Brandon Tyler Webb – born June 12, 1974- is a former Navy SEAL and sniper course instructor. He completed four tours in the Middle East and one in Afghanistan. Life after the Navy has seen Brandon grow into a very successful entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Hurricane Group Inc. whose estimated value exceeds the $400 million. As if the former Navy SEAL needed to add one more notch to his belt, Brandon Webb is also a New York Times bestselling author with a cross-section of adult-focused works as well as a series of books geared toward younger audiences as well. Brandon may be esteemed and accomplished, even decorated for his present undertakings and a variety of his past pursuits, but the former Navy SEAL’s path to success has not been a walk in the park. Brandon Webb has had to overcome monumental hurdles at different points of his life in order to stand where he does today.
Brandon Webb Before the SEALs
As a boy, Brandon Webb was very active and energetic. His parents introduced him to different sports early on in a bid to channel that extra energy. His parents’ efforts were successful and Webb quickly grew into a solid athlete who excelled in several different sports as a kid. His focus on the sports he played assisted him greatly in staying out of trouble as he grew older.
By the time Webb was sixteen, his parents had moved the family around a handful of times and had most recently set up shop on a boat, his parents hoping to fulfill their dream of sailing across the globe. Brandon did not like the idea. When an argument between Brandon and his father almost came to blows, Brandon’s dad did not waste a second before kicking the teenage boy out of the ‘boat’ house, allowing Brandon to provide for himself completely long before completing high school. Ironically, the same thing had also happened to Brandon’s father when he was just sixteen.
Brandon Webb, the Navy Seal
A sixteen-year-old Brandon Webb decided to return to California to work on a dive boat where he had previously been employed. One day the boat was chartered by a group of Navy SEALs who noticed his natural talents and advised Webb to join the Navy. At seventeen, Brandon Webb joined the Navy with a burning desire to become a Navy SEAL.
Webb first became a helicopter aircrew search and rescue (SAR) swimmer and Aviation Warfare Systems Operator with HS-6. In 1997 he was accepted into SEAL team training among a group of 200 of his peers. Brandon went on to finish his SEAL training as one out of only 23 young men to complete the Navy SEAL training program altogether.
After graduating as a SEAL, he became a sniper with SEAL team 3, Naval Special Warfare Group One (NSWG-1) training detachment cell. He was deployed both to Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming a sniper course trainer at the Naval Special Warfare Center (NSWC). Later, Webb and two other instructors were tasked with updating training programs at the Seal Sniper School in San Diego. They also studied positive thinking techniques which aided sniper trainees in scoring perfectly on tests consistently.
Brandon Webb rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer and received a lot of recognition for his efforts. He was a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for valor whilst in combat and also a Presidential Unit Citation which was handed to him by President George W. Bush.
Ten years after joining the Navy, he decided to retire and went to work for a company doing contract work in Iraq.
Brandon Webb’s Entrepreneurial Journey
One year after joining the contract company, Brandon left to start his business. He raised $4 million from family and friends and bought a 944-acre piece of land in a desert near San Diego. All that investment would be lost after the Sierra Club challenged his plans. In less than four years Webb had lost his business, his savings, and his marriage. It was a humbling experience but not one that would allow him to quit or give up.
Overcoming Setbacks: From Failed Business to CEO of Hurricane Group, Inc.
After Webb’s first company failed, he went to work for a defense company in San Diego to restore his life savings and also took that time to start personally blogging. In 2011 he identified an opportunity that would change his fortunes. He realized that there was genuine interest from the public about special operations forces. Though people could access special ops themed movies, games, and books, there was no platform purely dedicated to such matters that was public friendly.
Brandon then launched SOFREP.com, a website dedicated to all matters special ops. As the website grew, it became a news website that addressed domestic security, foreign policy, and military news. In five years it had become a full-fledged media company with a subscription video on demand (SVOD) channel, three websites and many podcasts to claim among its assets.
Hurricane Group Inc., which started with a $ 10,000 investment has been experiencing exponential growth and is now worth over $ 400 million. Brandon is also a co-founder of a contemporary third-party fulfillment (3PL) company called GSD Logistics.
Brandon Webb: New York Times Best Selling Author
Over the years, Brandon has written multitudes of books. Some are an account of his and other brave SEALs exploits while some focus on motivational texts aimed at helping people become the best version of themselves. The Red Circle, co-authored by John David Mann was his first book. In it, he tries to give his life story.
Webb’s writing exploits have landed him recurring spots on the New York Times Bestsellers List. In his catalog, he has books such as Total Focus, Mastering Fear, Among Heroes and The Killing School among others.
After his best friend Glen Doherty, a CIA contractor and a Navy SEAL died in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, he founded the Red Circle Foundation (RCF). Red Circle is a non-profit that collects donations intended to assist families in the Special Operations Community with medical bills, funeral costs and child enrichment programs such as camps and scholarships.
Brandon Webb is an excellent example of how powerful a man can be when he is strong and can control his state of mind. Brandon Webb has faced many setbacks, but without letting them define him or dampen his desire to succeed. He is now a renowned author, a successful businessman and a decorated Navy SEAL.