Dan Stockdale Profile
Whether turning around a languishing senior's housing project or training exotic animals for theme park shows, Dan Stockdale has one passion... developing star performers!
Dan Stockdale is an author, leadership speaker, and consultant who coalesces the "wild side of business" and the "wild side of nature." His focus? Teaching others how to apply the principles of natural behavior to achieving extraordinary results within their organizations.
Dan speaks to audiences in multiple industries throughout the county teaching the amazing leadership principles he has discovered. As a leader he has guided organizations with over 1,000 employees in such diverse industries as senior's housing, health care, real estate, adult education, technology and concert promotion. As a behaviorist he has trained differing species from bald eagles to tigers to grizzly bears.
Dan Stockdale, motivational speaker, business consultant and tiger trainer has worked with exotic animals of many species since he was 15 years old.
Dan's first experience working with exotics was at a small themepark in East Tennessee where, in his teens, he had the opportunity to work with a herd of deer, sea lions, dolphins and macaws as a deer ranch boy.
Later, his passion turned toward primates and he began raising monkeys in his home with his wife and son.
All the while Dan was also building his corporate resume as a skilled turnaround artist, management consultant and trusted business advisor for businesses who were facing financial challenges and regulatory issues.
In 2003 Dan combined his two careers into one passion and wrote the leadership book Taming Tigers to teach business leaders how to apply the principles of exotic animal training to achieving extraordinary change and measurable results within their organizations.
His experience with large cats began when he shot the photo for his book cover and has grown ever since. He has worked with many facilities to care for and train tigers, lions, grizzly bears, elephants, snakes, marmosets, tamarins, owl monkeys, capuchins and many more.
Dan has also performed in more than 500 birds of prey shows with the American Eagle Foundation at Dolly Parton's Pigeon Forge based Dollywood. In these educational shows Dan presents bald eagles, golden eagles, great horned owls, barn owls, harris hawks, red tail hawks and many more.
Dan also travels the country presenting his leadership keynote, Leadership Gone Wild, where he teaches leadership principles to executives from all industries …with live animals on stage.
He has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Channel, CNN, New York Times, Parenting and many other national media outlets.