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Admiral Ray Smith

Rear Admiral, US Navy (Ret.), Navy SEAL Commander, Leadership & Peak Performance Expert

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 Admiral Ray Smith Biography

Widely regarded as one of the Navy's most inspirational leaders, Rear Admiral Ray Smith has spoken extensively on his leadership experiences to a wide range of audiences including corporate, political, military, and civic leaders.

A Navy SEAL for 31 years, Admiral Ray Smith achieved extraordinary success through focused, participatory leadership. During his four-year tenure as Commander of the 2300-men SEAL force, Admiral Smith raised personnel retention to a level three times the Navy average. As a Navy Captain, Ray Smith led the Navy SEALs in Operation Desert Storm, conducting over 200 operations of strategic significance while incurring no casualties. Earlier in his career, Admiral Smith directed Navy SEAL training, generally considered to be the most challenging military training in the world. While in this position, Admiral Smith achieved the highest graduation rate in the 50-year history of the course.

Admiral Ray Smith has been recognized in Newsweek, Fortune, Reader's Digest, and on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and CBS's This Morning. He published two highly successful Navy SEAL manuals, one on nutrition and one on fitness. Ray Smith was awarded the California Distinguished Service Award while a member of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Admiral Smith became the Director of Resources of U.S. Special Operations Command, then served as Deputy Command in Chief of the Unified Special Operations Command, leading 47,000 special Ops. forces from all service branches. Smith was responsible for developing the Navy's first capability-based assessment process. He led 100 systems analysts in providing service-level recommendations directly to the Chief of Naval Operations. Incorporating computer modeling and risk assessment, Admiral Smith provided Navy leadership with $36 billion in analysis-based savings over a six-year period.

Admiral Ray Smith holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

Since retiring, Admiral Smith has been active nationally as a public speaker,(Leadership, Team Building, Mentoring, Strategic Planning) and as a consultant/special advisor to a variety of public corporations, private and charitable organizations, law enforcement agencies, government organizations and multi-service military units, as well as being on the Board of Directors of public corporations.

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  • Leadership and Teamwork in High Stress Environments

    Admiral Smith’s presentation runs from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes depending on time allotted. The following teaching points are addressed depending on the makeup of the audience and the theme of the event. Real life examples/stories make the points. He uses a DVD with actual Navy Seal footage during his presentation. Some Teaching Points:
    • LEADERSHIP PRISM POINTING DOWN emphasizes the SEAL culture of officers and enlisted going through training together, forcing the officers to begin their SEAL career with the recognition that their success depends on the men in their unit.
    • When evaluating subordinates, disregarding SUPERFICIAL MEASURES.
    • NOT WASTING TIME OR ENERGY on the “mud of life” (or the little things) but rather focusing one’s energy on the important goals in life.
    • MAXIMIZING OPPORTUNITIES to work directly with employees—SHARED EXPERIENCES are powerful.
    • Learning to deal with UNPREDICTABILITY in one’s life…because it will occur.
    • INCREASING WORKLOAD on employees. How to do it and how not to.
    • Making decisions by yourself produces OUTCOMES, NOT NECESSARILY SOLUTIONS. What do leaders want?
    • FINDING A WAY! A key characteristic of Navy SEALs
    • “TWO IS ONE AND ONE IS NONE.” Redundancy and back up are critical to the SEALs and business.
    • SITUATIONAL AWARENESS and its importance in combat and today’s business environment
    • Developing a WORK ENVIRONMENT where employees continue to learn
    • PERSONAL RECOGNITION and its importance in any organization

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Admiral Ray Smith?

    Booking fees for Admiral Ray Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Admiral Ray Smith, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Admiral Ray Smith?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Admiral Ray Smith for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Admiral Ray Smith for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Admiral Ray Smith or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Admiral Ray Smith or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Admiral Ray Smith

Rear Admiral, US Navy (Ret.), Navy SEAL Commander, Leadership & Peak Performance Expert

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Admiral Ray Smith Biography

Widely regarded as one of the Navy's most inspirational leaders, Rear Admiral Ray Smith has spoken extensively on his leadership experiences to a wide range of audiences including corporate, political, military, and civic leaders.

A Navy SEAL for 31 years, Admiral Ray Smith achieved extraordinary success through focused, participatory leadership. During his four-year tenure as Commander of the 2300-men SEAL force, Admiral Smith raised personnel retention to a level three times the Navy average. As a Navy Captain, Ray Smith led the Navy SEALs in Operation Desert Storm, conducting over 200 operations of strategic significance while incurring no casualties. Earlier in his career, Admiral Smith directed Navy SEAL training, generally considered to be the most challenging military training in the world. While in this position, Admiral Smith achieved the highest graduation rate in the 50-year history of the course.

Admiral Ray Smith has been recognized in Newsweek, Fortune, Reader's Digest, and on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and CBS's This Morning. He published two highly successful Navy SEAL manuals, one on nutrition and one on fitness. Ray Smith was awarded the California Distinguished Service Award while a member of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Admiral Smith became the Director of Resources of U.S. Special Operations Command, then served as Deputy Command in Chief of the Unified Special Operations Command, leading 47,000 special Ops. forces from all service branches. Smith was responsible for developing the Navy's first capability-based assessment process. He led 100 systems analysts in providing service-level recommendations directly to the Chief of Naval Operations. Incorporating computer modeling and risk assessment, Admiral Smith provided Navy leadership with $36 billion in analysis-based savings over a six-year period.

Admiral Ray Smith holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

Since retiring, Admiral Smith has been active nationally as a public speaker,(Leadership, Team Building, Mentoring, Strategic Planning) and as a consultant/special advisor to a variety of public corporations, private and charitable organizations, law enforcement agencies, government organizations and multi-service military units, as well as being on the Board of Directors of public corporations.

Admiral Ray Smith Videos

  • Rear Admiral Ray Smith - Inspiring Speaker on Leadership and
    Widely regarded as one of the Navy's most inspirational leaders, Rear Admiral Ray Smith has spoken extensively on his leadership ...
  • Admiral Ray Smith on Doing Your Job
    Admiral Ray Smith at the Shop Talk Summit on Doing Your Job.
  • Admiral Ray Smith: US Navy (Ret.) SEAL Commander, Leadership
    Widely regarded as one of the Navy's most inspirational leaders, Rear Admiral Ray Smith has ...

Admiral Ray Smith Speaking Topics

  • Leadership and Teamwork in High Stress Environments

    Admiral Smith’s presentation runs from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes depending on time allotted. The following teaching points are addressed depending on the makeup of the audience and the theme of the event. Real life examples/stories make the points. He uses a DVD with actual Navy Seal footage during his presentation. Some Teaching Points:
    • LEADERSHIP PRISM POINTING DOWN emphasizes the SEAL culture of officers and enlisted going through training together, forcing the officers to begin their SEAL career with the recognition that their success depends on the men in their unit.
    • When evaluating subordinates, disregarding SUPERFICIAL MEASURES.
    • NOT WASTING TIME OR ENERGY on the “mud of life” (or the little things) but rather focusing one’s energy on the important goals in life.
    • MAXIMIZING OPPORTUNITIES to work directly with employees—SHARED EXPERIENCES are powerful.
    • Learning to deal with UNPREDICTABILITY in one’s life…because it will occur.
    • INCREASING WORKLOAD on employees. How to do it and how not to.
    • Making decisions by yourself produces OUTCOMES, NOT NECESSARILY SOLUTIONS. What do leaders want?
    • FINDING A WAY! A key characteristic of Navy SEALs
    • “TWO IS ONE AND ONE IS NONE.” Redundancy and back up are critical to the SEALs and business.
    • SITUATIONAL AWARENESS and its importance in combat and today’s business environment
    • Developing a WORK ENVIRONMENT where employees continue to learn
    • PERSONAL RECOGNITION and its importance in any organization

FAQs on booking Admiral Ray Smith

  • How to book Admiral Ray Smith?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Admiral Ray Smith for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Admiral Ray Smith, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Admiral Ray Smith or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Admiral Ray Smith?

    Booking fees for Admiral Ray Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Admiral Ray Smith, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Admiral Ray Smith?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Admiral Ray Smith for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Admiral Ray Smith for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Admiral Ray Smith or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Admiral Ray Smith or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Admiral Ray Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Admiral Ray Smith for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Admiral Ray Smith generally travels from San Diego, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Afterburner, Rob Waldo Waldman, Vince Papale, John Foley and Dr. Kevin Freiberg. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Admiral Ray Smith for an upcoming event.

Admiral Ray Smith Speaker Videos

  • Rear Admiral Ray Smith - Inspiring Speaker on Leadership and
    Widely regarded as one of the Navy's most inspirational leaders, Rear Admiral Ray Smith has spoken extensively on his leadership ...
    Admiral Ray Smith on Doing Your Job
    Admiral Ray Smith at the Shop Talk Summit on Doing Your Job.
  • Admiral Ray Smith: US Navy (Ret.) SEAL Commander, Leadership
    Widely regarded as one of the Navy's most inspirational leaders, Rear Admiral Ray Smith has ...
    The Power of Rituals: Human Performance Institute - YouTube
  • The Role of Change in High Performance - YouTube

Admiral Ray Smith Speaking Topics

  • Leadership and Teamwork in High Stress Environments

    Admiral Smith’s presentation runs from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes depending on time allotted. The following teaching points are addressed depending on the makeup of the audience and the theme of the event. Real life examples/stories make the points. He uses a DVD with actual Navy Seal footage during his presentation. Some Teaching Points:
    • LEADERSHIP PRISM POINTING DOWN emphasizes the SEAL culture of officers and enlisted going through training together, forcing the officers to begin their SEAL career with the recognition that their success depends on the men in their unit.
    • When evaluating subordinates, disregarding SUPERFICIAL MEASURES.
    • NOT WASTING TIME OR ENERGY on the “mud of life” (or the little things) but rather focusing one’s energy on the important goals in life.
    • MAXIMIZING OPPORTUNITIES to work directly with employees—SHARED EXPERIENCES are powerful.
    • Learning to deal with UNPREDICTABILITY in one’s life…because it will occur.
    • INCREASING WORKLOAD on employees. How to do it and how not to.
    • Making decisions by yourself produces OUTCOMES, NOT NECESSARILY SOLUTIONS. What do leaders want?
    • FINDING A WAY! A key characteristic of Navy SEALs
    • “TWO IS ONE AND ONE IS NONE.” Redundancy and back up are critical to the SEALs and business.
    • SITUATIONAL AWARENESS and its importance in combat and today’s business environment
    • Developing a WORK ENVIRONMENT where employees continue to learn
    • PERSONAL RECOGNITION and its importance in any organization

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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