Lawrence Yatch, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a ten-year veteran of the U.S. Navy SEALs, has been a leader while serving in extreme environments across the globe. Now, as an entrepreneur in the field of personal safety and family security, Mr. Yatch has applied the lessons learned from these experiences to develop Sealed Mindset a training company based out of its Minneapolis, Minnesota which features a state-of-the art 10,000sqft training academy.
As a SEAL officer, Larry planned and led an assault on the world’s largest oil platform in the largest Special Operations mission in history during the opening night of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He developed a radical new system for attacking armored, enemy controlled ships during operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf. Prior to entering Iraq, Larry was responsible for the development of a training pipeline for more than 30 Philippine Special Forces operators to prepare them for combat action, and he worked with the Singaporean Navy’s Special Forces to hone anti-terrorism skills.
After returning from combat Larry planned, built and directed the creation of a new 300 person SEAL command, designed to undertake sensitive missions critical to the Navy’s efforts in the War on Terror. He was responsible to create curriculum and train operators in technical and non-technical surveillance as well as human intelligence operations. He then deployed to various middle eastern countries operating in these capacities.
Larry has provided security and operational management guidance to international architecture firms, high net worth individuals, the Motion Picture Association of America, Walt Disney, SONY, FOX, and Warner Brothers Studios. He has developed and implemented cutting edge technology to address anti-piracy concerns at the national and international level. He has also designed, constructed and tested advanced technical surveillance systems used globally by Special Operations Forces and law enforcement operatives. His unique expertise in countersurveillance, counterintelligence and operational planning also allows him to develop curriculum for selective Special Operations Forces (SOF) units in immediate combat zones.
Larry earned his Engineering Degree at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was also a founding member of the Naval Academy Combat Pistol Team.
Larry currently uses his operational and strategic leadership experiences acquired at the Naval Academy and during his decade with the Navy SEALs, to provide security guidance and safe travel training to the corporate world. He is also the founder and CEO of Sealed Mindset, a training company based in Minneapolis. Sealed Mindset uses its custom designed indoor shooting range, laser training systems, and live scenario training spaces to conduct over 130 individual training events every month. These training events are run for private citizens, corporations, and military and police organizations both locally and offsite
Larry specializes in consulting on firearms training, special support activities, improvised technical surveillance, surveillance/counter-surveillance, special operations tactics and personal security.