David Miln Smith is an athlete, adventurer, author, explorer, teacher, and speaker who connects risk taking to business, personal life, and growing the brain. With an adventurous career over three decades, he is the first person to swim from Africa to Europe, a journey Life Magazine called "the Everest of marathon swimming," and has challenged bulls in the rings of Spain and rhinos in the bush of Kenya. The Today Show called him “the King of the Risk Takers.” He is a pioneer in adventure sport, multi-sport, wilderness therapy, and “personal best.” David became the youngest Eagle Scout in history at age 12 1⁄2. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of West Florida and holds a Ph.D. in Health and Human Services dealing specifically with risk taking and its effects on human behavior.
For 25 years, Dr. Smith has addressed CEOs and senior management at Fortune 500 companies as a keynote speaker motivating courage to change. For 27 years, he worked with schizophrenic patients using yoga-based exercise, psychodrama and led 54 rigorous wilderness adventures on the Appalachian Trail. For 20 years, he has given over 400 four-hour presentations to ex-convicts motivating them to "get a job" instead of "do a job." He has also worked with convalescent senior patients in their last moments. Dr. Smith is the author of three books: The East/West Exercise Book, HEALING JOURNEY: The Odyssey of an Uncommon Athlete, and HUG THE MONSTER: How to Embrace Your Fears and Live Your Dreams.