HVT Team

Meet our SEAL team

Edward Byers

Chief Strategy Officer, Master Chief Ret.

Before retiring, Byers served 21 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL and became the 1st Medal of Honor Recipient from SEAL Team Six due to an American Hostage rescue operation in Afghanistan.

Edward earned his B.S. from Norwich University and his MBA from The Wharton School. He is a Pat Tillman Scholar and an inductee to the SOCOM Commando Hall of Honor, and 2-time Purple Heart Recipient.

  • Medal of Honor Recipient

  • 2 x Purple Heart Recipient

Darren T. McBurnett 

Creative Director, U.S. Navy SEAL Ret.

U.S. Navy SEAL Ret. “McB” is a retired United States Navy SEAL, Bronze Star Recipient and Platoon Leader who trained and operated with SEAL Teams Two, Four, Eight, One, Three and a Military Free Fall instructor with over 600 jumps. On the heels of a 24-year career as a Navy SEAL, McB has become an accomplished speaker and has produced one of the most visually stunning photography book ever captured on US Navy SEAL training “Uncommon Grit” also the president of the 501c3 charity Uncommon Grit Foundation and founder of the The Bone Frog Open, the golf charity classic. His professional portfolio including work for:

  • National Geographic

  • NIKE

  • Rolling Stone

  • CBS SEAL Team

  • The Movie: Act of Valor

Jesse Merl - HVT President

Jesse Merl

President.

Jesse Merl is an entrepreneur, tech executive, angel investor, and social media influencer. As a startup Founder and Chief Executive, Jesse’s projects led to multiple successful acquisition exits. He has been covered by Forbes & Business Journal among many others. He has deep ties in the venture capital and network TV production industries. Jesse was the central focus in the Esquire produced “Startup” series, and has been featured on the CW.

He chooses projects based on his passions and as a proud patriot and supporter of the military, High Value Target is the honor of his life. His Esquire documentary YouTube channels can be viewed below:

  • Esquire Documentary

  • Jesse On Fire

  • Jesse On Everything

Edward Byers

Chief Strategy Officer, Master Chief Ret.

Before retiring, Byers served 21 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL and became the 1st Medal of Honor Recipient from SEAL Team Six due to an American Hostage rescue operation in Afghanistan.

Edward earned his B.S. from Norwich University and his MBA from The Wharton School. He is a Pat Tillman Scholar and an inductee to the SOCOM Commando Hall of Honor, and 2-time Purple Heart Recipient.

  • Medal of Honor Recipient

  • 2 x Purple Heart Recipient

Jeff Gum U.S. Navy SEAL

Jeff Gum

Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Gum served for ten years as a U.S. Navy SEAL at SEAL Team Five and as Lead Petty Officer of the SEAL Combatives Program. He earned his B.S. in Business Management at University of Central Florida and his MBA at UCLA Anderson. He is the CEO and Founder of Sunga Life, an athleisure brand all about freedom.

Jeff is a Scientific Master Diver with the Force Blue Team saving the Coral Reef in Florida and on the board of the Adaptive Training Foundation.

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