Dave Bellon

Dave Bellon is a Brigadier General in the U.S Marine Corps Reserve. Prior to 9/11 he was the managing partner of a law firm in San Diego County, California. In the decade following 9/11, he served four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as both an infantry officer as well as a tour as an intelligence officer returning to his civilian career between deployments. In 2003, he participated in the initial invasion of Iraq. After spending four months at home, he returned to Iraq in 2004 and was a direct participant in both battles for the City of Fallujah.  In 2007, he commanded a 1,500 person battalion task force operating in the Central Euphrates River Valley in Iraq, and in 2010 he served as the chief of operations in southern Afghanistan when decisive efforts were made to secure Kandahar City. He has been awarded the Bronze Star with Valor Device and three gold stars (in lieu of fourth award) as well as the Legion of Merit for his combat service. In September 2013, he promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and is now serving in his reserve capacity as a Deputy Commanding General for 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

In his civilian work career, Dave has helped build two very successful businesses. He is currently the Managing Partner of QRS Direct as part of QRS Recycling Companies where he has spearheaded the development and growth of a new division of QRS since his return from Afghanistan in November 2010.

Dave is a frequent public speaker, having shared his leadership experiences and insights developed both during his combat experience and then refined in his role as a business leader. He has been an invited guest speaker with the FBI, the American Management Association, the New York Institute of Finance, NISC and numerous local schools, among others.

Dave remains active in veteran-oriented non-profit organizations. He received his JD from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

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