COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 31, 2013) - The Space Foundation has promoted Art Ratkewicz to vice president - operations, from his previous position as senior director - operations, effective immediately.
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.
"Art brings a wealth of industry, military and Space Foundation experience to this position, including managing construction and logistics for our Visitors Center," said Space Foundation President Chuck Zimkas. "His strong leadership and commitment to customer service are assets to our organization."
Ratkewicz joined the Space Foundation in 2010 as manager - cyber initiatives. His previous experience includes project management with Booz Allen Hamilton and a number of senior-level intelligence and information operations positions with the United States Air Force, the U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Air Force Space Command. He also held a number of human resources, site management and manufacturing positions with Atmel Corporation and Texas Instruments. Ratkewicz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the United States Air Force Academy, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Dallas.
About the Space Foundation
The foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry and an expert in all aspects of space, the Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom and major industry events, including the National Space Symposium, all in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." The Space Foundation publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes that track daily U.S. stock market performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification(TM) and Space Technology Hall of Fame(R) programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. The Space Foundation was founded in 1983 and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. Its world headquarters features a public Visitors Center with two main areas - the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere(R). The Space Foundation also conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has a field office in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.
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