General Session, Motivational Address
Don Mann, Former Member of SEAL Team Six
Renowned Athlete and Trainer
WEDNESDAY, September 19, 2012 at 8:00 AM
General Session, Motivational Address in Geneva-Solitude-Diamond
Don Mann's impressive military biography includes being a decorated combat veteran; Corpsman; SEAL Special Operations Technician; jungle survival, desert survival, and arctic survival instructor; small arms weapons instructor, foreign weapons instructor, armed and unarmed defense tactics, advanced hand-to-hand combat instructor; and Survival, Evade, Resistance and Escape Instructor; in addition to other credentials.
Mann is the author of the autobiography Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors. When Osama bin Laden was assassinated, the entire world was fascinated by the men who had completed the seemingly impossible mission that had dogged the U.S. government for over a decade. SEAL Team Six became synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. Only a handful of the elite men who make up the SEALs, the US Navy's best and bravest, survive the legendary and grueling selection process that leads to Team Six, a group so classified it technically does not even exist. There are no better warriors on Earth.
Mann knows what it takes to be a brother of this ultra-selective fraternity. As a member of SEAL Team Six for over eight years and a SEAL for over 17 years, he worked in countless covert operations, operating from land, sea, and air, and facing shootings, decapitations, and stabbings. He was captured by the enemy and lived to tell the tale, and he participated in highly classified missions all over the globe, including Somalia, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. As a current training coordinator for several civilian SEAL training programs, and as a former Training Officer of SEAL Team Six, he was directly responsible for shaping the bodies and minds of SEALs who carried out the assassination of Osama bin Laden.
But to become a SEAL, Mann had to overcome his own troubled childhood and push his body to its breaking point-and beyond. At the podium and in Inside SEAL Team Six, he shares a high octane narrative of physical and mental toughness, giving unprecedented insight to the inner workings of the training and secret missions of the world's most respected and feared combat unit.
Mann is known for producing and directing more multi-day, multi-sport, adventure races, triathlons and SEAL training events than any other person in the world. He has over 20 years (1,000+ races) worth of competitive racing experience, and was once ranked 38th in the world as a triathlete.
Mann has been featured on: ABC, CBS, CBN, CNN, OLN, ESPN, MSNBC Morning Joe, Weather Channel, 20/20, RUSH International, FOX Family network, Fox and Friends, Good Morning San Diego, The Ski Channel, the Lars Larsen Show, The Breakfast Buss, NPR, and CNN radio in addition to others. Articles on Don can be found in: Sports Illustrated, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Men's Fitness, Runner's World, Triathlete, Trail Runner, National Geographic Adventure, Outside Magazine, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, New York Times, Denver Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Rapid City Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Military Press ,Adventure Sports Magazine, Chicago Sun Times, American Thinker magazine, Boys Life, CNN.com, iTunes, Blackfive.net and Myshelf.com.as well as many more print and web based sources.
Mann received a Masters in Management from Troy State University, in Troy, AL, a B.S. in International Relations & Criminal Justice, from Florida State University, in Tallahassee, FL, and a B.S. in Liberal Science, from State University of New York. He lives in Virginia Beach, VA.