Lifestyle Portraits

October 16, 2018

Profiling Your Neighbors Living Their Dreams

It was a trip to the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs that finally initiated their family move to the area in 2012.



A veteran of the US Air Force and US Navy, Scott is originally from Michigan, but lived his working career in Houston Texas, as a true rocket scientist who worked at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) on the NASA Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station (ISS) programs.


Scott studied Aerospace Technology at Arizona State University, where he obtained a commercial pilots license.  His original job with the shuttle program was to establish the best time to launch the shuttle, when to perform on-orbit maneuvering, deploy satellites, and when to land the Shuttle. He later became the Program Manager for the ISS, and recently retired as CEO for United Space Alliance (USA), the prime contractor for the Shuttle program.


He tells Living Well Magazine that in 1997, he was asked to be the Director for Space Shuttle Astronaut Training.  “This was the best job and leadership challenge I had at my time in Houston at JSC, and I was privileged to work with some of the most talented people in the world. ”



Through escalating levels of responsibility, Scott was exposed to more opportunities to learn about quality leadership. An avid fly fisherman for over twenty-years, Scott began to see the commonalities between leadership and fly fishing.

In 2010, while attending a leadership class at Notre Dame, a question was posed from the facilitator, “Scott, where do you see yourself in five years?” His answer was “I see myself fly fishing in a Colorado stream” to which the response was “How is this going to help the world?” Scott’s off-the-cuff answer…“I will help people learn more about leadership through fly fishing and encourage those people to help others to do the same.”


The response to the question formulated the forward path for his new company, Fly Fishing Leadership, founded in 2016, and based in Colorado Springs. Going a step further, Scott developed a full curriculum for the course, and is now working on a book illustrating the values that are common between fly fishing and leadership. He offers classes that use fly fishing as a vehicle to reinforce the lessons, values, and attributes found in high quality leadership. He is available for any type of team or leadership development facilitation activity, and brings a uniquely different tackle box of tools to the training.


It’s these experiences that he now brings to his new company, and also offers in guest speaking opportunities upon request.  He recently spoke locally at the Center for Creative Leadership, Trout Unlimited, and the Angler’s Covey Fly Shop new guide class, where Scott considers himself fortunate and privileged  to work as a fly fishing guide alongside an outstanding group of professional anglers and guides at the Covey.



Ironically, it was Scott’s attendance at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, and the many visits here throughout the years, with his wife Glynis, that finally initiated the genuine interest to relocate and move his family from Texas to Colorado in 2012.


Scott’s goal is simple, “My business was started to make people more successful as leaders. Fly fishing is such a great opportunity for reflection and is spiritually and physically therapeutic. It’s as if fly fishing restores and refreshes our perspective on life, allowing us time to refocus and clarify our purpose and priorities.”  


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