We are please to announce keynote Brandon Webb, former US Navy SEAL sniper, Entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and Avid Pilot.
After leaving home at 16 Brandon finished high school, and joined the US Navy to become a Navy SEAL. His first permanent assignment was as a helicopter Aircrew Search & Rescue (SAR) swimmer and Aviation Warfare Systems Operator with HS-6. In 1997 his SEAL training package was approved, and he joined over 200 students in class 215, and went on to complete the training as 1 of 23 originals.
As a SEAL he served with SEAL Team 3, Naval Special Warfare Group One (NSWG-1) Training Detachment sniper cell, and the Naval Special Warfare Center (NSWC) sniper course; where he served as the Naval Special Warfare west coast sniper Course Manager. In this role he was responsible for managing budget, staff, and students for the sniper school. Throughout his career he completed four deployments to the Middle East, one to Afghanistan and deployed to Iraq in 2006-7 as an OGA contractor. His proudest accomplishment in the military was working as the SEAL sniper course manager, a schoolhouse that has produced some of the best snipers in military history.
An accomplished and proven leader, Brandon was meritoriously promoted to First Class Petty Officer, ranked #1 in the Command, while assigned to Training Detachment sniper cell. Shortly after, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E-7) his first time eligible. He has received numerous distinguished service awards including, Top Frog at Team 3, the Presidential Unit Citation (personally awarded by President George W. Bush), and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal with “V” device for valor in combat. Webb ended his Navy career early to spend more time with his children and focus on entrepreneurship.
As an entrepreneur he lost his first business, and entire life savings, then went on to found the Hurricane Group, a men’s lifestyle company with digital publishing and e-commerce brands that reach over 50M monthly. Brandon also co-founded GSD Logistics, a third party fulfillment (3PL) company focused on global fulfillment for e-commerce companies.
Brandon is regularly featured in the media as a military and business subject matter expert. He has contributed to ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, CNN, the BBC, SIRIUS XM, MSNBC, Fox, The New York Post, and The New York Times.
Webb is a multiple New York Times bestselling author. His books include, The Red Circle (St. Martin’s Press), The Killing School (St. Martin’s Press), Among Heroes (Penguin-Random House), Total Focus, How to Make Better Decisions Under Pressure (Penguin-Random House), The Power of Thought (Self published), and Mastering Fear, a Navy SEAL’s Guide (Penguin-Random House). Several additional titles have been released within the young adult category.
In 2012, after losing his best friend, Navy SEAL & CIA contractor Glen Doherty, in Benghazi, Libya, he founded The Red Circle Foundation (RCF), a non-profit with a 100% pass through model; every dollar donated goes to the mission and business partner donors pick up the Foundation’s overhead. RCF is focused on supporting families of the Special Operations community through emergency memorial, medical, and child enrichment programs (camps & scholarships). In a short period of time RCF has donated just under a million dollars in grants to Special Operations families.
Brandon attended night school on active duty at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and post navy at Harvard Business School’s OPM program. He is a member of the New York YPO (Young Presidents Organization) chapter, and served as an appointed board member on the veterans advisory committee to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
He enjoys spending time with his tight circle of amazing family & friends, being outdoors, and flying planes upside-down or on floats. He splits his time between his home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Manhattan, NY.