Kevin Sweeney

  • 'The Colonel'; Corporate Executive, Former Combat Pilot, Author and Motivational Speaker

For more than a quarter of a century Kevin Sweeney has been a successful Business Executive at an elite Fortune 50 Company. He has also been a Director at an industry leading software company. Kevin's experience in sales and operations will give you and your team unique experiences for your success.  Kevin will teach you how to compete and how to put yourself and your team in position to differentiate yourselves from the competition and win in the market place. From his leadership experiences you will learn how to have confidence under pressure and how to demonstrate decisive and effective leadership.

Distinguished Combat Pilot

Kevin's real life story describes a combat mission during which the two engines on his left wing were totally ripped off in mid-air, in the darkness of night, while at maximum weight and on a combat mission. It is a compelling story illustrating how your team can overcome any obstacle facing them. He transforms the lessons his team learned into business examples for the benefit of your team.

Distinguished Flying Cross

For their incredible aeronautical feat Kevin and his team were awarded the United States Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Kevin understands the value of being a great teammate before, during, and after the event when the Heat is On. Kevin is not just a leader of great teams, he truly understands teams. He will pass those words of wisdom to your team.

Author

Kevin Sweeney is the author of two captivating books: Pressure Cooker Confidence, How to Lead When the Heat Is On and Conversations with the Colonel, Lessons in Life, Leadership, and Wisdom.

These books provide insights into the steps of proper preparation. You will learn how to develop a winning attitude. And you will learn the leadership tools required to give both you and your team a laser beam focus on the objective and the confidence needed to make you both successful.

University Instructor

Kevin brings in-depth business knowledge to the stage for you to receive just as he delivered to his students as an adjunct instructor in the School of Business at Washburn University. He is up-to-date on the latest trends in technology and business acumen. He has also been invited and has appeared as a guest lecturer in schools of business in other universities.

Collegiate Athlete

You will benefit from the knowledge and drive that Kevin shares from his experience as an all-conference, all-district collegiate basketball player. As a member of the team that beat the national number 1 team during the US small college tournament, and Captain the next year, he learned many lessons that he shares. These lessons will increase your odds for success and triumph in your life.

Education

He received both a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degrees from Washburn University. Kevin also received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota

Keynote Speaker

Imagine getting the opportunity to sit in your living room and have a conversation with this gentleman who has been a leader of thousands of men and women. A man who successfully battled the physical loss of both engines on the left wing of his airplane during a night combat mission in Desert Storm! A man who led his college basketball team to it's highest ranking in history. A man who has achieved insurmountable success as a sales leader and corporate executive. Well...imagine no more.

To book Leadership Speaker Kevin Sweeney call Executive Speakers Bureau at 800-754-9404.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Change, Executive Speaker, Inspiration, Leadership, Motivation, Overcoming Adversity, Peak Performance, Sales, Stress Management, Teambuilding

  • Travels From:

    Texas

  • Price:

    $7,500 - $10,000

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Lt. Colonel Kevin Sweeney Demo Video

For more than a quarter of a century Kevin Sweeney has been a successful Business Executive at an elite Fortune 50 Company. He has also been a Director at an industry leading software company. Kevin's experience in sales and operations will give you and your team unique experiences for your success.  Kevin will teach you how to compete and how to put yourself and your team in position to differentiate yourselves from the competition and win in the market place. From his leadership experiences you will learn how to have confidence under pressure and how to demonstrate decisive and effective leadership.

Distinguished Combat Pilot

Kevin's real life story describes a combat mission during which the two engines on his left wing were totally ripped off in mid-air, in the darkness of night, while at maximum weight and on a combat mission. It is a compelling story illustrating how your team can overcome any obstacle facing them. He transforms the lessons his team learned into business examples for the benefit of your team.

Distinguished Flying Cross

For their incredible aeronautical feat Kevin and his team were awarded the United States Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Kevin understands the value of being a great teammate before, during, and after the event when the Heat is On. Kevin is not just a leader of great teams, he truly understands teams. He will pass those words of wisdom to your team.

Author

Kevin Sweeney is the author of two captivating books: Pressure Cooker Confidence, How to Lead When the Heat Is On and Conversations with the Colonel, Lessons in Life, Leadership, and Wisdom.

These books provide insights into the steps of proper preparation. You will learn how to develop a winning attitude. And you will learn the leadership tools required to give both you and your team a laser beam focus on the objective and the confidence needed to make you both successful.

University Instructor

Kevin brings in-depth business knowledge to the stage for you to receive just as he delivered to his students as an adjunct instructor in the School of Business at Washburn University. He is up-to-date on the latest trends in technology and business acumen. He has also been invited and has appeared as a guest lecturer in schools of business in other universities.

Collegiate Athlete

You will benefit from the knowledge and drive that Kevin shares from his experience as an all-conference, all-district collegiate basketball player. As a member of the team that beat the national number 1 team during the US small college tournament, and Captain the next year, he learned many lessons that he shares. These lessons will increase your odds for success and triumph in your life.

Education

He received both a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degrees from Washburn University. Kevin also received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota

Keynote Speaker

Imagine getting the opportunity to sit in your living room and have a conversation with this gentleman who has been a leader of thousands of men and women. A man who successfully battled the physical loss of both engines on the left wing of his airplane during a night combat mission in Desert Storm! A man who led his college basketball team to it's highest ranking in history. A man who has achieved insurmountable success as a sales leader and corporate executive. Well...imagine no more.

To book Leadership Speaker Kevin Sweeney call Executive Speakers Bureau at 800-754-9404.

Conversations With the Colonel

Conversations With the Colonel puts you and your team front and center, up close and personal with Lt. Colonel Kevin Sweeney, the author of the book Conversations with the Colonel: Lessons of Life, Leadership, and Wisdom. The Colonel will discuss with you an authentic, ethical and realistic view of the attributes needed for successful performance under pressure. The Colonel shares his extraordinary experiences across a wide and varied spectrum that few if anyone can match.

...Pressure Cooker Confidence   
How to Deliver Peak Performance when the Heat is On

Pressure Cooker Confidence enables you to say I can, I will, I expect, and I did it when the pressure is on. The Colonel's flagship presentation built around his dramatic life or death flight. Kevin will position you mentally in the cockpit with him to personally live through his incredible experience and challenge of having the two engines on his left wing come completely off his airplane while on a Desert Storm combat mission. As he introduces the five principles of Performance Under Pressure you will discover why the hard work you do before hand matters more than the work you do when the pressure is on.

Leadership in Challenging Times

True and effective leadership is not based upon rank or position. True and effective leadership is a critical and earned gift from the people you lead.

In this presentation Lt. Colonel Kevin Sweeney will show you how to:

  • Identify personal attributes of great leaders
  • Become the teammate that makes you a great leader
  • Discover integrity characteristics that great leaders demonstrate
  • Differentiate between good and great leaders - whether the leader is a C-level Executive or a 4-star-General

Leadership in Challenging Times is a thought provoking and insightful presentation from someone personally experienced in both military and corporate leadership traits.

Mission Accomplishment
An Interactive Breakout Session

In addition to his renowned keynotes, Kevin can moderate an interactive breakout session for your event in which the group explores the reasons why aircrews are so effective in their mission execution and mission performance no matter what happens. Aircrews seem to excel at their highest level when they are under pressure, delivering a very high mission success rate. 
Kevin will answer the questions as to why aircrews are so effective and known for performing under pressure and why they respond to emergencies so well. The session will examine this performance model and understand how it can easily be applied to achieve noted professional and personal success that we all want.

Robin Creasman, Robin Creasman Productions

"If you're looking for someone who embodies leadership, peak performance, accountability and knows what it takes to build a loyal and dynamic team, then you've found the right person in "The Colonel". Lt. Colonel Kevin Sweeney is a leader of men, both literally and figuratively. As a key executive in a top 50 company, a military hero, and now an author and professional speaker. The Colonel offers organizations and associations key insights to what it takes to lead when the pressure is on. I highly recommend Kevin as a speaker, author, and consultant. Bring him to speak at your event and your team will be inspired, encouraged, and motivated to deliver peak performance in all they do, even when times are tough! It pays to have a "Conversation With the Colonel".

Nancy Estes Executive Director Independent Distributors Association

I have been managing meetings and conventions for thirty years. You are exceptional!!..... What impressed me the most about your presentation is how extremely well you connected with the individuals in the audience. Your obvious strength of character made us want to listen; then once you grabbed our attention, you showed us how we could make genuine changes in our daily lives. All this before you wowed us with the climax….the rest of the story.

Diana Thompson Business Development CBITS attendee

"I want you to know that the final keynote at CBITS this year was by far the best I have ever heard! Talk about motivation! I was sitting on the front row and several times felt as if my mouth was wide open-he just 'drew' me into his presentation!!!"

Jim Goetz CIO Convergys

"You told my people exactly what I wanted them to hear...I knew your speech would be good, but your ending was above good!!!"
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