Captain Larry Brudnicki

Captain Larry Brudnicki

Real Life Coast Guard Captain in The Perfect Storm Rescue
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Program Descriptions

The Perfect Storm: Courage Under Pressure
A powerful and inspirational keynote that relates Captain Brudnicki's legendary experiences on the high seas. Ride with him as he relives the dramatic story of two daring rescue missions during the worst weather in more than 100 years! Learn how courage and leadership helped him to survive in the hostile environment of "The Perfect Storm!"

Leadership Secrets from the Perfect Storm: 7 Steps to Making the Right Decision Every Time
Against the backdrop of "The Perfect Storm," this keynote provides the perfect balance between inspiration and application. The audience will see the 7 Steps in action along with examples of the courage, leadership and teamwork that are necessary to triumph in our uncertain business climate. Through practical lessons learned from his experiences, the audience acquires powerful tools to make the correct decisions even in the most difficult of circumstances.

Setting and Achieving Goals as a Team: 10 Steps to Implement and 10 Pitfalls to Avoid
The dynamics of goal setting for a team is much different than it is for an individual due to the interaction between the team members. The audience will gain insight into why the team and its leader must create the right atmosphere, the importance of acting with the power of focus, and what the organization must do to provide the right environment. When the team implements the right steps and avoids the pitfalls, their chance of achieving their goals increases exponentially.

Managing Risk in Turbulent Times
This presentation is the perfect follow-on to the keynote "Leadership Secrets from The Perfect Storm: 7 Steps to Making the Right Decision Every Time". By using examples from other extraordinary missions he led, Captain Brudnicki goes into greater depth to illustrate the 7 Steps for assessing risk and managing projects. The audience will see how this process can be used to make decisions about new ventures, improve project management, and make clear, competent assessments of daily operations. Risk cannot be eliminated, but it can be managed.

Application Session: Managing Risk in Turbulent Times
This half day session will use case studies and examples from your company or organization to see the 7 Step Risk Management Decision Making process in action. Audience members will gain hands-on experience assessing risk by using examples pertinent to their jobs. Participants will learn to become more comfortable making difficult decisions even in situations they can't control or when they don't like their options.

Why Book Captain Larry Brudnicki?

  • He is the inspiring real-life captain of the Coast Guard ship that performed two dramatic rescues during the worst storm in more than 100 years, which became known as "The Perfect Storm."
  • With 30-years experience of assessing risks, making decisions and inspiring teamwork, his presentation will benefit individuals and groups looking to implement change.

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    Captain Larry Brudnicki retired from the Coast Guard in March 2002 after 30 years of active duty. He reported to his last assignment as the Chief of Operations, 11th Coast Guard District, Alameda, CA in August 1997 where he supervised more than 15,000 Search & Rescue cases, which saved 1,600 lives and property valued at $135 million. He also supervised the search for survivors of the Alaska Air Flight #261 tragedy. He had tactical control of ships and aircraft that seized more than 150 tons of cocaine, including the ten largest cocaine seizures in the year 2000 and again in 2001. He also had tactical control of the ships and aircraft that interdicted 2,800 illegal migrants from the People's Republic of China, Ecuador and Mexico. 

    He served as the Executive Officer of the USCGC MARIPOSA (WLB-397), Detroit, MI, from June 1980 until August 1982 and participated in the 9th Coast Guard District's early efforts to have the Buoy Tenders rehabilitate the Light Houses that were no longer manned. 

    Captain Brudnicki was the Commanding Officer of the USCGC TAMAROA (WMEC-166), New Castle NH during "The Perfect Storm". During his tour, TAMAROA had more fishing vessel seizures than the rest of the Coast Guard Atlantic fleet added together, and participated in Haitian Migration Interdiction Operations when the Coast Guard was recovering 1500 Haitians per day. 

    In 1993 he moved to San Diego, CA where he served as Commander, Coast Guard America's Cup Patrol. Captain Brudnicki coordinated the efforts of 80 federal, state and local government agencies during the 1995 America's Cup in San Diego. He also directed all Coast Guard operations to provide for the safety of life, property and the environment.

    Captain Brudnicki holds a Merchant Marine Master's License, and is a member of the National Speakers Association. 

    His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Coast Guard Medal "for heroism", the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (four awards), the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal (two awards). 

    Now that he no is longer paid to get cold and wet, Captain Brudnicki uses the experience he gained from leading successful high-risk missions with international visibility and what he learned investigating accidents of others who were not so successful to deliver a message of leadership, teamwork and risk management to corporations, associations and organizations so that they can implement the steps necessary for success while avoiding the pitfalls.

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    "He was delightful and kept our 240 guests at full attention. We had a nice write up in the local newspaper the Royal Gazette."
    --Bermuda Captive Conference

    "You spoke with a rare eloquence, conviction and sincerity. You truly inspired and motivated our managers and supervisors."
    --Memorial Hospitals Association

    "You blended humor and a vital sense of reality to the importance of readiness in accomplishing our mission. We were sitting on the edge of our seats. You helped make our Conference a phenomenal success."
    --DoD Pharmacy Board of Directors

    "Inspiring! I will always remember that even during the most difficult of situations, there is an opportunity to rise up and give your best effort."
    --Richardson Bay Maritime Association