About Butch

Butch Wardlaw is a professional communications consultant, facilitator, and trainer as well as Founder and President of the Wardlaw Group, Inc. and President and Principal Owner of Vantage Human Resource Services, Inc. Over the course of his career, Butch has focused his work toward a life-long goal of “helping others lead, communicate, organize, and perform more effectively.” He is an expert in media, risk, and crisis communications; group process facilitation; strategic planning and communication; leadership development; message strategies; and public/community involvement. Butch has worked in the federal government as well as private practice and has served as a senior consultant or program/project manager for more than forty separate projects in the fields of public health/medical, energy, and the environment. Throughout his career, Butch has served in a wide variety of leadership roles, both public and private.
Butch’s specific program/project management and consulting work has involved improving team performance, strategic communication, strategic planning, public affairs support, media strategies, crisis communication, risk communication, organizational communication assessments, message strategies/message mapping, and leader development. As part of his consulting work, Butch has facilitated or moderated more than 100 client events including strategic planning meetings, annual conferences, public meetings, national forums, Restoration Advisory Board Meetings, management retreats, crisis planning sessions, business meetings, Integrated Process Team workshops, focus groups, and senior management planning sessions.

As a trainer, Butch has conducted more than 350 small-group training sessions for over 5,000 participants. His varied training audiences have included military service members, health care providers, risk managers, scientists, engineers, program managers, government leaders, corporate managers and executives, community outreach specialists, and public affairs specialists involved in health, safety, energy, and environmental programs. Primary topics for these training sessions included leader development; media communication; public/community involvement; strategic planning and strategic communication; risk and crisis communication; communication skills for leaders; technical communication; presentation training; and team building.


Butch has worked as a trainer, consultant, and/or facilitator for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, Department of Defense Military Vaccine Agency, National Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network, Army Corps of Engineers, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Science Applications International Corporation, Battelle Memorial Institute, Rhodia International, Fulton Communications, Norfolk State University, the Army National Guard Bureau, URS Corporation; Army Chemical Materials Agency; and many others.

During 33 years of professional experience, Butch has participated in planning and/or response to more than ten crises. As a leader and mentor, Butch has directly led a number of teams ranging from 2 to 80 people and provided personal mentorship and counsel to more than 100 senior leaders, executives, managers, and emerging leaders in a variety of settings. In 2003, Butch was appointed by then-EPA Administrator Christine Todd-Whitman to serve three years as a member of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Waste and Facility Siting Subcommittee, a workgroup organized under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

Prior to founding the Wardlaw Group and assuming ownership of Vantage Human Resource Services, Butch was Vice President for Communications, Involvement, and Training at WPI, Inc. where he served as Program Manager for more than 20 contracts from 2003–2006 and Senior Trainer/Consultant for the USACHPPM Risk Communication Program support contract from 2003-2004.

From July 2001 to November 2002, Butch was a Senior Project Manager for DecisionQuest where he served as a Senior Consultant on ten different environmental cleanup projects and conducted 40 communications training workshops.

Prior to working for DecisionQuest, Butch was Communications Division Chief/Communications Director for the DoD Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program Agency from April 1999 to July 2001. During his tenure, Butch and his communications team conducted outreach to more than 30,000 people in the U.S. and overseas. Additionally, Butch was creator and lead trainer of the DoD training program known as Anthrax University (now known as the Immunization Leaders Course).

Butch is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with 21 years of active service. His military career was highlighted by command and staff positions of increased responsibility through both combat and peace-time assignments. He served as a medical operations officer, aviation commander and pilot-in-command, Army functional subject matter expert in logistics command and control, paratrooper, operational and tactical planner, and two tours as an Aviation Maintenance Officer and Test Pilot. Butch was awarded the coveted Order of Military Medical Merit for career contributions to military medicine. He was also twice awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally distinguished service.