Bio of Winston Copeland

Winston Copeland

Winston Copeland, TGC Instructor, Rear Admiral, USN (RET).

William W. Copeland, Jr., today is the President of TOPGUN CONSULTING (TGC), a limited consulting practice focusing on Executive Coaching and Leadership Development for a potpourri of clients in a variety of disciplines.

He was the Director for the Strategic Program Business Office at Sun Microsystems Federal in McLean, VA., responsible for capturing over $400M in expected lifetime program revenue during FY-08.  As the Account  Executive at Sun for the Boeing National Account, his leadership and managerial skills enabled his sales and services teams to grow revenue to over $140M, an order of magnitude in five years. 

Having retired from the United States Navy in 2000 as a Rear Admiral, Cope last served as the Commander of the Theodore Roosevelt Battlegroup.  He entered the Navy in 1965 and graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a BSEE degree and a commission in 1967.  He earned two Masters of Science Degrees, one from the University of Southern California and the other from the Naval War College.  

Cope’s distinguished career as a naval fighter pilot included duty as an instructor at the prestigious Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun).  He attended the U.S. Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB and served as a Test Pilot at the Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River, MD, during the initial flight testing of the F/A-18A Hornet.  He Commanded Fighter Squadron 102, Carrier Air Wing One aboard USS America, the food stores ship USS San Diego, and the aircraft carrier USS America.  Cope has flown over 300 combat missions with over 1,300 carrier arrested landings, and more than 5,000 flight hours in 30 different types of aircraft, including the F-14, F-15, F-16, F-17, and F-18.

He has received the Silver Star for gallantry in action, the Bronze Star, two Defense Superior Service medals, three Legion of Merit awards and numerous other meritorious and commendation medals with the Combat “V”.  He resides in San Jose, California, with his wife and family.  

Educational Experience

Executive Coaching Institute, HAAS Business School, Berkeley, CA
BSEE Virginia Polytechnic Institute
MSSM University Southern California
MS Naval War College
Certified Winslow Behavioral Specialist
Senior Consultant One Page Business Plan
Certified & Licensed Corporate Business Coach
International Coaching Federation