As a Navy helicopter pilot for ten years, I grew to hate power point as much as I loved leading Sailors. That’s why when I decided to begin a leadership development firm, the first rule was NO POWER POINT! Life and leadership should be full of adventure, growth and fulfillment- fundamentals found outdoors, not in a conference room.
After graduating from the Naval Academy, I excelled in flight school, learning to pay attention to detail, manage fear, and control risk with my team. I earned the top graduate spot! Choosing to fly the mighty SH60, I got to lead Sailors on two deployments.
Looking for a change of pace, I went back to the Naval Academy where I earned master’s degrees in leadership from UMD and the Naval War College. More importantly I had the honor of directly leading over 700 Midshipmen. From tackling 24-hour crucible events alongside my people to teaching advanced leadership theory at the collegiate level, I left the tour with a burning passion for helping people reach their fullest potential as leaders.
After one more deployment on an Aircraft Carrier, I decided to pursue leadership development full time. In 2006, my wife and I decided to climb the high point in every state- only 10 left now! I found I loved climbing mountains. Having seen the limitations of teaching leadership in a classroom, I knew outdoor activities would be a perfect place for leaders to thrive. While working on a Management PhD at GWU, I started teaching rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking for REI Outdoor School. I then did a 30-day expedition in Alaska with NOLS to become an instructor there as well. Seeing the need for quality, hands-on leadership training, I switched gears to complete my Executive Leadership Coaching Certificate at Georgetown. Now I take people outdoors to tap into the profound ways that nature brings clarity and peace- two things in high demand for leaders.
Specialties: Adventure, Leadership & Executive Coaching, Mountain Guiding