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Anthony "AB" Bourke    

Former F-16 Fighter Pilot & Founder of Mach 2 Consulting

Anthony “AB” Bourke is a highly experienced F-16 fighter pilot who has flown tactical missions in countries all over the world. He has accumulated more than 2,700 hours of flight time in numerous high performance aircraft and was one of the first pilots to fly his F-16 over New York City in the homeland defense efforts on September 11th.

Following his impressive military career, “AB” took the tools and techniques that made him one of our nation’s premier fighter pilots and applied those to the competitive world of business. He ascended early in his career to become the top producing mortgage banker in the Western US for a prominent lending institution. His success in the mortgage industry led to a new opportunity at a California based start-up company where his team of 40 professionals dramatically grew revenue from $500,000 to $65M in three years.

Following these two endeavors, “AB” partnered with two other fighter pilots to form Afterburner Inc., a global management training company. “AB” served as Afterburner’s CEO and president where for over a decade he combined his love of business with his passion for tactical aviation. Under Bourke’s leadership, Afterburner grew into a best-in-class training company and was twice named one of Inc magazine’s 500 fastest growing companies.

As CEO and founder of Mach 2 Consulting, Bourke brings his tactical knowledge and vast business experience to the forefront of the management training world. “AB” has travelled the globe sharing his message of peak performance with over 50,000 people in nine different countries, and is currently working on a book titled "The Art of The Debrief."

Speech Topics


Communicating at Mach 2** (45 60 minutes)

A high impact Keynote focusing on how the world's most successful enterprises -- where results truly matter -- achieve peak performance by creating a culture of honest and open feedback. At the conclusion of this 45-60 minute multi-media presentation, your team will walk out the door with a clear understanding of the potential power of open feedback. They will also learn how a "feedback gap" can cripple an organization. Finally, they will see a clear path on how you can make open feedback an integral part of your culture.

Leading at Mach 2** (45-60 minutes)

All great leaders have a system for driving peak performance. This hard-charging, high-impact keynote offers your leaders the straightforward, critical tools that U.S. fighter pilots employ to lead their wingmen into the demanding environment of aerial combat. Learn how the best fighter squadrons and the best businesses in the world hire future leaders, how they then properly train those individuals, and continually promote a process of continuous improvement to stay one step ahead of the competition.

Selling at Mach 2** (45- 60 minutes)

In addition to rising to the top of the aviation community, "AB" has built a business career on sales excellence. After achieving accolades as "Top Producer in the Western US" for a prominent lending institution, "AB" led a team of 40 professionals to grow revenue at a California based start-up company from $500,000 to $65M in just three years. A quintessential sales professional, "AB" will teach your people that just like fighter pilots, "great sales people are made ... not born." He draws comprehensive parallels between what makes great fighter pilots and what makes great sales people. For organizations looking to develop a sales team of "Top Guns," this dynamic, interactive speech is a must!

Customized For Your Business.

AB speaks on a variety of pertinent business issues that are customized for your organization. Like all good fighter pilots, he takes special pride in his pre-mission planning where he will spend considerable time with you by phone or in person learning about your group and preparing for the mission. His goal for every presentation is to "walk your corporate walk, talk your corporate talk and deliver his powerful message wrapped around your meeting themes and goals."

All of our speeches include the following key components:

• State-of-the-art multimedia presentation

• Interactive and engaging content that leads to team "buy-in"

• Customized messaging that supports your meeting goals and themes

Mach 2 has proven expertise in a wide range of subjects including

• Communication

• Leadership

• Organization

• Team Work

• Commitment

• Culture

• Sales Excellence

Patient Safety

In the '60s and '70s, US airline and military pilots were chosen among the best and the brightest, received the highest level of training, and flew the latest technology. Despite all of this care, they crashed airplanes at an unacceptably high rate due to preventable human errors. Thus a new way of training pilots called Crew Resource Management (CRM) was developed, making the industry significantly safer.

When 11 lives are lost every hour in US hospitals due to preventable medical errors, it would appear that patient safety needs to undergo the same drastic reform as aviation. In this presentation, speaker Anthony "AB" Bourke explains how CRM can be applied to healthcare professionals and offers key tools that they can use to drive better results and improve patient safety using his Continuous Improvement Process (CIP). In this one-hour, multimedia session, you will learn how pilots effectively use tools to improve performance and safety every time they take off on a mission. Bourke provides both thought-provoking ideas and hard-hitting actionable tools that you can apply to your organization immediately.

The Art of the Debrief

Peak performance is the mission of every business organization today. Yet in a world where many teams find themselves trying to maximize productivity with declining resources, the ideal of continual improvement often takes a back seat to pure survival. Many business people feel like they know their mission but suddenly find themselves flying at Mach 2 with people shooting at them and no one to turn to for support.

As a United States Air Force fighter pilot, speaker Anthony "AB" Bourke learned early in his career that the key to keeping individuals and organizations on target and flying in formation is a constant communication system where team members receive honest feedback on a regular basis in a format that they expect. For fighter pilots, this process is called "debrief." Debrief is a systematic ritual that occurs after every mission a fighter pilot flies. In a hierarchical organization like the military, debrief is also a sacred learning environment where pilots of all ranks and experience levels meet as equals with the sole purpose of improving themselves and their squadron. This multimedia, compelling keynote will provide outstanding entertainment value and leave your people walking out with actionable tools that they can apply to their business the very next day.

Executing at Mach 2

There are many companies with great people and great strategies in the business world today. Ultimately the difference between the winners and the “also rans” comes down to execution. During this interactive, multi-media keynote speech, AB will share the tools that fighter squadrons use to make sure that we are aligned, flying in formation and executing at the highest level every single time we fly. This highly motivating and inspiring keynote will equip your team with simple actionable tools that they can apply the very next day to improve execution and drive better results as individuals and as a team. If your company is pursuing a path of executional excellence, this session will reinforce your messaging and provide a fresh perspective on why execution truly matters in every business

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