Phillip Koontz

U.S. Navy SEAL Combat Veteran & Motivational Speaker

Teaching You How Navy SEAL Training and Experience Can Be Used to Solve Problems in Everyday Life

Former Naval SEAL Phillip Koontz provides an authentic perspective on his journey in the Navy Special Warfare Command in The Truth Behind My Trident: Overcoming Life and Business Obstacles the Navy SEAL Way.

Koontz tells the real-life stories of his journey leading up to, during, and after his time with the SEALs. He demonstrates how the lessons learned through those trials and tribulations can arm you with the tools to overcome the personal and professional obstacles in your life.

His unique voice and passionate delivery are attention grabbers that will surely break through our culture’s noise. His presentations are one of a kind and will surely be remembered for years to come. His use of videos, personal operational gear, powerful stories and giveaways will instantly capture your audience’s interest.

  • Prepared For The Unknown – 3 Practical Lessons From A Navy SEAL That Will Give You Peace Of Mind
  • Overcoming Adversity – A Navy SEAL’s Advice on Facing Life’s Many Challenges

I have put together and conducted well over one hundred group advisor meetings all over the country during the last thirty plus years and have only had three or four guest key note speakers that were not from the financial services industry. I had Phillip speak at five recent meetings and by far, the feedback and appreciation I have received afterwards has been the strongest ever from any speaker in or outside of my industry. Comments like ” he changed my life”, “you have quite a challenge to overcome for your next one”, I’m sorry I missed him speaking, my associate said he was the best ever”. Phillip is the “real deal” and I highly encourage anyone who is looking for a dynamic speaker who will impact your audience, to take advantage of his delivery.”
Howard A. Pratt – Regional Vice President, Ohio National Financial Services

“It was an incredible experience working with Phil. Not only is Phil the utmost professional, but his charisma, character, storytelling abilities, and passion for serving our country captivated every audience we put him in front of. No one captures advisors’ attention quite like Phil!”
Will Brady, CIMA®, Business Development Officer, Milliman Financial Risk Management LLC

“Phil’s story is a true “experience” for our financial advisor partners. As Phil presented, the audience was extremely engaged, with the majority of the advisors taking down notes on certain parts of his story and breakdowns of his best practices. Immediately after the presentation, the Morgan Stanley Branch Manager asked me when Phil could come back again!”
Pat Campbell, Lincoln Financial Distributors

I’ve had the honor of working with Phillip Koontz over the last few years. We have run dozens of meetings together and presented to thousands of clients/guests. He is, by far, the best military community speaker available, and offers great value in his partnership. I would highly recommend Phillip and encourage anyone looking for a great presentation to consider him as their guest speaker. ”
Tony Strittholt, CRPC, Vice President, Business Development, American Century Investments

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Phillip Koontz is a former Navy SEAL of six years who was honorably discharged in 2009. He is now a worldwide motivational speaker for business, academic, athletic and religious audiences.

Phillip offers one-of-a-kind presentations using live training videos, his operational gear and personal experience to teach others how to overcome personal and professional obstacles using the lessons he learned in his SEAL training. He also offers more customized presentations, tailored specifically to the individual audience.

In 2018, Phillip published his first book, The Truth Behind My Trident: Overcoming Life and Business Obstacles the Navy SEAL Way.

Phillip has appeared on television, held webinars, and mentored several pre-BUD/S candidates.


In this 60- to 90-minute presentation, Phillip offers his audience three practical lessons for peace of mind while preparing for the unknown. In this interactive session, Phillip uses his tools, training and targets as metaphors for tackling different obstacles in life.

Overcoming Adversity offers participants a Navy SEAL’s advice on facing life’s many challenges. In this 60- to 90-minute presentation, Phillip discusses aspects of preparation, positivism, perseverance, teamwork and progress

Areas of expertise

  • Team-building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Building mental toughness
  • Perseverance and determination
  • Work ethic
  • Communication
  • Leadership principles
  • Establishing a clear focus on priorities and goals
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