Robert “Cujo” Teschner
Retired US Air Force F-15/F-22 fighter pilot
2022 Vistage Worldwide Speaker of the Year,
and Founder of VMax Group
Robert “Cujo” Teschner is a combat veteran. He’s a former F-15 “Eagle” instructor at the prestigious U.S. Air Force Weapons school—the Air Force “Top Gun” program. He’s also a former F-22 “Raptor” fighter squadron commander, having commanded one of America’s precious few operational F-22 fighter squadrons.
During his time teaching at the Weapons School, Cujo served as the U.S. Air Force’s Subject Matter Expert on the practice of team accountability. His published work from that time is still in use throughout the Air Force today. Specifically, Cujo authored “The Vocabulary of the Debrief” and helped mold the Methodology of the Debrief, defining the language and accountability practices that the Air Force uses to the present day.
A 1995 distinguished military graduate of the Air Force Academy and a 2013 distinguished graduate of the National War College, Cujo retired from the Air Force in December 2015, achieving the rank of full Colonel. But because of a battle with colorectal cancer, Cujo and his family decided to retire from the Air Force early. Team Teschner’s ambition was to focus on Cujo’s health and to accommodate the fact that his body was largely broken. This led to Cujo’s introduction to entrepreneurship.
Back when he was teaching at the Weapons School, Cujo believed that the principles he was teaching applied to a much wider audience. In fact, as Cujo started to refine and update the Accountability practices he would teach for the entirety of his time at the Weapons School, he also started thinking about translating those principles to business. Once cancer forced him to give up his ability to fly high-performance fighter aircraft, he pivoted to teaching businesses the principles that allow all teams to thrive in disruption. And he’s never looked back.
Cujo is now the founder and CEO of VMax Group, an international leadership training company. He is also the national bestselling author of Debrief to Win: How America’s Top Guns Practice Accountable Leadership … and How You Can, Too! His second book, Aiming Higher: A Journey Through Military Aviation Leadership also immediately went to #1 on the Amazon bestseller list. Cujo has built his growing company from scratch, and everyone in the company is committed to the company’s purpose: To teach and inspire real teamwork so that teams thrive in disruption and keep our economy strong.
Team Never Quit is honored to walk besides a “Top Gun” man like Robert “Cujo” Teschner. Cujo is one of the privileged few who got to live the “TOP GUN” story. Now let him come tell that story in a way that drives transformation by way of inspiration!
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