Captain Tom Chaby is the former Commanding Officer of SEAL Team FIVE and has been an active duty US Navy SEAL for 26 years. Throughout his career, Tom has led special operations at every level in over 70 countries around the world. Shortly after 9/11, Tom deployed to Afghanistan leading a Task Unit of 50 SEALs and support personnel conducting special operations in support of the initial stages of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During the latter part of the most critical fight in Fallujah, Tom led a Task Force of over 400 personnel conducting full spectrum special operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Earlier in his career, Tom lived in South America leading Counter Drug Operations throughout Colombia and the region. Tom’s operational experience has been extensive, diverse and extremely effective.
Outside of the operational realm, Tom has worked relentlessly with developing and ensuring performance optimization for the SEAL community and developing holistic resiliency for the entire 67,000 members that comprise the Special Operations community. During five years of being the Deputy Commanding Officer of the SEAL Training Command and a SEAL Instructor, Tom was integral in creating the current generation of SEAL operators. While directing the Preservation of the Force and Family effort, Tom helped shape programs, authorities and resources to help the entire Special Operations community build and sustain resiliency in four domains: physical, psychological, social and spiritual. His efforts have significantly improved operational readiness and the well-being of his teammates.
Over the past decade, Tom has collaborated with and spoken to and provided full spectrum consulting to 100+ high performing corporate organizations and NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, NCAA, & Olympic sports teams to help them build empowering cultures and team effectiveness bringing his extensive experience and insights to the forefront of their leadership development.
Tom has helped Fortune 500 organizations become more effective, two NCAA collegiate football teams become national champions, a NCAA collegiate tennis team win the national championship, a World Series runner up, and an Eastern Conference NHL runner up. Tom has spoken to and worked with Bill Gates, Dennis Washington, the senior executive leadership teams at Morgan Stanley, FEDEX, Citi Group, JP Morgan Chase, AIG, Coach Nick Saban and the University of Alabama Football Team, Coach Jim Harbaugh and the University of Michigan Football Team, Coach Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys, General Manager and Hall Of Famer Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning, the New York Yankees coaching staff and dozens of other high performance organizations.