Phillip Koontz, Owner & Partner of Karambit.com
Phillip Koontz, former Navy SEAL of six years, takes his life lessons forged through the trials of SEAL training and currently helps others practically apply them to their personal, professional and family lives.
After being honorably discharged in 2009, he has enjoyed success as a motivational speaker in business, academic, athletic and religious environments. He has spoken in hundreds of events both international and state side where he tailors his inspiring stories and lessons in the SEAL Teams to fit the occasion and audience. His most sought after talks include: Overcoming Adversity: A Navy SEAL’s Advice on Facing Life’s Many Challenges, Prepared For The Unknown: 3 Practical Lessons From a Navy SEAL That Will Give You Peace Of Mind, Living Free and Fearless: Self-defense Course for Everyday Situations, and Three Dimensional Leadership: Learning to Lead in All Environments and Circumstances.
Phillip’s acclaimed book: The Truth Behind My Trident gives a snapshot of a day in the life of a Navy SEAL as he pulls back the curtain, revealing the behind the scenes culture of this elite group. Given our cultural esteem for SEALs, it would be a rare chance to meet Phillip and hear about his powerful experiences. His use of live videos, personal operational gear and powerful stories will instantly capture your interest and will surely be remembered for years to come.
Phillip is a Life and Business Coach, holds webinars and mentors Special Forces candidates in his spare time. He also volunteers with the Anti-Trafficking Bureau, a nonprofit organization which rescues, restores and protects children trapped in the sexual exploitation industry in the Dominican Republic.
William Simkins, Owner & Partner of Karambit.com
William A. Simkins III is a trusted wealth advisor and President of Velvet Suite Financial LLC. Simkins has over 29 years of proven performance in comprehensive financial services including retirement, business planning, life insurance and employee benefits. His practice uniquely serves high net worth individuals as well as small to midsized businesses with a concentration in qualified and non-qualified retirement plans.
Simkins career in comprehensive insurance and investment planning began in 2001. Simkins found early success in his financial service practice and was recognized as the top in his class for client acquisition. He went on to obtain his Certified Financial Planner Certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Simkins has spoken at numerous industry and agency meetings on the inclusion of protection and qualified planning into agency practices. He has been a member of the greater Washington National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He has also served as the board of Education Chair for the Capital Region National African American Insurance Association.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Morehouse College in 1995. As a student-athlete and scholar, Simkins discovered his passion for his career and earned his life and health insurance license his junior year in college.
William is married to Melissa Dawn Simkins and has four sons Kingston, Kevin, Shunn and Amari. William coaches youth and high school basketball and is a member of Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia.