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As an experienced Fortune 50 Executive, combat pilot decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross, all-conference collegiate athlete and business school university instructor, Kevin Sweeney has been there.

"I consider that the finest piece of airmanship, to have occurred during the entire Gulf War."

That is how General Charles Horner, the top commander of all Allied Air Forces during the Gulf War, recently described the heroic efforts of Lt. Colonel Kevin Sweeney for a flight in which both engines on his left wing came completely off his four engine jet on a Desert Storm combat mission. Amazingly Kevin and his team were able to successfully recover and land the critically wounded airplane after a harrowing hour and fifteen minute flight back to the nearest suitable Allied airfield.

Learn how to:
  • Excel in Today's Dynamic Economy
  • Be a Decisive Leader for Your Customers
  • Be the Teammate Your Customers Covet

As an experienced Fortune 50 Executive, combat pilot decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross, all-conference collegiate athlete and business school university instructor, Kevin Sweeney has been there. He has the in-depth skill along with a one-of-a-kind unique understanding of the attributes needed to be successful in today's challenging business environment.

Lt. Colonel Kevin Sweeney is a nationally respected and recognized expert on leadership. A captivating storyteller and inspirational icon, he shares a wealth of experience about the tools necessary for excelling when the heat is on! Kevin is the only person to ever land a KC-135, the military version of the Boeing 707, after two of the four engines came completely off the airplane while on a Desert Storm combat mission-at night.

Kevin has been a requested guest on over 450 radio stations in the United States and Canada. He inspires audiences with his unique insights into leadership, teamwork, and how to position yourself to perform under pressure.

Kevin Sweeney, 'The Colonel' will teach you how to have:

  • Exceptional Results When the Heat is On
  • Confidence and Performance Under Pressure
  • Decisive Leadership
  • Cohesive Teamwork
  • Precise Communications
  • Laser Beam Focus

Successful Corporate Executive
For more than a quarter of a century, Kevin has been a successful business executive at an elite Fortune 50 Company as well as an industry-leading software company. Kevin will teach you how to compete and put yourself and your team in position to differentiate yourselves from the competition and win in the marketplace. You will learn how to have confidence under pressure and how to demonstrate decisive and effective leadership.

Distinguished Combat Pilot
Kevin's compelling real-life story describes a combat mission during which two engines on his left wing were totally ripped off in mid-air, in the dark of night, while at maximum weight. His story illustrates how your team can overcome any obstacle facing them. He transforms the lessons his team learned into business examples that benefit your team.

For their incredible aeronautical feat, Kevin and his team were awarded the United States Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Kevin understands the value of being a great teammate before, during, and after the event when the heat is on.

The teams' incredible flight was featured in the September 1992 Reader's Digest article, "Bring Them Home." It's also a featured segment on the A&E channel titled "Wings Over the Gulf." The experience is the subject of Air Force training tapes in use today. Having flown missions in Vietnam and Desert Storm, Kevin is a combat veteran. He spent 23 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel.

University Instructor
Kevin brings in-depth business knowledge to the stage. He is up-to-date on the latest trends in technology and business acumen and has appeared as a guest lecturer in several university schools of business.

Collegiate Athlete
A member of the team that beat the number-one ranked team during the national small college tournament, Kevin shares lessons he learned from his experience as an all-conference, all-district collegiate basketball player. You'll learn how to increase the odds for success and triumph in your life.


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  • Conversations with The Colonel - Imagine getting the opportunity to sit in your living room and have a conversation with The Colonel-a man who battled the physical loss of both engines on the left wing of his airplane during a night combat mission in Desert Storm and won; a man who has achieved insurmountable success as a sales leader and corporate executive and led his college basketball team to its highest ranking in history. Well... imagine no more. Conversations with the Colonel puts you and your team front and center, up close and personal, with Lt. Colonel Kevin J. Sweeney. The Colonel discusses an authentic, ethical and realistic view of the attributes needed for successful performance under pressure.

  • Pressure Cooker Confidence - Learn how to: Excel in today's ever changing economy, Be a decisive leader for both your team and your customers, and Become the teammate your customers covet. Kevin Sweeney, 'The Colonel', will teach you these critical attributes for success in our high pressure world by placing you in the cockpit with him as you relive his dramatic life-or-death flight during a combat mission in Desert Storm when both engines on his left wing came completely off the airplane. You will understand the skill, resolve, and team attributes necessary to lead your team to a successful landing in such dire circumstances, and you will learn how to apply these same pertinent principals to your personal and professional life to excel under the pressures we all face. You will learn how to become the 'go to' person in your organization for both your team and your clients when the going gets tough.

  • Leadership in Challenging Times - True and effective leadership is not based upon rank or position. True and effective leadership is a critical and earned gift from the people you lead.

    In this presentation Lt. Colonel Kevin Sweeney will show you how to:
    • Identify personal attributes of great leaders
    • Become the teammate that makes you a great leader
    • Discover integrity characteristics that great leaders demonstrate
    • Differentiate between good and great leaders - whether the leader is a C-level Executive or a 4 star General


    Leadership in Challenging Times is a thought provoking and insightful presentation from someone personally experienced in both military and corporate leadership traits.
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