Happening nearby: Former Navy SEAL Mark Divine to speak at national gala on Nov. 11

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Mark Devine
Mark Devine

Most, if not all, men and women who serve our country will agree that those who qualify to serve as a SEAL are the best of the best. The men (women have yet to be indoctrinated) who become SEALS are not only physically fit, but mentally tough and emotionally sound. Former Navy SEAL Mark Divine, retired Commander and founder of SEALFIT, will be speaking at the Operation Military Family Cares National Gala Event on Nov. 11 at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

Divine’s story is compelling. Originally from upstate New York, he graduated with a degree in economics from Colgate University and an MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. His first career was with Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers) as a Certified Public Accountant. Clients included luminous financial firms such as Solomon Brothers and Paine Weber.

Four years after joining Coopers, Divine, feeling far from satisfied, left behind the corporate world to pursue his vision to become an elite Navy SEAL officer. At 26, he graduated as honor-man (#1 ranked trainee) of his SEAL BUD/s class number 170. Divine served for nine years total on active duty and eleven as a reserve SEAL, retiring as Commander in 2011.

Divine embarked on his third career as an entrepreneur in 1996 by co-founding the successful Coronado Brewing Company (CBC) and founding the web e-commerce site www.NavySEALs.com. He later sold his interest in CBC, but continues to run NavySEALs.com as the leading web site for gear and information about the SEALs. In 2006, he launched US Tactical, a government contracting business where he gained contracts with Naval Special Warfare Group ONE for training support and with the Navy Recruiting Command for a nationwide mentoring program for SEAL trainees. This latter program was credited with increasing the quality of Navy SEAL candidates and reducing the attrition rate at BUD/s by up to 5 percent and was the inspiration for SEALFIT.

Divine has also been an adjunct professor of leadership at the University of San Diego, where he left a PhD program due to the Iraq war reserve call up. In Baghdad with the SEALs again in 2004, he conducted a special study for the Department of Defense on the role of the US Marine Corps in the Special Operations community. Upon returning home, he decided to focus fully on his business and family.

As if all the above isn’t enough, in addition to being a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, Divine is an accomplished martial artist with black belts in Seido and Goju Ryu Karate, a military hand-to-hand combat certification in SCARS and senior ranking in Saito Nijutsu. He is teacher-trained in Ashtanga Yoga, and created the innovative Unbeatable Warrior Yoga program taught to his students.

Divine is an example of what discipline and focus look like and his SEALFIT program has helped thousands transform their lives, both online and on-site in Encinitas, Calif.

This Veterans Day, Nov. 11, come join community leaders, veterans from WWII to present day, our Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Director Alfie Alvarado and Navy SEAL Mark Divine in honoring veterans and raising funds to support issues that arise “After the Hug.”

Bottom line: Plan to be transformed on Nov. 11 at the OMF Cares National Gala Event.

– By Michael Schindler

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