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Navy Seal (Ret.), Named to Navy Seal Foundation Staff


Navy Seal (Ret.), Named to Navy Seal Foundation Staff

Chris Irwin - Former Beverage Co. Executive, Fitness Entrepreneur, Navy SEAL BUD/S Class 221

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Aug. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Navy SEAL Foundation has announced the appointment of a former U.S. Navy SEAL operator to the charity's management team.    

"We are excited to announce Chris Irwin, BUD/S class 221, is joining the Navy SEAL Foundation as Director of Development for the West Coast Region," Rear Adm. (Ret) Garry J. Bonelli, Chairman of the Board, Navy SEAL Foundation.

"In his time as president of Kill Cliff, Chris was an avid supporter of NSF for several years. Chris now brings his superb strategic insight, interpersonal skills, and presentation talent to our staff where he'll help develop and communicate the case for supporting NSF's mission."

In his new position, Irwin will work with the development team, regional leadership volunteers, senior staff and national board members to advance fundraising goals for individuals, corporations and foundations.

The Navy SEAL Foundation (NSF) provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families. Assisted by a small professional staff and hundreds of volunteers across the country, the NSF Board guides the philosophy and direction of the Foundation in the course of fulfilling its primary mission.

"Many people active in our organization have personal experience as members of the Naval Special Warfare community," said Bonelli. "Chris' background is unique: NSW active duty and reserve service, his success within private enterprise, and as an NSF supporter in a volunteer or charitable capacity." Chris Irwin's biographical highlights:

  • US Naval Academy, BS in Oceanography, Distinguished Graduate; 1997
  • University of Cambridge, MPhil in International Relations: 1998
  • Officer, US Navy, SEAL (14 years active duty; 6 years reserve). Retired 2017.
  • Co-Owner/General Manager, Reebok CrossFit St. Thomas, USVI (3 years)
  • President, Kill Cliff, Inc., Atlanta, GA (5 years). Reinvented direct sales and e-commerce models for a healthy sports drink company, ranking as the #1 fastest growing beverage brand in the U.S. on the Inc. 500 in 2015.

"The common thread through his military and civilian careers is an appreciation of the unique challenges faced by this elite fighting force and their families and a commitment to support America's NSW community," said Robin King, NSF Chief Executive Officer.

About the Navy SEAL Foundation
The Navy SEAL Foundation's mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community and its families.

U.S. Navy SEALs have been in sustained combat for over 17 years, performing hazardous work in unforgiving environments at an unrelenting pace. SEALs are currently deployed in over 30+ countries across the globe and can spend up to 270 days each year in harm's way. The Navy SEAL Foundation stands behind these warriors and their families by providing a comprehensive set of programs specifically designed to improve health and welfare, build and enhance resiliency, empower and educate families and provide critical support during times of illness, injury or loss.

Like the community it serves, the Navy SEAL Foundation is a high performing organization committed to excellence. NSF has received seven consecutive 4-Star ratings from Charity Navigator. It is one of only 68 charities from among more than 9,000 to have earned a perfect score of 100 for our financial health, accountability, and transparency, placing NSF in the top 1% of the rated charities. Ninety-four cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programs or is retained for future mission use.

The Navy SEAL Foundation is a 501c3 national non-profit charitable organization. TAX-ID 31-1728910. The Navy SEAL Foundation is a non-federal entity and is not a part of the Department of Defense or any of its components, and it has no governmental status.

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SOURCE Navy SEAL Foundation

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