Brian Bender ‘93
Former Chairman, USNA Out Board of Directors
Brian Bender grew up in the small coastal town of Camden, Maine, and decided early on that airplanes, ships, and travel were the only things that really mattered. Following a personal tour of Bath Iron Works (birthplace of many TICONDEROGA and ARLEIGH BURKE class ships) by a senior company official and Naval Academy graduate, he set his sights on joining the Class of 1993. He had a vague idea what he was getting into because his brother joined USAFA Class of 1991. Induction Day July 3, 1989 added great clarity to that endeavor - embarking on a world-class education in leadership by following. Everyone.
While at the Academy, Brian focused on academics, Drum & Bugle Corps and company life. He earned a reputation for building Quattro spreadsheets (forerunner to Excel) that could analyze everything from submarine track reconstruction to mutual fund performance. He appropriately selected Mathematics as his major and was chosen for the Honors program. Brian selected Submarines after a close brush with service selecting Naval Flight Officer, thanks to a study-hour visit by a dedicated Submarine Officer the night before Naval Reactors interviews.
Brian Bender ‘93 receiving
his 'dolphins' for becoming an officer
'Qualified in Submarines'
While in the Navy, Brian served aboard the USS KAMEHAMEHA (SSN 642) homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from 1994-1997 and then on the COMSUBPAC OPS/Intel staff from 1997-1999. In the fall of 1999 he entered the MBA program at Tuck School of Business and graduated with the Class of 2001. He worked in Management Consulting with Bain and Company's San Francisco office for 3 years. In 2005 he moved to New York City to work for American Express at its corporate headquarters. Today he works on global business development and strategy projects.
Brian is profoundly grateful to the group of innovative alumni living in San Francisco in 2003 that formed USNA Out. Through USNA Out, he has reconnected with his Naval Academy heritage, come out to many of his company mates and made countless new life-long friends. He is a member of the USNA Alumni Association and Foundation's “President's Circle.”
As Chairman of the Organizing Board for the 501(c)(3) non-profit USNA Out corporation, he is eager put USNA Out on a solid foundation that sets the organization on a path to fulfill its mission and objectives. He welcomes comments and questions from everyone and encourages them to contact contact him here at USNAOut.org.