THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR EVENT!
"...he is so positive about life and helping others. I would highly recommend him!"
- True Dynamics
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. He has an in depth unconventional background in Special Operations with the military, rescue and recovery, executive protection, hostage rescue and human recovery operations. David is a businessman and has created successful multi-million dollar enterprises from the ground up.
David's diverse and unconventional background is key to his message.
Mission to the Karen Army Myanmar (Burma)Learn More
Founder of The Urban Warfare Center (2002-2012)Learn More
Bodyguard - Haiti Earthquake Relief MissionLearn More
Motivational SpeakerPresenting at Warminster, England on Stress Inoculation Learn More
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Recovery MissionLearn More
Nicaragua Medical Mission to the Rama IndiansLearn More
Dave Burnell is just an all round GREAT GUY!!! I LOVE attending his events and classes! Every time I hear him speak or sit in one of his self defense classes I learn something new, helpful and definitely interesting! He knows his stuff 100%! Probably because he’s lived it and not just studied it like some others. That’s also why I think his skills and knowledge are at a master class level, because he’s served his country and others all around the world for years at an ELITE level! This has allowed him to put his knowledge to the test and gain unique insight through his real life experiences.
But the one thing that I think I love the most about David, are his stories!!😃 Every single one of them is just SO AWESOME! He has a special talent fir delivering them with such great passion, excitement and humor, I just LOVE IT!!
You’ll never regret hearing from David or attending one of his events I promise!
David is genuine. I am inspired by his willingness to be vulnerable and open with people he encounters. This really shows his empathic personality and desire to be uplifting and inspiring. I'm glad I have been able to listen to a few talks of his.
David has had a remarkable range of life experiences that make him one of the most fascinating and insightful people I know. He has been a generous and meaningful mentor to me in business and life. His enthusiasm is contagious. If you engage with David in any capacity you'll come away better for having done so.
Dave is the kind of person that makes you want to be a better version of yourself. He's unbelievably passionate about the things that he works on and it really comes through in his speaking and really every interaction I've had with him over the time I've known him. He has experienced great success in his career, in his volunteer work, and his family life. Not everybody has the ability to lead life saving diving expeditions, teach stress inoculation courses to the military, build multi-million dollar business, or be national heavyweight champion in taekwondo. Dave has done it all and shows no signs of slowing down.
Dave Burnell speaks from the heart. You won’t find a more genuine, loving guy out there than Dave. He has a knack for applying real world scenarios to gospel truths. His attention to detail in these latter days second to none. Youth everywhere need to hear the message of resilience. His four resiliency principles are a great way to strengthen the youth for the storm that is raging all around them. Dave does a great job bringing this to light in an uplifting positive manner. We need more Dave Burnells in this world!
In this life, there are givers and there are takers. There are wolves that come to kill the sheep and there are sheepdogs that put themselves between the the flock and the waiting jaws of death.... Dave is one of the good ones. One of the sheep dogs. A protector.
I've known Dave for a decade and I can tell you the man's heart is pure. He is a giver, a protector, a warrior, a man of God, and genuinely a GOOD MAN....
Dave is a man you want on your side when things go south. It's an honor to call him a friend. I'd vouch for his character and sing his praises to anyone who would listen. Thanks for setting the example and leading the way Dave.
It's rare in the age of social media for an individual to be willing to share the intimate details of the challenges they've faced, the emotions and doubts they have wrestled with and the lessons they have learned from those experiences. I was moved by David's genuine discussions of the lessons he's learned throughout his life and especially about how he has emotionally wrestled with what he called a failure in his life and how he's continued to grow and learn from that experience. I think David's message is one of the most important messages for all of us to hear. That any particular traumatic experience or what may seem like a failure in life can be turned to our benefit by seeking direction from our Lord and Savior and continuing to strive and learn. Both his message and his presentation were outstanding!
Enjoyed your talk with the youth. I appreciate you sharing your dive experience and what you learned and took away from it. Powerful example of listening to and following the spirit. The things you have done in your life took courage and did not always come easy for you. You motivate others to go forward in life and do the same. I liked being reminded that our missions change throughout our lives, it’s true. Keep sharing your strength and wisdom.
Dave is one of the most genuine, caring people you'll meet. He's full of love and compassion for those around him, happy to share his wisdom with others, and one of the first to volunteer to help those in need without hesitation.
I moved my business next door to Opsgear over 10 years ago. Over the 6 years we spent as neighbors I had the privilege of getting to know David Burnell. He was there for me through good times and bad. David has given me invaluable council and life changing advise on so many occasions. When facing hardship with my business David encouraged me to let go of my stubbornness, humble myself take advantage of different opportunities. That advise set me on the path that made me the man I am today. I believe that I was placed in David’s path because our Heavenly Father knew that I needed his no nonsense and honest guidance.
For 10 years I have taken every opportunity to learn from David Burnell - live talks, seminars, YouTube videos, podcasts, DVD’s, and David has been my defensive handgun instructor for 6 years. I guess you could say “I’m a huge fan”. People say that you should never meet your hero's because you will be disappointed. This will never be the case with David Burnell. In fact: David Burnell’s example, instruction, and friendship have meant everything to me. I look forward to seeing what David will teach us next.
Always packed with wisdom and humor, Dave’s talks are never disappoint. He is a humble yet forceful teacher that will capture your attention and leave you feeling his genuine love and care. We all need the “velvet hammer” at times to motivate and inspire us to do better. I hope and pray Dave has more opportunity to share his experiences and testimony.
Just finished. Excellent. Enjoyed every twist and turn and wisdom
That was an awesome talk David! I marvel at the beautiful, spiritual human being you’ve morphed to be! I look at that strong silverback and can only think of how proud your papa is of you. Love you to the moon. ❌❤️❌❤️
Great fireside! You have so many awesome experiences! The youth are lucky to have such a stud to look up to!
I’ve been pondering all day about your message last night... seek, hear, do, share... “eat last”. Such great counsel! Thanks again... you knocked it out of the park!