Days before Chad Williams was to report to military duty in Great Lakes, Illinois, he turned on a television and was greeted with the horrifying images of his mentor, US Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston, being brutally murdered in a premeditated ambush on the roads of Fallujah, Iraq. Steeled in his resolve, Chad followed in Scott’s footsteps and completed the US military’s most difficult and grueling training to become a Navy SEAL. One of only 13 from a class of 173 to make it straight through to graduation, Chad served his country on SEAL Teams One and Seven for five years, completing tours of duty in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Iraq. While the taste of success is great, Chad learned the SEAL Team motto of "earn your Trident everyday" which means the SEALs don't rest on their laurels, the training is never really over because they always strive for better!
Serving his country proudly through multiple deployments on SEAL Teams One and Seven Chad continued to hone the technical skill, tactical proficiency and attention to detail that our nation's best warriors adhere to. In an ironic final operation in Iraq, Chad's shares the story of how his SEAL Team was set up on a premeditated ambush similar to the location and scenario that took the life of his mentor Scott Helvenston but on that occasion Chad and his Team were victorious, overcoming the enemy and odds set against them in a gun battle to the death.
Today Chad is a bestselling author of his book, SEAL of God and will be speaking at our FFS Luncheon on November 2nd. Drawing from his experiences as a SEAL, Chad grabs hold of his listeners, illustrating the SEAL mindset and ethos that revolve around leadership, teamwork, integrity, safety, mental toughness, discipline, overcoming adversity and grit.
For the past three years, the Orange County Business Journal has listed the Foundation for Success event as one of the top five fundraising luncheons—and we expect that trend to continue in 2017.
The Foundation for Success luncheon would not be possible without the generosity of our presenting sponsors: American Career College, Balboa Bay Club, Caribou Industries & Michael F. Harrah, West Coast University, Heidi & Ruben Mendoza and Toyota Financial Services. Other key sponsors include Bank of America, Steven L. Craig of Craig Realty Group and Donahue Schriber Realty Group.
"The event sells out each year, so we strongly urge everyone interested in sponsoring the event at the various available levels to act right away so they can be recognized in our promotional materials,” says Lisa Gels, Manager of Partnerships and Donor Relations.