“I wanted to bring leadership from the battlefield to the boardroom.”
Lessons Learned on the Battlefield
After 20 years of service as a Recon Marine, Scout-Sniper, and U.S. Navy SEAL officer, which included ten combat deployments, Mike turned his attention to using the lessons he’d learned on the battlefield to help businesses develop strong leaders. As the founder and CEO of Talent War Group, an elite consulting and executive search firm specializing in world-class leadership development and attracting top talent, he leads a team that drives positive change and helps organizations reach their full potential. A firm believer in balance, Mike also founded ATTA, a lifestyle and apparel brand that uses community to help people achieve their individual goals, pursue progress, and focus on physical, mental, and spiritual fitness. In this vein, Mike is an established keynote speaker; he addresses businesses worldwide on leadership, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and more.
In 2021, Men’s Journal recognized the grassroots momentum building behind Mike and approached him about a podcast and column based on his Everyday Warrior concept. The Everyday Warrior series inspires greatness, promotes balance, and offers a practical approach to living a more fulfilling, purpose-driven life. Past guests include rockstar Sammy Haggar, actor Terry Crews, and the highest performers in the military, professional sports, and business.
The Road from Service to Serving
Following high school, Mike enlisted in the Marine Corps and was selected to participate in the highly competitive Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University, he received his commission in the Navy and went through Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training (BUD/s). While serving on SEAL Team THREE, Mike led primary combat operations during the Battle of Ramadi in 2006 and the Battle of Sadr City in 2008.
From 2008-2009, Mike served as the SEAL Junior Officer Training Course director at BUD/s. As the head of leadership development, he coached, mentored, and prepared new SEAL officers to lead combat operations. Then in 2009, Mike was assigned to the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, part of the elite Joint Special Operations Command, in support of global counter-terrorism operations.
After retiring, Mike became an ambassador for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. This nonprofit honors our fallen special operations soldiers and Medal of Honor recipients by providing their children with college educations. In addition, they offer financial support to severely wounded special operations personnel.
Mike continues to contribute to SOWF through Legacy Expeditions, an Adventure Capitalist Firm founded by him and Andy Stumpf, retired Navy SEAL. Legacy Expeditions brings world record setting attempts and expeditions to life, all while upholding the memories and legacies of fallen U.S. and Allied Troops lost during the Global War on Terrorism. Run by retired Tier One Operators and Special Operations Soldiers, Legacy Expeditions plans and coordinates exclusive extreme adventures and expeditions designed to push participants to their mental and physical limits to promote personal growth.