March 22, 2018 | Keynote

8:45 - 9:45a


Afterburner keynotes are experiential learning programs that deliver proven value and immediate ROI. Their executive consultants use their elite military team experience to inspire to seek excellence and train in processes that catapult your business to success. Afterburner programs have been seen by more than 1.5 million business leaders, Fortune 500 businesses, and global organizations. Participants will take away tools and techniques you can apply immediately for success including inspirational stories and lessons wrapped in an entertaining experience.



March 22, 2018 | Technical Track

1:30 - 3:00p

PRESENTATION: Rapid Planning Workshop

Participants will take away how to develop quick, tactical plans using our combat-proven planning process. Individually or in small functional groups, participants identify a can’t fail mission to begin applying Flawless Execution. Using the Six Steps to Mission Planning, the Afterburner team will help you plan out a roadmap for success. Identify a clear, measurable achievable mission objective, threats, resources, lessons learned from previous missions and develop a course of action that will yield success. When you leave, you'll have a plan that you can begin executing the very next day. But more than just a plan, you will walk away equipped with a new planning process that enables you to create strong plans quickly for flawless performance in tight time lines.



Brandon “Manson” Williams is an accomplished and results-oriented leader, top business speaker, executive consultant, and technical expert with proven leadership experience in managing cross-functional teams and organizations. Manson joined the Afterburner team after serving in the United States Air Force as an

F-15E Fighter Pilot and T-38C Instructor Pilot. He currently still serves in the United States Air Force Reserves.

Manson’s flying career has seen him amass over 3,000 flight hours, including over 315 combat hours and 63 combat missions. He deployed in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM, and earned a Single Sortie Air Medal with Valor during an intense combat mission in IRAQI FREEDOM. Manson was selected as the #1 graduate out of 571 candidates as the Distinguished Graduate from Air Force Instructor Pilot Training for 2006, and he was honored as the 2013 United States Air Force Reserve Instructor Pilot of the Year for Columbus AFB, MS. Additionally, he has garnered two Field Grade Officer of the Quarter Awards, and two Instructor Pilot of the Quarter Awards. Manson’s flying qualifications included 4-ship Flight Lead, Instructor Pilot, and Evaluator Pilot.

In addition to Manson’s impressive flying record, he has also held numerous leadership positions during his time in service. His roles in the Air Force included Director of Staff, Assistant Director of Operations, Flight Commander, Safety Officer, Chief of Plans, Standardization/Evaluation Officer, and Training Officer. As Air Boss for the 2008 Vance Air Force Base Air Show, he coordinated over $3.2B worth of aircraft and equipment for a crowd of over 40,000. He managed operations in USAF Europe’s largest Operational Support Squadron, and oversaw daily operations for $1.5B in assets and an $86.6M Flying Hour Program as an Operations Supervisor. Manson also attended the highly-coveted USAF Safety Officer Course, where he was certified to conduct mishap investigations and oversee risk management programs.

Manson’s resume does not stop with the Air Force. He is a highly successful adjunct professor with multiple universities, where he has developed and taught numerous courses. His areas of expertise in teaching include Management, Safety Program Management, and other related topics. Finally, Manson is also a First Officer with a major airline where he is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of a $35M aircraft. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Aeronautical Science in Aviation Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Manson’s broad range of experience brings a unique skillset to the Afterburner Team. Whether it is formulating aligned strategy, guiding change management or facilitating Health, Safety, and Environmental management, his interaction with hundreds of business leaders and his expert knowledge on the technical aspects of leadership and communication set an outstanding basis for his Executive Consultant and Facilitator role. Manson’s world-class facilitating and successful execution of numerous speaking engagements consistently delivers superior results for our clients in their fast-paced, dynamic, and ever-changing environments.

Brandon Williams

Charles Payne

Charles Payne is the Client Advisor of Major Accounts for Afterburner. His tenure & fervor is deeply rooted in collaborating with Fortune 1000 organizations, teams & professionals to close the execution gap between what they want to achieve but haven't yet.

His partners say we contribute to their success following a 3-step approach:

#1 Relevant Experiential Training - Your team, your pursuit of Flawless Execution
#2 Attendee Engagement - Every engagement is custom built to ensure everyone is actively involved
#3 Solution Adoption - Their reputation is built on providing tools (e.g. Accelerator Academy) & techniques that reinforce & support adoption (ROI)

Charles Payne


Afterburner trains global organizations to accelerate their performance and ensure a higher success rate for their strategic objectives. Afterburner’s full client list includes more than 150 US Fortune 500 companies. Over 1.7 million business leaders have experienced an Afterburner program and rated their experience an average of 9.2 out of 10. Afterburner specializes in strategic and agile planning and continuous improvement through building a culture of learning, accountability and proven execution in accordance with a simple, scalable improvement processes model, Flawless Executionâ„ . Afterburner’s Flawless ExecutionSM framework provides the necessary structures, collaboration, and teamwork to close the Execution Gap – the gap between what an organization plans to do what it actually achieves. Founded in 1996 by former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot James “Murph” Murphy, Afterburner has ranked among Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies” three times and has been featured in leading publications like the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Financial Times, Newsweek, and Meetings and Conventions Magazine. Afterburner has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg News, among others.