Meet Eric Maddox

In 2003, Eric Maddox collected the intelligence which led to the exact location of Saddam Hussein—the Ace of Spades in the infamous Deck of Cards. His technique shaped the future intelligence collection for the military and civilians around the world.

Today, he shares that technique—empathy based listening—with people and companies around the world as an inspirational speaker, author, consultant and negotiator. Empathy based listening teaches that trust is the most important element in all relationships. When you have trust, you turn clients and customers into champions and advocates. You gain and maximize influence. There is no other skill needed more to improve every aspect of your personal and professional life.

Eric’s Military Career and the Capture of Saddam Hussein

Upon graduating from Sapulpa High School in 1990, Eric Maddox attended the University of Oklahoma where, just months before graduating he made an appointment with an on campus recruiter and enlisted in the United States military. Four weeks after graduation, Eric left for the U.S. Army as an infantry paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne Division where he became a jumpmaster and entered Ranger School. After spending three years as a paratrooper with a Ranger tab, Eric reenlisted as an interrogator and Chinese Mandarin linguist.
In 2003, three months after U.S. forces invaded Iraq, Staff Sergeant Maddox received unexpected orders to report to the Baghdad International Airport. There he was assigned to a Delta Force Special Operations team in Tikrit. The team was a part of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) responsible for tracking down the most wanted men in the world, or the infamous Deck of Cards.

During his six month tour with this Delta Force team, he conducted over 300 interrogations and collected the intelligence which directly led to the capture ofSaddam Hussein. For his accomplishments, Eric was awarded the Legion of Merit, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Award and the Bronze Star.

Following the capture of Saddam Hussein, Eric was hired as the first civilian interrogator for the Defense Intelligence Agency where he continued to work with the Joint Special Operations Command in tracking down the U.S. military’s most wanted radical extremists. Since 2003, Eric has conducted over 2,700 interrogations of prisoners from 25 different countries while deploying eight times including: two tours to Iraq, three tours to Afghanistan; and tours to The Philippines, Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as undisclosed locations in Eastern Europe.

Eric served in the U.S. Army and the Defense Intelligence Agency for over 20 years before retiring in 2014. He continues to help corporations, organizations, universities, CEOs and audiences worldwide in the art of questioning, negotiations and information gathering.

Eric Maddox is a recipient of the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director’s Award, Legion of Merit, and Bronze Star, for his direct role in the capture of Saddam Hussein.

“Staff Sergeant Maddox’s distinctive accomplishments are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Joint Special Operations Command, and the United States Army.”

Inspirational Military Speaker

Eric Maddox is a sought-after conference speaker who shares his wit, wisdom, and profound insight to draw the audience. He takes the audience from tension to release as he weaves the narrative of how every perceived failure leads forward.

Listening, Negotiation and Elicitation Expert

During his time in Iraq, Eric Maddox created a unique methodology and technique for interrogation, which directly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein. His methods shaped the future intelligence collection for the military and civilians around the world.

Eric’s consulting and training workshops enable companies to gather business intelligence necessity to innovate to an ever-changing marketplace and battlefield. He inspires organizations to take action for growth and unprecedented success.

Mission: Black List #1 Author

Eric Maddox authored a book detailing his involvement in the search for and capture of Saddam Hussein.

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