Orlando – October 25, 2018 – Waymon Armstrong, CEO & President of Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS) was honored as the Entrepreneurial Vanguard at the 2018 Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame this evening at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando. The award was presented by Junior Achievement of Central Florida (JACF).
“The Entrepreneurial Vanguard Award (EVA) honors an entrepreneur whose vision and courage has built a lasting business in Central Florida. It provides Junior Achievement the opportunity to honor and thank an outstanding, local businessperson who is ensuring the success of private enterprise. Waymon is an amazing partner and advocate to our community and an inspirational role model for our next generation of business leaders,” said Kathy Panter, JACF President.
Armstrong’s daughter, Allie, a First Academy student and JACF participant, presented the award to her father at the event that was attended by over 1,000 guests including more than 80 past JACF laureates and honorees, business and community leaders, educators and students. Other honorees included Dr. E. Ann McGee, President Emerita, Seminole State College as Laureate; Rick Walsh, Chairman/CEO, Knob Hill Companies as Laureate; and Tony Massey, President, Massey Services as the Spirit of Achievement recipient.
Armstrong was selected as the EVA by a distinguished selection committee based on his successful entrepreneurial endeavors; his innovative thinking, vision and courage to develop new ideas; his community-mindedness and inspirational leadership in business, and his excellent moral character. In addition, the awardee must have started a business in Central Florida that has remained successful for at least 10 years.
Armstrong says: “When I founded ECS in Orlando in 1997, I took a professional and personal risk that had many challenges along the way. After 21 years as a business owner, it is truly an honor to be awarded the Entrepreneurial Vanguard by my peers. As we deliver global services and training solutions to help make our military stronger,ECS is committed to making a difference in Orlando and throughout the world.”
ECS is an award-winning global services and solutions company, headquartered in Central Florida with a second office in Huntsville, Alabama that is focused on aviation and aerospace. A trusted industry leader, ECS has adapted to challenges throughout its 21-year history to deliver seamless training and operational support to our Warfighters with a vast portfolio of best practices, technology, and innovation.
ECS develops, produces and trains military CONUS and OCONUS in over 45 locations by providing immersive, live and virtual training experiences and implementing expert global workforce services to support aviation, aerospace, logistics, medical, combat, and other military teams. The company is also a workforce provider, which trains, coaches, staffs, and manages teams that augment the joint military service staffs.