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img-2997.jpgRidgeline Gear is an interesting concoction of outdoor camping gear, motorcycle travel equipment and parts, and tactical gear. The overall objective for thebusiness is to become an overland / adventure dealer providing necessary gear and parts to dual sport / adventure riders and avid travelers who need camping equipment also while offering limited tactical gear to my law enforcement and military community since that is where I started. This journey isn’t as direct as I envisioned and slowly making my way to this achievement and it’s certainly not as much of a direct path as I envisioned. To understand the business and how it came to offer the services it does you have to know something about the myself as the founder.  


I started my tactical career in the U.S. Marines Infantry shortly after high school in 2000. I deployed twice, once with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Ops Capable MEU(SOC), and the second deployment in 2003 into Iraqi Freedom under the 15th MEU(SOC). Because of this I very fond of programs that benefit veterans such as the Semper Fi Fund and Wounded Warrior Program.


My law enforcement background started at Indiana University Police Department which at the time was the only program in the United States that allowed college students to become police officers. I served as a patrolman and shield operator on the SWAT team for the Plainfield Police Department for several years and transferred to the Indiana State Police. I became a member of the Executive Protection Team where I was designated responsibility for security and logistics of Governor Mitch Daniels and Governor Mike Pence who eventually became Vice President, other various State Governors, Congressman, and Foreign Dignitaries. I gained a wealth of knowledge on the dignitary protection assignment and learned a tremendous amount about other things such as business, leadership, and politics. This is when I turned in my badge and became an entrepreneur.


My passion lies in traveling on motorcycles both on road and off-road. To me getting on a motorcycle and going to new destinations and soaking in the sights and smells of your environment is the best way to see the world. I just got my wife Jennifer riding so she no longer has to stare at the back of my helmet. I am a huge advocate riding as a lifestyle and not just as a “cool” activity or toy in the garage. I ride with local adventure riding groups and the AZ RAT Pack. That is why you see my business over time slowly accumulating motorcycle related gear I know is road worthy. I also spend time hiking the mountains and sometimes open desert for good exercise and admiring beauty at slower speed than a motorcycle.



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