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Jeff "Odie" Espenship

5 out of 5

Top Workplace Leadership & Safety Expert, Author of "Target Leadership" & USAF Fighter Pilot

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 Jeff "Odie" Espenship Biography

Due to his demonstrated leadership and officer skills in cadet corps officer training, Jeff "Odie" Espenship was awarded a full academic scholarship and a USAF pilot training slot. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Espenship spent a year cheating certain death and destruction earning his USAF pilot wings. He won the coveted “Commanders Trophy” as the overall top graduate of his pilot training class. Espenship also won the pilot training T-38 Talon’s “Hard Charger Award” for overall dedication to excellence and training.

Espenship became a USAF fighter pilot flying the venerable A-10 Thunderbolt, also known as the “Warthog.” He was stationed with the 18th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Eielson AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska.

While there, he qualified as one of the youngest 4-ship flight leaders in the entire squadron. He served as an instructor and was also combat search and rescue qualified. He won numerous Top Gun awards for air-to-ground bombing and gunnery. Espenship was selected to attend The Air Force’s formal leadership training college for young officers, Squadron Officers School. Espenship graduated in the top 7% of the entire school of over 400 officers.

Due to Espenship’s outgoing, personable, always smiling, eager to please personality, his squadron mates quickly gave him his call sign “Odie,” aptly named after the popular cartoon Garfield’s sidekick. Now, few people know him by his first name…but simply call him “Odie”

After 6 years of dedicated service in the Air Force, Espenship decided to fulfill another lifelong dream by becoming an airline pilot. He began his career with Delta Air Lines in 1992. He qualified on The Boeing 727, 757, 767, and McDonnell Douglas MD-11. He also was a line-oriented flight engineer instructor on the Boeing 727. He completed numerous Crew Resource Management Courses, including “Cockpit 2000” given to pilots by United Parcel Service. Espenship continues to hone his flight skills as an international airline pilot, flying the Boeing 777.

Amid his tenure as an airline pilot, Espenship also flew a 1943 T-6 “Texan” on the airshow circuit. A tragic accident took the life of his brother, as well as the life of the pilot. This significant event in Espenship’s life ignited the spark that helped create what Target Leadership is today. From those humble beginnings in 2003, Espenship and his team have grown Target Leadership into a well recognized brand for Culture-Leadership-Safety training among the nation’s top Fortune 500 companies including ExxonMobil, The Southern Company, John Deere, and Chevron.

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Target Leadership: Managers Manage - Leaders Influence - Target Leaders Inspire

Target Leadership: Managers Manage - Leaders Influence - Target Leaders Inspire

Speaking Topics
  • Leadership Safety: Be Accountable, not held accountable. There is a difference

  • Lead with Excellence

    Maintaining a high level of performance means paying attention to the little things. Jeff "Odie" Espenship, founder of Target Leadership, personally knows the impact when leadership fails to execute safety fundamentals. By sharing his lessons learned as a United States Air Force fighter pilot, an air show performer, and an international airline pilot, his message in human behaviors has become one of the most sought after by companies worldwide. Odie gives an interactive, entertaining, yet powerful message on getting back to basics in life and leadership. It's the little things that can take an organization from the cellar to stellar. Odie discusses setting high expectations, speaking up, listening to what is NOT being said, overcoming complacency (the silent killer), never assuming, and communicating to understanding, to achieve new heights in life and leadership.

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Jeff "Odie" Espenship

5 out of 5

Top Workplace Leadership & Safety Expert, Author of "Target Leadership" & USAF Fighter Pilot

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Jeff "Odie" Espenship Biography

Due to his demonstrated leadership and officer skills in cadet corps officer training, Jeff "Odie" Espenship was awarded a full academic scholarship and a USAF pilot training slot. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Espenship spent a year cheating certain death and destruction earning his USAF pilot wings. He won the coveted “Commanders Trophy” as the overall top graduate of his pilot training class. Espenship also won the pilot training T-38 Talon’s “Hard Charger Award” for overall dedication to excellence and training.

Espenship became a USAF fighter pilot flying the venerable A-10 Thunderbolt, also known as the “Warthog.” He was stationed with the 18th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Eielson AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska.

While there, he qualified as one of the youngest 4-ship flight leaders in the entire squadron. He served as an instructor and was also combat search and rescue qualified. He won numerous Top Gun awards for air-to-ground bombing and gunnery. Espenship was selected to attend The Air Force’s formal leadership training college for young officers, Squadron Officers School. Espenship graduated in the top 7% of the entire school of over 400 officers.

Due to Espenship’s outgoing, personable, always smiling, eager to please personality, his squadron mates quickly gave him his call sign “Odie,” aptly named after the popular cartoon Garfield’s sidekick. Now, few people know him by his first name…but simply call him “Odie”

After 6 years of dedicated service in the Air Force, Espenship decided to fulfill another lifelong dream by becoming an airline pilot. He began his career with Delta Air Lines in 1992. He qualified on The Boeing 727, 757, 767, and McDonnell Douglas MD-11. He also was a line-oriented flight engineer instructor on the Boeing 727. He completed numerous Crew Resource Management Courses, including “Cockpit 2000” given to pilots by United Parcel Service. Espenship continues to hone his flight skills as an international airline pilot, flying the Boeing 777.

Amid his tenure as an airline pilot, Espenship also flew a 1943 T-6 “Texan” on the airshow circuit. A tragic accident took the life of his brother, as well as the life of the pilot. This significant event in Espenship’s life ignited the spark that helped create what Target Leadership is today. From those humble beginnings in 2003, Espenship and his team have grown Target Leadership into a well recognized brand for Culture-Leadership-Safety training among the nation’s top Fortune 500 companies including ExxonMobil, The Southern Company, John Deere, and Chevron.

Jeff "Odie" Espenship Videos

  • Jeff “Odie”Espenship inspires Monroe Energy LLC employees to ...
    Jeff “Odie”Espenship inspires Monroe Energy LLC employees to pay attention to the little things. Jeff "Odie" ... Published on Dec 31, 2018.
  • Top Motivational Safety Leadership speaker Jeff "Odie" Espenship
    1 hour motivational leadership safety presentation given to the leadership team at Ameren Utility , January 2016
  • Believe ZERO Injuries are Possible
    Motivational Safety Speaker Jeff "Odie" Espenship and founder of Target Leadership was the closing speaker at VPPPA National Safety Conference in...

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Jeff "Odie" Espenship Speaking Topics

  • Leadership Safety: Be Accountable, not held accountable. There is a difference

  • Lead with Excellence

    Maintaining a high level of performance means paying attention to the little things. Jeff "Odie" Espenship, founder of Target Leadership, personally knows the impact when leadership fails to execute safety fundamentals. By sharing his lessons learned as a United States Air Force fighter pilot, an air show performer, and an international airline pilot, his message in human behaviors has become one of the most sought after by companies worldwide. Odie gives an interactive, entertaining, yet powerful message on getting back to basics in life and leadership. It's the little things that can take an organization from the cellar to stellar. Odie discusses setting high expectations, speaking up, listening to what is NOT being said, overcoming complacency (the silent killer), never assuming, and communicating to understanding, to achieve new heights in life and leadership.

FAQs on booking Jeff "Odie" Espenship

  • How to book Jeff "Odie" Espenship?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jeff "Odie" Espenship for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Jeff "Odie" Espenship, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jeff "Odie" Espenship or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jeff "Odie" Espenship?

    Booking fees for Jeff "Odie" Espenship, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jeff "Odie" Espenship, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jeff "Odie" Espenship?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jeff "Odie" Espenship for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jeff "Odie" Espenship for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jeff "Odie" Espenship or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jeff "Odie" Espenship or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jeff "Odie" Espenship is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jeff "Odie" Espenship for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Jeff "Odie" Espenship generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Story Musgrave, M.D., J.R. Martinez, Carey Lohrenz, Rob Waldo Waldman and Craig Fugate. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jeff "Odie" Espenship for an upcoming event.

Jeff "Odie" Espenship Speaker Videos

  • Jeff “Odie”Espenship inspires Monroe Energy LLC employees to ...
    Jeff “Odie”Espenship inspires Monroe Energy LLC employees to pay attention to the little things. Jeff "Odie" ... Published on Dec 31, 2018.
    Top Motivational Safety Leadership speaker Jeff "Odie" Espenship
    1 hour motivational leadership safety presentation given to the leadership team at Ameren Utility , January 2016
  • Believe ZERO Injuries are Possible
    Motivational Safety Speaker Jeff "Odie" Espenship and founder of Target Leadership was the closing speaker at VPPPA National Safety Conference in Anaheim, CA.
    Jeff "Odie" Espenship says Temptations Knock Constantly
    Opportunity knocks once. Temptations knock constantly. Top safety leadership speaker Jeff "Odie" Espenship discusses temptations we face each day.
  • "No Short Cuts" says safety speaker Jeff "Odie" Espenship
    Jeff "Odie" Espenship of Target Leadership gives an emotional presentation to over 1,500 people at the Region VI annual VPPPA safety conference in San Antonio, TX. One short at work or home may take...
    Top Motivational Safety Speaker Jeff "Odie" Espenship - YouTube

Jeff "Odie" Espenship Speaking Topics

  • Leadership Safety: Be Accountable, not held accountable. There is a difference

  • Lead with Excellence

    Maintaining a high level of performance means paying attention to the little things. Jeff "Odie" Espenship, founder of Target Leadership, personally knows the impact when leadership fails to execute safety fundamentals. By sharing his lessons learned as a United States Air Force fighter pilot, an air show performer, and an international airline pilot, his message in human behaviors has become one of the most sought after by companies worldwide. Odie gives an interactive, entertaining, yet powerful message on getting back to basics in life and leadership. It's the little things that can take an organization from the cellar to stellar. Odie discusses setting high expectations, speaking up, listening to what is NOT being said, overcoming complacency (the silent killer), never assuming, and communicating to understanding, to achieve new heights in life and leadership.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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