Keynote Speaker Anthony “AB” Bourke

Anthony “AB” Bourke

Former F-16 Fighter Pilot, CEO and Leadership Expert

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    California, USA

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Anthony Bourke’s Key Accomplishments Include . . . 

Major Anthony “AB” Bourke is a highly accomplished and decorated F-16 fighter pilot who flew tactical missions in service to our country all over the world.  He has accumulated more than 2,700 hours of flight time in various high-performance aircraft and was one of the first pilots to fly an F-16 in homeland defense efforts over New York City in the aftermath of September 11th.

Following his impressive military career, AB applied the tools and techniques that made him one of our nation’s premier fighter pilots to the competitive world of business.  He ascended rapidly to become the top producing mortgage banker in the Western US for a prominent lending institution. His success in the mortgage banking industry led to an opportunity with a California-based start-up where his team dramatically grew annual revenue from $500,000 to $65M in just three years.

Following these two endeavors, AB combined his love of business with his passion for tactical aviation to build Afterburner Seminars, a global training company based on the lessons he learned in the military.  While President & CEO, Afterburner grew into a best-in-class training company that was twice named one of Inc. magazine’s 500 fastest growing companies.

Currently, AB serves as CEO & Founder of Mach 2 Consulting and has shared his message of peak performance to more than 100,000 people in twelve different countries.  AB brings his tactical knowledge and business acumen to the forefront of the management training world to share how fighter pilots, and other organizations where performance truly matters, can develop a feedback system to ensure continuous improvement and peak performance. His wealth of experience and ability to connect with audiences landed AB in Inc Magazine’s 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference.

Testimonials 11

  • “Interactive presentations are the top educational events and AB’s was one of the best I have seen – a “10” definitely! His experience as a fighter pilot and the ability to transfer the same skills to leaders is fantastic! They came away understanding the importance of making the right split second decisions as a leader and the resulting impact on their teams. Chapters should sign AB up now for an exciting and dynamic flight lesson!”

    Yvonne Warner

    Chapter Administrator, Young Presidents’ Organization

  • “Once again, please accept my thanks for participating in the ADT National Account Sales Kickoff Meeting. As you know we tend to be a high energy group and it’s not often a speaker or a program really lights a fire under us but you did just that last week in Las Vegas. Your high energy, fact filled program resonated in a very positive way with the ADT National Account sales organization.”

    Bob Dale


  • “Thanks again for all of your great work this past week.  I have gotten nothing but incredible positive feedback – you made quite an impression!  I can also tell you that people referred to your presentation throughout the remainder of the sessions, and people are starting to adapt the briefing and de-briefing mentality.”

    Lori Fouche

    CEO, Prudential Group Insurance

  • “Thank you for your work over the last several months. Finally seeing your session come to fruition was terrific. The early anecdotal feedback is very positive, as is the feedback for the overall meeting. So, my immediate reaction is SUCCESS!”

    Lori Fouche, CEO

    Prudential Group Insurance

  • “Thank you for putting together such a relevant and targeted presentation for our Executive Council planning session. Your mission pre-planning and professionalism certainly contributed to the flawless execution and high audience engagement.”

    Mary Ellen Bradshaw

    Northrop Grumman Information Technology

  • “AB, we have contracted many consultants and dynamic presenters over the years, but let me say, your work, with the “mission objective” assigned, was the best I’ve ever personally experienced. While I could go on and an, let me close by simply saying “great job,” and we are looking forward to pursuing some additional special project work with you shortly, in some of our more challenging markets.”

    Ralph Russo

    Sara Lee

  • “You had every one of our 300 operators on their feet at the end of your presentation which is a testament to you and your subject matter. We look forward to having you back again in the future.”

    MacGregor Read

    Co-CEO, Grocery Outlet, Inc.

  • “I was blown away by the excellent presentation. As we are combing through the evaluations, I am not alone in saying that the experience was awesome.”

    Elizabeth Dahlgren

    Charles Schwab

  • “You were a huge hit at OPCON! Very applicable and timely. I had countless people come up to me throughout the day Wednesday and compliment on your presentation. It was really fantastic.”

    Tony Thompson

    President, Papa John’s Food Service

  • “Most noticeable for the audience was the professional care and attention to detail that you put into the front end planning for the presentations and the customization to reflect our business focus and needs.”

    Jim Carter

    Syncrude Canada, Ltd.

  • “Thanks again for providing a World Class Speech at our Annual Conference. Your message was a perfect fit for our group and our theme. Most importantly the term ‘Debrief’ is the new buzzword at Russell as we continue to ‘Come Together’ and focus on always doing the right thing for our clients, our associates and our investors.”

    Michael Winnick

    Russell Investments

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Executive Coaching

Executives, Operating Leaders, Board Member and or Investor in high growth companies, are candidates for Anthony Bourke who understands first-hand the demands of a company’s most Senior Executives whose performance is key to the success of the entire organization.

Contact us today to discuss further.

Mach 2 Consulting

BigSpeak and Anthony Bourke’s Mach 2 Consulting find many of our clients are looking to adopt the concept of continuous improvement as part of their daily culture. Debrief and regular feedback are ideals that most clients embrace but haven’t found a way to incorporate. Our team of professionals has many years of experience helping organizations adopt debrief and feedback into their daily business practices. Typical consulting engagements range from 90 days to 12 months based on our client’s specific needs.


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