Col. Edward L. Hubbard is dedicated to helping others overcome obstacles, handle ordeals, and reach goals by developing the correct state of mind. Building upon his adverse experiences during more than six and one half years of captivity in North Vietnam, Ed conveys a positive message for personal growth.
A product of the Midwest, Ed Hubbard spent his childhood in the Kansas City area. At age seventeen, he joined the Air Force Reserve and in 1962, entered active duty where he received his navigator wings and commission through the Aviation Cadet program.
Ed Hubbard culminated a 28-year, active duty, military career in August 1990, of which almost 25% (six years, seven months, and 12 days) were spent as a prisoner of war. It was an experience that truly changed his life, and as a result, the lives of countless others.
Following his release from prison in 1973, Col. Ed Hubbard completed five college degrees in seven years, in his spare time and at night. In 1976, his concept – after only eight days of implementation – increased the productivity of a $350 million resource by 50%. He later inherited an organization designated “…the worst managed…” among 58 units by an Air Force audit. Within four months, Ed Hubbard turned the unit around and demonstrated statistically significant improvement in 96% of the audited areas.
During ten years as head of the largest safety organization in the Air Force, they shattered all records. They achieved 30% to 70% improvements in all categories, where a 3% improvement had long been the norm. Ed Hubbard’s organization was recognized as “Best in the Air Force” for ten consecutive years, and a previously accepted, multi-million-dollar loss rate per year was reduced to less than fifty thousand dollars per year.
In 1985, Ed Hubbard began motivational speaking. Since his Air Force retirement in 1990, he has spoken to thousands of members of corporate America, government agencies, and non-profit groups. Ed Hubbard’s desire to change the attitudes of individuals through a better understanding of true, human potential remains his number one goal in life.
Ed Hubbard’s book, Escape from the Box: The Wonder of Human Potential, was published in January, 1994.