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"Steve Schiller and Jimmy Blackmon are some of the most inspiring and experienced managers of people I have met. They taught me and my team a style and level of leadership I didn't even know existed. My company is now not only significantly better but fundamentally different."
--Retired Australian army officer
People, Relationships & Respect = Forming Foundations
Trust, Competence & Empowerment = Empowering People
Communicating & Vision = Realizing Potential
Steve is one of the most combat
experienced Army Special Operations
leaders of the modern era. He has
served in almost every conflict from
the first gulf war to modern Iraq &
Afghanistan. He understands people,
what drives them and how to drive
them as a team. He knows that a team of well-led and empowered people do far better than even the most accomplished individual manger and leader. Steve's dynamic leadership and unmatched understanding of creating organizational agility was key to his battlefield successes during the invasion of Iraq and multiple tours throughout the globe.
Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Steve graduated from Missouri Western State University in 1986 where he was commissioned a second lieutenant in aviation. Since then, Stephen has served in
various command and staff positions throughout the Army and Special Operations. He has served three tours in Iraq, and two tours in Afghanistan, including command of 2-17th Cavalry Regiment under General Petraeus during the initial invasion of Iraq. Stephen spent eleven years of his career in the renowned 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, where he culminated his Army career by commanding Task Force 1-160 from 2004 – 2006; leading countless classified missions under General McCrystal in the war on terror.
Since retiring from the Army, Stephen has worked as an Investment Advisor for a New York Investment firm; advised Jordan's King Abdullah II and the United Arab Emirates in forming and training their country's Special Operations Aviation units; and also served as a professor of Dynamic Leadership at Vanderbilt University.
Stephen holds a Masters in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He was awarded the Silver Star for heroism, as well as 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 3 Bronze Stars, the Air Medal w/ Valor, an Army Commendation Medal w/ Valor, and the Purple Heart. Stephen is also a Master Army Aviator.
Jimmy Blackmon is among the most combat
experienced leaders in the modern era.
He has led teams of men and women
during the toughest battles of Iraq
& Afghanistan. He led organizations,
from squadron to Brigade the size of
over 2000 people, through some of the
toughest fighting of both wars. Jimmy's
empowering leadership style has stood the test of many battles.
Jimmy was born and raised in Gordon County, Georgia where he enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1986. He graduated from North Georgia College in 1991 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in aviation. In the thirty years that have followed, Jimmy has served in various command and staff positions throughout the Army. He has served two tours in the Balkans, two tours in Iraq, and two tours in Afghanistan. Jimmy spent twelve years of his career in the famed 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where he commanded Task Force Pale Horse from 2008 – 2010 and the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade “Thunder” from 2012 – 2015.
In 2010, Jimmy published his first book, Southern Roots, a memoir of growing up in the South, with Honey Locust Press. In 2015, Jimmy published his second book, Pale Horse - Hunting Terrorists and Commanding Heroes with the 101st Airborne Division. Jimmy is currently working on his third book.
Jimmy is an accomplished archer--having competed nationally and won dozens of matches and awards. He is also an accomplished athlete--competing nationally as an exemplary runner--winning numerous races both individually and as a member of a team.
Jimmy holds a bachelors of arts in History from North Georgia College, a Masters in Education from Old Dominion University, and a Masters in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He is Airborne, Ranger, and Air Assault qualified. Jimmy has earned the Combat Action Badge and is a Master Army Aviator.
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