Steve is a retired Air Force Colonel with over 30 years of experience in the military and in private business. As Vice President of Peregrine Integrated Management, he manages operations for government and corporate contracts involving project management, quality management, and professional development training. He manages Peregrine’s network of professional associate consultants and support staff and coordinates with strategic business partners to exceed expectations and create value for customers. He also serves as a Senior Liaison to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson in the areas of Military and Veteran Affairs and Public Safety. Steve is a Senior Examiner on the Arkansas Governor’s Quality Award Board of Examiners, a Baldrige Organization, and he serves on the Board of Directors for both the Arkansas National Guard Youth Challenge Foundation and the Arkansas Veterans’ Cemetery Foundation.
Steve’s military career culminated with an assignment as Commander of the 189th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base. As the National Guard presence in the Little Rock AFB C-130 Training Center of Excellence, the 189 AW operated 20 aircraft and provided C-130H flying training for all Department of Defense customers. As commander, he exercised operational control over all personnel (active duty, guard, reserve) assigned to the formal training unit. Wing organization included operations, logistics, aerospace maintenance, medical support and support services. Operating on a budget of $35M, the wing had a three-part mission: 1) train student aircrew members in all phases of aerial combat delivery operations, 2) prepare forces for worldwide expeditionary combat support deployment, and 3) maintain a state natural disaster response capability. The wing earned an “Excellent” rating by the AF Inspector General during the December 2012 Consolidated Unit Inspection and the wing was awarded the AF Outstanding Unit Award in 2013.
As an Air Force senior leader, he was responsible for organizational development, leadership training, and coaching at multiple levels and he participated in the State Military Department’s Strategic Planning Process for over 10 years. As an Air Education & Training Command instructor, training supervisor, and administrator, he has over 25 years of experience in technical training. When the AF adopted a Baldrige-based organizational assessment methodology, he was part of the team to implement the systematic self-assessment process within the DoD Formal Training School at Little Rock AFB and he served as the Air National Guard project manager for an enterprise-wide redesign of the theater airlift aircrew training system.
During his tenure, the Arkansas National Guard pioneered the Rapid Augmentation Team concept to facilitate rapid response following domestic emergencies and natural disasters. Using established process improvement methodology, the wing reduced average emergency response time by over 60% while increasing the spectrum of available domestic emergency response options. This concept was recognized by the Air Force Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award Panel as a “Best Practice” that can and should be replicated in other states.
Steve has championed continuous improvement, process engineering and leadership development throughout his career. He is committed to facilitating positive change in both government and private sector organizations and to developing the next generation of leaders.
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