Rick 'Dewey' White, Motivational Speaker, Business consultant, Leadership and Team Building Trainer, USAF Fighter Pilot, Rick ‘Dewey’ White is an F-16 fighter pilot with over twenty-three years of leadership experience as a U.S. Air Force officer and business manager. He is also a pilot for a major commercial airline and a successful director of his own business. With a military career encompassing 23+ years, Rick has flown missions all over the world. Starting his career as an instructor pilot, Rick continues as a member of the South Dakota Air National Guard. As a USAF staff officer, Rick supervised development of many advanced technology solutions to major weapons systems and also had key responsibility in determining the requirements of the USAF and RAF’s next generation of fighter aircraft, the Joint Strike Fighter.

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Rick ‘Dewey’ White is an F-16 fighter pilot with over twenty-three years of leadership experience as a U.S. Air Force officer and business manager. He is also a pilot for a major commercial airline and a successful director of his own business.

With a military career encompassing 23+ years, Rick has flown missions all over the world. Starting his career as an instructor pilot, Rick continues as a member of the South Dakota Air National Guard. As a USAF staff officer, Rick supervised development of many advanced technology solutions to major weapons systems and also had key responsibility in determining the requirements of the USAF and RAF’s next generation of fighter aircraft, the Joint Strike Fighter. He has achieved a number of awards and decorations for his service and leadership.

Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in human resource management. He is a graduate of two U.S. Air Force professional military training schools and is currently enrolled in Air War College, a masters level programme on strategic planning. His continuing education also includes certificates in executive coaching and various leadership and team development programmes.

Rick was appointed as CEO of Afterburner UK at its inception in 2004 and brings with him five years of experience as Director of the Afterburner Inc. Healthcare division as well as extensive experience as main speaker and seminar facilitator to some of the world’s top organizations: Pfizer, Sun Microsystems, IBM, NHS and Novartis to name a few.

He is co-author of the book Flawless Execution, the systems and techniques used by fighter pilots for success in the business world. Application of these concepts and systems is evident in Rick’s many business ventures. He is owner and CFO of a 60 bed long term care facility which he and his partner started in 1996, senior member of a real estate management company, also started in 1996 and board member of Premier Garages of the Twin Cities, a garage improvement company he and his partners began in 2005.

Areas of Expertise

It’s not just about motivation. Take aways from a training seminar should be a revived motivation and a toolkit from which to apply that newly found motivation. Rick’s Afterburner UK seminars and training events provide just that. These hands on experiential training programmes are engaging, highly motivational and practice the tools and techniques so that when you return to the work environment, you are ready to execute.

• Winning in Fast Time through the Pursuit of Flawless Execution – A Strategy for Cultural Change and Strategic Alignment
• Afterburner Day – Flawless Execution
• Flawless Execution (workshops) – Planning, Briefing, Executing, Debriefing
• High Performance Team (workshops)
• Mach 2 Execution

Client Comments

“I applaud your unique concepts of problems solving and performance improvement and would recommend this approach to any forward thinking organization.”

J. Edward Cassity, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

“Feedback on these events has been outstanding, not least because the Team, and particularly Rick White, has researched the NHS environment and the local issues in Norfolk, UK extensively beforehand.”

Phyllis Shelton, Director of Performance Improvement & Organisational Development Central Norfolk Health & Social Care Economy, NHS

'We are committed to the Afterburner Flawless Execution Model and I firmly believe it is scaleable across all functions and all levels. We have already utilized and seen the benefits of the process across a wide range of projects.'

Novartis Consumer Health - Brian McNamara, Sr. Vice President and General Manager OTC NA

"I wanted to thank you both for last week's event. When I came into the office on Friday, everyone was talking about the course and how they'd enjoyed it. There was quite a buzz and I'm busy writing out 'norms' for team meetings with other notes so we build quickly on what we've learnt......Many of the team members work part time so it was quite a challenge getting people to attend the event, but the effort was clearly worth it. …..and I hope that you'll go on to benefit many other teams."

Janice Bradfield, Head of Communications, Eastern Support Services, Norfolk NHS

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