Dave Burlin

Sales Coach & Trainer @ Southwestern Consulting

“There has never been a book written, or a movie made about a hero that was MANAGED into battle. Heroes are LED.” -Dave Burlin: TEDxTulsa 2014 Dave Burlin is a Marine Corps Veteran, and he believes that influence is the core foundation for growth. His passion is to help people maximize their influence potential so that they can create innovative organizations that bring positive change and impact to the world.

Dave encourages leaders to maximize their full potential of influence by helping them communicate their vision, and invest in their greatest resource; their people. Creating a culture built on trust and communication allows a team to work and communicate at the highest level, so they can serve more people, and in turn sell more stuff. With growth comes more opportunity for leaders to emerge, and the cycle of leadership and influence continues.

Dave is a Professional Sales Coach at Southwestern Consulting

  • Facilitator of “Why Discovery” Golden Circles – Simon Sinek Inc.

  • United States Marine Corps Veteran : Operation Enduring Freedom

  • Top Producer (Black Belt) for America’s largest privately held Wedding/Corporate Entertainment Company: DJ Connection

  • Development of operational programs, including hiring, training, and KPI’s  to effectively scale DJ Connection into more than 4 cities in 2 years

  • Training and development of Sales Team and non-sales team members to execute consecutive tradeshows across the Midwest

  • TEDxTulsa : Discharge to Incharge – Bringing Battlefield Leadership to the Boardroom and Beyond

  • DJ / Entertainer / Emcee for more than 350 brides, corporate clients, universities, and non-for-profit organizations across the United States.

  • Recruiting, training, development, and coaching for more than 3,000 at risk youth, as well as more than 45 staff members at Thunderbird Youth Academy: National Guard Youth Challenge program.

  • Member : High Speed Elite – Veteran Entrepreneur Mastermind Group with Entrepreneur on Fire Founder John Lee Dumas


Since his military service, he spent 6 years working with Oklahoma’s “at-risk” youth. Later he began a career in sales and marketing while working as a wedding DJ/MC for one of America’s largest privately held companies, DJ Connection.  He helped grow DJ Connection into other markets like Dallas, Kansas City, Denver, and Indianapolis, and it was in that pursuit that he developed a deeper passion and admiration for company culture, marketing and leadership development.

This led to the launch of Discharge to Incharge, an organization to help connect Veterans to resources vital for their transition. This included coaching Veterans into the paths of Education, Employment, and Entrepreneurship. D2IC, has been able to launch a number of fundraising activities, as well as create connections for Veterans across the country.

In 2014, he had the honor of speaking at TEDxTulsa about Veteran transition, and this has led to a number of speaking opportunities. More recent Veteran efforts include the events of Freedom Week in 2016, which was a series of local events to put Veteran entrepreneurship in the local and national spotlight.

“I believe that influence is the core foundation for growth. It is my passion to help people maximize their influence potential so that they can create innovative organizations that bring positive change and impact to the world. “ – DAVE BURLIN