Otis “Hoop” Hooper is a former C-40 VIP Airlift pilot and KC-135 Tanker Instructor Pilot with over 18 years of distinguished military service. As an Air Force pilot, Hoop amassed over 3,500 hours of flight time in 5 different Air Force aircraft, with almost 1,000 of those hours logged during combat. All of his flight time came in “crew airplanes” where he was tasked to lead a diverse crew (ranging from 2 to 15 Air Force team members), on challenging “no-fail, high-visibility” missions around the globe. Otis deployed 8 times to multiple combat zones in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM and flew over 150 combat missions, earning 5 Air Medals for his aerial achievements.
Hoop transitioned from the active duty Air Force to the D.C. Air National Guard where he was a Squadron Commander, a VIP Airlift Pilot, and the Director of Operations for the unit responsible for flying members of Congress, White House staff, and other high-ranking U.S. and foreign dignitaries around the globe. Hoop excels at finding (and amplifying) the best in people – motivating them to work together towards a goal, despite overwhelming obstacles. As a result, he’s been awarded multiple accolades from the Air Force and Department of Defense for his leadership & performance both in the cockpit and on the ground.
“Hoop” joined the Afterburner team in 2017, and enjoys using his experiences in the military and his personal life, to help businesses improve their operations as a motivational business speaker using the Flawless Execution Model. You may have seen him in magazines, on television, or the movies as he has proven the Flawless Execution model works not only in business but on a personal level as well. He was named Men’s Health magazine’s Top 3 “Ultimate Guys”, is a professional athlete, and has appeared in 2 major movies. He’s even competed on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” and uses the Flawless Execution model to take on difficult physical challenges regularly. In 2017, without any triathlon experience previously, Hoop completed an Ironman Triathlon to raise awareness for Juvenile Diabetes and was featured on multiple international media outlets where he shares his inspiring story of transformation.
Otis is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Squadron Officer School, and Air Command and Staff College. A native of Newport News, VA, Otis now resides in Marietta, GA. Otis currently serves in the National Guard and is responsible for developing and coordinating programs, policies and strategic plans to ensure the wartime readiness of more than 1,200 members of the District of Columbia Air National Guard.