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Company Overview of Space Foundation

Company Overview

Space Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports space activities, space professionals, and education. It specializes in space awareness activities, industry events, and educational enterprises that bring space into the classroom. The company conducts research and analysis, and government affairs activities. In addition, it publishes The Space Report, which provides information about global space activities. Space Foundation has field representatives in Houston and Cape Canaveral, Florida. The company was founded in 1983 and is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado with an additional office in Washington, D.C.

310 South 14th Street

Colorado Springs, CO 80904

United States

Founded in 1983

Phone:

719-576-8000

Fax:

719-576-8801

Key Executives for Space Foundation

Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder
Age: 70
Co-Founder and Director Emeritus
Chief Financial Officer
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

Space Foundation Key Developments

Space Foundation Announces Promotions and Organizational Changes

Space Foundation announced that number of organizational changes will take place in the coming weeks, including a retirement, promotions and expansion of responsibilities. Retiring after 27 years with the Space Foundation is President Charles P. "Chuck" Zimkas, Jr. His retirement is effective July 1, 2013. Vice President, Operations Art Ratkewicz will assume many of the duties performed by Zimkas. Vice President, Marketing & Communications Janet P. Stevens, who has been with the Space Foundation since 2009, will be leaving the organization, effective May 10, 2013. Kevin C. Cook has been named Vice President, Marketing & Communications, effective immediately. Formerly Director, Space Awareness Programs, Cook has led the Space Foundation's Space Technology Hall of Fame and Space Certification programs. Other promotions and changes in responsibility, effective May 1, 2013, include: Carol Hively, from Manager, Communications to Director, Public Relations & Team Communications; Iain B. Probert from Vice President, Education to Vice President, Education & Discovery, heading education programs and the Space Foundation Discovery Center, open to the public at its world headquarters in Colorado Springs; Rhonda Truett, from National Sales Manager to Director, Global Sales & Certification; and Kathleen Vinson, from Vice President, Human Resources to Vice President, Human Resources & Administration.

Space Foundation Promotes Art Ratkewicz to Vice President-Operations

Space Foundation has promoted Art Ratkewicz to vice president-operations from his previous position as senior director- operations. His new responsibilities include facilities administration for all Space Foundation locations, including its world headquarters and Space Foundation Visitors Center in Colorado Springs. He also oversees customer service, information technology systems and support and all logistical aspects of Space Foundation events, including the annual National Space Symposium. Ratkewicz joined the Space Foundation in 2010 as manager of cyber initiatives. His previous experience included project management with Booz Allen Hamilton and a number of senior-level intelligence and information operations positions with the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Air Force Space Command.

Space Foundation Promotes Charles P. 'Chuck' Zimkas Jr. from Chief Operating Officer to President

Space Foundation announced the promotion of Charles P. 'Chuck' Zimkas Jr. from chief operating officer to president, reporting to CEO Elliot H. Pulham. Zimkas has been with the Space Foundation since 1986, following a 26-year Air Force career. He is active in national, regional and community activities, including serving as a member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association, the Lance P. Sijan Chapter of the Air Force Association and as vice president of the Arrowswest Owners Association Board.

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