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Former US Marine Turned Entrepreneur Launches Business Mastermind With Former Disney Exec

I believe the most valuable thing in this life is relationships. I want to inspire people to build a relationship before the business card. We can take our relationships with us, and in so many cases it is those relationships that connect us to live out our true passion. - Dave Burlin, USMC Veteran

Dave Burlin, a former US Marine turned entrepreneur has announced that he is launching a new mastermind program for business professionals. His first expert guest host is former Executive Vice President of Operations at Disney World, Lee Cockerell.

Dave is a speaker, podcast host and consultant who is passionate about helping people build more authentic relationships, allowing them to unlock opportunities to help them live their best lives. He speaks to teams in-person and virtually, to empower people in building their company culture allowing them to serve more people and scale their business.

Dave is leading a new business mastermind with Lee Cockerell, The Former EVP of Operations for all of Disney. When Lee retired, his son, Dan Cockerell took the role. Lee’s family has a legacy of leadership in hospitality and beyond. Lee has written four books about his lifetime of leadership with remarkable companies like Disney, Hilton, and Marriott. You can find out more about Lee here,

The 90 Day Virtual Mastermind, Magic: An Executive Mastermind features peer mentoring and facilitation. The mastermind will maximize individual energy to empower all members to go beyond what they believe is possible by themselves. Relationship building and strategic partnerships will be a piece of the curriculum that also includes hot seats with strategic planning & problem solving and executive coaching.

You can learn more about the program here

Dave worked for several years with at-risk youth and as an electrician after he serving in the Marine Corps. After becoming exhausted from his 80 hour work weeks, he took the leap into new roles as a wedding DJ and commission only sales after a mentor encouraged him to branch out and try different things. He began to embrace personal and professional development at a rapid rate. Within a year he began to expand into other markets and realized the true power of relationships.

In the U.S., 9.1 % of all businesses are majority-owned by veterans or 2.4 million businesses. There are 442,485 Veteran-owned businesses with employees and 2.08 million are self-employed veteran businesses with no employees. Total annual revenue of veteran-owned businesses is $1.14 trillion according to

To learn more about the coaching and consultation services Dave provides, and to listen to the podcast you can visit his website at

Dave Burlin is a leader and facilitator in the business community and believes in empowering people to go beyond their current circumstances. He volunteers his time as an Ambassador for Bunker Labs, a Veteran organization to inspire, equip, and connect Veterans and their spouses with resources to start and grow businesses. He served as a U.S. Marines and continues to serve the military and veteran community.

Dave has recently taken role as Community Organizer for Global Entrepreneurship Week. His mission will be bringing different parts of the entrepreneurial ecosystem together to bring diverse economic growth to rebuild Las Vegas, post-pandemic.

Robert Garcia, SHIFT Magazine
Phone: 619-316-1856

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