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Dan Holdridge  

A Survivor of September 11, 2001 at the United States Pentagon and a Corporate President/CEO

You remember where you were on September 11, 2001, when our Nation’s worst terrorist attack occurred. When the Pentagon was attacked on 9/11, everyone 10 feet away on the other side of the wall next to Dan Holdridge was killed, while Dan survived.

Feeling handpicked by God to live, Dan has a personal mission to honor the 184 heroes who died that day at the Pentagon. His message of the Purpose Conduit™ challenges audiences to understand the value of life through gratitude, respect, appreciation of others and hope for a better world.

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In the wake of 9/11, many individuals continue to live day-to-day, allowing their identity to be defined by the market, society and others without any personal reflection as to “Why am I here?” By allowing external forces and pressures to define us, we fail to find who we truly are. Sharing his experience as a 9/11 Pentagon survivor, Dan Holdridge shows how the Purpose Conduit™ draws on the incredible power of appreciation, aligning our personal identity between ourselves and those we serve, helping us manifest our purpose.

Finding the Moments to Take Others’ Breath Away

For 90 minutes after the terrorist attack on 9/11 on the Pentagon, Dan’s family did not know whether he survived. For those 90 minutes, they contemplated Dan with words not spoken, thoughts not shared, and actions not taken. Through this National tragedy, we all took time to reflect on the frailty of life and it’s affects on those important to us. In our families and our businesses, we frequently defer critical actions until tomorrow because we overestimate the time we have and the power of that time. Why wait for tomorrow!

In April 2001, Mr. Dan Holdridge was one of the youngest Program Directors at General Dynamics Corporation in Needham, Massachusetts. Dan oversaw computer engineering operations for General Dynamics and was sent to the United States Pentagon to support the construction of the newly renovated section of the Pentagon.

On September 11th, 2001, Dan’s life almost ended when he was injured in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Recovered physically, Dan dedicates his time speaking to people across the country about his experience that day, what helped him heal and how he became an even stronger person than ever before.

Today, Dan serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Industries Incorporated where he oversees the entire operation of the electrical engineering and manufacturing corporation. This includes finance, human resources, project management, business development, customer communications, and continuing quality improvement programs. Since his arrival at the firm, Eagle Industries has posted a profit each year.

Dan graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1995, and earned the Master’s Degree of Executive Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of New Haven. Dan served as a Trustee of the National 4-H Leadership Trust from April 2002 to 2004 and currently serves as Board Member and Vice Chairman of the New London County 4-H Foundation. He is a member of the Academy of Professional Speaking, part of the National Speaking Association.

Dan believes the way to end terrorism in our world is to understand differences between cultures and to respect them, eliminate feelings of entitlement, and honor the heroes that serve.

Dan is a Member of the National Speakers Association.

His book, Weapons of Mass Appreciation, is due for release in 2009.

About Dan Holdridge

Ninety Minutes of Distinction

You Don’t Have to Live Through a Terrorist Attack to Learn from One

Weapons of Mass Appreciation

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