Lt. Col. (ret.) Rob ‘Waldo’ Waldman - The Wingman – is a Hall of Fame 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 sales manager.
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 – those who help you to overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and break performance barriers. 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. After leaving the military, he became a top producing sales manager with several companies before starting his speaking career.
He is an inductee into the professional speakers Hall of Fame, a prestigious award that honors those who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence, and has been bestowed on less than 200 speakers worldwide since 1977. Waldo is also a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and his clients include Hewlett Packard, Verizon Wireless, New York Life, Siemens, Home Depot, Oppenheimer, PayPal, and Johnson & Johnson. He even helped lead The Denver Broncos to the 2014 Super Bowl!
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. Voted one of the Top 40 under 40 Business Leaders in Georgia, Waldo has 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.