Wes Whitlock - U.S. Marine & Govt. Contractor
Today, Wes is widely known as the founder/CEO of Rogue American Apparel. But his biography is much more extensive, beginning as a U.S. Marine in 1993 and eventually taking him through Spain, Yemen, Israel, Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Italy, Netherlands and Germany between traveling and working for the government as a High Threat Protection Specialist. Wes deployed to Afghanistan to work on long-range protection teams and other assignments, including working on the US Ambassador’s detail
(1993 - 1999) Honorably served in the Marines for 6 years. Wes was Honorably Discharged as a Sergeant with a Top-Secret Government Clearance. Once a Marine, always a Marine.
(1999 - 2004) Moved to Italy to study Business and Art of Rome at the American University of Rome. Wes immersed himself in the local culture, worked in local gyms, and learned Italian. He developed a devout appreciation for the culture and history of Italy of which is reflected in his projects (especially coffee) and graduated with a BS in International Business and Administration.
(2004 - 2007) Moved back to Washington D.C. and worked for the government as a High Threat Protection Specialist. Wes deployed to Afghanistan to work on long-range protection teams and other assignments, including working on the US Ambassador’s detail (Zalmay Khalilzad). Wes also worked in Iraq for this same client.
(2007 - 2014) Moved to Austin, Texas for a position at Dell as an Executive Protection Specialist for the CEO and his Family for 6 years.
(2011 - Current) Started Rogue American Apparel and continues to hold the CEO position.
(2015 - Current) Acquired his second business Disciples of Iron, achieving exponential growth.
(2016 - Current) Started Invader Coffee.
(2017) Awarded “Veteran Business of the Year” by Crown Royal as a result of charitable contributions. Waved the starting flags for a Circuit of the Americas F1 Race and took a lap around the track.
(2020 - Current) Started his podcast “Going Rogue with Wes Whitlock.”
Wes has traveled the world extensively and his experiences have proven to be invaluable. Much of his life was spent abroad working in Spain, Yemen, Israel, Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Italy, Netherlands and Germany. However, he remains partial to Italy and calls it his second home.
One of Wes's passions is working with 501(c)(3) foundations. He has been fortunate to be able to both host charitable events at his gym and storefront in Austin, as well as give over a total of $100,000 to many foundations over the years. These funds have been used for numerous commendable purposes, of which include helping build a home and a schoolhouse for families of the Fallen. Wes’s businesses have also sent numerous care packages around the world to deployed military men and women. In addition, Wes’s gym use is free for all military, active duty, LEO, and veterans
Wes Whitlock is part of the Wave 3 release.
Art Print is on 80lb glossy poster paper.