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Leadership Expert, Former Navy Seal is Keynote Speaker for LAGCOE’s Energy Fest

Aug 08, 2022


Leadership Expert, Former Navy Seal is Keynote Speaker for LAGCOE’s Energy Fest

Lafayette, LA - LAGCOE is thrilled to announce that former Navy SEAL Carlos Mendez will be attending LAGCOE’s Energy Fest as a keynote speaker. “I had the privilege of serving in the Navy for almost 22 years, with a majority of that time being in the SEAL Teams”, says Mendez, who now serves on the leadership team of Echelon Front, an organization lead by decorated, combat-proven veterans.

“Leadership transcends all industries, sectors, and career levels, says Sara Bourque, Executive Director, LAGCOE. “Our attendees have such an exciting and unique opportunity to learn and implement leadership principles cultivated from a navy seal and use those skills in their professional life. This is definitely an event you don’t want to miss.”

Mendez started his Naval career as a medic with the Marines where he completed two deployments. After these deployments he was assigned to SEAL Team One where he served as the medic, primary sniper, and point man and completed deployments to Southeast Asia, Iraq, Central America, and Afghanistan. Carlos then served under Jocko as the lead instructor in charge of teaching Close Quarter Combat for all the West Coast SEAL Teams. During his time there, Carlos was chosen for the prestigious Seaman to Admiral program through which the SEAL Teams cut the member away to complete their undergrad degree and come back as an officer. Former recipients of this award include Jocko Willink and Jonny Kim.

After completing his undergrad degree in finance at the University of San Diego, Carlos came back to complete two more deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as the Assistant Officer in Charge and the Officer in Charge at both SEAL Team Three and Special Reconnaissance Team One. Carlos finished his Naval career as the Executive Officer for SEAL Training command. After separating from the service and before joining Echelon Front, Carlos completed his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and worked as an investment banker.

“I’m excited to have the chance to attend Energy Fest in Lafayette,” says Mendez. “We’ll be talking about leadership and the principles of extreme ownership as well as the mindsets for victory.”

LAGCOE is a nonprofit energy industry organization focused on educational programs and a technical exposition & conference. The LAGCOE technical exposition and conference is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19th through Friday, October 21st at the Cajundome Convention Center. To learn more about this event, visit www.theenergyfest.com

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