Hello folks! It has been a long time since I last updated the personal website, so I might as well fill everyone in on what I have been doing for the last few years! Basically I have been from Arizona to New York and back with a WHOLE lot of states in between! And now I am back in Tucson, Arizona ready for the next chapter in my career.
In a somewhat radical turn of events three years ago, I moved from Phoenix, AZ to Western New York in January of 2013 and proceeded to embark on a few years of intense travel and adventure as a full time crewmember aboard the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour — flying to over 33 states annually aboard the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, North American B-25 Mitchell, and the North American P-51 Mustang. It was two seasons worth of excitement as I worked as the Sales Director for the flight experience program — basically selling rides and flight training for visitors aboard the aircraft at the 110 airports we visited over a 10 month period each year.
It was amazing work and I literally met tens of thousands of people. It was also one of the few jobs where you ended the day knowing that you made the dreams come true for many people. That reward counteracted the 10-12 hour days and grueling 7-day-a-week schedule while living out of a suitcase at three new hotels a week on average. Making those dreams come true and honoring the veterans who flew them 70 years ago in World War II was worth it!
It was also an amazing way to see the country we live in from only 1000 feet above ground most times. We visited every corner of the United States and experienced the local culture in every region. We met a lot of wonderful people, experienced the general good hearted nature of most folks, and became friends with a great many of them. I also saw, first hand, how wonderful the General Aviation community is in America. There are tons of hard working folks at airports big and small that have put their passion to work and have overcome some incredible odds to make their businesses survive and grow. It was a great eye-opener and further reinforcement as to why we, as a nation, need to preserve and protect our freedom to fly and prevent privatization of our airspace system to avoid the massive amount of cost to users through projected user fee adoption.
But I digress… many of these stories and opinions can come later on. The main focus of this note is to let everyone know that I am “free agent” here in Tucson, AZ now and looking for the next adventure in my career. My passion and devotion to aviation has always been proven from my work, but I believe that my dedication, skills, and experience can translate to a wide range of other industries and I am excited to move forward and find new challenges.
So, if you are looking for a proven candidate with a strong background in marketing and sales with an entrepreneurial spirit, look no further!
Take a look at my qualifications at my LinkedIn profile (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rkeough) and reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-505-1928
Established Ryan Keough Consulting and The Radial Group to provide freelance and contract support for clients in the development and execution of detailed marketing & PR strategies, promotional campaigns, social media engagement, and media contact planning. Developed an aviation-focused client base of small to medium-sized businesses and non-profit organizations in the general aviation, airshow, and aviation history segments.