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Jim Steele is an expert in the areas of security and counterterrorism. He is the president of J&D International, a consulting firm specializing in corporate and personal security with offices in Houston and The Woodlands, Texas. In addition, Jim serves as the chairman of the executive committee of the RC Group, a business development firm in Washington, D.C. Jim continues to work periodically in Iraq with the U.S. Department of Defense to assist in building effective Iraqi security forces.

Jim returned from Iraq in September 2005, having served over two years there. From May 2003 until assuming the position of senior counselor to Ambassador Bremer for Iraqi security forces in November 2003, he was the senior police advisor with the Iraqi police SWAT unit in Baghdad. He headed the advisory team that organized, trained and operated with this special unit. He personally led the unit on a series of highly successful operations that netted former high-ranking members of the Saddam regime as well as numerous other criminal and terrorist elements. During one such operation, despite intense fire, he and his team successful overpowered the terrorists and rescued two hostages that had been kidnapped, brutally beaten and tortured by their captors. In March 2004, he participated in the raid that resulted in the capture of Saddam’s former Minister of Interior, General Mohammed Zimam Abdul Al-Razzaq, the four of spades with a bounty of one million dollars on his head. In April 2004, prior to the Marine offensive in Fallujah, Jim led a small group of Iraqi police and U.S. advisors on an undercover operation into the city to recover the remains of the Blackwater contractors that had been ambushed and killed there, determine exactly what had occurred and assess the enemy situation. Because of an increasing threat throughout the country, Jim also assumed responsibility for the security of Iraq’s most senior government officials, the members of the Governing Council. In the execution of this mission, he organized and supervised the training and equipping of over 300 members of the personal security details for members of the Governing Council and key ministries. The success of this mission was repeatedly demonstrated by the superb performance of these protective security details under fire. In November 2004, the Iraqi commando unit that he was advising came under attack by a large insurgent force in Mosul. Jim’s actions during the battle were instrumental in defeating the enemy and saving the lives of both Iraqi commandos and U.S. soldiers. For his heroic actions, he was awarded the Special Forces Gold Medal by the Government of Iraq. During the Iraqi elections in January 2005, the Iraqi commandos with which he was operating were a key force in protecting the polling sites in Baghdad and pivotal in the overall success of the election process. His efforts in Iraq received substantial press coverage and favorable mention in Congressional testimony. During hearings by the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, the Deputy Secretary of Defense described Jim as having “incredible bravery and also incredible expertise about police forces in third world countries.” He characterized his work with the Iraqi police as “heroic.” In December 2004, Secretary Rumsfeld presented Jim the Department of Defense Medal of Valor for his actions under fire and the Distinguished Public Service Medal for his extraordinary service in Iraq. In a recent article in The New York Times Magazine, he was described as “one of the United States military’s top experts on counterinsurgency.”

Prior to April 2003, Jim was the president and CEO of TM Power Ventures, an independent power company with operating power plants in North America and Europe. He also served as chairman of the board of Commonwealth Chesapeake Company, which built the largest power plant on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He was also the chairman of the advisory board of RPM, an international security company headquartered in Pinehurst, Texas.

Jim retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of distinguished service. He was consistently promoted ahead of his peers culminating in his selection for promotion to brigadier general, the youngest officer of his branch to be selected at that time. His promotion was pending Senate confirmation at the time he left the Army to join the private sector. He served briefly as a vice president in Enron Power Corp. and later as a managing director in Enron Development Corp. In early 1995, he was asked by Texas oilman and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Robert Mosbacher, to join the Mosbacher family of companies and form a new independent power company. In May 1995, Jim became President and CEO of Mosbacher Power Group. In 1998, he also became President and CEO of TM Power Ventures, a joint venture between TECO Power Services and Mosbacher Power Group.

During his military career, Jim served in a series of leadership positions ranging from a recon platoon leader in Vietnam to the deputy commander of U.S. Army South. His regimental commander in Vietnam, General George Patton Jr., described Jim as the best small unit combat leader he had witnessed during two wars. In November, 1968, Jim’s small recon patrol came under fire from a large North Vietnamese force. During the ensuing battle, Jim was shot twice attempting to aid a fallen comrade. After being evacuated to Japan to recover, Jim returned to Vietnam to command another recon unit in combat. As a colonel, he commanded the U.S. Military Group in El Salvador during the height of the guerrilla war. In addition to administering one of the largest US military assistance programs in the world, he was credited with training and equipping what was acknowledged to be the best counter-terrorist force in the region. He was instrumental in the rapid response and negotiations that resulted in the safe return of President Duarte’s daughter after she was kidnapped by FMLN guerillas. Upon his departure, the Salvadoran Government awarded him the Gold Medal of El Salvador for his extraordinary service. During the Cold War, he also commanded the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment stationed along the Czech and East-West German borders. During “Operation Just Cause” in Panama, with operational control of U.S. Army Special Forces, U.S. Navy SEALs, military police and civilian police advisors, he was the primary military interface with the new government and responsible for establishing a new professional police force. During an attempted coup in 1990, rebels comprised of former members of Noriega’s military attempted to take him and his small team of advisors hostage. After an all-night standoff, he led the force that thwarted the coup and captured the rebels. For his exceptional efforts, President Endara awarded him the nation’s highest award granted to a foreigner, the Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa.

Jim’s military decorations include the Silver Star, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, four Legions of Merit, three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and various other service and campaign medals. He earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, as well as the Salvadoran Parachutist Badge, Special Operations Badge and Aviator Wings. In addition, he is a commercial pilot with helicopter, multi-engine and jet aircraft ratings. He is a martial arts expert with a Black Belt in the Korean art of Hopkido.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Dayton and a Masters degree in International Affairs from the University of Florida. He is a graduate of the Army and Naval War Colleges, and the Defense Language Institute. He is certified in law enforcement operations by the International Institute for Counterterrorism Studies and is a Charter Member of the International Society of Counterterrorists. He speaks Spanish, conversational German and limited Arabic.

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Jim Steele Biography

Jim Steele is an expert in the areas of security and counterterrorism. He is the president of J&D International, a consulting firm specializing in corporate and personal security with offices in Houston and The Woodlands, Texas. In addition, Jim serves as the chairman of the executive committee of the RC Group, a business development firm in Washington, D.C. Jim continues to work periodically in Iraq with the U.S. Department of Defense to assist in building effective Iraqi security forces.

Jim returned from Iraq in September 2005, having served over two years there. From May 2003 until assuming the position of senior counselor to Ambassador Bremer for Iraqi security forces in November 2003, he was the senior police advisor with the Iraqi police SWAT unit in Baghdad. He headed the advisory team that organized, trained and operated with this special unit. He personally led the unit on a series of highly successful operations that netted former high-ranking members of the Saddam regime as well as numerous other criminal and terrorist elements. During one such operation, despite intense fire, he and his team successful overpowered the terrorists and rescued two hostages that had been kidnapped, brutally beaten and tortured by their captors. In March 2004, he participated in the raid that resulted in the capture of Saddam’s former Minister of Interior, General Mohammed Zimam Abdul Al-Razzaq, the four of spades with a bounty of one million dollars on his head. In April 2004, prior to the Marine offensive in Fallujah, Jim led a small group of Iraqi police and U.S. advisors on an undercover operation into the city to recover the remains of the Blackwater contractors that had been ambushed and killed there, determine exactly what had occurred and assess the enemy situation. Because of an increasing threat throughout the country, Jim also assumed responsibility for the security of Iraq’s most senior government officials, the members of the Governing Council. In the execution of this mission, he organized and supervised the training and equipping of over 300 members of the personal security details for members of the Governing Council and key ministries. The success of this mission was repeatedly demonstrated by the superb performance of these protective security details under fire. In November 2004, the Iraqi commando unit that he was advising came under attack by a large insurgent force in Mosul. Jim’s actions during the battle were instrumental in defeating the enemy and saving the lives of both Iraqi commandos and U.S. soldiers. For his heroic actions, he was awarded the Special Forces Gold Medal by the Government of Iraq. During the Iraqi elections in January 2005, the Iraqi commandos with which he was operating were a key force in protecting the polling sites in Baghdad and pivotal in the overall success of the election process. His efforts in Iraq received substantial press coverage and favorable mention in Congressional testimony. During hearings by the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, the Deputy Secretary of Defense described Jim as having “incredible bravery and also incredible expertise about police forces in third world countries.” He characterized his work with the Iraqi police as “heroic.” In December 2004, Secretary Rumsfeld presented Jim the Department of Defense Medal of Valor for his actions under fire and the Distinguished Public Service Medal for his extraordinary service in Iraq. In a recent article in The New York Times Magazine, he was described as “one of the United States military’s top experts on counterinsurgency.”

Prior to April 2003, Jim was the president and CEO of TM Power Ventures, an independent power company with operating power plants in North America and Europe. He also served as chairman of the board of Commonwealth Chesapeake Company, which built the largest power plant on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He was also the chairman of the advisory board of RPM, an international security company headquartered in Pinehurst, Texas.

Jim retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of distinguished service. He was consistently promoted ahead of his peers culminating in his selection for promotion to brigadier general, the youngest officer of his branch to be selected at that time. His promotion was pending Senate confirmation at the time he left the Army to join the private sector. He served briefly as a vice president in Enron Power Corp. and later as a managing director in Enron Development Corp. In early 1995, he was asked by Texas oilman and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Robert Mosbacher, to join the Mosbacher family of companies and form a new independent power company. In May 1995, Jim became President and CEO of Mosbacher Power Group. In 1998, he also became President and CEO of TM Power Ventures, a joint venture between TECO Power Services and Mosbacher Power Group.

During his military career, Jim served in a series of leadership positions ranging from a recon platoon leader in Vietnam to the deputy commander of U.S. Army South. His regimental commander in Vietnam, General George Patton Jr., described Jim as the best small unit combat leader he had witnessed during two wars. In November, 1968, Jim’s small recon patrol came under fire from a large North Vietnamese force. During the ensuing battle, Jim was shot twice attempting to aid a fallen comrade. After being evacuated to Japan to recover, Jim returned to Vietnam to command another recon unit in combat. As a colonel, he commanded the U.S. Military Group in El Salvador during the height of the guerrilla war. In addition to administering one of the largest US military assistance programs in the world, he was credited with training and equipping what was acknowledged to be the best counter-terrorist force in the region. He was instrumental in the rapid response and negotiations that resulted in the safe return of President Duarte’s daughter after she was kidnapped by FMLN guerillas. Upon his departure, the Salvadoran Government awarded him the Gold Medal of El Salvador for his extraordinary service. During the Cold War, he also commanded the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment stationed along the Czech and East-West German borders. During “Operation Just Cause” in Panama, with operational control of U.S. Army Special Forces, U.S. Navy SEALs, military police and civilian police advisors, he was the primary military interface with the new government and responsible for establishing a new professional police force. During an attempted coup in 1990, rebels comprised of former members of Noriega’s military attempted to take him and his small team of advisors hostage. After an all-night standoff, he led the force that thwarted the coup and captured the rebels. For his exceptional efforts, President Endara awarded him the nation’s highest award granted to a foreigner, the Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa.

Jim’s military decorations include the Silver Star, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, four Legions of Merit, three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and various other service and campaign medals. He earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, as well as the Salvadoran Parachutist Badge, Special Operations Badge and Aviator Wings. In addition, he is a commercial pilot with helicopter, multi-engine and jet aircraft ratings. He is a martial arts expert with a Black Belt in the Korean art of Hopkido.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Dayton and a Masters degree in International Affairs from the University of Florida. He is a graduate of the Army and Naval War Colleges, and the Defense Language Institute. He is certified in law enforcement operations by the International Institute for Counterterrorism Studies and is a Charter Member of the International Society of Counterterrorists. He speaks Spanish, conversational German and limited Arabic.

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  • How to book Jim Steele?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jim Steele for both live and virtual events for over 20 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 for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jim Steele, 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 Jim Steele or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jim Steele?

    Booking fees for Jim Steele, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking 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 Jim Steele, 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 Jim Steele?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jim Steele for clients worldwide for more than 20 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 Jim Steele 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 Jim Steele or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jim Steele 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.

Jim Steele is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jim Steele for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Jim Steele generally travels from TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Col. Parker Schenecker, Sandy Kennedy, Dike Drummond, Doug Lemov and Marcus Lemonis. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jim Steele for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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