Commencing with the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis Col McKay has been exposed to numerous on-the-ground combat situations, and to crises approximating war wherein he has directly led and been responsible for U. S. men and women, as well as host country nationals, in ensuring the accomplishment of arduous, often life-threatening, tasks under adverse conditions. His diplomatic and negotiating skills have been honed in the crucible of war in Vietnam, El Salvador, in Sarajevo with the UN Protective Force (UNPROFOR), in the jungles of Perú, in Ciudad Juárez, México, as well as in the benign environments of NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium; as senior U. S. negotiator in military-to-military negotiations at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, with senior Cuban Communist military authorities; and, in Jerusalem, Israel, as a Special Advisor to the U. S. Department of State’s Special Envoy for Middle East Regional Security, former National Security Advisor to the President, General James L. Jones, Jr., USMC (Ret). Col McKay provides, either in Spanish or English, unprecedented practical wisdom and guidance, diplomatic acumen, and conflict-resolution skills to leadership problems and challenges of every ilk. His sensitivity to and intimate familiarity with local cultural norms and practices ensures at-root effective interaction and problem solving in all management and leadership milieus.
Leadership presentation to mid-level managers of Berkshire Hathaway, Drysdale Properties, at the Pleasanton North Rotary Club, Pleasanton, California, on January 16, 2015. Demonstrates how the insights of Sir Winston Churchill coupled with leadership traits and principles apply in an increasingly interconnected world. View video of presentation at Leadership in the Work Place.