Waldo Waldman

NY Times & Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author of: "Never Fly Solo"; Former Combat Fighter Pilot; Conference Keynote Speaker

Fee Range?: $20,000 - $25,000
Traveling From: Georgia

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Lt. Col. (ret.) Rob ‘Waldo’ Waldman - The Wingman – is a professional leadership speaker and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo.  He teaches organizations how to build trusting, » Read Full Bio

Lt. Col. (ret.) Rob ‘Waldo’ Waldman - The Wingman – is a professional leadership speaker 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. 

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 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 overcame massive claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a fighter pilot and believes that the key to 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 180 speakers worldwide. He is also a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), member of the board of the National Speaker’s Association, and his clients include Hewlett Packard, Verizon Wireless, New York Life, Siemens, Home Depot, Aflac, and Johnson & Johnson.

Voted one of the Top 40 under 40 Business Leaders in Georgia, he’s been featured on Fox & Friends, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, The Harvard Business Review, Investor’s Business Daily, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, INC. Magazine, and Business Week.

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PUSH IT UP! (Motivation)
An engaging motivational keynote speaker, Waldo's high energy, customized, multi-media motivational keynotes are a perfect way to kick-off or close your annual meeting, partner conference, or association convention. The missiles of our economy are effecting us more than ever. The key is not to get shot down! Waldo puts you in the cockpit of a high performance jet and shows how you can overcome fear, adapt to change, build trusting relationships with your wingmen, and take action that leads to results in business and life.
NEVER FLY SOLO!, The Flight Plan to Win in Business and Life (Business & Teamwork)
Real winners never fly solo. Today in our super charged, highly competitive world of rapid and constant change, those who build trust and work as a team will dodge the missiles of business and win. Waldo's keynote demonstrates you can win in highly competitive environments. This program isnt about combat and crushing the enemy. Rather, it's about focusing on what really matters in business. Audiences will learn to: 1. Employ Loyal "Wingmen" to Promote Communication, Integrity, and Trust, 2. "Check-6" to Develop a Culture of Teamwork and Mutual Support, 3. Execute a Business Game Plan to Survive and WIN!, 4. "Chair-Fly" Missions to Vastly Increase Revenues, 5. Transform Relationships into Revenue, 6. Convert Fear into Focus, 7. Work with Courage and Compassion
TOP GUN LEADERSHIP & High Performance Culture, How to Build a Culture of Courage in Business and Life!
How can you instill a climate of ownership in your organization so that everyone feels accountable and responsible for its mission success? What tools can you employ to motivate your team to focus on the mission rather than themselves? How can you help create an organization where change and innovation are not met with fear, but embraced with courage and respected as a tool to beat the competition? Learn all of this and more in this program.


  • Military/Patriotism
  • Motivation
  • Peak Performance
  • Teamwork/Team Building


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