Posted March 25, 2019

Goggins named STAFDA keynote speaker

David Goggins, a former Navy Seal, Army Ranger, Air Force tactical controller and ultra-marathoner, will be keynote speaker at STAFDA's 43rd Annual Convention & Trade Show.

David GogginsGoggins will address STAFDA attendees during his keynote presentation at the General Session on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.

Goggins served in the military for 21 years, has completed more than 60 ultra-marathons, triathlons and ultra-triathlons, setting new course records and regularly placing in the top five. One of his most remarkable achievements was the Mont Blanc 100-mile race. In this race, Goggins had to complete 100 miles in 24 hours and after 70 miles, his body shut down. He was almost on the brink of death, but he didn’t stop. That’s why he’s dubbed the toughest man in the world and Outside magazine calls him the “Fittest (Real) Man in America.”

Sadly, poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his childhood, but through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world’s top endurance athletes. He has a huge Instagram following and is one of the country’s most sought after speakers: from addressing Fortune 500 companies, to sports teams, and on November 11, STAFDA members.

Goggins is all about shutting up the voice in your head that says “I can’t do this.” He has some of the most motivating and “hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck” raising stories but his big message is that the only person in control of your destiny is YOU.

STAFDA’s 43rd Annual Convention & Trade Show in Nashville is for members only. Registration materials will be mailed to all members in late June; online registration opens on Monday, June 24, at 8:00 a.m. (Central) from the members-only section of