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ABOUT US

ABOUT US

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.

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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.

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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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