A Naval Academy football player and graduate, Brian Stann served two deployments with 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest award for valor, for his actions near the Al-Romana Bridge during Operation MATADOR in May 2005.
Mr. Stann’s MMA (mixed martial arts) career began in 2003 in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP), where he earned black belt certification as an MCMAP Instructor Trainer. He began fighting professionally in 2006, while still on active duty in the Marine Corps. In 2008, he defeated Doug Marshall to become the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting) Light Heavyweight Champion, and he debuted in the UFC in 2009. Stann retired from UFC fighting in 2013 and, today, is a UFC fight analyst and speaker.
Mr. Stann stepped down as President and CEO of Hire Heroes USA in September 2017, after serving nine years in the leadership role. Under his leadership, Hire Heroes USA built a national reputation of excellence and was recognized as a best-in-class veteran service organization by the Call of Duty Endowment and the George W. Bush Institute.
Born at Yokota Air Base in Japan, Stann currently resides in Alpharetta, Georgia with his wife and three daughters.