Jim Banke is an award-winning, veteran communicator with some 25 years of experience as an aerospace journalist, writer, producer, consultant, analyst and project manager. Previous employers include Florida Today, Space.com, the Space Foundation and SAIC. His expertise and experience with the space program was recognized in 2006 by Gov. Jeb Bush, who appointed him to the Governor's Commission on the Future of Aeronautics and Space in Florida, which led to the creation of Space Florida. Banke was honored by NASA in 2007 with a Distinguished Public Service Meda, and in 2011 by the National Space Club Florida Committee with the prestigious Harry Kolcum News and Communications Award. He is now owner and president of MILA Solutions, LLC, providing strategic communications, media products and project management services to the aerospace industry.