DAN SCHILLING - 2018 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Dan spent more than 30 years in the military, primarily as a Combat Controller and Special Tactics Officer, though he served in Army Special Forces and proudly started his career as an infantry grunt. His numerous combat and clandestine deployments have taken him around the world and include Operation Gothic Serpent, popularly known as Black Hawk Down from the movie and book bearing the same name, where he is credited with saving the lives of a Ranger and SEAL Team Six SEAL while under fire. He later founded and then served as the first commander of two special operations squadrons, one of which’s name and purpose remains classified. His final military assignment was The Joint Special Operations Command's weapons of mass destruction U.S. interagency and Intelligence Community director. His military certifications include HALO and staticline master parachutist, Special Forces combat diver, and demolitions instructor.
An adrenaline enthusiast, he holds the Guinness World Record for most BASE jumps in 24 hours (201), a feat he conducted to benefit children who’ve lost a parent in special operations through the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. He is also a pro-rated demonstration skydiver, speedwing flyer and expert skier and volunteer instructor with Wasatch Adaptive Sports ski program, helping those with disabilities to experience the thrill of downhill skiing.
Dan is now a full-time writer of both fiction and nonfiction. In addition to books, his writing has appeared in Parachutist Magazine and Cigar Aficionado. His next book, Alone at Dawn, chronicles the life and sacrifice of Combat Controller John Chapman who posthumously received the Medal of Honor in 2018 and will be released April 2019. He consults internationally on defense matters and speaks on human performance, life and leadership. He and his wife Julie, a former NSA cyber warfare operative, live in the Wasatch mountains of Utah, where they ski and hike. He can often be found flying his speedwing near Alta ski resort.
More information about Dan's writing and books can be found on his website http://danschillingbooks.com.