about the host
Michael McNamara was born and raised in Sacramento, California. Father (John McNamara) managed in Major League Baseball for twenty plus seasons, mother (Kathleen) was a “stay at home” mom and three adoring sisters completed the McNamara family. Catholic educated from kindergarten to college, received a BA in Economics from the University of San Diego in 1981.
Worked for Merrill Lynch Inc in Los Angeles as a bookkeeper and later as an account executive. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps and was commissioned a 2ndLt in December of 1983. After assignments at 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Light Armored Infantry Battalion, Marine Detachment USS Ranger CV-61, The Basic School and 3rd Light Armored Infantry Battalion he left active duty in 1994.
After working and residing in San Diego, he moved to Grand Forks, ND in 1998 to become the Director of Sports for Special Olympics North Dakota. In 2000 he began his broadcasting career as the host of a talk-show entitled “MacTalk,” which he hosted until 2010. Mac was the recipient of the National Association of Broadcasters prestigious Marconi Award in 2007 as the nation’s “Small Market Personality of the Year.”
Mac returned to active duty in 2004, was promoted to the rank of Major and deployed to city of Ramadi, Iraq with the 1st Marine Division Headquarters Element in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
Returned to the United States in December of 2004 and was demobilized in February 2005. Mobilized again in January of 2006 for duty with the 5th Marine Regiment in the city of Fallujah, Iraq; returning to the United States in October of 2006 and demobilizing. While in Iraq was Mac was elected to the City Council of the city of Grand Forks, ND defeating four other candidates.
In June of 2010 after completing his four-year term on the Grand Forks City Council, Mac was mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom for duty with the 1st Marine Regiment and deployed to the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Mac remained on active duty with I MEF at Camp Pendleton until he retired from the Marine Corps in October of 2015.
Currently, Mac is the Founder and President of ALL MARINE RADIO, an internet-based podcast which is dedicated to the culture of the Marine Corps and the concept of reducing veteran suicide through greater post-combat related mental fitness awareness. ALL MARINE RADIO began broadcasting on June 2, 2016 and just began its seventh year.
In May of 2018 Mac began to consolidate what he’d learned in two-plus years of interviews about post-traumatic life into a presentation that would be entitled “Post-Traumatic Winning” which was presented for the first time in January of 2019 to the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC.
Post-Traumatic Winning is a presentation that is based on the common lessons learned from six plus years of interviews and three plus years of presenting Post-Traumatic Winning in public to both military and civilian audiences; those “live presentations” have generated thousands of conversations about living a great life after traumatic events occur during your life. In the past three and a half years Post-Traumatic Winning has been presented in the United States, in the Pacific and in Europe and has been responsible for suicide attempts going down in multiple organizations of over 10,000 people — the bottom line for leaders of those organizations is that it works.
The formula for Post-Traumatic Winning’s success is: (1) present people whose lives have been impacted by traumatic events with the truth about what life after traumatic events will entail; (2) show them a path that leads them from those traumatic events to a place where joy dominates their lives —- a path that is real and based on those truths; (3) challenge them to help others as a part of their “post-traumatic life.”
In January of 2021 the first seminar of the “Post-Traumatic Winning Weekly Seminar” series was held. The seminars have been a wonderful vehicle to bring this important message to auidences far and wide. You can find the latest information on upcoming Post-Traumatic Winning Seminars by clicking HERE.
Mac is single and the father of four children; his two sons are Marine Infantry Officers, and his two daughters reside in Southern California.
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