​​​​David Brownell

David Brownell

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Aubrey, Texas

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Iraq Country Canine Program Manager 

Now

Kennel Master 

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It's through failure that you're gonna learn ...” 


Why they're a Crisis Leader:

I can easily make the case that meeting David 25 years ago set me on a path of successes that I still enjoy to this day.

When I started exploring Search & Rescue (SAR) teams back in the 1990s, I had the opportunity to join a team that would let me attend searches with my dog right away. I also had the opportunity to join a team that would require me to first train under the strict guidance of an authentic, widely-respected, no-nonsense, task-master named David Brownell.

I chose the latter, obviously. What I learned from David formed the foundation of what has become, for me, an unbelievable and humbling career in response, emergency management, and crisis leadership.

David has traveled on a diverse journey, as well. In our interview, he highlights a couple of examples of his leadership, but his humility - and some OPSEC (operational security) - puts some of his other leadership experience left unsaid.

From his official bio:

"... Senior Canine Trainer and Canine Program Manager ... 35-year background in search and detector dog team handling, safety, training, and management; he has organized canine programs for police departments, volunteer SAR groups, and corporate security ... knowledgeable in a wide array of canine detection fields to include narcotics, explosives, IEDs, patrol, human remains, SAR/Disaster, and missing/lost persons ... has worked over 13 years as a canine program manager and senior trainer for international security in Iraq and the Middle East ... organized and trained hundreds of personnel and detector canines and assisted in staffing and managing numerous canine projects to include the US Embassy in Baghdad, the Baghdad International Airport, and several commercial oil exploration projects in Iraq and Kurdistan...."

Besides our interview, one needs only to ask others that have ever met or worked with or for David about their experiences with him. His reputation as an authentic, no-nonsense, task-master remains highly respected after all these years.

David’s consistent role in doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons makes him the best kind of crisis leader.

And his lessons continue to create a legacy for those of us to follow.


#1 "What is a Crisis Leader?"

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#2 "What's an example when you relied on your own Crisis Leadership?"

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#3 "What do you know now that you wish you knew then?"

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#4 "What advice would you give someone who wants to improve their own Crisis Leadership?"

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#5 "Who is a Crisis Leader that influenced your career?"

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Key Takeaways:

  • Find a strong mentor
  • Sometimes you have to do things ‘old school’
  • Create and rely on redundant systems
  • Never stop learning
  • Lead by example
  • Pay it forward

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