"This man can help all of us understand the meaning of heroism, sacrifice, and a life well lived." - Mark B.

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David Burnell - The Velvet Hammer

Years ago I was working with a very dynamic CEO of an oil and gas company. One day while we were talking he said;

"David, you are a Velvet Hammer. You hit very hard, but the hammer is wrapped in a coating of love."

Hitting hard and loving those I serve are indeed the hallmarks of my drive and motives. It takes a hard will to drive on and complete the mission while under severe opposition and pressure. Sometimes the hard hitting can hurt those close to us, balancing this iron will to do the deed, and also loving and showing a tender soul are life long objectives for me.

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This trademarked emblem represents some of the key elements in the life and focus of David Burnell.

The emblem represents a a global circle, an international dive flag representing David's significant water experience in various modes, the dagger represents his extensive involvement with special operations missions and forces, the snake represents the medical services rendered and the stars are the field from the flag and country that he has served and loves.

This emblem was created by the World Class and talented Ryan Gorley from If you need a logo, website or high speed technology oriented message created he is the man!

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