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David "Finch" Guenthner      

Veteran & Business Coach and Founder of Fox-Three and Former Fighter Pilot

David "Finch" Guenthner is Founder of Fox-Three, Guenthner, is a United States Air Force Academy graduate, a former Air Force F-16 fighter pilot, and an Air Force One Advance Agent. His combination of motivation, inspiration, humor, and high energy is the perfect solution for your next conference. Finch smoothly connects his experience as a fighter pilot and military officer to your team.

Finch, a Financial Advisor and Certified Exit Planning Advisor, specializes in creating comprehensive wealth strategies for business owners and entrepreneurs. He covers personal finance, company retirement planning, business value maximization, and successful post-business sale transitions. A United States Air Force Academy graduate and former F-16 Fighter Pilot, Finch also served as an Air Force One Advance Agent, coordinating with multiple agencies for the President's safe transportation. After his military career, he founded a successful business consulting and speaking service, working with Fortune 500 companies, Global 1000 organizations, and NFL teams.

Finch's consulting approach emphasizes process improvement and organizational trust and efficiency. He applies these principles to help clients set and achieve goals while providing ongoing support and accountability. With a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy and two master's degrees, Finch has also made significant contributions outside finance.

He founded a large non-profit food bank, providing over 500,000 meals to families in need, and launched a veteran recruiting business connecting skilled military veterans with employers seeking dedicated personnel. Outside of the professional environment, Finch is a devoted husband and a father of three. In his limited free time, he enjoys exercise, reading, and spending time with his family.

Speech Topics

The Fighter Pilot Performance Cycle

Fighter pilots, Navy Seals, Green Berets, and other elite military professionals are well known for their outstanding success on the battlefield. There is a reason for that unparalleled level of achievement - the process we use every day, week, month, and year to improve and increase our likelihood of success.

This session will provide the tools, techniques, and procedures that elite, high-performing teams utilize to achieve results in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments.

The Fighter Pilot Performance Cycle is an agile methodology that allows teams to create cohesive strategies and plans, focus on achieving results while mitigating task saturation, and hold a debriefing session that prioritizes learning and growth toward our next operation. This process has been translated to the civilian world, and Finch has successfully shared and implemented this methodology with hundreds of clients worldwide.

It's not who's right...it's what's right!

After every flight, fighter pilots perform their most important ritual they hold a debrief. In the world of high-stakes aerial combat, pilots must improve and develop continuously. The debriefing methodology is an essential step in that growth. A debrief isn't a meeting or a review of what happened.

A fighter pilot debrief is structured so teams can quickly identify opportunities for individuals, teams, and organizations to improve rapidly. The outputs of a debrief are 'lessons learned'.

These 'lessons learned' are articulated and describe specific actions or improvements. Finch will teach your team about the debriefing concept, demonstrate an example, and even lead your team through a real-world debrief of a recently executed project or mission.

High-Performing Teams

Finch has worked with some of the greatest teams in the world - elite military organizations like fighter squadrons and Navy SEALs, Fortune 500 executive leadership teams, and professional football teams. Throughout his experience, he has identified what he believes are the three most common traits of high-performing teams.

In this session, Finch will provide examples of these traits in action. He will then connect them to the specific situations that your team faces. He will provide actionable steps toward improving your team's performance and culture and create buy-in from participants.

Overcoming Task Saturation

There is one thing that stands in the way of a perfect flawlessly executed mission or project. And that's performance-draining task saturation or task overload. Task Saturation is the perception or reality of having too much to do and insufficient time, tools, or resources to get the job done.

This is the most common challenge that most attendees are currently facing, and Finch does a great job of identifying and addressing their concerns. He will show the real-world dangers of task saturation in the high-stakes world of aerial combat and provide three techniques that fighter pilots use to recognize and mitigate task saturation on their teams.

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