My passion is helping leaders build and lead world-class teams. Having served 30 years in the U.S. Army, including six operational deployments to the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan, I am among the most combat experienced leaders of the modern era. I have led high risk missions all over the world including serving as the air mission commander on the operation that netted #2 and #3 in the famous Iraqi deck of cards. As fate would have it, I also served as the aviation commander during the battles in which four Medals of Honor were earned in Afghanistan – in the very valleys where the attacks of 9-11 were planned and rehearsed. I understand how to inspire and motivate people to become the best version of them – maximize their potential. In some of the most extreme environments, I have proven my ability to develop strategy, plan tactically, provide clear vision and intent, build systems and processes, and dynamically lead through execution.
Leadership under fire, crisis management, trust and empowerment, priority management, delegation, accountability, and execution are but a few of my focus areas.
Education / Certifications
- Bachelor of Arts in History from North Georgia College
- Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University
- Masters in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington D.C.
Jimmy was the 2017 Vistage Breakout Speaker of the year.
“Jimmy’s authenticity allows him to connect with every level of an organization. His inspirational stories around leadership as well as encouragement on the power of cultivating positive relationships allowed our team to have a greater understanding of each other as well as how we better motivate and communicate within our organization. I would highly recommend Jimmy for any company looking to maximize each employee’s potential.”
— Jed Thomas VP – Tennessee Coca Cola
“Jimmy Blackmon is a proven leader who understands how to connect with people on the most visceral level. His gifted storytelling ablility bring his experiences to life. Having led complex Army units in combat multiple times, Jimmy understands the importance of people and relationships. It is refreshing to hear stories of love, compassion, sacrifice, and team work among the men and women who sacrifice so much for our nation. I can’t recommend him highly enough!”
David Cliche Owner – Distribution by Air
Jimmy is also an author, he has won an IBO World Championship in archery, and made a U.S. Armed Forces World Cross Country Team. These achievements demonstrate that Jimmy understands self-motivation, discipline, and a winning attitude.