Jesse Yandell

Jesse is a leadership consultant, advising company executives who want to build a winning culture.  He has a strong background offering leadership in high-stress environments, boosting organizational morale, coaching and counseling for top performance, and developing innovative solutions to complex problems.

Jesse served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, primarily in infantry and special operations units. He was deployed in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, with 15 total combat tours. In the course of his Army career, he held a variety of leadership roles with the 75th Ranger Regiment, including Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Operations Sergeant Major. In these roles he controlled costs, increased efficiency, and identified uncharted opportunities.

Because of his own experiences recovering from a combat injury and his concern for the problems faced by wounded veterans, Jesse was selected to work with Camp Patriot, a non-profit organization that empowers disabled vets through outdoor challenges and referral services.  He now serves as the National VP of the HOOAH Foundation, a nonprofit that raises funds and awareness for veterans in need of financial support and behavioral health treatment. He is also an advisory board member of American Dream U – an organization supporting entrepreneurship among active duty service members, veterans, and their family members – and is considered a thought leader in helping fellow veterans transition to the private sector.

Jesse has been awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star for Valor, five Bronze Stars for Service, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Order of St. Maurice, and the Legion of Merit.  He lives in Columbia, South Carolina with his family, where he is on the executive board of the Palmetto chapter of the Association of the United States Army.

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“I consider myself wiser having listened to his counsel while serving together. Developing leaders comes naturally to him, and Jesse’s calming presence simply reassures those around him.”

Exec. Officer to Commanding General of U.S. CENTCOM