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Military - Keynote Speakers

Peter Pace

A master at serving many masters, Pace demonstrates how to think through the consequences of multiple competing priorities, see the bigger picture, and communicate that strategic analysis up the chain in a way that is clear, precise, and useful. Amid today's fragile global economy, corporate restructuring is commonplace, as managers and leaders are continuously challenged to do more with less. In his presentation, General Pace shares insights and personal examples about leading in both directions. General Peter Pace retired from active duty on October 1, 2007, after more than 40 years of service in the United States Marine Corps. He was sworn in as sixteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sep. 30, 2005. In this capacity, he served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council. Prior to becoming Chairman, he served as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Pace holds the distinction of being the first Marine to have served in either of these positions.

Carey Lohrenz

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, Carey Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. She is a powerhouse in the field of delivering engaging Leadership, High Performing Organizations and Diversity Training that directly impacts a company's ROI. In her motivating and engaging presentations, Carey shares the story of her journey to the cockpit along with her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world's most challenging environments. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world and feel inspired to move to higher levels of performance. She uses the processes of Planning, Briefing, Debriefing and Adjusting to help businesses manage risk while becoming High Performing Organizations. In October 2014, Lohrenz released her book, Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck. Lohrenz provides bottom-line expertise, clear takeaway items, and an ability to connect with the audience to make her a highly sought after speaker.

Mike Mullane

Colonel Mike Mullane was selected as a Mission Specialist in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts. He completed three space missions aboard the Shuttles Discovery (STS-41D) and Atlantis (STS-27 & 36) before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990. Since his retirement from NASA, Colonel Mullane has written an award-winning children's book and a popular space-fact book, Do Your Ears Pop In Space? His memoir, Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut, has been reviewed in the New York Times and on the Jon Stewart Daily Show. Colonel Mullane's inspiring and humorous presentations use his experiences as an astronaut in the most unusual, incredible, and dangerous situations to teach leassons about teamwork, leadership, and safety that apply to groups of all kinds. His personal stories of life in space and incredible video footage from NASA will amaze and engage your audience all the way through. They will leave Colonel Mullane's program with a renewed sense of both their own potential and the potential of their teams!

Jim Murphy

Jim "Murph" Murphy, the Founder & CEO of Afterburner, Inc., has demonstrated a unique and powerful mix of leadership skills in both the military and business worlds. Murph joined the U.S. Air Force where he learned to fly the F-15. Through his leadership, Afterburner has been listed on Inc. Magazine's "Inc. 500 List" twice. Murph was also named as one of Atlanta's top 50 entrepreneurs by Catalyst Magazine. Murph and Afterburner have shared the podium such notable speakers as Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Marcus Buckingham, Colin Powell, J.W. Marriott, Sr., and Terry Bradshaw. He is the author of the groundbreaking books Business Is Combat and Flawless Execution and has spoken at many of the world's most notable business schools, including Harvard, Wharton, Cornell, Emory, Duke and Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

Larry Brudnicki

Captain Larry Brudnicki was the leader of the US Coast Guard ship that performed two dramatic rescues during the worst storm in over 100 years - the storm that became known as “The Perfect Storm,” inspiring the book and blockbuster movie. As a leadership speaker, Captain Brudnicki reflects on his experience managing teams through challenging circumstances to help organizations become more successful. He delivers steps that can help audiences make decisions under pressure and risk management tactics that help them avoid pitfalls. He has a perfect balance between humor and real-life drama that keeps his audiences intrigued till the end.

Ken Burns

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for over 35 years and as a professional speaker he brings his audience through his experiences to tell astounding stories. He is a sought after public speaker, appearing at colleges, civic organizations and business groups throughout the country. Any audience he speaks to leaves inspired to follow their own creative desires. Ken’s films have won thirteen Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations, and in September of 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award. A compelling storyteller, Burns speaks on these topics of his documentaries as well as the creative process.

John Foley

John Foley knows first-hand what it means to take high performance and excellence to an extreme level. John delivers an actionable framework for high performance that combines the unique experience as lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels with a master's degree in strategic management from Stanford School of Business. John founded the Glad to Be Here Foundation which has impacted 100 charities and donated 1 million dollars helping thousands of lives globally. His exciting, rare journey inspires awe, triggering audiences to take action and rethink what they believe is possible. John's keynote presentations leave audiences with just one question: How good do you want to be?

Patrick Houlahan

Patrick "Lips" Houlahan was a United States Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet Instructor Pilot and has flown the A/OA-10 Warthog with the United States Air Force Reserve accumulating over 2600 hours of flight time. In 2003, Lips was selected as the Instructor Pilot of the Year and was nominated for the Marine Corps Aviator of the Year. Lips has also received numerous awards recognizing his unequalled ability to instill tactical readiness in his students and directly contributing to the training and readiness of all Marine and Navy F/A-18 Squadrons. After leaving active duty in the Marine Corps in 2004, Lips brought his wealth of instructional experience to the Afterburner team and immediately made a significant impact. An expert at teaching and applying the Flawless Execution model, he quickly became one of Afterburner’s dynamic speakers and breakout facilitators. Lips has been requested by a number of clients because of his ability to connect with their teams.

Rob "Waldo" Waldman

In today’s highly competitive and constantly changing business world, Waldo teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experience as a combat decorated F-16 fight pilot and sales manager. Waldo is a Hall of Fame leadership speaker and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Never Fly Solo. He was also voted one of the Top Speakers in 2015 by Meetings & Conventions Magazine. Waldo has real world sales and business experience and is an expert on creating cultures of commitment, collaboration and trust. The key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen- those who help you overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and break performance barriers. He believes that by placing trust in your wingmen and by being a wingman to others, there is no mission you can’t compete.

William "Gus" Pagonis

When it comes to expertise in logistics and overall leadership in management of very complex projects and organizations, few people are better qualified than Gus Pagonis, a retired three-star U.S. Army General. Lieutenant General Pagonis is widely recognized for his logistical achievements particularly during Desert Shield/Desert storm. After successfully masterminding logistics for the Gulf War and winning high praise from General Norman Schwarzkopf, Pagonis left the Army in 1993 and was hired as Head of Supply Chain for Sears Roebuck and Co. Also, he was President of Sears Logistics Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears. He retired from Sears in June 2006. From July, 2006 to December, 2013, Gus served as the Vice Chairman of the BOD for GENCO and supervised their government operation until December 2013. He presently does consulting for various Corporations and public speaking on Leadership of the Supply Chain. Also, he is a lecturer at Penn State University in their Executive Program.

Jack Uldrich

No one can predict the future; but Jack Uldrich can help you prepare for it. Jack Uldrich is a leading futurist, author, and speaker who helps organizations gain the critical foresight they need to create a successful future. His work is based on the transformational principles of unlearning – or freeing yourself from obsolete knowledge and assumptions – as a strategy to survive and thrive in an era of unparalleled change. Jack is the best-selling author of eleven books and is a frequent guest on national media and regularly appears on the Science Channel’s television program, “FutureScape” and the Discovery Channel show “Inside Out.” Jack provides provocative new perspectives on competitive advantage, change management and transformational leadership. He brings to light the advantages of being creative and using the powers of individual imagination.

David Rutherford

David inspires audiences and individuals across America and around the world with his high-energy, high-impact style of motivational speaking reflective of his Navy SEAL training and operational experiences. As a Behavioral Training Specialist and self-help author and blog talk radio host, David delivers incredible insight into the human condition and outlines what it takes for individuals and teams to achieve elite levels of personal and professional success. David combines his incredible personal story with the proven track record of Navy SEAL Teams, creating an elite performance program that exposes corporate teams and individuals to 3 unique concepts designed to help gain the competitive edge, deal with stress, elevate performance, strengthen teamwork, embrace chaos and forge leadership. Hire David today and learn to embrace your fears, forge your self-confidence and live the Team Life.

Elizabeth McCormick

Elizabeth supported UN peacekeeping operations in Kosovo as the S-4 Logistics Officer in Charge at the Battalion level, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for her excellence in service. As a Blackhawk Helicopter pilot she has completed Air Assault/Rappelling training missions, transport for VIPs like Generals, Governors and Congressmen and women, executed Command & Control battlefield management operations, and flown military intelligence missions. With her empowering, energizing delivery, Elizabeth is a sought-after keynote speaker. She is author of The PILOT Method- the 5 Elemental Truths to Leading Yourself in Life. She inspires audiences with her experiences and stories from her years as a Black Hawk Helicopter pilot and turns them into relatable lessons that any audience can put into immediate action.

Mike Abrashoff

Mike Abrashoff is at the center of one of the most remarkable modern day stories of organizational transformation. Mike took command of the USS Benfold, one of the Navy’s worst performing ships, and turned it into the best within twelve months while using the same crew. Mike shares his personal experience which teaches the importance of leadership style and creating an environment where employees feel safe, empowered and supported. Mike is also the author of three books, It’s Your Ship, It’s Our Ship, and Get your Ship Together. He equips his audiences with strategies, tactics, and tools necessary to unleash breakthrough performances and extraordinary results in spite of the odds.

Afterburner, Inc.

As the global leader in Flawless Execution℠, Afterburner knows the power that its immersive corporate team building events can have. During their leadership seminars, your team will delve into the principles introduced in the 'zero tolerance for error' world of military fighter pilots, experiencing the powerful methodology and processes of Flawless Execution℠. You're fighting for market share. You're fighting to make your numbers. You need a team that works as one. You need a team that works for the same goals. You need a team that knows not only how to plan a mission, but how to execute that mission flawlessly from start to finish. And their experiential team building keynote speakers understand this need to stay relevant in today's business world. Afterburner’s team of men and women elite former military professionals has a powerful mix of combat experience combined with extensive business skills. Afterburner has an unwavering focus on improving your team’s ability to execute.

Vincent Boles

A leader, world class logistician, coach, and developer of teams; Major General Vincent Boles brings his 30+ years of experience to every audience as a leadership speaker. The leadership challenge ensures that as a leader, you set the climate so that your folks' best gets better. To meet this challenge you need a leader of character, who demonstrates credentials in accomplishing tough tasks and a leader who builds teams whose best gets better. Vinny uses anecdotes, success stories, and lessons learned to provide an engaging presentation on leadership, crisis management, and supply chain logistics. He offers guidance for leading in times of crisis as well as meeting the everyday challenges of moving your team forward. Vinny's first book 4-3-2-1 Leadership - What America's Sons and Daughters Taught Me on My Way from Second Lieutenant to Two-Star General was published in March, 2013.

Justin Constantine

A Marine officer, Justin deployed to Iraq in 2006. After surviving a gunshot wound to the head, he believes he now has a “second lease on life.” Six years and dozens of surgeries later, Justin is now a nationally renowned leader in the Wounded Warrior community. Based on his incredible story of survival, Justin offers inspiration for a more rewarding professional and personal life. Not only has he survived, but thrived, in conditions that few can truly understand. With high energy, courage and humor, Justin motivates and inspires audiences, helping them realize that no matter what obstacle they face, they can reach new heights of success, productivity and fulfillment. Justin serves on the Board of Directors of both the Wounded Warrior Project and the Give An Hour Foundation. He has received significant recognition from the White House, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Washington Redskins and James Madison University. In 2012 the Virginia Legislature passed a commending resolution highlighting Justin’s continued support of veterans and other wounded warriors. Justin has also been featured in magazines and programs such as CNN, Fox News, Mens Health, the Huffington Post, and the Atlantic.

Bill Driscoll

Navy Ace pilot and TOPGUN instructor Bill Driscoll demonstrates to audiences how life-or-death aerial dogfights--and the preparation for them--can help guide high-risk corporate decisions. Bill uses strategies from Driscoll's own highly successful second career in commercial real estate to reinforce the consistent patterns of underlying exceptional performance under pressure.

D.J. Vanas

Enduring the extreme conditions of traditional ceremonies and rights of passage, D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas has had the values of the warrior spirit burned into his core. A tribally-enrolled member of the Odawa Nation and a former U.S. Air Force officer, D.J. inspires others to practically apply the power of the warrior spirit in business and life to stay resilient, lead with courage, and thrive in tough, changing environments. He has used his dynamic programs to build warriors in 49 states and internationally to over 5,000 audiences to "strengthen the tribe" of organizations such as IBM, Walt Disney, NASA, the Secret Service, the American Cancer Society and hundreds of tribal communities. He has also been invited to The White House to share his message – twice. Now he's ready to deliver his powerful high-energy message to you!

Peter Singer

Described in the Wall Street Journal as "the premier futurist in the national-security environment," Dr. Peter Singer is considered one of the world's leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare. He is Strategist and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, founder of NeoLuddite, a technology advisory firm, the author of multiple award-winning books, and a contributing editor at Popular Science. Previously, he has consulted for the US Military, Defense Intelligence Agency, and FBI, as well as advised a range of entertainment programs, including Warner Brothers and Dreamworks. He also served as coordinator of the Obama-08 campaign's defense policy task force and was named by the President to the US Military's Transformation Advisory Group. Dr. Singer encourages audiences to explore the key trends emerging today that will shape the world of technology and security tomorrow.

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