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Kurt Muse

Kurt Muse

Keynote Speaker: U.S. Veteran, Former Hostage & Leader of a Plot to Overthrow Military Dictator Manuel Noriega in Panama; Bestselling Author of the Memoir "Six Minutes to Freedom"

Kurt Muse Biography

Kurt Muse is a U.S. Army Veteran, international business manager, and the bestselling author of "Six Minutes to Freedom", a thrilling memoir that details the story of how he organized and led a band of like-minded Panamanian patriots to overthrow the oppressive narco-military dictator, General Manuel Noriega, by broadcasting an underground opposition radio station dubbed "The Voice of Liberty".

Raised and educated in Panama City, Panama, Muse graduated from college and fulfilled his Army ROTC active-duty obligations in the United States. He returned to Panama to start his career in a family-owned printing-supply company. When Noriega came to power in 1983, Muse was the Managing Director of his family’s enterprises, which had offices and affiliates throughout Central America. From 1987 to 1989, business in Panama was at a standstill, banks were closed, and there were daily riots in the streets.

Once captured by Noriega, having become the most-wanted man in Panama, Muse was subjected to intense interrogation, paraded in front of the press, threatened, and ultimately placed in solitary confinement at the notorious Modelo Prison. Steeling himself for certain death, while sitting in a concrete box for 9 months, Muse reflected on the most important things in life, took mental vacations to the Appalachian Trail, and ultimately wrote his final words to his wife, Anne, on a small ripped piece of paper. Under threat of imminent execution, a troop of elite and secretive U.S. Army Delta Force operators fought their way into the prison and freed Muse in a daring rescue mission codenamed 'Acid Gambit'.

After the war in Panama, Muse and his family resettled in Virginia, where he began a printing and graphics company. He subsequently sold the company and accepted a position as the Strategic Planning and Development Manager for a Special Program for Bechtel-Nevada, a U.S. Department of Energy reservation. Muse later co-founded Immersive Media Tactical Solutions (IMTS), which was contracted by the U.S. Army to drive more than 10,000 miles in both Iraq and Afghanistan to collect valuable 360ᵒ street view imagery of both countries and provide terrestrial ISR equipment and personnel to assist in the U.S. Army’s route clearance of IEDs in both theaters of operation. IMTS also operated a security company in Panama City and a commercial security systems installation company in Mexico — both of which were transferred to local business partners in 2012.

Muse and his wife Anne have been married for 53 years. They have two children and four living grandchildren. Muse’s management and international business career spans over 40 years in total, 15 of which were spent overseas.

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The Inspiring Story of Kurt Muse

Through his speech, American-born Kurt Muse takes audiences back to the nine months he spent in a small concrete cell in Panama’s Modelo Prison in 1989. The former Panamanian opposition leader, whose inspiring life story is being turned into a major motion picture, candidly recounts his life as an oppositionist, a prisoner in solitary confinement, and, ultimately, the first American to be freed by U.S. Army Delta Force operators.

Muse’s thrilling account of surviving imprisonment and escaping execution by narco-military dictator General Manuel Noriega’s regime is emotional, riveting, and, at times, humorous. Muse’s honesty, paired with photos and mementos from his time in Panama, are disarming and impactful. His speech promises lessons learned on the importance of mental toughness, overcoming adversity, and, perhaps the most powerful—the most important things in life.

Kurt Muse Videos

Kurt Muse Saluting the Audience
2023 Veterans Day Celebration

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What topics does Kurt Muse speak about?

Kurt Muse is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Business, Inspirational, Personal Growth, Motivational, Military, Overcoming Adversity, Authors, Veteran, Resilience, Culture, Storytelling, History, Social Activism, Social Justice, Government and Leadership.

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Kurt Muse generally travels from Virginia, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Kurt Muse is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business, Inspirational and Personal Growth. The estimated speaking fee range to book Kurt Muse for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Kurt Muse generally travels from Virginia, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Scott O'Grady, Carey Lohrenz and John Register. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kurt Muse for an upcoming event.

Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 02/07/2024.

Kurt Muse Speaking Topics

  • The Inspiring Story of Kurt Muse

    Through his speech, American-born Kurt Muse takes audiences back to the nine months he spent in a small concrete cell in Panama’s Modelo Prison in 1989. The former Panamanian opposition leader, whose inspiring life story is being turned into a major motion picture, candidly recounts his life as an oppositionist, a prisoner in solitary confinement, and, ultimately, the first American to be freed by U.S. Army Delta Force operators.

    Muse’s thrilling account of surviving imprisonment and escaping execution by narco-military dictator General Manuel Noriega’s regime is emotional, riveting, and, at times, humorous. Muse’s honesty, paired with photos and mementos from his time in Panama, are disarming and impactful. His speech promises lessons learned on the importance of mental toughness, overcoming adversity, and, perhaps the most powerful—the most important things in life.

Kurt Muse Videos

Kurt Muse Saluting the Audience
2023 Veterans Day Celebration
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