Chris Swanda

advisor, Consultant, and Public Speaker in Olathe, Kansas

Chris Swanda

advisor, Consultant, and Public Speaker in Olathe, Kansas

In my professional life - I have the ability discover and realize new opportunities for increased value, satisfaction and invention for internal and external customers, using uncommon knowledge, to bring forth uncommon results. Bring me your troubles and I will give you opportunities...

In my personal life - A good old redneck country boy, knife designer/consultant, former D-list TV personality, TV show co-creator, wilderness survival teacher and consultant, preparedness consultant, food fermenter, wild food forager, coffee lover and lover of all things natural.

I am a polymath; and I am searching for more. Half of my time I live in technology, AWS infrastructure and big data. The other half of the time, I try to be anti-technology… just as Yin and Yang is described how opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary. Robert Heinlein describes it best in Time Enough for Love “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” And I am no insect. Although I used to collect them as a hobby.

Chris Swanda is the consummate backwoods survivalist: A self-proclaimed "poor country boy" from North Carolina, where backcountry bushcraft was just as much a part of life as breathing, Chris spent a majority of his youth hunting, fishing, foraging, and trapping. Not for fun, but to stay alive. Chris later served as a police officer, firefighter, and EMT. To keep things well-rounded, he's also an accomplished Technology Strategist. He is a jack of all trades and a master at most of them.

Today, Chris continues to live the same survival skills in Kansas, where he teaches wilderness survival, bushcraft and emergency preparedness, consulting for various outdoors companies, fermenting foods, studying the ethnobotany of the tall grass prairies and is found doing things that people always wished they would have done.

Book a speaking engagement, a consultation regarding personal one on one wilderness survival training, or how to secure your home in the event of a natural disaster.