President and CEO

John Kokkinos is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Apex Skills Group, Inc. He is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL, combat veteran and tactical trainer with extensive knowledge in Special OperationsNavy SEAL Trident. A former senior noncommissioned officer, he held positions responsible for the management, training and direct supervision of highly trained and skilled SEAL platoon members as well as the planning and successful execution of high-risk air, land and water-borne operations in numerous countries and throughout the U.S. Mr. Kokkinos earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminology from St. Leo University.

Mr. Kokkinos deployed during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Iraq, and Restore Hope, Somalia. naval career include tours at Underwater Demolition Team TWENTY TWO, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO, Commander Naval Special Warfare Group TWO, SEAL Team TWO, Naval Special Warfare Center Detachment Little Creek and SEAL Team FOUR.

In his years of military service, he was selected for his excellence in Naval Special Warfare as Sailor of the Year, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC), his training expertise as Instructor of the Year, Commander Naval Education and Training (CNET) and awarded Master Training Specialist, Commander Naval Education and Training.

Following retirement, he co-founded P&K Ventures, Inc. a franchising company and served as its Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Following the sale of that company, he created Apex Skills Group, Inc. to meet the challenge of providing 21st century training solutions and services in the fields of Military and Law Enforcement Special Operations and Emergency Care and Preparedness.

UDT-SEAL AssociationMr. Kokkinos is an active lifetime member of The UDT/SEAL Association (, a member on the Board of Directors of The UDT/SEAL Association and a SDVOSB Councilmember of the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Council ( In addition he holds credentials as a National Rifle Association Instructor, Microsoft Certified System Engineer, American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support Instructor, American Red Cross CPR/AED Professional Rescuer Instructor and American Safety & Health Institute BLS & First Aid Instructor.NRA Certfied Instructor



Mr. Kokkinos is a Master Training Specialist holding credentials as:

  • Naval Special Warfare Instructor
  • Range Master (Demolitions and Small Arms)
  • Rappel Master, Helicopter Cast Master, SPIE Rope Master, FastRope Master
  • Free Fall Jumpmaster/Static Line Jumpmaster
  • Open/Closed Circuit Diving Supervisor/Submarine Diving Supervisor


John G. Kokkinos, President and CEO

John G. Kokkinos
President and CEO

(757) 481-APEX (2739)

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Navy Instructor of the Year Award


John G. Kokkinos