Retired Air Force Colonel Joseph Zeis, Jr.

Retired Air Force Colonel Joseph Zeis Jr. serves as Senior Advisor for Aerospace and Defense for the Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. The Governor’s Senior Advisor for Aerospace and Defense is a new position created by Governor DeWine to protect Ohio’s military and aerospace installations, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and NASA Glenn Research Center.

Zeis is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, with over 26 years of service. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1981, and he holds Master’s Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a Master Navigator, a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, and a certified Acquisition Program Manager who has presided over advanced technology contracts of major aircraft systems. In his last active duty position in the Air Force, he commanded the 46th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Following his retirement from the Air Force, Zeis served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer of the Dayton Development Coalition from 2007 to 2013. In this role, he was responsible for identifying, facilitating, and implementing aerospace and technology-related opportunities to support business development and expansion in the Dayton region. He is also a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law and has worked as an attorney with Sebaly, Shillito & Dyer, in Dayton, since 2016.