Bryan Koon has served as the Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management since February, 2011.  Prior to joining the Division, he worked with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc for five years as Operations Manager and Director of Emergency Management.

Bryan’s experience within emergency management includes the private sector, federal government, and state government. Bryan worked at the White House Military Office for seven years where he was a Watch Officer in the President’s Emergency Operations Center while on active duty with the U.S. Navy. He then spent two years as Training Officer for Presidential Contingency Programs, conducting training and exercises for the White House Military Office, United States Secret Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and others. After concluding his active duty Navy service, Bryan continued to serve at the White House as a contractor from SRA, International.

Bryan’s specialty in the Navy was as a surface warfare officer.  He served on two ships, USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) and USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73), where he made several deployments while serving as Main Machinery Room Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant.

Bryan is currently serving as the President of the National Emergency Management Association, Vice Chairman of the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council, and is on the Board of Directors of the National Information Sharing Consortium

Bryan has a BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University, and an MBA and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Crisis Management from the George Washington University.  He has also attended the Executive Leader’s Program at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Bryan lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Jennifer, and their three sons.