The Bearfence Story
Our firm is named after the Bearfence Mountain rock scramble along the Appalachian Trail in central Virginia. It’s a short, but deceptively challenging climb over unique rock formations culminating in spectacular views of the surrounding valleys. Like life, the Bearfence rock scramble challenges us each in our own way and makes apparent the need to push ourselves in new directions to enable progress. It forces us to question how we’ve done things in the past, and how well our current approaches serve us. It also teaches us that if we muster the courage to step into uncomfortable situations, we can easily reach new heights, gain new perspectives, and find the unique strengths within each of us as complete and resourceful individuals.
The metaphor further alludes to our corporate ethos—to find strength within. In Native American cultures, the bear commonly represents strength, wisdom, and healing. These pillars represent our company’s charge in helping organizations find and leverage their unique strengths to perform at the highest levels. As organizations communicate better and develop high levels of trust, a healing occurs. The fence is symbolic of one’s surroundings—or the limit of their current perspective. Through Bearfence’s proven leadership solutions, organizations quickly realize that all the strength they need to succeed is already there within—they just need a catalyst to cultivate innate talents.
Our founder and President is Dave Brunelle—a forward-thinking, action-oriented polymath with an impeccable record of building teams, challenging processes, enacting efficiencies, effecting change, and empowering workforces. For over 25 years he’s led teams and organizations in the United States Marine Corps, defense contracting, private sector financial services, the federal Government, and numerous civic organizations. Every organization Dave has led benefited from dramatic increases in accountability, efficiency, retention, and organizational health.
Our Principle-level Associates include: