I'm stoked you're here. Thank you for your time. Here's the backstory...
I was always in trouble growing up. Got suspended from school a lot for fighting. Detention was my extracurricular activity in high school. I was into hardcore/punk music and would go to shows around Baltimore and Washington DC. We used to score beer in downtown Baltimore at this liquor store that had more bulletproof glass than an armored convoy. I graduated high school by the skin of my teeth, not because it was too hard, it bored me to death. I decided to see if I could make it through BUD/S after graduation, and it worked out.
I spent 20 years in Special Operations, kicking doors in and deploying. My time spent there was incredible. I would say it was 90% awesome and 10% a total nightmare, like many careers out there that have high consequences. I sustained a couple brain injuries, broke 30+ bones but I'm still alive and vertical. I'm super thankful for that. I spent time in TBI specific hospitals healing up and was discharged in 2014.
Then, I moved up to Sun Valley, Idaho to restart life.
That's me and my daughter entering Idaho.
My first job was with Alpine Tree Service here in the valley running chainsaws, dragging logs and operating a 30-ton crane.
It was awesome, hard and dangerous work. My boss, Pat Rainey, was probably the best boss I've ever had. Shortly after that I worked for Violent Little Machine Shop for a few months, learning the ropes of e-commerce from the owner, Yanne.
Then, in 2015 I started Thirty Seconds Out, commando inspired apparel. I started doing artwork, making stencils, painting canvases and printing t-shirts. I'm learning business with my own money at stake, which is a roller coaster ride, but it's working well.
I'm a very patriotic person, I just don't shove it down peoples' throats, as I think that has the opposite effect of how we want to communicate that message. I try to represent the military and our country in the most respectful way I can.
Serving solely in Special Operations for 20 years gives you a unique outlook on life. Like many of you, we’ve been tried and tested. Those experiences cultivate a mindset that strips away rank and replaces it with appreciation for character and the ability to take effective and intelligent action. Past accomplishments aren’t today’s results, and waving yesterday’s flag doesn’t move us forward today. We know you can relate.
What does move us forward is not giving up the pursuit of making a better life, despite the struggles of the past. In almost every case, those struggles made us stronger and forced us to grow.
Yesterday, it was exiting an aircraft at 0300 in far away lands, endorphins kicking in and stepping off the ramp. But today, it’s skiing trees on bluebird powder days in our hometown. It's moving the iron around in the gym, running through the mountains, climbing rock and ice and getting the mind right out there.
We're here to bring together those that have a real sense of adventure, patriotism, rebellion and independent thinking. The guy below in the wingsuit is Alex, my business partner. He was a long time teammate, great friend and business partner. He passed away in June of 2018 during a BASE jump in the French Alps.
We're stoked to be supporters of several charities that have made differences in our lives, as well as those from other branches of service and the units we fought alongside. Click on the images below to see for yourself...these are legit organizations. By supporting them, you're supporting the kids and spouses of some of the best humans our country has ever seen. Thank you for taking the time to learn about these groups and Thirty Seconds Out.