About John “Slick” Baum

Where military experience, business leadership and philanthropy efforts unite.

John “Slick” Baum is a fighter pilot, mentor, leader, performance coach, retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel and entrepreneur – provider of executive leadership, strategy development, high-performance team building, and other investment endeavors.


John “Slick” Baum attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science with honors and a Masters of Aeronautical Science. After attending the USAF Fighter Weapons School, Slick was asked to return as an instructor.

In 2009, Slick was by name requested to join the famed USAF Thunderbirds Demonstration Team. He was then selected as an Air Force Fellow, earning a Masters in Strategic Communications from George Mason University. As a co-founder of Draken International, the company’s efforts were recognized as #18 on the Inc. 5000 list in 2018.

Today, he continues his work in aerospace as the Philanthropy Director of the Polaris Program and as a Demonstration Pilot with the Ghost Squadron. Slick knows how to prepare and perform under pressure and personifies this ethos in all he endeavors.

Speaking & Coaching

Slick is committed to continue serving others. His transformational speaking, mentoring and executive coaching helps others achieve success and significance to pilot their most fulfilling lives. Slick has become a master of responsible reinvention and utilizes this skillset to help others take their performance to the next level.

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What they’re saying

Slick is a master motivator and connector. His keynote changed the perspective of our sales force to further connect with our clients and their families.
Virginia S. Rose // President & CEO (Lewith & Freeman Real Estate)
Slick has been incredible to work with. It is rare to find authenticity in this world, he is the real deal!
Miguel Sanchez // Miguel Sanchez
Aviation Oil Outlet has collaborated with Slick Baum on multiple projects and product launches. His business acumen and creativity skyrocketed our social media and in person marketing efforts. His instinct is always spot on!
Richard A. Rose Jr. // President & CEO (Petroleum Service Company)