Top Gun Academy



BACKforty Top Gun Academy is developed to promote interactive learning by creating a community of like-minded individuals that is the future of Twin Cities business. This course is designed to take leaders starved for an immersive educational experience, and provide high-quality content to enhance their skills.

Regardless of your leadership position, if you desire the latest strategic and tactical skills to drive your company’s revenue growth, this is the experience for you.


Community + Content

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What is Provided

  • A transparent and diverse community of leaders with “servant leadership” philosophies

  • Monthly topics with the brightest subject matter experts in the Twin Cities and beyond, sharing their stories and leading group discussions

  • All meetings video recorded and provided to attendees via an online portal with correlating materials/tools to enhance active listening, create high-quality participation, and share with your organization.

  • Unrivaled expertise, techniques, and processes to share with other leaders within your organization to boost revenue growth opportunities.

  • Alumni status with access to ongoing research, tools, and resources

  • Access to Top Gun Academy alumni network, LinkedIn group access, and events

  • Top Gun Graduation Certificate

Ideal Candidates

  • Naturally driven leaders with a desire to transcend their sales and marketing skills

  • Driven future leaders with advancement commitment by senior leadership within 6 months

  • Individuals open to sharing ideas and learning from others

  • Desire to increase relationships with other growing leaders

  • Nine total members per group – no competing organizations represented

  • Each member must attend 8 workshops minimum

  • #BestoftheBest


Nine Monthly Expert-Led Workshops


Workshop 1

Sales/Marketing Strategy

Steve Grady

Fractional CMO - Authentic Brand


Workshop Four

Compensation Plans

Brian Pittenger

Finance Executive + Author


Workshop Seven

Impactful Sales Meetings

Ali Farnsworth

VP Sales - Contata Solutions


Workshop Two

Individual Sales Planning

Ryan VanOverbeke

SVP Healthcare Partner - WEX Health


Workshop Five

Talent Strategy

Renee Frey

Founder - TalentQ

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Workshop Eight


Jason Rysavy

Sherwin Schwartzrock

Co-Founders - Curious


Workshop Three


John Hastings

SVP Sales - Loffler Companies


Workshop Six

Creating a Positive (Sales) Culture

Ryan Padget

VP Sales - Infor


Workshop Nine

Selling in a Digital Age - Biz Dev

Josh Fedie

Founder - SalesReach



Nine Month Academy

  • January Cohort begins January 2020 - One Seat Available

    • Workshops Held Monthly - Every Second Wednesday

  • April Cohort begins April 2020 - Four Seats Available

    • Workshops Held Monthly - Every Third Wednesday

Total Investment - $4,950 per attendee

  • Nine Payments of $550 with full commitment

  • Three Payments of $1,650 with full commitment


Contact Us to Apply or Learn More!