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Rob "Waldo" Waldman

Rob "Waldo" Waldman

Decorated Fighter Pilot & Motivational Speaker


Lt. Col. (ret.) Waldo Waldman - The Wingman – is a Hall of Fame leadership speaker, executive coach, and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. He teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot and businessman. Read More >

He is a highly experienced combat veteran with over 2,650 flight hours and sixty-five real world combat missions, having flown both in Iraq enforcing the “No-Fly Zone” and in Yugoslavia during Operation Allied Force in 1999. Some of his military honors include five Air Medals, two Aerial Achievement Medals, four Air Force Commendation Medals, and two Meritorious Service Medals.

Waldo believes that the key to growth and building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen – the men and women in your life who help you to overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and achieve success. In business and life, you should never fly solo!

Waldo is a graduate of the U.S Air Force Academy and also holds an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior. He is an inductee into the Professional Speaker Hall of Fame, a prestigious award that honors speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence, and has been bestowed on less than 190 speakers worldwide. He is also a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and his clients include Hewlett Packard, Verizon, American Express, Siemens, The Denver Broncos, and Johnson & Johnson.

In addition to his speaking business, Waldo is also founder and President of The Wingman Foundation, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to build funds and awareness for soldiers, veterans and their families in need.

He’s been featured on Fox & Friends, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, The Harvard Business Review, Success Magazine, INC. Magazine, and Business Week. Read Less ^

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Wingman Leadership: How to Build a Culture of Courage in Business & Life

The key to building a high-powered organization that encourages innovative thinking, loyalty to the mission, effective communication, and a relentless commitment to excellence lies with its leadership. In this high energy multimedia workshop, Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman highlights the difference between managing people and leading them to be responsible, empowered, and confident wingmen. What results is a more productive and efficient organization with superior morale that can rapidly overcome challenges in a competitive marketplace.

Waldman discusses proven leadership principles based on his experience as a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, as a seasoned Air Force officer and decorated combat fighter pilot, and experienced businessman. Relentless self discipline, passion for the mission, dedicated teamwork, and a commitment to excellence are just a few key elements of this engaging and highly interactive seminar.

Never Fly Solo: The Power of Partnership to Reach New Heights in Business

Flying solo? You might think so. But take a good look around. You have support staff; you have managers; you have suppliers, vendors, and distributors; and you have colleagues, family members, and significant others. By committing yourself to excellence and placing your trust in those around you, you can overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and break performance barriers during adverse times. By placing your trust in your wingmen and by being a wingman to your customers and team, there is no mission you can't complete. Read More >

Lt. Col. Rob "Waldo" Waldman, “The Wingman,” overcame a lifelong battle with claustrophobia and a fear of heights in order to become a decorated combat Air Force fighter pilot and highly successful businessman, entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling author. His motto is “Winners never fly solo!” Through his captivating personal stories and high energy videos, learn how you—like a fighter pilot—can succeed in highly competitive and demanding environments. Read Less ^

The Power of Trust

The key to building and sustaining relationships is to develop them based on mutual trust. Connecting with people on a human and emotional level and developing a reputation as a trusted resource is one of the most important traits you can have in business. When you combine trusting relationships with a product or service that truly provides value, you win in business… and life! Read More >

In this presentation, speaker Rob “Waldo” Waldman will teach you how to gain new business leads and referrals by promoting yourself as a trusted “wingman” among your business associates and peers; implement unique tools and techniques to build value and trust when you network; identify and improve weak areas in your relationship-building agenda that are holding back your ability to grow your business and take positive steps to improve them; and, last but not least, build “relationship currency” with your personal network that can be cashed in when you need it the most. Read Less ^

Wingman Safety®: Building a Courageous Culture of Operational Excellence, Safety & Trust

In the world of the fighter pilot, complacency kills. A failure to adhere to standards, maintain discipline and follow procedures not only can cause aircraft mishaps, but it can also cost lives. The same holds true on the factory floor or a dangerous worksite. Employees who lack attention to detail, focus, and discipline are prone to make mistakes that can impact safety, productivity, operational excellence…and lives. Waldo will share proven leadership principals based on his experience as an Air Force safety officer and as a combat flight lead where his wingmen’s lives were on the line. Read More >

Following his program, the audience will learn peak performance leadership and safety enhancing tools based on three key concepts: Read Less ^

  • Commitment to Excellence – Everyone must know exactly what and who they are fighting for. They should emulate excellence on and off the job, and understand that their role is essential to safety, morale, and culture.
  • Values Based Culture – Integrity, accountability, mutual respect, and teamwork must serve as the foundation for all relationships.
  • Effective Communication – Leaders listen intently and communicate their safety vision with passion. They promote open two-way communication.