Lakeland, FL October 06, 2021 – The Aerospace Center of Excellence (ACE) announced today that Daryl Price has been appointed new Executive Director for the organization. An experienced business leader and aviation professional, Daryl will succeed Ed Young and assumed responsibilities on September 20th.
Relocating from Appleton, Wisconsin, Daryl will immediately begin having a direct impact on the ACE campus. After building and providing executive leadership to DJParagon, LLC for 22 years, his impact at ACE will be evident. DJ Paragon is a world class training and technology company specializing in strategic and tactical business integration and training of technical, operational and mission-critical business process systems. Leading the way, he developed and managed a world-class business training and technology company from inception to $18,000,000 annual revenue with 34 leading-edge emerging technology/data engineers and a customer presence throughout U.S. and 17 foreign countries.
President and CEO, John “Lites” Leenhouts states, “Daryl comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge, that partners exquisitely with a very engaging personality, all of which will be instrumental in leading our ACE Team as we bring the SkyLab Innovation Center to life.”
Daryl Price pursued Bachelor of Science Studies in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and earned an Associate degree in Data Networking and Telecommunications from Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin. Over the years he has achieved various note-worthy accomplishments and certifications including: Aviation Crisis and Disaster Management-Critical Event Leadership; was a regular participant and speaker at the HAI International Expo and Safety Seminar, and achieved MCI-Critical Incident Management Certification. He is a commercial pilot in both fixed wing and rotorcraft and a seasoned CFI/CFII.
The Aerospace Center of Excellence’s (ACE) is a 14-building aerospace STEM facility located on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus. ACE has vibrantly created a vision of building a brighter future through aerospace and aviation! This purposeful and innovative vision will soon come to life through the added leadership of Daryl Price.