Duane Futch
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Executive Vice President

Duane_ImgColDuane has 38 years of experience in aviation, travel, and government sectors, with a consistent track record of developing and implementing innovative ideas that improve operations, revenues and profits, while effectively controlling expenses. Duane brings an "insider's view" that is incredibly insightful and invaluable to our clients' success.

A dynamic, results-oriented leader, Duane has combined his industry knowledge, visionary thinking and business leadership skills to produce a proven record of accomplishments in an increasingly complex, global operating environment. 

Duaneā€™s ability to lead teams, motivate people, negotiate contracts, manage large-scale implementation projects, navigate easily through complex processes, and conduct compliant business practices ensures effective leadership in all facets of his consulting assignments.

From the beginning of his career in 1974 as a professional pilot, Duane held progressively responsible executive and regulatory positions within the aviation and travel industry. This included managing fleets of jets, corporate travel departments, holding FAA regulatory positions as Director of Operations and Chief Pilot, and leading the development of, and serving as Director of Flight Operations, for a medically equipped Lockheed L-1011. The plane traveled the globe, providing free medical care to those in need. 

In 1998, Duane was recruited by the senior leadership at Wal-Mart to manage the transition of the company's Aviation Department to an all-jet fleet. He reengineered the aircraft fleet, implemented organizational change, developmed industry-leading training and standards programs, and applied sound fiscal controls. These successful results subsequently led to increased responsibilities and the creation of the Global Travel Division. Duane was accountable for the management of this division, which consisted of three operating units (Aviation, Corporate Travel and a retail Leisure Travel Services) as well as an administrative staff that included accounting/finance, marketing and business development. During his tenure at Wal-Mart, the travel team created the first-ever U.S. point-of-sale and multi-currency transaction model to facilitate international ticketing and financial settlement processes via the company's ARC-accredited CTD. As a result, the team won several awards for global innovation.

Under Duane's leadership, Wal-Mart's Aviation Department, which consisted of 29 jets, was named Flight Department of the Year in 2000 by Professional Pilot Magazine, and in 2006 Wal-Mart Travel was named Travel Department of the year by ARC. Business Travel News named Duane Travel Manager of the Year in 2006, and in 2007, one of the "25 Most Influential Travel Executives."

From 2008 to 2014 Duane served as Vice President of Global Government Programs for Sabre Travel Network. In his role at Sabre, Duane oversaw business and product development, strategy and marketing for Sabre's Global Government / Public Sector Programs that spanned North America, Latin America and EMEA. During this time, Duane was considered a trusted advisor, expert, and advocate to global government agencies and government prime contractors.

Duane holds a Bachelor's Degree in Air Commerce from Florida Institute of Technology and is a 2003 graduate of the first class of "Emerging Leaders" at the University of Arkansas, Sam Walton College of Business. In addition, Duane holds an airline transport pilot certificate, has been flying corporate jets for over 35 years, and served in several executive and regulatory positions in corporate aviation and the jet charter industry before joining Wal-Mart in 1998.

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