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Gary Xavier


PROTECTING YOUR MISSION

YOUNG WORKER LEADERSHIP TRAINING

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Gary Xavier


PROTECTING YOUR MISSION

YOUNG WORKER LEADERSHIP TRAINING

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A MARINE FIGHTING FOR
YOUNG WORKERS

What is a Marine? A Marine, to it's core, is a person who fights for those who cannot fight for themselves.  Marines are trained to run toward the sound of the gun! They run toward the dangerous.  They run toward the work that many refuse to take on.   A Marine is guided by values, deeds and effort.  This is what Gary is and what Gary does for your organization. Gary works to ensure young professionals are trained in leadership tactics to ensure the longevity of their own careers and the business they work for.  Gary is "The Workforce Marine."  

Seeing someone like Gary with such effervescent passion inspires all of us to push for excellence. .
— Lars Hotseung, CEO Custom Label

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Former Marine Sniper


Former Marine Sniper"When you train to kill another man AND NEVER HAD TO,
YOU ARE A BLESSED MAN.  NOW 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 AND NEVER HAD TO,
YOU ARE A BLESSED MAN.  NOW I MUST GO BE A BLESSING."
- Gary Xavier

Where Marine Snipers Are Born

MY STORY

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 don't see failure as valuable.  I see failure as a lesson to learn from and move forward.  I am not interested in dwelling in it.

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 we 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 we 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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Leadership Speaker


Leadership 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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Leadership 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

COURAGE DRIVES PROGRESS

The business community seems to look at leaders who grow companies as geniuses.  I am here to share a reality about leadership that has little if anything to do with your IQ or where you were born.  We go deep into the hearts of the individual, the people they serve and path they both are on.  I am interested in the ecosystem of leadership and it all begins with courage.  According to a recent IBM survey of executive leaders, the number one most desired character trait that is lacking in today's leader is courage.  

I am a speaker and address crowds from a stage, but as much as it pains me, I am not your leader.  I am not the last word.  I am a catalyst to begin a new set of behaviors performed by your executives and embraced by your small unit leaders.  Rituals that drive the human condition to its best state.  I am the first word.  Your courage will be the last word.  

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Cohesion Strategist


Cohesion Strategist

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

- Catalina Lemos, Hollister, CA

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Cohesion Strategist


Cohesion Strategist

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

- Catalina Lemos, Hollister, CA

ARE YOU A FAMILY OR A BUSINESS?

Families demand devotion through blood.  Businesses should demand devotion through the mission.  The mission in business should align with the passions and talents of all in the organization.  No one signs an At-Will employment agreement in a family; they do in a company.  No one has limited vacation and lunch times in a family; they do in a company.  No one get's fired because their skills no longer assist the family, they do in a company.  Companies are NOT families; they are units with a mission. Each one requires different cohesive principles.  The Blade Group LLC ensures your small unit leaders become the sinew of the companies mission.  The life blood of what drives the business is the devotion of each person to the mission because they see their own mission within it.  A business with this kind of focus isn't worried about mass layoffs, quarterly reports or talent ADHD.  This kind of business does what's necessary to accomplish the mission and each person from Janitor to CEO understands that.    

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Our Audience


Our Audience
"Gary gave us momentum and a sense of purpose that we need to keep at a high level as we go through the rest of our mission." - Rex Scott, Tuscon Arizona

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Our Audience


Our Audience
"Gary gave us momentum and a sense of purpose that we need to keep at a high level as we go through the rest of our mission." - Rex Scott, Tuscon Arizona

Young Workers & Those who lead them

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Gary speaks with forward-thinking organizations that demand more from their industry, technology and human capital.  Gary works to build leaders in your company who have more courage, more humility, more adaptability, more creativity and more empathy.  

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Gary's passion is a preventative approach to addressing leadership in the lives of youth.  Gary pushes the boundaries of what youth think they are capable of and drives action in direction of self discovery and meaning.  

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