Speaker Patrick Houlahan

Patrick Houlahan

Top Leadership and Motivational Speaker, Former United States Marine Corps “Top Gun” Fighter Pilot, Management Executive Consultant and Organizational Development Executive

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

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About Speaker Patrick Houlahan…

Patrick had a distinguished 27 year career in the United States Marine Corps as an Active Duty and Reserve fighter pilot.  He was stationed in San Diego, CA. and participated in four six-month deployments: three to the Western Pacific and one to Al Assad, Iraq.  Patrick was recognized as the Instructor Pilot of the Year and graduated from the United States Navy Post Graduate Fighter Weapons School, “Top Gun.” During his military career, he trained over 500 replacement aircrew, graduated from the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, earned his Master of Strategic Studies as a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Army War College, and served in a variety of leadership roles. 

Why Patrick Houlahan?

Patrick is first and foremost a teacher.  After spending a combined 13 years as an F/A-18 Hornet Instructor Pilot and 15 years as motivational speaker and executive consultant, Patrick has an amazing ability to connect with his audiences.  He does an excellent job of tailoring his content to the audience and delivers an energetic and thought provoking presentation. Instilling the key Leadership Principles necessary to succeed are the foundation of his presentations. His content and stories are inspiring and easily transferrable to the workplace and everyday life. Patrick is an expert at teaching Leadership Principles, the Art of Debriefing, and Strategic to Tactical Planning.

After leaving active duty in 2004, Patrick joined a management consulting company and quickly rose to become one of their top speakers.  Over 13 years, Patrick delivered and conducted over 450 keynote presentations, training workshops, and consulting engagements with today’s leading corporations such as Verizon, ExxonMobil, Medtronic, DOW, VMware and H&R Block to name a few. He became an Executive Consultant/Director of Seminars and in 2006 was selected as the San Diego’s MPI (Meeting Professionals International) Speaker of the Year.

More about Patrick Houlahan:

Patrick has also worked as the account manager for Southern California for Kratos Public Safety and Security, as the Director of Business Development for Citadel Defense Company, and as the Organizational Development Executive (ODE) for Brooks International.  As an ODE, Patrick worked with numerous executive leadership teams and was responsible for gaining consensus and alignment in support of the CEO’s imperative. 

Throughout his military and business career, Patrick recognized that the organizations that succeeded in any endeavor possessed great leaders.  Those that did not, failed. Recognizing the need for leadership training, Patrick founded Strategic Leadership Consultants in 2019 to help organization’s Build Inspired, Compassionate, Mission-Driven Leaders.

Testimonials 2

  • It was a pleasure to have Patrick speak at our user conference. He provided solid advice on leadership by weaving in examples from popular culture, business, and his military background. We received great feedback from the audience, which was a blend of technical and business folks, from analysts to CEOs. Patrick was able to relate his experiences approachably and in a way that didn’t alienate anyone. We really appreciated that he didn’t just speak and disappear; he stuck around and chatted with the attendees, sharing some pretty fascinating stories from his fighter pilot days!

    Adam Polka

    Director, Public Relations, tecsys

  • “Patrick Houlahan recently spoke at a University of Pittsburgh’s Business and Operations Leadership Retreat. His talk was very valuable, providing actionable tips in an engaging delivery that attendees appreciated. Furthermore, Patrick tailored his presentation to our organization, personalizing his approach. In addition to a solid presentation, Patrick remained through the end of the retreat to speak one-on-one with team members. This act demonstrated his full commitment to the event and allowed for additional beneficial dialogue. In a previous marketing and communications role, I partnered with Patrick on a series of road show presentations that inspired attendees across the country. I recommend Patrick to any organization looking for a professional, compelling and results-driven presenter for their next conference or meeting.”

    Julie LaBar

    Director of Communications, Business and Operations, University of Pittsburgh

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