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Speaker | Veteran | Instructor | Rescuer | Author | Entrepreneur
Speaker | Veteran | Instructor | Rescuer | Author | Entrepreneur

About David Burnell

David has operated around the globe for over 30 years in every climate and terrain as a humanitarian, military veteran, search and rescue veteran, defensive tactics instructor and certified bodyguard for high risk areas.

Building strong organizations and lasting relationships are the hallmarks of my life. I am tech savvy and proven. I have built and sold three businesses from the ground up. My unconventional approach to solving challenges has created environments where maximum growth have been realized. I am a graduate of IKON Office Solutions Presidents School and a United Air Force Veteran with over 10 years of honorable active duty service. I am versatile and results driven. Developing cohesive teams and messaging are key elements to my many successes. My comprehensive experience in developing exceptional relationships with clients, peers, and senior leaders have created sustainable growth. My superb leadership abilities and personnel management skills are complimented with a strong expertise in sales, digital and conventional marketing, data analytics and communications. I am a proven problem solver and have critical thinking skills. As a fast-learner I adapt to rapidly changing environments and evolving trends. As a dedicated professional my drive and skills thrive and excel in fast-paced leadership roles. My passion is in refining, communicating and accelerating brand growth.  I will enhance any organization's ability to capture, understand and act on critical information to accomplish their mission!

I have an in depth unconventional background in special operations, the military, rescue, executive protection, hostage rescue and human recovery operations.

My military service with the United States Air Force includes over a decade of honorable active duty service. My military experiences include Intelligence, combat communications and close air support.

I am a veteran Search and Rescue instructor and a former Dive Rescue International Public Safety SCUBA Instructor, small arms expert and a National Taekwondo Champion, and the producer and director of over 16 commercial films.

After the 9/11 attacks I founded the Urban Warfare Center and the Combat Stress Program. Thousands of soldiers, federal agents and police were trained to win the fight in through his branded stress inoculation training. According to senior military and law enforcement leadership these programs saved lives and reduced casualty rates.

I am the creator of the Defensive Tactics self-defense system which has been featured internationally and can be found commercially on DVD.

Some of my recent missions include Burma with the Karen Army, Thailand, Nicaragua with the RAMA Indians, Costa Rica, Japan Tsunami Recovery Operations, and Alabama Tornado Relief Operations.

In 2010 I was selected as the chief of security for the Utah Hospital Task Force for post Earthquake Haiti. His duties included protection of the Task Force Commander, a former advisor to President Reagan, as well as ensuring the protection of 120 doctors, nurses and translators. This event was the largest loss of life in modern recorded history.