The Space Foundation promoted Charles Zimkas from COO to president, reporting directly to CEO Elliot Pulham.
Zimkas has been with the Space Foundation, a Colorado Springs-based nonprofit that promotes aerospace industries and exploration, since 1986. He was in the Air Force before that, and selected as one of the 12 outstanding airmen of the year, as senior enlisted adviser for the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
After Zimkas’ Air Force retirement, Air Force Space Command dedicated its Enlisted Heritage Room in his honor. Zimkas is active in national, regional and community activities, including serving as a member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of National Defense Industrial Association, the Lance P. Sijan Chapter of the Air Force Association and as vice president of the Arrowswest Owners Association Board. He is an Emeritus member of the AFA National Board of Directors.
In his new position, Zimkas will be responsible for operations, customer service, facilities, human resources, event planning, information technology, logistics and operation of the new Space Foundation Visitors Center. In addition, both the Space Foundation’s education enterprise and its marketing and communications group now report to Zimkas.