We Build Leaders the Intrepid Way
Intrepid's core mission is to professionally and personally develop individuals and teams to maximize their potential and live honorably. Intrepid's guiding question is WHY US or more specifically, WHY YOU?
Intrepid's veteran-led curriculum combines established leadership doctrine with best practices tried and proven through decades of service. The curriculum guides self-reflection to assist clients to see themselves and teammates more clearly and set conditions to improve self and team as needed.
Gallup's Strength Finders personality assessment and coaching provides a language to self-discovery. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team doctrine enables professional trust. The deliberate exchange of expectations between peers enhances commitment and accountability to each other and the team. Intrepid's short-story professional readings stimulate dialogue and group discovery while reinforcing Intrepid's core leadership lessons.
Each client creates his or her own Personal Leadership Philosophy to intentionally define their base and core priorities. This allows each client to determine if they are on their base or if drift has occurred. It also assists each client to better articulate their base to teammates to eliminate barriers to trust and understanding. With these barriers removed, individuals and teams can be more intimate and accountable to each other and begin to maximize their potential as they pursue the answer to the question WHY US?
Intrepid's leader development mission includes seminars and adventure camps for college and high school students to instill confidence in our young leaders and invest in our collective future.
Intrepid also provides corporate strategic planning and military tactical mission planning seminars. We are here to forge leaders and teams for a complex and demanding world.
Meet The Team
The team at Intrepid Leadership group is made up of military veterans and special operators ready to train your Corporate Executives, Military Officers, Senior/Junior Enlisted, Athletic Teams and High Performing Teenagers
Colonel (Retired) Kurt Buller
Intrepid CEO & President
As the founder of Intrepid Leadership Group, Colonel (retired) Buller is dedicated to optimizing individual and team performance to help others meet their full potential personally and professionally.
Kurt served 23 years in Air Force Special Operations as a Special Tactics Officer where he held multiple commands including the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, 24th Special Tactics Squadron and the 720th Special Tactics Group and led combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, Combat Search and Rescue missions in Bosnia, Peacekeeping operations in Somalia and Counter-Drug missions in Colombia.
Kurt is a master parachutist, combat SCUBA diver, and graduated the Army’s Ranger School earning the Merrill’s Maurader’s Leadership Award for the top officer graduate.
Kurt earned his Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College and served as a Senior Fellow in the Irregular Warfare Department of the US Navy Post-Graduate School. He is a Gallup-Certified Clifton Strengths Coach and regularly conducts individual and team coaching. He resides in Louisville, KY with his wife and two sons.
Dr. Eric Buller
Dr. Eric Buller currently serves as an adjunct professor with Saint Thomas University's School of Ethical Leadership and was previously the Director of the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and served 20 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. Dr. Buller earned a Master of Educational Leadership from the College of William and Mary and the Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. His research interests are in “Grit” (a measure of persistence), learning styles, leadership development and strengths-based leadership.
Dr. Buller is also a Gallup-Certified Clifton Strengths Coach and conducts individual and team coaching as well as strengths-based workshops for students, faculty and staff, community leaders and corporate leaders. In that capacity, he also advises the Miami University Athletic Department on student-athlete leadership development and works directly with several intercollegiate athletic teams. He resides in Oxford, OH with his wife and two daughters.
Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) Charlie McHarney
Chief (retired) McHarney is a member of Intrepid Leadership’s cadre of former senior military leaders and is also the Director of Leadership and Character Development for the O'Neal School in Pinehurst, N.C.
Charlie served 26 years in the United States Air Force as a Combat Controller where he held key leadership positions at the flight, squadron and group levels. During a four-year tour at the Combat Control School, Charlie served as the Operations Superintendent as well as the Commandant and graduated nearly 400 Battlefield Airman during that timeframe. Charlie served three years as the 21st Special Tactics Squadron Superintendent and culminated his career as the 724th Special Tactics Group Superintendent. He has executed numerous tactical combat deployments to Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan and also served as the 21st Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron Superintendent during a 2013 deployment to Afghanistan.
Charlie earned a Bachelor of Science from Norwich University in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis. He is a Gallup-Certified Clifton Strengths Coach and regularly conducts seminars in both the public and private sector. He resides in Pinehurst, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters.
Colonel (Retired) Vinnie Savino
Colonel (retired) Savino is a member of Intrepid Leadership’s cadre of former senior military officers.
Vinnie served 25 years in the United States Air Force as a Special Tactics Officer, Combat Rescue Officer and Air Liaison Officer where he held multiple command and staff assignments including commanding the 38th Rescue Squadron, 1st Air Support Operations Group and 368th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group, Baghdad Iraq. Vinnie also served as the Air Liaison Officer to Multinational Corps Iraq. He has led combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, non-combat evacuation operations in Africa and Combat Search and Rescue Missions in Bosnia.
Vinnie is a Master Freefall and Static Line parachutist with over 1800 jumps. He was a member of US Special Operations Command’s Parachute Demonstration Team and is a US Army Special Forces Combat Diver. Vinnie was the first non-aviator to command all Combat Search and Rescue Forces in combat.
Vinnie earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota and is a graduate of the Air Force’s Air War College. Vinnie spent the last 5 years as a senior defense analyst in the middle east and is a certified professional career coach regularly helping senior officer’s transition from the military. He resides in San Vito dei Normanni, Italy with his wife.
Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) Mike Atkins
Chief Master Sergeant (retired) Mike Atkins is a member of Intrepid’s Leadership Cadre and is also the Deputy Director of Aviation Programs at Gauss Management Research and Engineering in South Ogden, UT.
Mikes served 25 years in the United States Air Force as a Pararescueman where he held key leadership positions at the flight, squadron, and Major Command level. During his service, Mike executed combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait and served as a squadron superintendent and Headquarter Functional Manager. He is a master parachutist and jumpmaster, combat SCUBA diver, and graduate of the Air Force’s Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy.
Mike earned a Master of Science from Trident University in Homeland Security. He is a Gallup-certified Clifton Strengths coach and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. He resides in Tucson, AZ with his wife and two children.
Lieutenant Colonel (Army Reserve) Ali Palmer
Lieutenant Colonel (select) Ali Palmer is currently an engineer officer in the Army's (Reserve) Corps of Engineers and is the CEO of both LIFECON leadership consultancy and Royal Technology & Agriculture.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Ali has multiple combat deployments to the Balkans and Iraq before transitioning to the Army Reserves and earn a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Senior Faculty for 5 years at the Center for Creative Leadership, Ali continues to serve while pursuing private and entrepreneurial endeavors.
Ali is a graduate of the Army's Ranger, Airborne and Air Assault Schools as well as a Distinguished graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College. He resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and two sons; a third son is an Army Infantry Officer in the Alabama National Guard.