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Afterburner® Fighter Pilots Featured at Alter Trading Corporation's Manager Meeting

Leaders from the scrap metal recycling company participated in the Leaning ForwardSM program in Chicago, IL

Atlanta, Feb. 20, 2013 — More than 120 leaders from Alter Trading Corporation were surprised to find their manager's meeting taken over by three fighter pilots from the leadership training firm, Afterburner Inc. As the consultants walked through the room announcing to the stunned crowd that their usual meeting was no more, Alter leaders were introduced to one of the firm's innovative programs, Leaning Forward®. Over the next four hours, the Afterburner fighter pilots led the group through an intensive training on the firm's dynamic Flawless Execution® model.

In a volume-driven industry, the ability to adapt to constant change is vital to the success of Alter. Founded over a century ago, Alter Trading Corp. is one of the largest metal recyclers in the country, and offers a wide variety of scrap metal solutions, from transportation solutions to radiation screening. The Leaning ForwardSM program will help to increase communication in the organization, a vital component in developing efficiency and productivity while eliminating situational threats. They were led through the program by three of Afterburner's top consultants: retired Blue Angel Pilot Scott "Intake" Kartvedt, F/A-18 fighter pilot John "Hitman" Hilterman, and C-141, C-21 Lear, F-16 instructor pilot Mary "Mojo" Rainaldi.

Following the keynote, the Leaning ForwardSM program allowed attendees to immediately apply the newly acquired training in a comprehensive Mission Planning Exercise. The experiential learning process began with the large group splitting into multiple squadrons that worked together to plan and execute a predetermined mission. Communication and full team participation were required to successfully complete the exercise, or teams risked failing the assignment. Participants learned the results of the Mission Planning Exercise upon finishing, followed by a comprehensive debrief that provided detailed feedback for the individual squadrons, as well as valuable insight into the way the company operates as a team.

To learn more about Afterburner's innovative approach to professional development and strategy, visit or call (404)-835-3500.

About Afterburner®

Afterburner, Inc., founded in 1996 by U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Jim "Murph" Murphy, trains organizations around the world in the simple, scalable improvement processes of Flawless Execution, which encompasses the Three E's-Empower, Equip, and EmbedSM. With a client list that includes over 30% of the U.S. Fortune 500, Afterburner is among Inc. Magazine's "Inc. 500 List of America's Fastest Growing Companies" and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Financial Times, Newsweek, and Meetings and Conventions Magazine. Afterburner has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg News. For information on Afterburner's Flawless Execution model, please visit

About Alter Trading Corporation

Founded in 1898, Alter, a privately owned, fourth-generation company, is ISO 9001 and 14001 certified. Alter employs 1,250 employees and operates 43 metal recycling facilities and five trading offices in eight states, as well as having a representative sales office in Hong Kong, China. Headquartered in St. Louis, Alter provides a direct supply of quality products and services, sourced both in America and abroad, to customers in the United States and throughout the world.

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