Mr. Beames is currently the Executive Chairman of York Space Systems, a leader in commercial satellite design and manufacturing. Previously, he served as President, Vulcan Aerospace and Executive Director, Stratolaunch Systems. Beames brings to the Areté Board broad executive experience across the space and military industry, including legislative affairs and private equity investment. His expertise spans the commercial and national security space industry, where he currently serves as a board member for several other space companies. Prior to working at Vulcan Aerospace, he was a member of the Senior Executive Service, holding several executive positions within the Department of Defense. His last was as the Principal Director, Space & Intelligence Systems in the Pentagon, overseeing the execution of a $90B annual acquisition budget. Beames retired as a Colonel, USAF after 23 years on active duty that included deployments and duty assignments around the world.
An engineering graduate of both the US Air Force Academy and the Johns Hopkins University, Beames also holds advanced degrees from the National War College and Georgetown University and is a nationally recognized technology innovator and leader. Credited with the creation of some of the most transformational space & intelligence programs of the last 30 years, the National Academy of Engineering recognized him as a Top 100 Young Engineer and Secretary Gates awarded him the Defense Superior Service Medal in 2011. He maintains several residences within the US and abroad.