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Jim "Murph" Murphy
James D. "Murph" Murphy, the Founder & CEO of Afterburner, Inc., has 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. He logged over 1,200 hours as an instructor pilot in the F-15 and accumulated over 3,200 hours of flight time in other high-performance aircraft. As the 116th Fighter Wing's Chief of Training for the Georgia Air National Guard, Murph's job was to keep 42 combat-trained fighter pilots ready to deploy worldwide within 72 hours. As a flight leader, he flew missions to Central America, Asia, Central Europe and the Middle East.
Prior to his service in the U.S. Air Force, Murph had a successful career in imaging equipment sales, where he helped increase his company's sales by 500%. Years later, he became Director of Sales for a small paint company. The concepts he developed and utilized in business and the U.S. Air Force would become known as Flawless Execution®. Applying Flawless Execution's continuous cycle of planning, briefing, executing, and debriefing, he increased his new employer's sales from $5 million to $52 million per year. Realizing that all companies and organizations could benefit from these same concepts, Murph started Afterburner Incorporated in early 1996.
Through his leadership, Afterburner landed on Inc. Magazine's "Inc. 500 List" three times. Murph has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, Newsweek, Meetings & Conventions Magazine and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg News. He was also named as one of Atlanta's top 50 entrepreneurs by Catalyst Magazine. To date, the Afterburner team of elite military professionals has led over 1 million executives, sales professionals, and business people from every industry through Afterburner's Flawless Execution Model℠, and its unique, high-energy programs.
Murph and Afterburner have shared the podium with notable speakers like Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Marcus Buckingham, Colin Powell, J.W. Marriott Sr. and Terry Bradshaw. Murph serves as a panel member of the League of Extraordinary Minds with business and self-improvement gurus such as Tony Robbins and Stephen Covey. He is the author of the six books; Business Is Combat; Flawless Execution, The Debrief Imperative, The Flawless Execution Field Manual, Down Range, and Courage to Execute and has spoken at many of the world's most notable business schools to include Harvard, Wharton, Cornell, Emory, Duke and Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
Charles "Chaz" Campbell
Charles Campbell, call sign "Chaz" is the Director of Afterburner University and the most senior member of the Afterburner Team. He recently retired from active service having achieved the rank of Brigadier General and accumulating over 30 years of service in the US Air Force and the Florida Air National Guard. He now shares his experiences and leadership lessons with Afterburner clients and students in the Afterburner University.
During his career Chaz has commanded at all levels of the Air Force structure. None more demanding than his last assignment as the Vice Commander of Air Forces North, First Air Force where he dealt with the "Can't fail" high pressure environment of Air Defense of the entire United States airspace...helping ensure "9-11" will never happen again!
Chaz is not only a graduate of the US Air Force Fighter Weapons School but was also selected as an instructor in the most elite of the Air Force fighter schools. He led the first F-16 team in the William Tell Air to Air competition and designed and commanded the first fighter Air National Guard Instructor Pilot Associate program to the US Air Force. He has been combat ready in the F-4, F-16 and the F-15 with over 3,700 hours.
Chaz was handpicked in 2007 to lead the Afterburner University. In that capacity he develops and executes the highly successful curriculum of the Flawless Execution℠ program.
Patrick "Lips" Houlahan
Patrick "Lips" Houlahan was an F/A-18 Hornet Instructor Pilot and has flown the A-10 Warthog accumulating over 2800 hours of flight time.
Lips graduated from The Citadel in 1992 and also graduated from “Top Gun” in 2000. While on active duty, Lips applied his superior tactical expertise, leadership, and instructional capabilities to train over 320 replacement aircrew and in 2003 was selected as the Instructor Pilot 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 the operational squadrons. Lips also excelled as a Logistics, Maintenance, and Training Officer.
After leaving active duty 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, breakout facilitator, and strategic consultant. Lips has been requested by a number of clients because of his ability to connect with their teams. Lips was selected as the San Diego’s MPI (Meeting Professionals International) Speaker of the Year for 2006.
Lips has been involved with the start-up of two companies as an operations and business development executive. The challenging experience of starting a business coupled with his vast knowledge of leading high performing teams, has made Lips one of Afterburner’s most valued speakers. Lips regularly speaks and consults with many of today's leading corporations such as Verizon, GE, ExxonMobil, Medtronic, and H&R Block to name a few.
Ron "Beav" Horton
Ron Horton, call sign "Beav", is a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a graduate of the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power Program. Following an extremely distinguished career and four operational command tours, Ron retired from the U.S. Navy after 30 years of service. The pinnacles of Ron's career were commanding a Logistics Group and Task Force, as a Rear Admiral, in Southeast Asia and being the 20th Commanding Officer of the Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65), responsible and accountable for all facets of safety and operations of her 5500 personnel embarked crew and eight nuclear reactors. Ron has also commanded an FA-18C “Hornet” Carrier Based Strike Fighter Squadron and an 18,000 Ton Amphibious Transport Ship.
As a Strike Fighter Squadron Commanding Officer, Ron led his squadron to winning the Navy's Battle Efficiency Award for FA-18 squadrons, the Safety Excellence Award for Aviation Safety, and to being selected as the Navy's FA-18 “Squadron of the Year”. Additionally, as Commanding Officer of USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65), Ron led that enormous team to winning SECNAV and CNO Environmental Excellence Awards, the prestigious ADM Flatley Memorial Safety Award signifying combined Ship/Air Wing Team Safety Excellence, the Navy's Battle Efficiency Award for Aircraft Carriers, and the coveted Battenberg Cup signifying “Fleet Forces Ship of the Year”.
Ron has over 3700 flight hours and 750 Carrier Arrested Landings with 250 Night Carrier Landings in the A6E “Intruder” and FA-18C “Hornet”. He was a qualified instructor in every facet of tactical strike warfare and a qualified Carrier Air Wing Strike Leader.
Ron now shares his vast Executive Leadership and Risk Management experience in high risk operations with Afterburner clients as Afterburner's EVP for Health, Safety, and Environmental Services.
Jim "Boots" Demarest
Jim "Boots" Demarest is an F-15 Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of the prestigious Air Force Fighter Weapon School "Top Gun" program. Boots, a Desert Storm veteran, has extensive business experience. After graduation from Cornell Law School as the Managing Editor of the Cornell Law Review, Boots spent over 9 years as a Commercial Litigation attorney in Florida. A self-proclaimed "recovering attorney", Boots now owns and operates a martial arts school while overseeing his real estate development projects in Southwest Florida.
Boots joined Afterburner in 2002 and has delivered his leadership and consulting experience to such companies as Sara Lee, Meridian Gold, Genworth, Kohler, Motorola, and GMAC, helping to develop their senior leadership teams through the full range of Afterburner's products and coaching programs.
John "Hitman" Hilterman
Hitman joined the Afterburner team in 2001 and is our resident expert at equipping organizations with Flawless Execution methodologies. He is one of our most experienced members who has worked globally with over 400 different companies and high reliability organizations helping them achieve their strategic objectives by creating alignment and closing execution gaps. Hitman's clients include companies such as GE, Oracle, Boston Scientific, Daiichi Sankyo, USAA, National Oilwell Varco, MEG Energy, and the NSA, to name a few.
After graduating from Navy flight school with distinction, Hitman flew anti-submarine warfare helicopters for four years and then earned a transition to fly the F/A-18 Hornet winning both the Top Hook and Top Drop awards while in training. He was hand-picked to attend the Naval Post Graduate School of Aviation Safety where he graduated with honors. Under his leadership as Safety Officer, his squadron achieved a zero mishap rate and received numerous safety awards throughout the Pacific fleet. Hitman was also the Operations Officer for the Navy's only forward deployed Carrier Air Wing where he directed the daily operations of eight squadrons and managed a $24MM budget. As a seasoned carrier fighter pilot, Hitman has over 4,700 flight hours and 507 carrier landings of which 200 were at night. He was a qualified instructor in every facet of tactical strike warfare, a night vision goggle instructor, and a qualified Carrier Air Wing Strike Leader.
After leaving active duty with the Navy in 2000 to pursue an airline career, Hitman returned to full time service with the U.S. Air Force following the terrorist attacks of September 11th. While there he was an E-3 AWACS instructor and evaluator pilot as well as the Operations Officer for a 113 member military and civilian squadron responsible for a $45MM budget and a 1,483 acre airfield complex. Hitman's last tour of duty was as a T-38C instructor pilot providing initial flight training for over 90 student pilots annually in the advanced phases of undergraduate pilot training. He was also selected as the Chief of Wing Inspections where he led a two year transformation of an underperforming flying training wing earning an “Excellent” rating on one of the Air Force's major three year compliance inspections.
Hitman's depth and breadth of experience helping high reliability, high risk operations develop a culture of accountability, safety, and leadership both in the service of our nation and our clients has made Hitman one of Afterburner's most highly sought out and valued business consultants.
Scott "Intake" Kartvedt
Scott was the Navy's first Commanding Officer of the only F-35C Stealth Strike Fighter Squadron in the US inventory; Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO ONE based in Eglin AFB, Florida.
Scott also commanded an F/A-18 Hornet squadron during two combat deployments. Under his command, the Rampager's were awarded the 2009 Commander Naval Air Forces Aviation Battle Efficiency Award, the CAPT Michael J. Estocin Award as the Navy's Stirke Fighter Squadron of the year and the 2010 CNO Safety Award.
In 1999 he was selected as a member of the Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, stationed in Pensacola, FL where he was the VIP pilot and Narrator for the 2000 show season and he flew in the demonstration as the Opposing Solo, #6 and Lead Solo Pilot, #5 during the 2001-2002 show seasons. Scott assumed duties as Managing Director, Naval Aviation Joint Strike Fighter Requirements on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) in December 2010. In this capacity, Kartvedt assisted the Director of Air Warfare (OPNAV N98) in the development, programming, and budgeting of war fighting requirements for the F-35C Strike Fighter.
Scott is a graduate of Pepperdine University, the US Navy and Marine Corp School of Aviation Safety, Air Command and Staff College and the Joint Forces Staff College.
Scott has participated in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM, as well as the 1996 TAIWANESE CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS. He has accumulated over 4,300 flight hours and 650 carrier arrested landings on 11 different aircraft carriers. His personal awards include the 2009 American Legion Aviation Valor Award, Bronze Star for combat leadership, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals and 5 Strike/Flight Air Medals.
Scott is the founder and CEO of Kartvedt Holdings LLC, a privately held real estate investment company and SKBE LLC, a privately held boat leasing company. Scott now shares the proven executive leadership and risk management experience he acquired during extensive combat operations with Afterburner clients across all industries.
Matthew "Whiz" Buckley
E. Matthew “Whiz” Buckley is the founder and CEO of Strike Fighter Financial LLC, a privately held consulting firm that works with select clients in the financial industry. He is the founder and CEO of Top Gun Options LLC and is the Chief Strategy Officer and a partner at Options University Group LLC headquartered in Boca Raton, FL.
Whiz is a highly experienced business executive with decades of leadership and execution experience from the front lines to the front office. Whiz was the founder and CEO of PEAK6 Media LLC, a financial media firm. The company provided options and futures news, commentary, analysis, entertainment, and up to the minute reporting directly from the floors of the Chicago Board Options Exchange and Board of Trade. This exclusive information allowed retail and professional options and futures traders around the world to execute at a higher level.
Prior to this Whiz was the Managing Director of Strategy for PEAK6 Investments L.P., one of the largest proprietary volatility arbitrage options trading firms in the country. He was responsible for the strategic development, execution, and debriefing of all strategic plans across the firm and retail business units. Whiz rose from the position of Managing Director at this leading Wall Street firm to CEO of a subsidiary company in one year at the age of 38. This firm recruited Whiz based on his experience as a consultant at Afterburner, his military leadership experience, and his retail options trading knowledge.
Whiz's military background makes him a highly successful options trader. At Top Gun Options he applies many fighter pilot methodologies and techniques to trading such as executing a well defined strategy with predetermined exit points, managing risk by having a contingency plan, and debriefing each trade to get lessons learned so he can improve future performance. His firm teaches professional and retail traders how to sort through information overload (trading task saturation) to ensure that they have the highest probability of success before squeezing the trigger on a trade. One of his options based portfolios returned over 75% in 2010, and year to date another portfolio is up 60%.
Whiz is a columnist on Jim Cramer's financial website TheStreet.com and writes a column called “The Firing Line". He also writes an options trading column on Investors Observer. Whiz has been quoted as a financial expert in the Wall Street Journal and Market Watch and as a military expert for Fox News.
From 2004 to 2006, he was the Director of Leadership for Afterburner where he became a nationally recognized and highly sought after business consultant and speaker. He developed and deployed leadership and strategic planning products and was a C level advisor to many Fortune 500 companies, including GE, Cisco, GM, AT&T, Sears, First Industrial, GMAC, Panasonic, Washington Mutual, Capital One, GM, MasterCard, Tyco, and Gilead Sciences.
Whiz has written a book called From Sea Level to C Level: A Fighter Pilot's Journey from the Front Lines to the Front Office, which combines his experiences in the military and in corporate America.
Whiz is a decorated Naval Aviator who flew the F/A-18 Hornet for the United States Navy. He flew 44 combat sorties over Iraq and graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School ("TOPGUN").
Tracy "Jackie O" LaTourrette
Tracy "JackieO" LaTourrette, one of the first female fighter pilots in the world, has flown missions globally as a combat mission-ready F-16 fighter pilot. JackieO qualified in both the F-16 fighter and the C-21 Learjet, and is a Lieutenant Colonel currently serving on the Colorado National Guard's Joint Staff as the Deputy Director of Current Operations. She is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate with a coveted appointment by President George H.W. Bush and has a Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Engineering. Post 9-11 JackieO flew Presidential protection missions and flew in a classified location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
JackieO has accumulated over 1,200 total flight hours, 4 Aerial Achievement Medals, and over 2,000 hours as an AWACS Air Weapons Controller. She is a Top Gun and Turkey Shoot Champion, and a graduate of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School Interoperability training at the Top Gun facility with the Navy. Tracy completed Fighter Electronic Combat training, Air Force Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and is currently enrolled in Air War College. She has an extensive background in weapons and tactics, training, mobility, and scheduling, to name a few. JackieO brings her expertise in discipline, flexibility, and process improvement to the thousands of participants she trains both nationally & abroad.
JackieO 's customization is best in class. She is known for her ability to readily assess the most complicated of businesses, accurately speaking their language and addressing company specific real world issues from the stage and in breakouts. Her energetic style creates an environment where clients learn the Flawless Execution ModelSM, the pitfalls of channelized attention and task saturation, and depart motivated and focused. JackieO arms her clients with powerful tools they can immediately apply for accelerated results.
A 2000 veteran with Afterburner Inc., JackieO's international experience makes her highly sought after and requested by Fortune 100 companies. Mass Mutual, Pfizer, HSBC, State Farm, Jiffy Lube and Blue Cross Blue Shield accelerate their corporate success through JackieO's training. JackieO's flexibility and attention to detail make her a top choice for customizing complicated programs for Associations with a varied audience such as National Apartment Association, and Executive Women International. This fighter pilot Mom was recently featured in Aviation for Women magazine, on the cover of Contractor Magazine, and is also featured on the cover of Afterburner's book, "Flawless Execution". JackieO has spoken at Harvard Business School and is our only speaker to have closed for a U.S. President.
Terry "TD" Deitz
Fighter pilot, Business Owner, T.V. Host, Airline Captain, Coach, Motivational Speaker, Inventor, Philanthropist and one of our most Dynamic Speakers, Terry “TD” Deitz is an expert at finding the time to constantly pursue Flawless Execution in everything he does.
TD has hosted, produced and appeared on television shows on CBS’s, SURVIVOR, the History Channel’s, Modern Marvels, and the Discovery Channel’s, Great Planes, and as one of Afterburners Main Speakers has worked with hundreds of outstanding companies and organizations.
As a retired Navy Fighter Pilot, TD brings the right perspective of how a company can leverage Flawless Execution in every facet of their operation and execution. “There is not a more powerful model out there then the Flawless Execution Cycle, it will propel your business at mach speed to the top of your business space, and....keep it there!” His favorite part of the model, the Debrief.
TD, attended United States Naval Academy from ’78-’82, honing his leadership skills on and off the baseball diamond. His Academy experience culminated in a “Sweet Sixteen” baseball appearance and a degree in Meteorology.
Prior to flight school, TD qualified as Officer of the Deck, on the world’s longest Nuclear Aircraft Carrier, ths USS Enterprise (CVN-65), one of the youngest officers ever to do so. In 1984, he accepted orders to Navy Flight School and follow on assignment to fly the F-14 Tomcat, made famous in the movie, TopGun. He spent 3 years of his life deployed on aircraft carriers around the world. “I had the honor of operating with some of the world’s best leaders, mentors, and fighter pilots, who had a large part in defining how I conduct my life and business affairs.”
TD has been a valued member of the Afterburner team since 2007 and is busy working initiatives involving University level education, Debriefs, and the utilization of the Flawless Execution Model in College Athletics. "Good leadership in the boardroom, in planning sessions, and out in the field, requires consistency and good habits. Flawless Execution will equip your organization with the tools and processes needed to be both consistent and forward leaning, and at the top of whatever space you are operating in!"
Navy SEALS are the elite of the Special Operations Forces - the most highly trained and dedicated forces in the global special operations community - undertaking the toughest physical and mental training in preparation for dangerous missions into enemy territory. Commander Mark N McGinnis will take you through the process of attaining this elite status - including the aptly-named "Hell Week" when soldiers are pushed to the physical, mental and emotional limits, often on less than four hours sleep.
Mark successfully completed this training, and went on to lead more than 400 SEAL operators through real world operations and training evolutions with zero mishaps. He has completed numerous deployments and operations throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America, North East Asia, the Pacific Rim countries, Iraq and Afghanistan. He truly understands the term "leadership in challenging times" and how to translate his training and experiences to his civilian career.
Born in Monroe, North Carolina, in 1969 Commander Mark N McGinnis attended the United States Naval Academy. After graduating from USNA in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree, he served in the U.S. Marines as a Quality Assurance Officer. Three years later, Mark felt duty-bound to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL, and in 1996 became one of only four Marine Officers in history to be awarded an inter-service transfer to the U.S. Navy Seals.
As a Lieutenant Junior Grade, Mark served as Class Leader for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training Class 212 and after graduation was assigned to SEAL Team FIVE in San Diego, California (1996-2000). At ST-5, Mark served in a variety of positions, leading his team through numerous deployments throughout North East Asia and the Pacific. After his successful tour of duty at ST-5, he was selected to serve at SEAL Team FOUR in Virginia Beach, Virginia (2000-2002) where he completed numerous deployments and operations in support of counter narcotics and counter drug initiatives throughout the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America.
In May 2002, Lieutenant McGinnis separated from active duty and embarked on a career as a Biosurgical Sales Specialist for Genzyme Biosurgery. Meanwhile, while serving in the reserves, Mark received the rank of Lieutenant Commander at Supervisor Diving and Salvage. Two years later, Mark put his civilian career on hold when he was once again asked to serve his country.
LCDR McGinnis was assigned to the Special Operations Command Center in Tampa Florida (2004-2006) where he completed numerous deployments in support of Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. During his career as a SEAL officer, Mark has earned the reputation of "Top Operator" and proudly led more than 400 SEAL operators through numerous real world and training evolutions with zero mishaps. In May of 2009, Mark received the rank of Commander.
After completing his tour of duty at SOCCENT, Commander McGinnis re-joined Genzyme Biosurgery where he was soon after promoted to the position of Regional Sales Director.
Mark continues to proudly serve in the U.S. Naval Reserves and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Patty and his children, Reagan and Kellan.
Michael "Pisser" Kenny
Michael Kenny is one of the most experienced members of the Afterburner Team. Since 1997 he has worked with hundreds of different companies providing Flawless Execution℠ solutions. He has been called upon by some of the top CEO's in the Global 1000 to facilitate their Strategic planning, Project Management, Product Launches & Standard Operating Procedures. He is also our Subject Matter Expert and a leading authority in the area of Corporate Debriefing. His clients include companies such as Kellogg, Bank of America, New York Life, Union Pacific, Bausch & Lomb, Pfizer, H&R Block, CIBA Vision, & TIBCO, to name few. Michael is also a contributing author of Afterburner's 2005 release Flawless Execution (Harper Collins).
After graduating from the US Naval Academy with a degree in Mathematics, He went on to be a Marine Pilot for over 20 years. For 5 years he flew the AV-8B Harrier and then the F/A-18 Hornet for the last 15 years, accumulating over 3800 Tactical flight hours. His Combat experience includes 36 missions during Desert Storm and combat operations in Somalia.
In 1992 he was handpicked to attend the elite Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron (MAWTS) course or the Marine equivalent of "Top Gun". From 1993-1997, he was an instructor at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC); A Naval Aviation training center of excellence in Fallon, Nevada. These Top notch training environments afforded him the requisite skills to teach Businesses how to lead, train and standardize their Teams.
Michael has over 27 years of leadership experience as a Marine Corps Officer and is now a Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. At Afterburner he is our Senior Consultant and Solutions Director.
Dr. Max "Doc" Rogers
Dr. Max Rogers is a key member of Afterburner's healthcare consultants. He was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, and later attended The Virginia Military Institute. After graduating from VMI, he was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps. He was selected to attend naval aviation training and after being designated a Naval Aviator, flew the F/A-18 Hornet Strike Fighter out of Beaufort, South Carolina. After serving for seven years, Dr. Rogers attended medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his residency and internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Alabama, Birmingham. Dr. Rogers returned to Mobile, Alabama in 1998, and entered private practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is board certified, a Fellow in The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a Diplomat of The American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Dr. Rogers began combining his previous experiences in the cockpit with his experiences in his medical career, using both to concentrate on patient safety and quality improvement in women's health. As Chief of a medical staff, Dr. Rogers worked to educate 640 physicians and staff on issues of patient safety; utilizing quality improvement processes from aviation and adapting them to the medical profession - a key component in his current role working with healthcare consultants.
Dr. Rogers recognized the medical industry lacked a standardized performance improvement model. He sought a model that supported sharing lessons learned and creating a culture of collaboration across professions and levels of experience. In November 2008, Dr. Rogers attended Afterburner's Flawless Execution University and discovered what he'd been seeking. It was evident to him that the standardized performance improvement model so desperately needed in the healthcare industry is available and readily adaptable for use. Working with the Flawless Execution team, healthcare consultants, hospital staff and administrators, Afterburner Healthcare was conceived.
Brad "Bundy" Campbell
Brad "Bundy" Campbell, is one of the founding members of Afterburner Canada. With over 1500 hours of flying time in the F/A18 Hornet with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Bundy was selected to serve with the US Navy and Marines as an Instructor Pilot. Bundy retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force and became a managing partner of one of the largest and most successful military consulting firms in Canada. Bundy is currently a consultant for corporate flight operations departments worldwide specializing in training and standard operating procedures development and he a pilot for a major airline in North America. As one of the longest serving members of the Afterburner team, Bundy has helped countless teams and organizations benefit from the Afterburner Process.
- Top Secret Security Clearance
- Escape & Evasion Trainer
- Airborne & Assault Qualified
- Expert in Hand to Hand and Small Arms
- Owner of International & Residential Commercial Development Firm
- Six Sigma Green Belt
Scott "Gunner" Leonard
- M1 Abrams Tank Gunner
- DiRT Team
- Combat Lifesaver
- Weapons Instructor: M240, M-16, M9
- Management Consulting Company Owner
Joel "Thor" Neeb
As an F-15 pilot, Thor escorted the U.S. President through the sky and flew missions to ensure the safety of the country after the attacks of 9/11. He was the tactical leader of 300 of the most senior combat pilots in the Air Force, and he oversaw the execution of a $150M/year flight program. Thor has been named the Top Instructor Pilot at Air Force Flight Training Headquarters, and he’s flown thousands of missions teaching pilots from 25 countries around the world. He is an honors graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a major in Operations Research and minors in Math and Japanese.
Thor is one of a small number of fighter pilots that has been trained as a safety professional through the Air Force Safety Officer’s Course. He has been the lead investigating officer for major aircraft mishaps and as the Chief of Safety was responsible for the safe execution of an $800M/year flight program.
Thor is humbled to have had the incredible experiences that the military has afforded him, but he’s most proud of the following. In 2010, Thor was diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given about a 15% chance to live. Instead of giving up, Thor decided to give back. He started a youth outreach program in San Antonio that has grown to help more than 15,000 at-risk kids. Their efforts have been featured on every news channel for 100 miles and one national media outlet. In 2012, he was selected out of 62,000 people to receive the AETC National Public Service Award.
Three months after his last chemotherapy treatment, and while his hair was still growing back, he managed to earn the highest score possible on the military physical fitness test - a feat that only 0.5% of the healthy military members achieve. Thor is currently training to compete in the New Zealand Ironman Triathlon in March of 2015 to commemorate the five-year anniversary of his Stage III cancer diagnosis.
Thor obtained his first master’s degree in Aerospace Science, and he has recently completed his MBA at the University of Texas where he received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. His experiences were featured in the cover story of McCombs Today Business Magazine.
Thor is the co-founder and managing partner of PCSgrades, a military relocation service, and sits on the board of several national organizations. As an Afterburner Executive Consultant, Thor has helped create strategic objectives and facilitate alignment in execution for such organizations as AT&T, Columbia Pipeline, Principle Financial Group, Capital One, LexisNexis, AstraZeneca, and even the Buffalo Bills NFL team.
Anthony "Roby" Roberson
Anthony J. "Roby" Roberson joined the Afterburner team in 2008. Roby has conducted Flawless Execution consulting to a host of diverse companies like USAA, Kwikset (Black and Decker), Smith and Nephew, Integrated Electrical Systems, Sea Ray Boats and Underwriters Laboratories. Roby's leadership and human capital development, strategic planning, organizational management and tactical execution strengths are tried, tested and proven. From developing leading edge tactics and training programs for the Department of Defense, to authoring academic curriculum for the largest training wing in the US Air Force and developing major theater engagement, action and combat plans for the nation, he is a first call on resources for any industry in need of breadth of talent and expertise.
Roby graduated from the US Air Force Academy with military distinction in 1989. While at the Academy, he led the Western Athletic Conference in all-purpose yardage in 1987 and 1988 as a National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American athlete. Roby is the only player in Air Force Academy football history to be honored with all three of the team's top awards; Most Valuable Player Award, Brian Bullard Award (unselfishness, total team commitment, 110% effort) and the Mr Intensity Award in 1988. Following academy graduation, Roby completed 18 years of Air Force service as a highly decorated combat fighter pilot and lauded military strategic planner. During his career, Roby amassed over 2,200 flying hours, 101 combat missions and supported combat and contingency operations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He is one of the original architects of the Operation IRAQI FREEDOM air campaign effecting the rapid regime removal of Saddam Hussein. Roby is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force F-16 Reserve Training Unit, an honor graduate of the Joint Firepower Control Course, a graduate of the Air Force's Fighter Weapons Instructor Course (Top Gun), and the Advanced Command and Control Warriors Course. He spent his final years on active duty as an Assistant Football Coach and national recruiting scout for the Air Force Academy football Falcons, helping lead the team and staff to consecutive Armed Forces Bowl appearances in 2007 and 2008. Roby retired from active duty in May of 2009 in the middle of a combat zone, at Balad Air Base, Iraq, during a joint ceremony honoring America's Original Tuskegee Airmen and his personal service and sacrifice to our nation.
He holds a graduate degree in Aeronautical Science & has served as an adjunct instructor at the undergraduate & graduate levels for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Roby recently co-authored a book with several other accomplished leaders and the long time Air Force Academy Head Football Coach, Fisher DeBerry entitled The Power of Influence.
Mary "Mojo" Rainaldi
Mary “Mojo” Rainaldi is a US Air Force Academy graduate (1989) where she achieved All-American status as an intercollegiate diver and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a minor in Spanish. Beginning her career at a time when women were not yet flying fighter jets, she instead flew missions around the world as a C-141 instructor pilot for six years, amassing 2500+ pilot hours leading her crews on extremely diverse missions around the world, including hundreds during Operation Desert Storm. When not flying, she ran the Operations Control center of one of the largest wings of Air Force global transport planes in the country. A distinguished graduate of C-21 Learjet school, Mojo continued to lead, mentor and instruct young Air Force aviators. Mojo is also a graduate of Air Command and Staff College and is a Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officer School.
Recruited by the Minnesota Air National Guard as an F-16 pilot shortly after women were allowed to fly in combat, Mojo spent the next 12 years as a high performance jet fighter pilot where she accumulated 1600+ hours flying the F-16. Immediately following the events of 9/11, you could find Mojo protecting the skies over Ground Zero and the President of the United States as she kept watch above Camp David. She has 160 hours of combat time, flying 32 combat missions in Operation Iraqi Freedom during two tours in Iraq. Her primary mission as one of the world’s 1st female fighter pilots was execution in an extremely hostile, rapidly changing environment.
Mojo retired with distinction from the Air Force in January 2012 after 22 years of service. A highly decorated combat fighter pilot, Mojo had amassed over 4500+ total flying hours. She is an expert aviator flying five different aircraft in a career that spanned 22 years. She was awarded two Air Medals and an Aerial Achievement medal, and this mom is also an accomplished marksman. As a retired Lieutenant Colonel, she brings to the table extensive experience in leadership, training, process improvement and operations. Joining the Afterburner team in 2010, Mojo has already trained thousands of program participants both nationally and internationally.
- USAF F-15E Fighter Pilot and T-38
- Instructor Pilot, Evaluator Pilot
- 2900 Flight Hours
- Distinguished Graduate (#1 of 572 graduates) from USAF Pilot Instructor Training
- 317 Combat Hours, 63 Combat Missions, Single Sortie Air Medal with Valor in combat
- US Air Force Reservist
- US Air Force Academy Graduate
- Adjunct Professor in Management and Safety
Julie "Jewels" Hudson
Julie "Jewels" Hudson was the First female combat mission ready A-10 fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard. With over 2500 hours of flight time Jewels is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can lead to catastrophic results. A former marketing representative for USAir, Jewels earned a Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University in 1991. She has been a member of the Afterburner team since 2000 and has helped hundreds of organizations apply the concepts of Flawless Execution and strategic development. Jewels is currently a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force ANG and a pilot for a major airline.
Russ "Spicoli" Piggott
- F-16 Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander
- 1500+ Hours Flight Time
- Viper West F-16 Airshow Demonstration Pilot
- 33 Combat Sorties in the Initial Stage of Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Mission Planning Cell Director
- Pilot in the California National Guard
Bobbi "Flash" Doorenbos
- F-16 Fighter Pilot
- 1200 Hours Flight Time
- Flown Missions in Iraq
- Air Operations Officer and Exercise Planner for the Air National Guard Readiness Center
Greg "Stubby" Stubs
- F-14, F/A-18 Fighter Pilot
- F-16N, A-4, F-5 Adversary Instructor Pilot
- 2800 Hours Flight Time
- 335 Carrier Landings
- Graduate of U.S. Navy's "Top Gun" School
- 35 Missions in Iraq
- Pilot for Major Airline
Cheryl "Hammy" Murphy
Maj Cheryl Murphy started her military career after working as a Branch Sales Manager for A Toshiba Copier/Fax franchise for 5 years, where she managed a team of 15 Sales Reps and 12 Service technicians. She was the Top Sales manager producing over 1.2 Million Dollars in Revenue for the Louisville Branch when she left for Academy of Military Science, where she gained her Commission in 1997. She graduated from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training in 1999 then started flying the C-130 Hercules for the KYANG. During her career at the ANG, she has flown missions all over the world in support of numerous exercises, state side relief missions, and deployments in support of the war on terrorism. She has participated in Operation Coronet Oak, Operation Joint Forge, Operation Joint Enterprise, Operation Enduring Freedom, to name a few, which has taken her to South America, Africa, Europe, Iraq, and Afghanistan. She is currently an Instructor Pilot for the 123AW and has over 2300 flying hours, with over 200 hours of Combat time.
- U.S. Air Force Special Operations (AFSOC)
- Combat Control (CCT) / Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Indoctrination Courses
- Combat Control Operators Course / Survival (SERE) School / Underwater Egress
- AFSOC Airman Leadership School – John. L. Levitow Honor Graduate
- Conducted operations in Afghanistan
- AC-130H Spectre Gunship Craftsman
- B.S. Organizational Leadership, Columbia Southern University – Magna Cum Laude
- US Army Special Forces Medical Team Leader
- Joint Special Operations Medical School Graduate
- Combat Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Central and South America
- Airborne Military Free Fall Parachutist
- Sniper Instructor
- Range Safety Officer
- CQB (Close Quarter Battle) Qualified
- Three Bronze Stars, 1 with Valor
- Qualified: 9 MM, M4, M110, Mk13, XM2010
Dave "Avis" Halla
- F-16 International Training Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander
- 2600 Hours Flight Time
- M.S Instructional and Preformance Technology, Boise State University
- Chief Informational Officer Certificate, National Defense University
- Orchid Nusery Owner
Mark "Calvin" Cline
Mark "Calvin" Cline is a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Calvin retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service. As an F-16 pilot with over 3,300 hours, he attended and later instructed at the US Air Force Weapons School. As an operational planner, he was involved in planning the air campaigns for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Mark retired just after commanding the 421st Fighter Squadron. Mark has been with the Afterburner team since 2007 and has a Master's of Theology from Dallas Seminary (2012), which he uses to train ministry.
- Led over 150 Combat Operations throughout the Middle East and South America
- SEAL Scout / Sniper – expert in various weapon systems
- Spanish and Portuguese Linguist
- Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Trained
- Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University Carbondale
- In residence at Cornell University and Queen's Business School (Dual MBA)
Ernie "Rico" Bio
- F-16 Fighter Pilot
- 1200 Hours Flight Time
- 33 Missions in Iraq
- Worked for Major Pharmaceutical Company
- New Jersey Realtor
- F-16 Pilot with the Air National Guard
Terry "Slash" Hedley
- F-16 Fighter Pilot
- 2500 Hours Flight Time
- Winner of Multiple Top Gun Awards
- Flown Missions in Iraq and Korea
- Princeton University Graduate
Jay "Hedz" Hedley
- A-10 Fighter Pilot
- 3000 Hours Flight Time
- 85 Missions in Afghanistan
- Harvard Business School Graduate
- Strategy Manager for a Leading Consulting Firm
Michele "Timber" Kilgore
- F-16 Fighter Pilot
- 2700 Hours Flight Time
- Flown Missions in Iraq
- New York National Guard
- U.S. Air Force Academy Graduate
- +8000 Hours Flight Time
- Canadian Top Gun Graduate
- Instructor F/A-18 US Navy
- Aircraft Carrier Qualified
- Best 2-Ship/Top Gun Runner Up - William Tell
- Airline Pilot
- USAF F-16 & T-38 Instructor Pilot
- Almost 2000 Flight Hours
- 2012 Air Force Association Officer of the Year for Texas
- Air Force One Advance Agent
- Founder/Director of Texas fundraising 5k/10k Race Series
- USAF F-15C Alert Force Commander
- USAF T-38 Current & Qualified Evaluator/Instructor Pilot
- 3400 Hours flight time
- Flight Leader of the year USAFR
- Training HQ Instructor Pilot of the year
- M.S. Air University Air Force Safety School Graduate
- USAF F-16C/M Combat Mission Commander
- T-38C Instructor Pilot
- 3000 hours flying world-wide
- Combat veteran – 95 combat sorties over Iraq and Libya
- Four Air Medals, Aerial Achievement Medal, Combat Action Medal
- US Air Force Academy Graduate
Daniel "Pigpen" Swayne
Dan is an accomplished Leader and retired USAF Fighter Pilot with demonstrated success providing operations and business development solutions to international markets and governments. His expertise lies in strategic planning, middle-eastern affairs, air force capabilities, safety instruction and flight training. Dan is adept at maximizing available resources and meeting strict deadlines. He is an effective communicator, functional in Arabic and French, and has a proven record of building cross-functional collaboration between domestic and international personnel. During his tenure with the USAF, Dan was instrumental in implementing effective fighter operations from captured bases inside Iraq and Afghanistan. He revitalized an Iraqi air base into a major air supply hub, UAV base of operations and Air Traffic Control Center and increased the safety of Iraqi civilian and military air traffic. Dan also designed a comprehensive safety program establishing a new safety record at the installation.
Keewaydin "Kiwi" Laws
Keewaydin is an accomplished Navy SEAL with thirteen years’ experience in special warfare operations. Kiwi is proficient in all aspects of special operations to include, intelligence gathering, combat SCUBA (re-breathers) special reconnaissance, parachutist (static line and freefall), explosives, Instruction (fusing, demolition and explosive breaching), federal and international liaison, arrest of enemy combatants in international conflicts in joint and fleet operations. He is also a qualified Navy Seal High Risk Instructor/Mentor with 3.5 years of classroom and high-risk practical training experience, having trained over 500 students. With four combat deployments ranging across the globe, Kiwi is one of Afterburners most accomplished field operators in the high risk, high stake environment of combat and he brings those skills to bear for our clients as one of our most esteemed Health, Safety and Environmental Services consultants.
Scott "Scotty" Taylor
- US Navy SEAL (Sniper)
- Iraq War Veteran
- Stars in Discovery Channel's "Secrets of SEAL Team Six".
- Regular contributor on FOX News
- Candidate at Harvard University, ALB, concentration in International Relations
- Master's Certificate in Government Contracting, Old Dominion University
- Small Business Owner