Aerospace Center for Excellence Announces Board of Directors

Aerospace Center for Excellence Announces Board of Directors

For Immediate Release: June 28, 2018

Lakeland, FL – The Aerospace Center for Excellence, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is pleased to formally announce its current Board of Directors.

The Aerospace Center for Excellence, or ACE, addresses the growing need for aviation and aerospace professionals as well as preserving the history of aviation for future generations. ACE’s largest fundraising event is the annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo. ACE resides on 25 of the 200 acres of the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus and is comprised of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), Aerospace Discovery, a Florida Air Museum and numerous other education-based venues.

Rick Garcia, CEO of Gulf Coast Avionics, has been elected Chairman of the Board of ACE. Integrally involved with the formation of ACE and the development of its youth programs, Garcia is honored to continue to lead the organization and its philanthropic mission stating “Having had the experience of attending an avionics high school, I am familiar with the challenges our students face to be best prepared for a robust aerospace-related career. Through the various programs, scholarships, and corporate partnerships that ACE offers to the youth of Polk County, Florida and surrounding areas, we enable them to not only reap the rewards of their efforts but to be productive citizens as well.”

Joining Rick Garcia is Bob Beaty as Vice Chairman; Chuck Ahearn as Treasurer; and Jeff Kincart as Secretary. Mike Zidziunas was also elected to the Board.

The SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In Board of Directors fully endorse the Aerospace Center for Excellence’s announcement. “I look forward to working with a dedicated group of individuals that are passionate about making educational opportunities available to our youth. The synergy between our organization and SUN ‘n FUN is strong. Each board can focus on the mission of their organization enabling us to be more successful together” said Garcia.

About Aerospace Center for Excellence

The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is located on 25 of the 200 acres of the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland, Florida. The ACE model is the most unique learning platform in the United States where age-specific opportunities delivered among its various learning centers serve a common function of providing venues of opportunities, scholarships, and mentorship to over 30,000 youth annually by exposing them to the technologies that will prepare them for tomorrow’s aerospace challenges. ACE is the world’s leader in producing teenage private pilots. ACE also preserves the history of flight and leverages interactive exhibits at Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum.  For more information,

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