Steven D. McCloud - Prepared to LEAD
Founder, Trident Leadership
Steve McCloud is a student of high-performance teams and their leadership. He has devoted his uncommon career to delivering crucial lessons of performance and leadership from combat veterans to leaders and teams of all types. He formed Trident Leadership with that mission in 2004. Trident Leadership Destinations include Chickamauga, Gettysburg, Normandy, and the Pacific. He received his Bachelors in Marketing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, with emphasis on international management and marketing. His clients include: General Motors, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Unum, OptumHealth, Decosimo, McKee, Whirlpool, Erlanger, The Dixie Group, Northeastern University, Louisiana Pacific, Roadtec, Hutcheson Medical, Benchmark Physical Therapy, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, MediTract, Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Chattanooga Police Department.
He is Honorary Member and Unit Historian of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division, and has recently authored a book on the World War II rifle company which participated in four Central Pacific amphibious landings: Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. He was a member of Chattanooga's legendary team, Grady's Goodtimes, the highest performing restaurant in the state of Tennessee, was corporate trainer for Brinker International, developing and teaching Mission-Oriented Leadership and Team Development programs, and spent eight years in Import/Export, working with manufacturers in Hong Kong and mainland China.
He has been privileged to lead both commemorative tours and expeditions to many of the world's historic battlegrounds such as Iwo Jima, Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Normandy, Belgium, Holland, and Germany, and was recognized by the Head of the History and Museums Division, Colonel John S. Ripley (Navy Cross, Vietnam), as "far and away the best historian/guide I have seen on any tour...light years beyond the average." He has debriefed hundreds of combat veterans and leaders from World War II to Afghanistan. He is currently working with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to locate and recover the remains of two missing Marines from the island of Saipan.
When not working with teams, he is an avid cyclist and musician, enjoys playing jazz piano and blues guitar, and is the coordinator of the annual "Gretsch Roundup" the national gathering in Nashville, Tennessee of Gretsch guitar enthusiasts from around the world, done in partnership with the Gretsch Guitar company. He continues to lead small-team leadership expeditions to battlefields in the Central Pacific and Normandy.