Armed Services Committee.
20 Feb, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros met with COL (Ret) Mike Flanagan and other CACI Executives. A new NCS Member, COL (Ret) Flanagan wants out of town CACI Executives to understand more about how NCS supports the MS&T Industry in Central Florida.
21 Feb, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste provided an update to the Congress of Regional Leaders on actions taken by the MODTF and the MS&T Blue Ribbon Commission since the Leaders’ last quarterly meeting.
24 Feb, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste participated in a Business Force Insider’s luncheon event featuring Congressman Dan Webster.
24 Feb, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros visited the ETC facility on Alafaya Trail to view their Advanced Disaster Management Simulator. ETC has indicated they plan to join NCS and would be a perfect site to take an Executive Vice President for Support Services and Chief Industrial Engineer from Disney West who plan to visit UCF/IST and NCS during the week of 3 Mar. Disney is interested to learn more about the Simulation cluster in Central Florida and see examples of simulation for training they may be able to leverage for training employees in their theme parks.
26 Feb, Jacob Stewart, President/CEO Central Florida Partnership asked Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste to participate in a Regional Fellowship Luncheon with other selected civic leaders. This provided an opportunity to make a broad cross section of community leaders more aware of the M&S Industry and the challenges we face with BRAC on the horizon. Participants included:
Anthony T. Coley, Host and Regional President BB&T
Andrae Bailey, Central Florida Commission on Homelessness
Aaron Gorovitz, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
Ava L. Parker, Florida Polytechnic University
Debbie Harvey, Ron Jon Surf Shop
Chris Rolle, Jr., BB&T
Laura M. Boisvert, Duke Energy
Michael Kidd, Orlando REGIONAL Realtor Association
Jacob Stuart, Central Florida Partnership
Mark R. Freid, Think Creative, Inc.
Scott Merrit, Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando
Mark P. Wylie, Association Builders & Contractors, Inc.
26 Feb, George Cheros represented NCS and the MS&T industry at the Manufacturing Executive Roundtable Meeting hosted by the United States Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council’s Innovation Subcommittee. The Manufacturing Council serves as the principal private sector advisory committee to Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, on the United States manufacturing sector. The Manufacturing Council is charged with ensuring regular communication between the federal government and the manufacturing sector, advising the Secretary of Commerce on government policies and programs that affect United States manufacturing.
4 Mar, C.T. Hsu, President/CEO, C.T. Hsu & Associates, P.A. hosted a Round Table discussion with Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and Randy Berridge, President/CEO, FHTCC to discuss the possibility of hosting the Taiwan Defense Minister here in Orlando. The objective would be to showcase high tech opportunity in Central Florida to include the MS&T cluster.
7 Mar, NCS partnered with SunTrust Bank, Holland & Knight, P.A. and McGladrey to host an event with Industry focused on economic projections for the simulation industry in the current budget environment. Panelists also covered R&D tax credit opportunities and company valuation methodologies for companies interested in selling and/or acquiring equity.
11 Mar, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and Jim Shifflet, Leidos met with Congressman Mica to discuss a concept for Army Mission Command simulations. The idea would be to embed the simulation in the Army’s Mission Command System which would allow commanders to run “what if” simulations while deployed and conducting operations. The value would be to run a number of different scenarios through the simulation before Mission Type Orders are sent to subordinate units conducting training or real world combat operations. Next steps will be to draft language for inclusion in the FY15 National Defense Authorization and Appropriation Bills and provide the Congressman with talking points to engage selected leadership in the Army and OSD. There already exists a Joint Requirements Oversight Committee (JROC) requirement for such a simulation capability but it has not yet reached the appropriate level of priority across the Army.
11 Mar, George Cheros attended an Open House at the new Carley building in the Research Park.
12 Mar, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste was the guest speaker at the March Navy League Luncheon event. His remarks covered the status of the MS&T Industry in the current tough budget environment and what the MODTF is doing to mitigate the threat to NSA Orlando of future rounds of BRAC.
13 Mar, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste participated in the Central Florida Partnership hosted Regional Leadership Forum. The purpose of the event was to review progress on a number of Regional priorities to include efforts to protect, grow and enhance the MS&T Industry in Central Florida.
19 Mar, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste presented the keynote address at the East Orlando Chamber luncheon event.
20 Mar, Lt Gen (ret) Baptiste met with Jeff Decker, a Partner with the Baker Hostetler Law Firm to discuss the Baker-Hostetler, Central Florida Partnership “Trip to D.C.”. Baker Hostetler is the event sponsor for the planned civic leader trip to D.C. on 7-8 May 2014. The focus of the entire trip is the MS&T cluster in Central Florida, its importance to a more diversified Florida economy and the threat posed by future rounds of BRAC.
21 Mar, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros met with individuals from UCF, the Central Florida Research Park and Cushman & Wakefield to review a range of options to solve the Team Orlando office space shortfall in the Research Park. The objective was to arrive at a consensus way ahead in anticipation of an appropriation from the Florida Legislature to begin acquisition of additional infrastructure.
24 Mar, George Kalogridis, President/CEO of Walt Disney World in Orlando asked NCS, UCF/IST and Team Orlando to host a visit from Christine Thieler, Executive Vice President for Planning and Operations Support from Disney HQ, Burbank, CA. She was accompanied by Dr. Dayana Cope, Manager Advanced Analytics and Kalissa Kincaid, Manager of Walt Disney World Operations Training Delivery. Their interest is to better understand the MS&T industry cluster in Central Florida and to look at various simulation technologies used for training. Mr. Kalogridis participated in the One Orlando Summit and had the opportunity to tour the floor at I/ITSEC 2014. This visit is follow-up to what he was able to see and learn about M&S and is aimed at identifying ways that Disney can better leverage simulation technology for training in their theme parks. The visit will also include a Team Orlando brief and some technology displays at NAWC TSD and in the UCF/IST Laboratories.
26 Mar, NCS hosted the Inaugural Induction Ceremony for the first 10 inductees into the NCS Modeling & Simulation Hall of Fame. The event was held at the Orange County Convention Center South Concourse, the future Home of the NCS M&S Hall of Fame/MS&T Center of Excellence. The first ten inductees include:
Luis de Florez, RADM, USN
Dr. Richard C. Dehmel
The Honorable Lou Frey
Paul Francis Gorman, General, USA (Ret)
Dr. John C. Hitt
John P. Jumper, General, USAF (Ret)
Edwin Albert Link
Albert Henry Marshall
8 Apr, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros met with Frank Ignazzitto and Dan Gill, Leap Motion. They were interested to learn more about NCS, the GameTech 2014 Conference and the MS&T Industry cluster in Central Florida with an eye toward potential NCS Membership. Leap has developed a motion capture device that tracks hand movements and allows manipulation of 3-D objects on a computer screen without use of a standard computer mouse. They were made aware of the NCS-Team Orlando hosted quarterly Industry Capability Days and encouraged to submit their credentials for participation at a future event.
10 Apr, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste represented the local chapter of NDIA and presented a scholarship to a Detachment 159 Air Force ROTC Cadet during their annual awards ceremony at UCF.
15 Apr, George Cheros participated on a panel of judges at the Simulation Exploration Experience (SEE), an annual international inter-university modeling and simulation (M&S) competition that included university teams from Penn State, University of Alabama-Huntsville, Cal Poly University of Nebraska, Bordeaux University (France), Munich University (Germany) and 2 universities from Italy.
21 Apr, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste was interviewed by Maggie Ybarra, a reporter for the Washington Times that covers military affairs and the Pentagon. This was a preliminary interview in advance of the Baker Hostetler, Central Florida Partnership “Trip to D.C.” which will be focused on MS&T. She will evaluate a possible story line and decide if a follow-on interview makes sense on the margins of the “D.C. Fly-in”?
22 Apr, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros hosted an orientation visit by John Moskos, Regional President of U.S. Trust, Bank of America and Purna Suggurti, Chairman, Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. The purpose of the meeting was to provide Purna an overview of the MS&T Industry in Central Florida, future industry trends and the impact of the current DoD budget environment on the industry cluster. Lockheed Martin on Underhill Road hosted the visit at their Underhill Road facility and allowed John and Purna to visit their manufacturing floor and simulation displays.
24 Apr, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste provided Mayor Jacob’s M&S Blue Ribbon Commission a legislative update on MODTF BRAC mitigation efforts. The Commission also visited Lockheed Martin’s facility on Underhill Road, received an overview/tour of Orlando’s Tech Entrepreneur area downtown and visited the EA Sports Tiburon facility in Maitland.
24 Apr, George Cheros attended and participated in panel discussion hosted by Wells Fargo. The discussion topics included the “state of the defense industry”, merger and acquisition trends, financing M&A activity and valuation multiples. Panel members included securities analysts, fund managers and investment bankers.
28 Apr, in conference the State House and Senate agreed to provide the Orlando Community/UCF with $8 million to fund a Partnership IV building in the Research Park. This is the beginning of community efforts to acquire 200,000 – 300,000 sq ft of additional office space to eliminate a heavy reliance on leased rental real estate by our military commands and federal government workforce.
29 Apr, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste met with Kathy Akbari and Barry Nadler, Central Florida Chapter of ATSD. Their Chapter is part of the largest workplace learning and performance association in the world. They are interested to learn more about NCS and possible areas of closer collaboration and cooperation.
2 May, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste was interviewed by Jacob Galvin from UCF Student Press. He was interested in doing an article that outlines what the MODTF is doing to mitigate the threat of future rounds of BRAC and how the recent $8 million appropriation from the Florida Legislature will support those efforts to protect, grow and enhance the MS&T Industry in central Florida.
7-8 may, a group of 70+ civic leaders traveled to D.C. as part of the Baker Hostetler, Central Florida Partnership “Trip to D.C.”. The fly-in was focused on protecting, growing and enhancing the MS&T industry in Central Florida. Meetings were held with the following 16 Congressional Offices:
Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Marco Rubio
Congressman Gus Bilirakis, District 12
Congresswoman Corrine Brown, District 5
Congressman Vern Buchanan, District 16
Congresswoman Kathy Castor, District 14
Congressman Ander Crenshaw, District 4
Congressman Ron DeSantis, District 6
Congressman Alan Grayson, District 9
Congressman David Jolly, District 13
Congressman John Mica, District 7
Congressman Richard Nugent, District 11
Congressman Bill Posey, District 8
Congressman Thomas Rooney, District 17
Congressman Dennis Ross, District 15
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, District 23
Congressman Dan Webster, District 10
5-9 May, on the margins of the “fly-in” to D.C. Curley and Pynn arranged for a number of press interviews to promote the Central Florida MS&T Industry:
Tom Vanden Brook, USA Today, Pentagon Correspondent
Peter Barnes, Senior Washington Correspondent, Fox Business
Anna Mulrine, Defense & National Security Reporter, Christian Science
Monitor—this has been rescheduled for the week of 19 -23 May
Patrick Tucker, Technology Editor for Defense ONE--this has been
rescheduled for the week of 19 - 23 May
5-9 May, on the margins of the “fly-in” to D.C., Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros met with leadership from the Army and Air Force. The purpose of the meetings was to tell them about the community and State of Florida efforts to solve the Team Orlando/NSA Orlando office space shortfall. The State Legislature has appropriated $8 million to get the community started with the acquisition of 300,000 sq ft of additional office space to get all of the Federal Government employees in Orlando’s Research Park out of leased real estate. Reliance on leased space to support our Federal Government employees remains Orlando’s most critical BRAC vulnerability. Action by the State Legislature is great news and we need to make sure the Army, Air Force and OSD are aware of their decision. The following accepted office calls:
Lt Gen Burt Field, USAF A3/5
Maj Gen Steve Shepro, USAF A3O; Mr. Gordon "Gordie" Ettenson, USAF
Dep A3O; Mr. Al Wickman, USAF A3O Director C2 and M&S LVC; Col
Charles "Ched" Beam, A3O LVC Division Chief
Ms. Kathleen Ferguson, SAF/IE and Mr. Timothy Bridges, Deputy
MG Gary Cheek, Army Dep G3
MG Al Aycock, Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management
12 May, Mindi Hertzog, International Trade Specialist, Orlando Export Assistance Center, Department of Commerce asked NCS to organize a tour of the Research Park for 17 International Trade Specialists on the margins of the Association for Unmanned Systems International (AUVSI) Conference in Orlando. The group included individuals from UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Denmark, Austria, Norway, Singapore, Canada, and Turkey.
13 May, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste met with Mauritz Plenby, UK Trade & Investment out of Miami to discuss the MS&T Industry and a planned “Britweek” to be held in Orlando later this fall.
14 May, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros met Wiley Deck, Chief of Staff, Kevin Stone, Legislative Assistant and Patrick Kelly, District Director for Congressman John Mica. The meeting was designed to discuss lessons learned from the Civic Leader “Fly-in” to D.C. (7 – 8 May) and to start planning for a trip to D.C. from 8 – 11 Jul 2014. The National Modeling & Simulation Coalition will hold its annual meeting on 9 July and NTSA will host the MS&T Capitol Hill Expo in the Rayburn House Office Building on 10 July. Our intent is to encourage additional participation by Florida Delegation Members in both the House and the Senate at the Expo. The Expo has for the last several years been heavily Virginia-centric with little Florida Elected Official or MS&T Industry participation-we hope to reverse that trend!
14 May, in partnership with UCF/IST and Carol Ann Dykes, UCF Incubator Program, NCS hosted three UK Economic Development Agency personnel who wanted to learn more about the MS&T cluster and UCF’s Incubator network.
19 May, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste participated in round table discussion with the University Chancellor. Other participants included Dr. Dan Holsenbeck, Ed Schons, Fred Kittinger and Dr. M.J. Soilieu. Topics discussed included a short brief on the Central Florida Research Park, an orientation brief of the MS&T cluster in Central Florida and MODTF BRAC mitigation efforts and a short discussion about an advanced manufacturing initiative.
20 May, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros met with Dr. Dan Holsenbeck and Bill Merck, CFO at UCF to discuss a way ahead for a Partnership IV complex.
28 May, MODTF stakeholders met to agree to a course of action on a Partnership IV complex to solve the Team Orlando infrastructure shortfall in the Research Park. Participants included:
Rick Weddle, President/CEO, Metro Orlando EDC
Dan Holsenbeck, VP University Relations, UCF
Jacob Stuart, President/CEO, Central Florida Partnership
Eric Ushkowitz, Orange County Mayor’s Office
Mark Michel, CNL and the M&S Blue Ribbon Commission
Joe Wallace, Director, Central Florida Research Park
Lt Gen (Ret) Tom Baptiste, President/CEO, NCS
George Cheros, Chief Operations Officer, NCS
Matt McKeever, Cushman & Wakefield
Richard Solik, Cushman & Wakefield
3 Jun, George Cheros represented NCS at a Labor Law briefing at the Citrus Club, hosted by Burr & Forman (NCS Members).
4 Jun, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste met with Rosanne Brandeburg, Chair of the Central Florida School Boards Coalition to discuss a future MS&T/BRAC Orientation presentation planned for the Coalition fall meeting.
5 Jun, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste, George Cheros, Dr. Dan Holsenbeck, UCF, Bill Merck, UCF, Matthew McKeever and Richard Solik from Cushman and Wakefield met with Reed Berman, Tower Realty to discuss options for solving the Team Orlando infrastructure shortfall in the Research Park. Tower Realty controls TechPoint I & II and Research Commons, three buildings the Army and Air Force rely on for leased office space.
5 Jun, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros met with Jose Fernandez from Florida Compass Group.
6 Jun, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste attended Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ 2014 State of the County Address.
13 Jun, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste attended the Air Force Agency for Modeling & Simulation (AFAMS) Assumption of Command Ceremony.
17 Jun, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste met with UCF and Members of the Florida Board of Governors to discuss Legislative approaches for year 2 and 3 Appropriations to solve the Team Orlando infrastructure shortfall in the Research Park.
18 Jun, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros represented NCS and the MS&T Industry at the Florida Defense Alliance meeting held here in Orlando.
19 Jun, the Florida Defense Support Task Force (FDSTF) held its monthly meeting here in Orlando. Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste gave the task force an update on MODTF BRAC mitigation efforts. Principi and Spectrum Group representatives also participated in the MODTF meeting that same afternoon for an open dialogue on BRAC mitigation progress and next steps.
19 Jun, on the margins of the FDSTF meeting, Mayor Jacobs’ office and NCS planned a working luncheon event with the MODTF and M&S Blue Ribbon Commission. Congressman Mica joined the event via conference call to discuss actions taken in response to PEO STRI cancelation of the TEACH contract.
20 Jun, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros attended the NAWC TSD/NSA Orlando Change of Command Ceremony.
20 Jun, Jacob Stewart, President/CEO, Central Florida Partnership asked George Cheros to update the Congress of Regional Leaders on MODTF BRAC Mitigation efforts and successes to date.
25 Jun, Congressman Mica asked Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste, George Cheros and other industry leaders to join him in D.C. for a working luncheon with Dr. Heidi Shyu, ASALT to discuss the Army’s rationale for cancelling the TEACH contract.
30 Jun, NCS in partnership with the Lou Frey Institute for Politics and Government at UCF co-hosted a scholarship fundraiser golf tournament at Interlachen Country Club. Net proceeds will be split evenly between the two organizations. The NCS share will fund support for the Vince Amico Scholarship to UCF ($2,500 spring & fall) and the Hank Okraski Scholarship to Daytona State College ($1,000 spring and fall).
7 Jul, the Orlando Business Journal asked Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste to participate in the 2nd Annual Technology Industry Round Table planned for 7 Jul. The discussion is expected to explore current issues and challenges, as
well as an outlook for the rest of 2014, among other topics. The insights collected from this forum will be included in an upcoming article in the Orlando Business Journal. Due to a knee injury Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste could not attend the event. He did however provide written input to Abe Aboraya, an OBJ reporter, for inclusion in the future article.
8 – 11 Jul, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste planned to travel to D.C. for meetings on Capitol Hill and with Pentagon Leadership. He also planned to attend the National Modeling & Simulation Coalition Annual Meeting and the Capitol Hill MS&T Expo hosted by NTSA. Due to a knee injury Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste could not travel to D.C as planned.
10 Jul, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste was interviewed by Patrick Tucker, Technology Editor for Defense ONE. Patrick also toured a number of Industry Companies to see and touch some simulation and training technology. His article was published on 14 July and can be accessed via this link:
14 Jul, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste presented a MS&T Orientation/BRAC Mitigation brief to the Seminole County Economic Development Education Network. The group also toured the UCF/IST labs to see some cutting edge simulation technology.
21 Jul, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste represented the MS&T Industry and attended a GrayRobinson, Attorneys at Law Leadership Forum.
25 Jul, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste visited Florida Hospital East to tour their recent $200M expansion. The upgrade/expansion included tripling the size of the Emergency Care facility and a 40 bed expansion to their hospital tower focused on Orthopedic Joint Replacement. Plans are in the works to also modernize their Oncology area. Gen (Ret) Baptiste also discussed plans to open a medical simulation center.
25 Jul, NCS submitted two grant requests to Enterprise Florida. The first is an annual Defense Reinvestment Grant to help fund participation in I/ITSEC and to support Outreach/Advocacy and STEM Education initiatives. The second is a Defense Infrastructure Grant on behalf of NSA Orlando to upgrade equipment associated with the Federal State University Network (FedSUN) in the Research Park. FedSUN has been an ongoing program first funded more than a decade ago. The fiber optic network supports Government, University and Industry collaborative work in the Park across a secure network. This request will provide necessary equipment upgrades/refreshes to meet evolving security requirements in preparation for a network security inspection planned for 2015.
28 Jul, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros participated in a Team Orlando Brief and Research Park orientation visit for Brig Gen (Sel) Shrader, USMC, and the new Commander Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM)—who oversees PM TRASYS in Orlando.
29 Jul, George Cheros represented NCS as Community Business Partner at the Seminole County Public Schools Leadership Conference at Winter Springs High School. This was the kickoff event for all Seminole County school administrators and county-wide leadership.
31 Jul, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste participated in an M&S Graduate Program Executive Advisory Board meeting at UCF.
1 Aug, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste chaired a MS&T panel discussion as part of the Chinese American Scholars and Professionals Association of Florida 2014 Conference held in the Central Florida Research Park. Additional panelists included Dr. Randy Shumaker, Director UCF/IST; and CAPT Eric Etz, XO NAWC TSD/NSA Orlando and Jim Craig, Lockheed Martin.
7 Aug, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and Dave Manning met with Bryan Walsh from Senator Rubio’s office. This meeting was in preparation for a meeting with PEO STRI leadership to discuss the rationale for canceling the TEACH RFP. Also represented at the planned meeting were staffers from the offices of Senator Nelson, Congressman Mica and Congressman Webster and two professional staffers from the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC).
7 Aug, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste met with Denise Seamon, Government Sales Manager from HermanMiller. She was interested in learning more about the MS&T Industry in Central Florida with an eye toward possible NCS Membership.
11 Aug, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste met with David Romine, CEO and James Macchiarola, of Agile Thought. A high end software developer, they are interested in knowing more about NCS and the MS&T Industry in Central Florida with an eye toward possible NCS Membership.
11 Aug, Zoraida Glasco escorted Camilio Soto, CEO PCNet and Thad Eidman, President Corserva, for an introductory meeting with Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste. Corserva, a subsidiary of PCNet has a large data storage site in Orlando and wants to know more about the MS&T Industry and their data storage requirements. They are interested in participating in a future Industry Capability Day to unveil their growing Orlando presence and are considering NCS Membership.
12 Aug, NCS presented its Fall 2014 Vince Amico Scholarship Award ($2,500) to Hamza Siddiqui an incoming UCF Freshman.
12 Aug, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste delivered an MS&T Orientation/BRAC Mitigation Brief to a College Leadership Florida Group touring the Research Park. Attendees included College/University Student Presidents and Vice Presidents from across the State of Florida.
13 Aug, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs asked George Cheros to join her staff to discuss the way forward for the MS&T Blue Ribbon Commission. The Commission will continue to support the MODTF and plans to host a technology forum in 2015 to showcase simulation applications in other sectors of the economy beyond defense.
13 Aug, Congressman Jeff Miller, Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee in the House and Congressman Dan Webster asked Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste to join a round table discussion to address Veterans Healthcare and other jobs related issues. This event was held on the margins of the Florida Chamber Foundation “Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Six Pillars Summit” where Congressman Miller was a featured speaker.
13 Aug, the Florida Chamber Foundation asked Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste to participate on a panel as part of their planned “Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Six Pillars Summit”. The event was held at the Airport Hyatt Regency Hotel. The goal of the event was to make non-defense business professionals more aware of the scope of the military presence and government contracting efforts across the State of Florida.
14 Aug, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste attended a Central Florida Partnership Leadership Forum focused on the question of Homelessness in Central Florida.
15 Aug, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste participated in a Central Florida Partnership, Business Force Insider’s Luncheon.
18 Aug, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste met with Sushunova Martinez a UCF student to discuss the MS&T industry Central Florida. Working with UCF/IST, Sushunova is leading an effort to chronicle the history of the growth and development of MS&T in Florida.
19 Aug, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste, Pete Marion, Dave Manning and Jimmy Shiflett met with Wiley Deck, Chief of Staff for Congressman Mica and Patrick Kelly, District Rep to discuss issues surrounding cancellation of the TEACH RFP. Congressman Mica was to meet with Army Secretary McHugh in the afternoon and this meeting would help him prepare.
19 Aug, Congressman Mica met with Army Secretary McHugh in D.C. The discussion centered on cancelation of the TEACH RFP and other policy decisions by PEO STRI that have had a significant economic impact on the MS&T Industry in central Florida.
20 Aug, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros met with Glenn Adams, Chris Brockman and Min Cho from Holland & Knight, Attorneys at Law. The firm is interested in co-hosting with NCS an educational round table event and would like to brainstorm some options. The target date for the event will be early Nov 2014.
21 Aug, BG (Ret) Steve Seay brought Brandon Naids, Talon Simulations to meet with Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste. Talon Simulations is a new venture by students from UCF that are pursuing an idea to develop a lower cost flight simulation.
22 Aug, NCS on behalf of the MODTF applied for a third Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant to help fund community BRAC mitigation efforts.
Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros will travel to Tallahassee on 18 Sep to defend the Grant proposal to the FDSTF membership.
27 Aug, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros met with Derya Okur and Gary Foster from Insight Global. A staffing services company, they wanted to learn more about NCS with an eye toward possible membership.
27 Aug, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros met with Bennett “Sandy” Masin, President, Tech TY a technology and communications company and UCF Incubator client at the Apopka site. He was keen to join NCS and wanted us to help him understand how he could get engaged with the MS&T Industry. He is also working on a number of “STEAM” education applications he thinks would be of interest. We advised him on the role of NCS, opportunities at GameTech 2014 and suggested he consider participating in a future Industry Capability Day possibly in early 2015. He joined NCS after our discussion.
29 Aug, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste was interviewed by Daniel Pitcairn, research analyst with the Government Business Council, the research arm of Government Executive and Defense One. He was interested in discussing current trends and the future of simulation in military training.
29 Aug, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs asked Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste to act as the Master of Ceremonies (MC) for her second term inauguration ceremony at the Orange County Convention Center in early December.
1 Sep, NCS opened the Hall of Fame Nomination Process for the Class of 2015. Nominations will be accepted until 31 Oct 2014. A subcommittee of the NCS Board of the Directors will review nominations and provide the full Board a rank ordered recommendation for inductees by 1 Dec 2014. The full Board will decide on the final inductees not later than 31 Dec 2014 and NCS will hold an induction ceremony at the Orange County Convention Center in the first six months of 2015.
1 Sep, NCS opened the polls to select two individuals for service on the NCS Board of Directors. Voting will continue until 30 Sep 2014. The winners will be announced in early Oct and invited to attend the Board Meeting planned for 19 Nov.
8 Sep, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste was the featured speaker at the Central Florida School Board Coalition’s fall 2014 meeting.
10 Sep, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste delivered an MS&T Industry orientation brief to a group representing the Enterprise Florida liaison offices in Tel Aviv and personnel from the Israeli Consulate in Miami. They also toured a number of UCF/IST labs to see some cutting edge technology.
10 Sep, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste delivered a MS&T/BRAC Orientation brief to a group of CEOs attending a Vistage networking/training session.
11 Sep, NCS helped to organize a networking event downtown for executives from the Healthcare, Technology and MS&T communities. The intent was to foster a greater understanding of each of the targeted sectors.
11 Sep, George Cheros met with Chris Chambers of Serious Simulations, a new company located in the UCF Incubator. Mr. Chambers is a former President of Laser Shot, and is starting a new venture. Serious Simulations joined NCS during this initial meeting.
24 Sep, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste met with Col Bradley Crites, the new Air Force Agency for Modeling & Simulation (AFAMS) Commander. In addition to welcoming him to Orlando, Gen (Ret) Baptiste talked about MODTF BRAC mitigation efforts and encouraged Col Crites to ensure his leadership in the Pentagon was fully informed about State and Community efforts to solve the Team Orlando infrastructure shortfall in the Research Park.
25 Sep, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste received a Veterans of Influence Award at the inaugural awards ceremony hosted by the Orlando Business Journal. The award recognizes veterans who have a strong record of innovation and/or outstanding performance in their work and who are actively involved in their community.
26 Sep, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste had lunch with Jon Rambeau, Vice President and General Manager for Lockheed Martin’s Training & Logistics Solutions Business in the Mission Systems & Training Business Area in Orlando. The purpose of the luncheon was to introduce Dave Scott, their new Vice President Business Development. Mr. Scott will replace Jim Craig on the NCS Board of Directors at the November 2014 meeting.
29 Sep, Randy Berridge, President of the Corridor asked Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste to provide an update on NCS partnership efforts with the Corridor and the Community’s BRAC mitigation efforts to the three University President’s that oversee the Corridor: President John Hitt, UCF; President Judy Genshaft, USF and President Bernie Machen, UF.
2 Oct, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros attended a ceremony/reception to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Aegis Technologies Group’s presence in Orlando.
2 Oct, Florida Representative Jason Brodeur, Chair of the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce asked Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste to participate on a panel dedicated to MS&T at the October 2014 Good Morning Seminole County Breakfast Event. Other panelists included Waymon Armstrong, President/ CEO, Engineering Computer Simulations and Demetria Faison, Principal, Crooms Academy of Information Technology. Congressman John Mica also attended the event.
7 Oct, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and George Cheros attended a Medical Technology, Training & Treatment (MT3) Technology demo in the Research Park.
8 Oct, the NCS Board of Directors kicked off a strategic planning process to review and if necessary refine NCS’ strategic goals and objectives. Additional planning sessions are planned for 21 Oct, 18 Nov and 9 Dec.
20 Oct, George Cheros and NCS Board Chair Angela Alban met with Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos (Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science – UCF) and Michael Johnson (Dean College of Sciences – UCF) to develop a partnership between NCS and UCF for STEM mentoring.
22 Oct, NCS hosted the Fall Industry Capability Day.
23 Oct, George Cheros attended a Tiger Bay Luncheon which featured a candidate forum for Central Florida Delegation State House candidates.
28 Oct, George Cheros met with Vince Flanagan of PAE (Pacific Architects and Engineers), a national engineering firm, to discuss the possibility of PAE establishing a MS&T division and an office in Orlando.
28 Oct, NCS hosted a group from the Association for Training Development (ATD) for an MS&T/BRAC orientation brief and tour of the Research Park.
29 Oct, the MODTF in partnership with the Corridor hosted the first of two civic leader luncheons to recruit champions to support the community’s BRAC mitigation efforts. Curley & Pynn coordinated the invite lists to reach as broad an audience as possible. The second event is scheduled for 4 Nov.
30 Oct, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste facilitated a meeting with Congressman Mica for Chris Chambers, CEO Serious Simulations and Carol Wideman, CEO Vcom3D to introduce their concept for Ebola Containment and Safety Training. Their intent was to ask Congressman Mica to help them with access to the CDC, DOS/USAID, HHS and DoD, agencies actively engaged in the Ebola crisis and potential funding sources for their Training concept.
30 Oct, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste spoke with Noel Roberts, Baker Hostetler, Attorneys at Law about potentially hosting a legal round table early in 2015. Topics are TBD.
3 Nov, Team Orlando held its annual Executive Board Meeting (EBOD). George Cheros, representing the MODTF, gave the EBOD an update on BRAC mitigation efforts and the status of efforts to acquire 200,000 – 300, 000 additional sq ft of office space to solve their infrastructure shortfall in the Research Park.
3 Nov, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste represented NCS and the MS&T community at the first in a series of quarterly Economic Forums planned by the Metro Orlando EDC and facilitated by economist Dr. Sean Snaith, UCF. The purpose of the quarterly meetings is to discuss trends and opportunities in a number of market segments important to Orlando/Central Florida.
4 Nov, the MODTF in partnership with the Corridor held its second planned civic leader luncheon to explain community BRAC mitigation efforts and recruit support for future Legislative activities.
13 Nov, NCS co-hosted an academic round table event with Holland & Knight, Attorneys at Law. Topics included Cyber Security requirements for Government contractors and Strategies for Dealing with the Impact of DoD Budget Cuts.
21 Nov, Mayor Jacobs hosted a welcoming coffee with the four Commanders of the military acquisition agencies in the Research Park. All four organizations have recently changed hands and this was a chance to not only welcome the new commanders but also discuss MODTF BRAC mitigation efforts.
24 Nov, NCS in partnership with UCF/IST and the Tupperware Brands Boys and Girls club hosted a Research Park orientation visit for a group of student club members.
1 Dec, with encouragement from NCS, Congressman John Mica participated in a Congressional Panel discussion at I/ITSEC 2014. He shared the podium with Congressman Bobby Scott, VA and presented his views on the power of simulation in the current austere budget environment and what he expects from the new Congress after the first of the year.
2 Dec, UCF President John Hitt and NAWC TSD Commander, CAPT Wes Naylor signed a cooperation agreement on the margins of I/ITSEC 2014. The agreement outlines increased cooperation between the University and the Navy to advance the state of the art of Simulation & Training.
3 Dec, on the margins of I/ITSEC 2014, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste met with Dr. Mike Brennan, Simulation Australia. He was interested in the NCS Association Model because they are attempting to create a similar collaborative organization in South Australia. They are also keen to explore ways to facilitate two-way business opportunities between high tech companies in the U.S. and the same in Australia. And they offered to facilitate access to a broader Asia for U.S. firms.
1-4 Dec, on the margins of I/ITSEC 2014, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste was able to engage senior out of town leadership from Cubic Defense Applications, Calytrix, and Computer Sciences Corporation. The meetings provided an opportunity to explain the power of the MS&T Industry in Central Florida, the collaborative environment facilitated by the Research Park and co-location of the Team Orlando commands and projections of MS&T market trends over the near-to-mid-term.
1 – 5 Dec, I/ITSEC 2014 recap:
Exhibit Visitors: 4,850*
Conference Attendees: 3,550*
Exhibit Personnel: 6,000
International Visitors: Over 1800 attendees from 60 Countries
Exhibiting Companies: 500 occupying 394 exhibit spaces in 185,000 net square feet
* ALL registration categories include access to the exhibit hall, with the number of combined exhibitor visitors at 8,400 in addition to the 6,000 exhibit personnel already present on the floor, a total of over 14,000 visitors walked the I/ITSEC exhibit halls.
Note: government registrations increased by 1,000 which is a 75% increase over 2013 numbers
1 – 5 Dec, I/ITSEC 2014 was held at the Orange County Convention Center. Over the past 4+ months in preparation for the Conference, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste has been working with Sunil Fonseca, CEO, SGF Enterprises, Inc. SGF is a high end engineering firm with HQs in Hyderabad, India and a U.S. office in New Jersey. Mr. Fonseca is interested in attempting to penetrate the MS&T market and would like to open an office in Orlando. To help with market access, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste organized introductions on the margins of I/ITSEC to the following companies/organizations:
Waymon Armstrong, CEO, ECS
Carol Ann Dykes, UCF Incubator--to explore soft landing opportunities and
possible office space through the Incubator
Irma Stenman, International Programs, EDC—to explore any potential
incentives for establishing a presence in Orlando
Doug Sandklev, Technical Director, Lockheed Martin
Bryan Cole, CEO, Cole Engineering Services
Kevin Dietrick, Division Manager, Leidos
Buck Connor, CEO, Calytrix
Terry Kohl, VP, Cubic Applications
Rick Stroyan, VP, CSC
Chris Chambers, CEO, Serious Simulations
Steve Kopp, VP, Northrop Grumman
Robert Abascal, CEO, AVT Simulations
Brian Holmes, VP, Aegis Technologies Group
Steve Painter, VP, Parsons Corporation
Elizabeth Burch, CEO, Dignitas
Brian Holmes, VP, Aegis Technologies Group
Clarence Pape, VP, Intelligent Decisions
2 Dec, George Cheros attended Mayor Jacobs’ Oath of Office Ceremony at the Orange County Convention Center.
3 Dec, NCS and the Office of Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs organized a combined luncheon meeting for the Metro Orlando Defense Task Force (MODTF) and the Mayor’s MS&T Blue Ribbon Commission on the margins of the I/ITSEC 2014 conference. The event provided an opportunity to update both groups on recent BRAC mitigation efforts and what is planned near term. Participants were also given an opportunity to tour the conference displays and attend a STEM Proclamation from Mayor Jacobs.
4 Dec, Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste and Waymon Armstrong, CEO, ECS participated on a panel discussion with Leadership Orlando Class 88 on the margins of the I/ITSEC 2014 conference. The focus of the panel was to update class members on MODTF and MS&T Blue Ribbon Commission BRAC mitigation efforts and to discuss ways for them as civic leaders to get engaged.
8 Dec, NCS presented the fall 2014 Amico Scholarship ($2,500) to Rebecca Leis, a Graduate Student currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Simulation from UCF.
10 – 11 Dec, George Cheros represented NCS and the MS&T Industry at a semi-annual Florida Defense Alliance meeting held in Jacksonville.
12 Dec, Jacob Stuart, President/CEO, Central Florida Partnership hosted a conference call to discuss a panel discussion planned for the Central Florida Delegation Meeting to be held on 17 Dec. Rick Weddle, President, Orlando EDC will chair the panel which will include Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste, President/CEO, NCS to update delegation members on our BRAC mitigation efforts and the way ahead. Also on the panel will be Frank DiBello, President/CEO, Space Florida; Philip Brown, Executive Director, Greater Orlando Aaviation Authority; and John Walsh, CEO, Canaveral Port Authority who will provide delegation members an update on their organization’s activities.
12 Dec, a subcommittee of the NCS Board of Directors met to select the Class of 2015 for induction into the NCS Hall of Fame. The rank ordered recommendations will be submitted to the entire Board of Directors for final approval NLT 31 Dec 2014. An induction ceremony will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in May 2015.
17 Dec, the Central Florida Partnership hosted a meeting of the Central Florida Legislative Delegation. The delegation consists of Florida House and Senate Members from the seven Central Florida Counties (Orange, Osceola, Brevard, Volusia, Seminole, Polk and Lake) and represents nearly 25% of both Chambers. Lt Gen (Ret) Baptiste represented the MS&T community and the MODTF on a panel and encouraged Legislators to continue to support our community BRAC mitigation efforts.
Objective 3—Provide M&S Business Development Support to Member Companies
- Provide information services
- Provide project development, administration, and management &
January New Members:
Opto Ballistics, LLC
Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC
Eagle 6 Technical Services
Calytrix Technologies, Inc.
30 Jan, NCS in partnership with Team Orlando hosted an Industry Capability Day for 12 companies to showcase their technology to Team Orlando acquisition personnel. The intent is to hold this type of event quarterly and invite different companies to participate each time. To encourage Team Orlando Acquisition Personnel participation, the Army and Navy will award CFP (professional development) credit for their attendance.
February New Members:
Advanced IT Concepts, Inc
DanSources Technical Services, Inc.
L-3 Mobile-Vision, Inc
March New Members:
Curley & Pynn, the Strategic Firm
Holland & Knight, P.A.
Lou Frey Institute of Politics & Government—reciprocal
April New Members:
16 Apr, NCS partnered with Team Orlando to host a quarterly Industry Capability Day that featured the cutting edge technology of 14 selected companies.
May New Members:
June New Members:
Systems Tech, Inc.
July New Members:
23 Jul, NCS and the Manufacturing Association of Central Florida (MACF) co-hosted the 2014 Manufacturing-Simulation Exchange at the Intelligent Decisions facility in the Research Park.
30 Jul, NCS in partnership with Team Orlando hosted its quarterly Industry Capability Day. The event featured cutting edge technology displays of 14 selected companies.
August New Members:
Synergy Family Health
TMST Consultants, LLC
September New Members:
3-5 Sep, NCS hosted the 2014 GameTech Defense Users’ Conference at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel and Resort.
October New Members
Insurance Company of America (IOA)
22 Oct, NCS and Team Orlando co-hosted the quarterly Industry Capability Day.
22 Oct, NCS in partnership with the Orlando Magic and Dell will co-host a night with the Magic. Dell will host a pre-game reception and the Magic has offered discounted tickets for attendees. Note: this will be rescheduled due to a conflict with Leidos’ Open House event.
30 Oct, NCS held its semiannual Membership Night in Partnership III.
November New Members
Lance “Cajun” Kildron—practitioner
Pathfinder Professional Services
12 Dec, NCS, in conjunction with PEO STRI’s Source Selection Advisory Team (SSAT) and 8 industry partners (Source Selection Improvement Group – SSIG) presented findings and recommendations from a 6 month review effort to Mr. Joseph Giunta, Director of Contracting and Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting (PARC). The recommendations addressed the problem of “the unpredictability of PEO STRI’s adherence to established timelines when acquisitions are entered into the Procurement Administrative Lead Time (PALT) process as perceived by Industry.” The recommendations will serve to reduce unnecessary costs to the Government and Industry, reduce delays to the procurement timeline and reduce lost opportunities to Industry.
December New Members
Objective 4—Support M&S Infrastructure
- Encourage outreach
- Advocate facilities/telecom
- Support security initiatives
Ongoing, NCS continues to spearhead the Metro Orlando Defense Task Force (MODTF) BRAC mitigation efforts as the Community Lead and Project Director. The MODTF number 1 priority is to acquire 200,000 – 300,000 sq ft of office space to get Team Orlando Federal Employees out of leased office space. Reliance on high priced leased office space in the Research Park is a critical BRAC vulnerability that must be solved before a decision is made by the House and Senate to conduct another round of BRAC.
Thomas L. Baptiste, Lt Gen, USAF (Ret)