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Government Relations Advisor


  Major A.W. Pickel, III






2008 OPSEC

2008 Cadet Protection Program Training

2009 Basic Risk Management

2009 Intermediate Risk Management

2009 Squadron Leadership School

2010 Aircraft Ground Handling

2012 CAP Officer Basic Course

2013 CAP Officer Basic Instructor Course

2019 Basic Cadet Protection Course

2019 Corporate Learning Course

2019 Aircraft Ground Handling



2008-2014      Squadron Finance Officer

2016-2018      Squadron Public Affairs Officer

2020-2021      Kansas Wing Director of Finance

2021-2021      Deputy Commander, Legislative Squadron

2021- present Government Relations Advisor

2021- present Commander, Legislative Squadron


Major Awards and Decorations

2009 Yeager Award

2012 David Award

2014 Commander’s Commendation Award

2016 Achievement Award

2017 Achievement Award

2018 Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

2021 Crisis Service Award


Effective Date of Promotion

2008 2nd Lieutenant

2009 1st Lieutenant

2010 Captain

2012 Major 



Consultant, Mortgage Banking Industry

Owner/Founder/CEO, LeaderOne Financial Corporation, 1992-2016



1977, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University of Illinois



Area Representative, The Navigators  1978-1991

CEO, LeaderOne Financial Corporation  1992-2016

CEO, Waterstone Mortgage Corporation   2018-2019

President, A.W. Pickel Consulting


Awards and Recognition

Member, National Association of Mortgage Brokers National Board

Member, Residential Board of Governors for the Mortgage Bankers Association

Freddie Mac IMB Advisory Board Member

Kansas Broker of the Year 1999

Member Pilot, Angel Flight

FNMA Housing Impact Advisory Council

FHA Direct Endorsement Underwriter

VA Approved Underwriter

Wholesale Access Board of Directors

Expert Witness Testimony in both the U.S. House and Senate


(Current as of 12 January 2022)

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