About Alvin Townley

Alvin Townley: Missions and Stories that Matter

  • Nationally-recognized speaker and author of five books
  • Senior Fellow, United States Naval Academy
  • Founding Executive Director, SkillPointe Foundation
  • President, LegacyCraft
  • Advisor, KinectAir
  • Board Member, Global Village Project

Best-selling New York Times-reviewed author and Emmy-winning storyteller Alvin Townley has traveled to five continents and four aircraft carriers to discover inspiring stories of leadership, legacy, and purpose.

St. Martin's Press and Scholastic Press published his five nationally-acclaimed books; reviews came from John McCain, Jimmy Carter, Peyton Manning, Tom Wolfe, and others. Defense Secretary Robert Gates penned a foreword. Alvin was also part of the team behind the PBS film Jeremiah, which won four Emmys, including Best Documentary.

Alvin has talked leadership with icons from Justice Stephen Breyer, J.W. Marriott, and Condoleezza Rice to Jim Lovell of Apollo 13 and Louie Zamperini of Unbroken. CNN, FOX, and NPR have featured his expertise and he has spoken about leadership and character at venues including The White House, Delta Air Lines, the University of Virginia, and the U.S. Air Force, Military, and Naval Academies.

An Eagle Scout and NCAA athlete, Alvin graduated from Washington & Lee University. He studied economics in Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris, and London before working in Congress, managing global strategy for an 85,000-person firm, and leading external affairs for a Grammy- and Tony-winning national arts center.

He is currently a senior fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy, president of the communication advisory firm LegacyCraft, founding executive director of the SkillPointe Foundation, and an advisor to KinectAir, a disruptive aviation software aviation company.

A Georgia Author of the Year, he lives outside his hometown of Atlanta, close to the rivers and trails he loves to enjoy with his wife Suzanne and their two children.

He is now at work on his anticipated sixth book: Father-Daughter.

Book reviews

'Authentic' - Medal of Honor recipient and POW Bud Day
'Compelling' - Quarterback Peyton Manning
'Gripping' - The New York Times
'Exhilarating' - Publishers Weekly
'Inspiring' - President Jimmy Carter
'Inspirational' - Defense Secretary Robert Gates
"Invaluable" - Mayor Michael Bloomberg
"Riveting" - Senator John McCain
"Superb" - J.W. Marriott, Jr.
"Unforgettable" - Jimmy Carter


The Coca-Cola Company
Cushman & Wakefield
Delta Air Lines
Emory University, Goizueta Business School
The Home Depot
Merrill Lynch
U.S. Capitol
U.S. Air Force Academy
U.S. Naval Academy
USS Stockdale (DDG 106)
University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
The White House


Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
President Jimmy Carter
Admiral, POW, and Senator Jeremiah Denton
Defense Secretary Robert Gates
Bill Gates, Sr.
Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson
Captain Jim Lovell of Apollo 13
J.W. Marriott, Jr.
Ross Perot
Tuskegee Airman Percy Sutton
POW and Olympian Louie Zamperini of Unbroken

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