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    As one of less than a hundred people ever who have actually ever commanded a human space mission, Colonel Rick Searfoss speaks on leadership, teamwork, and personal performance with authority born of in-depth personal experience. He has piloted two Space Shuttle missions and commanded a third, with over 939 hours in space and 5400 hours flying time in 61 different types of aircraft. His first space flight in 1993 set the record for the longest duration Space Shuttle mission. In 1996 he piloted Atlantis to the Russian space station Mir.

    With the STS-90 “Neurolab” mission on Columbia in 1998, Rick commanded the most complex scientific research space mission ever flown, with unparalleled mission success. Rick has over twenty-five years experience as a leader in some of the most demanding team endeavors possible – human space flight, test flying, and tactical military aviation. Unsurpassed credibility and experience coupled with out-of-this-world speaking skills!

    Colonel Searfoss was the number one graduate in his United States Air Force Academy class overall, academically, in engineering, and in the Aeronautical Engineering major. He later earned a graduate degree from the California Institute of Technology on a National Science Foundation Fellowship. Outstanding Young Men of America, distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons (Topgun) School and U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.

    His many awards include F-111 Instructor Pilot of the Year, Air Force Aero Propulsion Laboratory Excellence in Turbine Engine Design Award, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Superior Service Medal, and NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. Top results through dedicated effort and commitment. Rick brings that same dedication to enthusiastically sharing the principles of success with every group he meets.


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    LEADERSHIP
    Mach 25 Leadership – The Real Right Stuff

    Purpose, Program, People, Perspective. True leaders balance all these elements to get the job done, build their organization, and uplift their followers. From personal experience, Colonel Searfoss knows that commanding a human space mission requires the utmost in competent, trustworthy, and service-oriented leadership: the real “right stuff.” Too much is at stake for anything less. The challenges: formidable. The experiences: profound. The lessons learned: invaluable, for any leader, any profession, any time.

    TEAMWORK
    Apogee! – Taking Teams to the Top

    Successful human space missions demand that hundreds of different teams perform flawlessly and consistently. A Space Shuttle crew must act in unity as one of the most finely honed teams possible, comparable to a Super Bowl or World Series team, with billions of dollars and their own lives riding on their performance. They also need to interact with and motivate the members of a huge variety of other specialized teams to truly prepare for a mission.

    PERSONAL EXCELLENCE
    Countdown to Success

    The Competition to become an astronaut is fierce – less than one in a hundred qualified applicants is selected. What factors lead to such competitive success? Once selected, the training is long, rigorous, and constantly demanding. How does one progress from initial selection to making the extremely complex and difficult look easy during successful mission execution? Through constant, dedicated pursuit of individual outstanding performance.

    PATRIOTISM
    America the Beautiful from Space

    America – truly a blessed land. One orbital view forcefully confirms the special beauty and place our country holds on Earth. Through the glorious medium of astronaut earth observations photographs, we’ll take a breathtaking journey around America. A fascinating combination of inspiring historical, geographical, geological, and cultural stories with stunning images testifying of sublime beauty, wonder, and hope. This unique presentation will make you more proud than ever to be an American.

    THE FUTURE
    As We Dream – A Spacefarer’s Vision

    In a short 100 years humankind has gone from earthbound to living in space. What challenges and opportunities await us in the next 100 years? “Who is to say what is impossible, for the dreams of yesterday are the hopes of today and the realities of tomorrow?” With the rare perspective of having flown in space and ongoing direct involvement with private space ventures such as the Zero Gravity Corporation, XCOR Aerospace, and X Prize Foundation, Rick offers an enthusiastic and optimistic view of the technical and cultural possibilities.

    CHANGE
    Dare to Explore! – Adventurous Innovation

    The six billion people on this jewel of a planet collectively share a very human need to explore. Yet at the same time, we all too often limit ourselves as we ponder fears and not hopes, fears usually revolving around the need for change. Change is real, its upon us, its ever-accelerating. Exploration, research, innovation, and charting the unknown as pioneered on the last frontier of space give startling examples of adaptability. Learn to embrace the opportunities change offers through this space explorer’s insightful presentation.



Rick Searfoss Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "The way you applied your team and leadership experiences to our business was phenomenal! As a business executive, I know the value of a great speaker, and your presentation brought incredible value to our conference. Your enthusiasm and passion along with those stunning visual images fit the tone perfectly. Your tailored presentation and the willingness to spend extra time with us put you at the top of my list of memorable speakers."
    Paul Garcia, CEO and Chairman, Global Payments

    "A perfect start - powerful, exciting, informative, and fun!"
    Barry Grimm, Hernandez Engineering

    "I appreciate your professionalism as well as your extremely courteous manner … "You completely enthralled them not only with the subject matter, but with your polished delivery. I have been with the Medical Society for seven years and have had the pleasure of engaging several outstanding speakers. You not only eclipsed those other speakers by attracting a record attendance, you also generated a phenomenal number of calls and notes from attendees expressing their appreciation for the evening. "
    Dean Larson, Executive Director, Marion Polk County Medical Society

    "Thank you for adapting your speech to our audience. Working with you was a pleasure; thanks for being so flexible. "
    Barbara DeWitz, Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    "... incredible how he tied our theme and work to his background in space exploration. Inspiring and a fantastic start to the entire week! "
    Arlene Kaplan, International Right of Way Association

    "I just wanted to thank you very much for the outstanding job you did speaking to our National Account Managers during their Top Gun Program Graduation Dinner. The feedback has been nothing short of stupendous. Honestly, they are still talking about how surprised they were to have such a prestigious speaker that not only took the time to find out about the audience but also took time during dinner and afterwards at the hotel to share your experiences with them! These folks have been in the pharmaceutical industry an average of 20+ years and have been exposed to numerous keynote speakers. They have all expressed their gratitude and surprise that they finally had a speaker that understood who they were, what their challenges were, and customized the talk to fit their needs. "
    Joe Gilhooly, Senior Manager, Managed Healthcare Training, Aventis Pharmaceuticals

    "Your message and ability to connect with various members of our team were right on target … a meaningful learning experience for our team and fun at the same time. That is a great combination. "
    Dave Sorensen, Vice President, Purchasing, General Mills, Inc.

    "Your real-life experience was both fascinating and entertaining. You were the star of the show. Your approachable style and amazing awareness of Microsoft products made you a perfect part of our event team."
    Jack Miller, District Business Solutions Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    "What to expect from one of the real astronauts. They′re bright, but are they entertaining? This one certainly is! We loved it!"
    Dave Scott, President, Slanted Fedora Entertainment

    PARTIAL CLIENT LIST

    Lockheed Martin, Discovery Channel, BBC, America′s Freedom Festival, Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives, The Associates, Disney Cruise Lines, General Services Administration, U.S. Postal Service, Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex, Siemens-Westinghouse, UUNet, Shell Oil, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, International Aerospace Festival, Motor Trend Magazine, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Fiesta Bowl, Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers, American Society of Appraisers, Invensys, UUNet, Family Motor Coach Association, Illuminating Engineering Society, Indianapolis 500 Festival, Florida Pharmacy Association, Genesee Hospital, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, Oakland University, Aspen Pet Products Company, American Association of Medical Instrumentation, Orlando Science Center, California International Auto Show, U.S. Chamber of Congress, Connecticut Education Association.




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    "The way you applied your team and leadership experiences to our business was phenomenal! As a business executive, I know the value of a great speaker, and your presentation brought incredible value to our conference. Your enthusiasm and passion along with those stunning visual images fit the tone perfectly. Your tailored presentation and the willingness to spend extra time with us put you at the top of my list of memorable speakers."
    Paul Garcia, CEO and Chairman, Global Payments

    "A perfect start - powerful, exciting, informative, and fun!"
    Barry Grimm, Hernandez Engineering

    "I appreciate your professionalism as well as your extremely courteous manner … "You completely enthralled them not only with the subject matter, but with your polished delivery. I have been with the Medical Society for seven years and have had the pleasure of engaging several outstanding speakers. You not only eclipsed those other speakers by attracting a record attendance, you also generated a phenomenal number of calls and notes from attendees expressing their appreciation for the evening. "
    Dean Larson, Executive Director, Marion Polk County Medical Society

    "Thank you for adapting your speech to our audience. Working with you was a pleasure; thanks for being so flexible. "
    Barbara DeWitz, Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    "... incredible how he tied our theme and work to his background in space exploration. Inspiring and a fantastic start to the entire week! "
    Arlene Kaplan, International Right of Way Association

    "I just wanted to thank you very much for the outstanding job you did speaking to our National Account Managers during their Top Gun Program Graduation Dinner. The feedback has been nothing short of stupendous. Honestly, they are still talking about how surprised they were to have such a prestigious speaker that not only took the time to find out about the audience but also took time during dinner and afterwards at the hotel to share your experiences with them! These folks have been in the pharmaceutical industry an average of 20+ years and have been exposed to numerous keynote speakers. They have all expressed their gratitude and surprise that they finally had a speaker that understood who they were, what their challenges were, and customized the talk to fit their needs. "
    Joe Gilhooly, Senior Manager, Managed Healthcare Training, Aventis Pharmaceuticals

    "Your message and ability to connect with various members of our team were right on target … a meaningful learning experience for our team and fun at the same time. That is a great combination. "
    Dave Sorensen, Vice President, Purchasing, General Mills, Inc.

    "Your real-life experience was both fascinating and entertaining. You were the star of the show. Your approachable style and amazing awareness of Microsoft products made you a perfect part of our event team."
    Jack Miller, District Business Solutions Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    "What to expect from one of the real astronauts. They′re bright, but are they entertaining? This one certainly is! We loved it!"
    Dave Scott, President, Slanted Fedora Entertainment

    PARTIAL CLIENT LIST

    Lockheed Martin, Discovery Channel, BBC, America′s Freedom Festival, Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives, The Associates, Disney Cruise Lines, General Services Administration, U.S. Postal Service, Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex, Siemens-Westinghouse, UUNet, Shell Oil, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, International Aerospace Festival, Motor Trend Magazine, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Fiesta Bowl, Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers, American Society of Appraisers, Invensys, UUNet, Family Motor Coach Association, Illuminating Engineering Society, Indianapolis 500 Festival, Florida Pharmacy Association, Genesee Hospital, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, Oakland University, Aspen Pet Products Company, American Association of Medical Instrumentation, Orlando Science Center, California International Auto Show, U.S. Chamber of Congress, Connecticut Education Association.


    LEADERSHIP
    Mach 25 Leadership – The Real Right Stuff

    Purpose, Program, People, Perspective. True leaders balance all these elements to get the job done, build their organization, and uplift their followers. From personal experience, Colonel Searfoss knows that commanding a human space mission requires the utmost in competent, trustworthy, and service-oriented leadership: the real “right stuff.” Too much is at stake for anything less. The challenges: formidable. The experiences: profound. The lessons learned: invaluable, for any leader, any profession, any time.

    TEAMWORK
    Apogee! – Taking Teams to the Top

    Successful human space missions demand that hundreds of different teams perform flawlessly and consistently. A Space Shuttle crew must act in unity as one of the most finely honed teams possible, comparable to a Super Bowl or World Series team, with billions of dollars and their own lives riding on their performance. They also need to interact with and motivate the members of a huge variety of other specialized teams to truly prepare for a mission.

    PERSONAL EXCELLENCE
    Countdown to Success

    The Competition to become an astronaut is fierce – less than one in a hundred qualified applicants is selected. What factors lead to such competitive success? Once selected, the training is long, rigorous, and constantly demanding. How does one progress from initial selection to making the extremely complex and difficult look easy during successful mission execution? Through constant, dedicated pursuit of individual outstanding performance.

    PATRIOTISM
    America the Beautiful from Space

    America – truly a blessed land. One orbital view forcefully confirms the special beauty and place our country holds on Earth. Through the glorious medium of astronaut earth observations photographs, we’ll take a breathtaking journey around America. A fascinating combination of inspiring historical, geographical, geological, and cultural stories with stunning images testifying of sublime beauty, wonder, and hope. This unique presentation will make you more proud than ever to be an American.

    THE FUTURE
    As We Dream – A Spacefarer’s Vision

    In a short 100 years humankind has gone from earthbound to living in space. What challenges and opportunities await us in the next 100 years? “Who is to say what is impossible, for the dreams of yesterday are the hopes of today and the realities of tomorrow?” With the rare perspective of having flown in space and ongoing direct involvement with private space ventures such as the Zero Gravity Corporation, XCOR Aerospace, and X Prize Foundation, Rick offers an enthusiastic and optimistic view of the technical and cultural possibilities.

    CHANGE
    Dare to Explore! – Adventurous Innovation

    The six billion people on this jewel of a planet collectively share a very human need to explore. Yet at the same time, we all too often limit ourselves as we ponder fears and not hopes, fears usually revolving around the need for change. Change is real, its upon us, its ever-accelerating. Exploration, research, innovation, and charting the unknown as pioneered on the last frontier of space give startling examples of adaptability. Learn to embrace the opportunities change offers through this space explorer’s insightful presentation.



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