Ernie Spence served in the US Navy for 22 years as a fighter pilot and test pilot. He commanded and successfully turned around multiple F/A-18 squadrons, including the largest in the Navy, where he was responsible for leading a diverse workforce of 1300 employees and 117 aircraft to train 60% of the Navy’s fighter aircrew. In this role, he reduced Operations & Maintenance costs by 36% in just one year while simultaneously restoring to service over $3.6 billion worth of high-performance aircraft and increasing pilot production by 44%.
Today, Ernie is a Manager for Wilson Perumal & Company where he leads the company’s execution practice helping organizations achieve operational excellence through proactive management of their culture and focusing on fully integrating the business strategy with the company’s management system and culture. Ernie has a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, Eisenhower School; a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado. He is also a graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School.WATCH NOW: More Videos from BTOES17