The four partners of Convergent Performance, LLC founded the company with one simple goal in mind: to combine their unique ideas and diverse experience to create rigorous human factors programs which would be years ahead of their contemporaries in any given high-risk industry and would create lasting improvements in human performance.
Tony Kern, Ed.D., (CEO) is one of the world’s leading authorities on human performance in time-constrained, error-intolerant environments, and has written and lectured on the subject for nearly two decades.
Dr. Kern has authored seven books on human performance, and is a featured columnist and contributing editor for Canadian Skies, Vertical, and Vertical 911 magazines. Over the past decade, he has broadened his approach beyond aviation. In his latest book, Going Pro: The Deliberate Practice of Professionalism (Pygmy Books 2011) he creates a 21st century guide to extreme professionalism for individuals and organizations.
Dr. Kern served in the U.S. Air Force as a command pilot and flight examiner in the B-1B bomber, in diverse senior staff and leadership roles, and as Chairman of the U.S. Air Force Human Factors Steering Group. He is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and the U.S. Federal Government Senior Executive Service Development Program.
Dr. Kern has received multiple awards for his research, program management, speaking, writing, and leadership, including the University Aviation Association's John K. Lauber Safety Award (2015) and the Flight Safety Foundation-Airbus Human Factors in Aviation Safety Award (2015). He holds Masters Degrees in public administration and military history, as well as a Doctorate in Higher Education specializing in human factors training design.
Pat Daily, M.S., (President) spent 12 years of active duty service and 18 years as a reserve officer in the US Air Force, where he flew as an operational pilot in F-4 and F-16 aircraft. He is a graduate of, and later instructed at the USAF Test Pilot School, has flown and evaluated over 60 types of aircraft, has instructed US and allied pilots in upset recovery techniques in a variety of aircraft, and is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. In addition to teaching cadets how to fly T-41s, Mr. Daily taught aeronautical engineering at the US Air Force Academy.
Mr. Daily has flown for American Airlines, Texas Air Aces, and Aviation Safety Training and holds an ATP and a CFI. Prior to founding Convergent Performance, he was the director of Honeywell’s Defense and Space Electronics Systems at Johnson Space Center where he managed the steam to glass program for the Space Shuttle, as well as guidance, navigation and control projects for the International Space Station and the space shuttle. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt and has led quality improvement projects in aerospace and education.
Christopher J. Lutat, B.S., (President of Government and Aerospace) is a graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy and served the Coast Guard as a Search and Rescue Pilot and Instructor Pilot. Prior to his designation as a Coast Guard aviator, he served aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Evergreen as a Deck Watch Officer, Communications Officer and Boarding Officer. He served as a Falcon 20G “Guardian” Aircraft Commander and instructor and was among the initial cadre of U. S. Coast Guard human factors facilitators. He holds an Air Transport Pilot certificate and type ratings in several commercial aircraft, and currently operates the Boeing MD11 family of aircraft. He has been a pioneer in bringing advanced technology procedures, interfaces, CRM and airmanship to organizations around the world.
Kenneth D. Stahl, M.D., F.A.C.S., (President of Healthcare) is an internationally recognized expert in adapting principles of aviation safety to the healthcare industry to increase patient safety. Dr. Stahl is board-certified in cardiothoracic surgery as well as surgical critical care and general surgery. He has been involved in many aspects of clinical medicine and medical research for over 20 years. He is also an FAA certified airline transport pilot (ATP) and has logged thousands of hours in the cockpit. He is the author of over 75 text book chapters, peer reviewed publications and presentations on a variety of clinical and systems topics that include surgical teamwork and team training, patient safety and the High Reliability Mindset.
Dr. Stahl has been one of the pioneers in the role of robotics and computer-assisted surgery in modern operating rooms and has taught numerous courses on robotic-assisted surgery as well as performed surgical procedures all over the world. He has developed simulator models to teach surgeons robotic and endoscopic techniques. As a pilot he has type ratings in various complex, high performance aircraft and has additional experience in acrobatic flying. He continues to practice surgery full-time.