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Gary Xavier


UNITING
HUMAN GROUPS

Building Resilient Families, Schools & Businesses

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Gary Xavier


UNITING
HUMAN GROUPS

Building Resilient Families, Schools & Businesses

PROGRAMS

WHAT UNITES US?

I have been working since 2012 to create content for human groups that help them achieve a sense of security and adventure like never before.  The reality is that all people travel through three groups: families, businesses and schools.  These environments present very different dynamics, but they all will face certain suffering and certain success.  My job is to ensure they become closer and more resilient through either test.  We do this through a faith-based approach to resilience & leadership.  

I really believe our management will think differently about leadership after this talk.
— Jim Corbett, Chairman - Bay Equity - Top 40 mortgage bank

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Former Marine Sniper


Former Marine Sniper"When you train to kill another man, you never think about the blessing of not having to.  I am a blessed man.  I must go be a blessing."

GARY XAVIER

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Former Marine Sniper


Former Marine Sniper"When you train to kill another man, you never think about the blessing of not having to.  I am a blessed man.  I must go be a blessing."

GARY XAVIER

Where Marine Snipers Are Born

MEET GARY

God. Family. Exploration.

GOD: It has taken some time for me to realize that my talents were entrusted to me to grow and strengthen.  Not for my own gain, but for others.  It is by that understanding that I derive all my gratitude and decision making from my creator.  It is the only equalizer that allows me to embrace the meaning of hardship, success and pleasure.  My natural gift is bringing people together.  I thoroughly enjoy being an agent of cohesion in a bar with strangers or with my family around the fire.  When you first meet me, you may see an attention addict, but over time, you'll come to learn that I am deeply committed to everyone's enjoyment of the moment.  I thank God for this gift.  

FAMILY: I am so deeply devoted to my current family because my childhood family was torn a part when I was 15.  I watched my father die in the home I grew up in after a five month bout with Acute Leukemia.  After this, my family had to sell our home, file for bankruptcy and try to heal the relationships with our extended family.  As a result, nothing gives me more pride then to serve as husband and father to my wife and daughter today.  I met my wife Eryn in 5th grade in Mr. Peretto's class at Hunter Lake Elementary in Reno, NV.  We sat next to each other, I gave her a ring, she gave it back and I've loved her ever since.  We began dating on Friday the 13th in June of 2003.  This was the day I graduated from Marine Sniper School.  

EXPLORATION: Exploration is the willing pursuit of unknown paths in order to learn and grow.  I try to lead by exploration.   I gravitate towards uncomfortable situations because that's where progress is.  I am a former Marine Sniper, Ironman athlete, World's Toughest Mudder, PGA golf professional, 3rd degree black belt, trophy husband and rookie father.  I see failure as a lesson to learn from and move forward.  I am not interested in dwelling in it, but I arm myself with more wisdom when another hard decision must be made.  

Today, I am the Chief Exploration Officer of The Blade Group LLC.  I founded this company in 2012 as a way to realize my entrepreneurial vision of a company that brings people together rather than force them a part.  Everything I do at The Blade Group is committed to unconventional cohesive experiences.  We assist corporations accomplish their mission through speaking, online training, writing and visual media.  

I currently speak  with a non-profit organization called Think Kindness.  I am blessed to speak to tens of thousands of youth around the US issuing a 15-day kindness challenge to see which school can become the kindest in the country.  I speak to families about becoming a more cohesive resilient unit through a program I created called The Rising Tribe®.  I also speak to corporate audiences who want their young leaders to maximize worker retention and mission engagement.

I earned my BS from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and my Masters in Business (MBA) from California State University Sacramento.  I serve on the board of the Organization of Executive MBAs at Sacramento State.  I am a member of the National Speakers Association, the Association for Talent Development, the Professional Golfer's Association of America, the Marine Memorial Club and The Olympic Club. 

 

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Resilience Speaker


RESILIENCE Speaker

"You quickly get the sense that the messages he conveys are not merely part of some act, but speak to his own deeply held values."

- Rex Scott, Tuscon Arizona

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RESILIENCE Speaker

"You quickly get the sense that the messages he conveys are not merely part of some act, but speak to his own deeply held values."

- Rex Scott, Tuscon Arizona

MY MISSION: UNITE HUMAN GROUPS

Courage is not simply a virtue; it is the key virtue that occurs when all others are put to the testing point!  There are two tests each group will face:  the test of success and the test of suffering.  These are unavoidable.  The question is how we emerge from them.  Will we be blind in our achievement or in our pain?  Helping families, businesses and schools understand how to grow from these tests is the reason I have been put on the earth.  It is my mission!

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Resilience Trainer


RESILIENCE TRAINER

"He was able to tear down the walls so easily.  It was amazing to watch." 

- Catalina Lemos, Hollister, CA

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RESILIENCE TRAINER

"He was able to tear down the walls so easily.  It was amazing to watch." 

- Catalina Lemos, Hollister, CA

NOT ALL TEAMS ARE EQUAL

FAMILIES

BUSINESSES

SCHOOLS

I focus on three human groups: families, businesses & schools.  There are uniting principles that bind these groups, but there are realities that make them very different.  This is why we focus on building resilience and cohesion for each of these categories: they each face inevitable change, success and heartache.  Businesses run on a "Perform and Your Accepted" model, families run on a "Your Accepted and You Perform" model and schools run on subtle hybrid of these.  The ONE thing that binds them is the relational respect that must occur in each group.