Chuck Zimkas, who was named named president of the Space Foundation in October 2012, is responsible for operations, education programs, marketing and communications, customer service, facilities, human resources, event planning, information technology, logistics and operation of the new Space Foundation Visitors Center. Before being named to his current position, he served as the chief operating officer for the Space Foundation. Zimkas joined the Space Foundation in 1986, following a 26-year Air Force career, during which he was selected as one of the Twelve Outstanding Airmen of the Year for the United States Air Force, as senior enlisted advisor for NORAD and as the first Air Force Space Command senior enlisted advisor. 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 (NDIA), the Lance P. Sijan Chapter of the Air Force Association (AFA) and as vice president of the Arrowswest Owners Association Board. He is an Emeritus Member of the AFA National Board of Directors.