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Colonel, fighter pilot, Wing Commander, NSA Analyst, candidate for governor, Author of Top Gun Management


Background Information

I believe in Noblesse Oblige. Much has been given to me and I feel an obligation to give back. A wing commander once told me that his staff members and commanders told him I was the best boss they had ever had. I thought that was a nice complement. When I was an Operations Group Commander many years ago, I asked an Eighth Air Force Inspector to share what other Fighter Wings were doing that I could adopt to make my unit better. The Inspector told me that he flew every version of the F-16. He flew with scores of units, Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves. He told me that there was one unit that was head and shoulders above all other units and that was my unit. I retired after having the opportunity to command a three billion dollar multi-national provisional wing. I began to become troubled with the focus of today's managers. Too many are obsessed with squeezing an extra nickel out of consumers. Customer support is giving way to deceit and trickery. Managers use meetings to insulate them from customers and staff. I decided to start writing a book that would help managers and leaders at all levels from heads of state to Boy Scout leaders. I am in demand as a lecturer and speaker. I also serve on national and local boards and commissions. A couple of years ago I became an eBay Power Seller. All these and other constraints on my time resulted in drawing out the time it took to finish my book. I decided to have my daughter edit the book. She is a surgeon sometimes working 80 hours a week, but she insisted on doing the editing. That process required almost another year. After that time, I had no patience for publishers. I knew about the rejections of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter book. I knew about John Toole's decade long effort to get his book published which ended in his tragic suicide. When his mother was able to get his book published years later, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Therefore, I published with Lulu.com and am happy with the results. After a month on Amazon.com, Top Gun Management was ranked 66,000 in sales outselling books by Mike Huckabee, John Edwards and John Kerry. Today it is ranked 162,000 on Barnes & Noble after being listed for less than a week. It is recommended by Bookviews.com, one of the most respected reviewers on the East Coast who rarely reviews self published books. I have been working on three other books concurrently, one about the Clayton Brothers who had a huge impact on Arkansas History, one about the secrets of antiquity, and a third fiction book about a poor country boy's rise to power and prominence and subsequent demise. If I had known writing would be so much fun, I would have started earlier.

Birth Place
Mountain Home, AR USA
Accomplishments

AA, Williams College; BS, SE Oklahoma State; Air War College; Top Gun Trophy; Flew 50 combat missions in Vietnam; Candidate for Governor of Arkansas in 1998.

Additional Information

Released "Top Gun Management" in August. I just returned from Reno where I served as the National Distinguished Guests Vice Chairman. Our guests included the President of the US, several cabinet members, US Senators, Four Star Generals et al. I was busy. I have a full speaking calendar and considering some book signings.



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