Pictured (left to right): John Givens, President of Bohemia Interactive Simulations, Inc.; and Rob Matthews, Strategic Advisor for Modeling and Simulation at Coe and Naylor Group.

The National Center for Simulation (NCS) has welcomed John Givens, President of Bohemia Interactive Simulations, Inc.; and Rob Matthews, Strategic Advisor for Modeling and Simulation at Coe and Naylor Group, to its board.

John Givens manages Bohemia Interactive Simulation’s distribution of Virtual Battlespace (VBS3) to the U.S. Army, which is the flagship of its five-year Games for Training programme.

“There are massive changes going on in our industry and I believe NCS will play a pivotal role in new contract methodologies,” stated Givens. “As someone who has started a company from the ground up, I understand the pitfalls and unknowns to potentially help others succeed. My goal is to make an impact in bringing the industry together for a much louder voice in areas where it is needed. Personally, from the heart, I have benefited from NCS and it's my turn to give back.”

Rob Matthews, a government civilian (U.S. Navy) and one of the founders of Team Orlando, has been active with NCS for more than 15 years.

“NCS has a unique position, in that they advocate for the federal, state and local governments, as well as academia and industry serving the modeling, simulation and training arena,” commented Matthews. “NCS provides the 'oil' that allows the coordination and collaboration to be enhanced and advocated at all levels. I believe my experience with the federal government acquisition organisations will be able to benefit NCS and provide insight that will enhance its ability to meet its mission. I am honoured to have this opportunity to serve others.”

The NCS Board of Directors officers for 2018 are: Brian Holmes, Chair; Mary Trier, Vice Chair; Terry Kohl, Treasurer; and John Givens, Secretary. Other board members include Angela M. Alban; Daniel Holsenbeck, Ph.D.; Lee W. Lacy, Ph.D.; Dave Manning; Hank Okraski; Steve Painter; Bill “Roto" Reuter; Ed Schons; David M. Scott; Randall Shumaker, Ph.D.; Marni Spence; Michael Tschanz; Eric Ushkowitz and Rob Matthews.

Lt. Gen. (Ret) Thomas L. Baptiste, President and CEO of NCS, said, “As we embark on a new and exciting year, our volunteer leadership continues to play a critical, guiding role in advancing our association and the industry as a whole.

“The calibre of our board members is a testament to NCS' hard work and commitment. We are pleased to be led by such dedicated professionals and look forward to working together as we continue on this journey.”