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Executive Staff Member

Dale Ketcham

Vice President Government & External Relations

Dale Ketcham serves as Space Florida’s Vice President Government & External Relations. In this role, Ketcham utilizes existing and developing networks to advantage the State of Florida as the recognized leader in the exploration, national security and commercial space marketplace through innovation, collaboration, and influence.

Dale spent 40 years at the Cape working with major contractors, 8(a)’s, the U.S. Congress, Enterprise Florida and the University of Central Florida.

After receiving his degree in philosophy from the University of Florida, Dale returned to Cocoa Beach. He worked for Rockwell International on the Shuttle Program for 10 years, then spent four years as District Director for then Congressman Jim Bacchus, who represented the Cape area on the Space Subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Dale then returned to the private sector, becoming Director of Business Development for AJT & Associates, a private engineering firm working with NASA, the U.S. Navy and Air Force as well as at airports around the country.

Immediately prior to Space Florida, Dale worked for the University of Central Florida (UCF) as Director of the Spaceport Research & Technology Institute (SRTI) and as the Director of Space and Defense Programs with Enterprise Florida, the State of Florida’s economic development agency.