Anthony Bourke

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About Anthony AB Bourke - Fighter Pilot and Business Leadership, Sales & Peak Performance Speaker:

Major Anthony “AB” Bourke is a highly accomplished and decorated F-16 fighter pilot who flew tactical missions in service to our country all over the world. He has accumulated more than 2,700 hours of flight time in various high performance aircraft - and was one of the first pilots to fly an F-16 in homeland defense efforts over New York City in the aftermath of September 11th.

Following his impressive military career, AB applied the tools and techniques that made him one of our nation's premier fighter pilots to the competitive world of business. He ascended rapidly to become the top producing mortgage banker in the Western U.S. for a prominent lending institution. His success in the mortgage banking industry led to an opportunity with a California based start-up - where his team dramatically grew annual revenue from $500,000 to $65M in just three years.

Following these two endeavors, AB combined his love of business with his passion for tactical aviation to build Afterburner Seminars, a global training company based on the lessons he learned in the military. While President & CEO, Afterburner grew into a best-in-class training company that was twice named one of Inc. magazine's 500 fastest growing companies.

Currently AB serves as CEO & Founder of Mach 2 Consulting - and has shared his message of peak performance to more than 100,000 people in twelve different countries. AB brings his tactical knowledge and business acumen to the forefront of the management training world - to share how fighter pilots, and other organizations where performance truly matters, can develop a feedback system to ensure continuous improvement and peak performance. His wealth of experience and ability to connect with audiences landed AB in Inc Magazine’s 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference.

Under AB's leadership as CEO - Mach 2 Consulting consistently delivers dynamic keynote speeches on leadership, communication, sales and teamwork to Fortune 1000 corporations around the globe. AB is a motivational dynamo with a proven ability to energize, enlighten and enrich your team’s experiences - to ensure a successful engagement for you and your client.

AB’s keynotes typically align to the following groups:

  • Fortune 1000 organizations
  • Sales meetings - speeches that extend into actual training
  • Annual meetings - for various organizations such as Trade and Professional Associations
  • Management Retreats - to give your leaders an opportunity to step out of the box and think differently
  • Company off-sites - where teams are looking to improve communication and alignment

AB continues work on his book The Art of the Debrief . A business and leadership book about the significance of how business people can use Debrief to drive continuous improvement in any organization. Anticipated for release late 2019, keep an eye for the release of AB's first book - apt to captivate all!

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What Anthony AB Bourke Talks About:

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 they are aligned – flying in formation and executing at the highest level every single time they fly.

This highly motivating and inspiring keynote will equip your team with simple actionable tools 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.

Communicating at Mach 2
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 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 they can make open feedback an integral part of company culture.

Leading at Mach 2
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 constantly promote a process of continuous improvement to stay one step ahead of the competition.

Selling at Mach 2
In addition to rising to the top of the aviation community, AB built a business career on sales excellence. After achieving accolades as “Top Producer in the Western U.S.” 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!

Innovating at Mach 2
In today’s rapidly changing world companies and their people must constantly innovate to stay ahead of the competition. While many people in business think only of Tech Entrepreneurs as the leading innovators of our day – there is no doubt that fighter pilots are constantly innovating to survive and thrive in the world of aerial combat.

As a former fighter pilot and serial entrepreneur – AB has applied the tools that fighter pilots use to stay ahead of the competition to the world of business. In this speech, AB will share these secrets and show your audience what it takes to be the best innovators both in combat and in their industry.

Staying Safe at Mach 2
Safety is the key to every successful mission for a fighter pilot. No matter how fast they fly, or how accurate their bombing runs – none of it matters if they don’t come home. Learn how the best fighter squadrons in the world train their people to execute the mission at the highest level every day – while keeping “safety first” top of mind.

In this high-impact keynote, AB explains how to build a culture of safety without compromising the mission. He will also paint a vivid picture of how to identify the series of events that can lead to an accident – while offering attendees the critical tools that U.S. fighter pilots employ every day – to keep their wingmen safe in the high stakes environment of aerial combat.

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    Interactive presentations are top educational events and AB’s was one of the best I have seen – a “10” definitely! Our leaders came away understanding the importance of making the right split second decisions as a leader - and the resulting impact on their teams.

    Chapter Administrator, Young Presidents’ Organization

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