Leadership and coaching go hand in hand – Ben Pappas steps into The Spotlight

Ben Pappas leadership and coaching

Leadership and coaching go hand in hand - just ask Ben Pappas.

A football player in high school, Ben attended the US Naval Academy to play linebacker and special teams. When he was injured, the team kept him on as a coaching assistant. The seeds of coaching were sown.

The Spotlight

We asked Ben to step into The Spotlight on the VeteranCrowd Network.

Ben Pappas is the CEO and Founder of Ben Pappas Leadership and Life Coaching. He has over 25 years of leadership experience in some of the most demanding positions and environments on earth. Ben has led, mentored, and coached thousands of people from across the US and world.  


Ben’s leadership experience spans commanding precision raids in direct combat, promoting foreign relations in Europe and Asia, coaching people to achieve personal and business success, teaching graduate-level leadership courses, and even leadership on the football field.

His expertise includes leading organizational change, and helping people make breakthroughs to achieve peak performance, intervention, negotiation, communication, change management, building teams, and improving decision-making skills.

He is a former Marine special operations leader who can assess, develop, and achieve individual, and organizational goals. Ben commanded the elite 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, one of only three Special Operations Forces battalions in the Marine Corps. He also served as a platoon commander with 1st Force Recon and was in charge of the Basic Recon Course in Coronado and Camp Pendleton, CA, which included Scout Sniper School. 

His other overseas assignments included a regional tour as a Foreign Area Officer in the US Embassy in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, and as the Marine Attaché to Italy where he served as an accredited diplomat and advisor to senior US officials. He worked with both US and foreign diplomats to foster relations and facilitate dialogue on strategic international issues.


Ben is a graduate of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He is also a distinguished graduate of the National War College in Washington, DC, where he earned a Master of Science in National Security Strategy with a focus in strategic leadership and planning.  He also holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He completed several intensive language programs at the Defense Language Institute and is proficient in French, Italian, and Tagalog. 

After graduate school, Ben was selected to serve as a faculty member at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, a graduate-level university program, in Quantico, VA. In this capacity, he lectured and led seminars on leadership and strategy planning for hundreds of US and international military and government leaders.

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