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Derek Gaunt

Derek Gaunt – Expert Trainer & Coach

A lecturer, author, and trainer with 29 years of law enforcement experience, 20 of which as member and leader of hostage negotiations teams, Derek has trained across the US and around the world, instructing organizations in how to apply hostage negotiations practices and principles to the business world.


As a member of the Black Swan Group, he presents seminars, workshops, and in-house training programs to financial institutions and advisors, national and international business schools, law enforcement and foreign military personnel. Derek is a hostage negotiations and incident command subject matter expert who frequently speaks at regional and national hostage negotiations conferences. His presentations are engaging and filled with useful techniques for understanding human behavior and improving interpersonal communications. His training has helped business leader from various parts of the globe increase their performance and by extension, increase that of their employees.


In addition, Derek has guest lectured at the Goethe School of Business in Frankfurt, Germany, IMD Business school, Lausanne Switzerland and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Meet the Team

Chris Voss

CEO & Founder, Author

Chris has 24 years of FBI experience and was the former FBI Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator. Chris is the author of negotiation best-seller, “Never Split The Difference.”

Brandon Voss

Director of Training & Operations

Brandon is an expert trainer, coach and the thought leader behind negotiator personality types. In addition to leading up corporate training, Brandon manages the behind the scenes of the business.

Derek Gaunt

Expert Trainer & Coach

With 29 years of experience, Derek has commanded and trained police department hostage negotiation teams. An expert trainer and coach, Derek has trained across the US and around the world.

Maya Stevenson

Director of Events & Marketing

Maya has over 10 years of sales and marketing experience. She coordinates speaking at client events for the team and also is the hard work behind The Black Swan Group’s live seminars.