Rob "Waldo" Waldman

Professional Business Motivational Speaker and Best-Selling Author, Never Fly Solo

Motivational keynote speaker Rob "Waldo" Waldman "The Wingman" is a motivational speaker and author of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal best-seller Never Fly Solo. He teaches organizations and individuals how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated fighter pilot and businessman.

Waldman overcame massive claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a fighter pilot with 65 combat missions and 2,650 flight hours. He’s deployed worldwide and flew missions in Iraq, Southeast Asia and in Yugoslavia during Operation Allied Force. Waldman has been awarded five “Air Medals,” two “Aerial Achievement Medals,” four Air Force “Commendation Medals” and two “Meritorious Service Medals.”

A graduate of the Air Force Academy, he also holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus on Organizational Behavior. Waldman is a former top producing sales manager who successfully led national sales efforts for several cutting edge technology and consulting firms before becoming a motivational speaker and consultant.

Waldman has been inducted into the National Speaker’s Association Speaker Hall of Fame. Also known as the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE), the award honors speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence. It has been bestowed on less than 200 speakers worldwide since 1977, including Colin Powell, Zig Ziglar and Ronald Reagan. Waldman is also a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), which is the highest earned designation recognized in the professional speaking industry. Only 7% of all professional speakers hold this exclusive designation.

Waldman believes that the key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen¾those who help you to overcome obstacles, adapt to change and achieve success. In business and life, you should never fly solo! The ability to win when the heat is on lies in the ability of every wingman in your organization, regardless of their role, to support the team and be 100% committed to the mission.

Audiences connect with Waldman because of his extensive business background and his infectious passion for helping people. Through his motivational keynotes and leadership seminars, he applies the same principles that guaranteed his success in the competitive world of aerial combat. His message is simple¾whether achieving victory as a fighter pilot or in business, the same qualities that ensure success apply: courage, accountability, preparation, integrity, teamwork and a commitment to excellence!

A high energy motivational keynote speaker, Waldman was ranked one of the “Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders” in Georgia and has been featured on FOX & Friends, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, The Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur magazine, SUCCESS magazine, Inc. magazine, Business Week and many other media outlets.

Waldman is also the founder and president of The Wingman Foundation, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to raise funds and awareness for soldiers, veterans and their families in need.