Mr. Beames is currently the Executive Chairman of York Space Systems, a leader in commercial satellite design and manufacturing. He currently serves as a board member of several companies and is an active seed and founding investor in several other companies. Previously, he served as President, Vulcan Aerospace, and Executive Director of Stratolaunch Systems. His broad senior executive experience both in commercial industry and in government also includes venture capital and private equity management. Prior to leading Vulcan Aerospace, Charles 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. A career space and intelligence officer, Beames retired as a Colonel, USAF after 23 years on active duty which included deployments and duty assignments around the world. His highest decorations for service to country are the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Defense Superior Service Medal.
An engineering graduate of both the US Air Force Academy and the Johns Hopkins University, Beames also holds graduate degrees from the National War College and Georgetown University and is a nationally recognized technology innovator and leader. Credited with the creation and deployment 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. He maintains several residences within the US and abroad.