Brent Darnell


Brent Darnell

Brent Darnell is an international best-selling author and leading authority on Emotional Intelligence. He is President and owner of Brent Darnell International, a training and consulting company that maximizes companies’ success by tapping into the critical people skills, or the Emotional Intelligence of each employee. Brent was recently awarded with the prestigious honor of being named among Engineering News-Record’s Top 25 Newsmakers for his transformation of the construction industry’s Alpha Males. He has also created the first series of online courses (with partner CMAA) that focuses on emotional intelligence and critical people skills for the AEC Industry.

His best-selling book, The People-Profit Connection, has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. In this book, Brent introduces his unique approach to teaching Emotional Intelligence skills in technically trained professions. He has been called “…relevant to performance on every job and any industry,” by Emotional Intelligence pioneer Kate Cannon and is a recognized expert in his field.

Brent earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1981. Prior to becoming an author, he held numerous positions in the construction industry as Senior Project Manager and Mechanical/Electrical Coordinator on various construction projects. Because of these firsthand experiences, Brent speaks with a deep understanding of his audience and the problems they commonly face.

A sought after speaker, trainer, and lecturer, Brent has spoken for numerous influential groups including the CMAA, AGC, DBIA, ABC, ASCE, CII, and CURT. He has worked with many of the top 50 contractors in the USA. But more than just a speaker, Brent is an experienced educator. He has taught masters classes in Emotional Intelligence at institutions such as Penn State, Virginia Tech, Northwestern, and Auburn. Brent has also donated his skills by speaking to dozens of Rotary and Kiwanis clubs throughout the Southeast as well as Safehouse Outreach in Atlanta, providing a hand up, not a hand out to people experiencing homelessness.

The impact of Brent’s unique programs spans the globe to places such as Stockholm, Sweden where he presented to a group from Nobia, a multi-national kitchen manufacturer and supplier. He has conducted presentations for notable construction companies such as Hardin, Skanska, Clark and McCarthy. Brent is an experienced speaker who has led hundreds of training sessions reaching thousands of participants. Over 1000 companies in more than 20 countries have experienced Brent’s life changing techniques and have become more efficient and successful as a result.

Brent lives in Atlanta with his wife Andrea and their dog Gypsy. He practices yoga and is an avid reader. He is fluent in English and conversational in both Swedish and Spanish.

For more information, visit Brent’s web site at www.brentdarnell.com.