Chief Brandon Perkins, MBA
Founder & Executive Director
Our founder, a police officer for over 20 years, is passionate about law enforcement and keeping police officers safe through training, sound policy, and ensuring that they are provided with effective equipment. Perkins has served as a patrol officer, training officer, supervisor, and in management roles and currently serves as the Chief of Police in a Metro Atlanta police department. He has held that role since 2007 and has been honored to have been asked to serve as his City’s Interim City Manager twice during that time.
Perkins holds an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice Administration and an MBA with a cognate in Human Resources from Liberty University.
The idea of the American Armor Foundation came to be after he became aware of a RAND Study estimate that approximately 200,000 American law enforcement officers are serving their communities without the protection of a ballistic vest due, in large part, to budgetary constraints. “As a chief of police, I cannot imagine asking one of my officers to go out into the field without providing them with a vest and I wanted to do all that I could to make sure no other chief has to do that. America’s police officers are a valuable resource to their communities and deserve better.”
The International Association of Chiefs of Police selected Perkins as one of its inaugural “40 Under 40” Award recipients in 2016, in part, for his work in founding the American Armor Foundation.
Wes is a Consulting Systems Engineer for Cisco Systems providing consultative sales of IP telephony systems, Telepresence and other collaborative technologies to higher education, K-12 and government customers in the Southeast. He has been in the technology industry for 18 years and holds a Bachelors Degree in Information Systems from Kennesaw State University and multiple industry certifications. Wes enjoys time on the water and spending time with his wife and 7yr old son.
“The American Armor Foundation has a special meaning to me. I have many close friends and family members in law enforcement and I cannot imagine them doing their job without a vest. Law enforcement officers put their life on the line every day and some do it without the protection they need. My hope is that The American Armor Foundation can make their lives a little safer.”
Josh Shelton, CFE
Josh is a former police detective, now working as an investigator in the private sector. His experience as a law enforcement officer makes the mission of The American Armor Foundation uniquely personal. A relentless supporter of law enforcement officers, he wants to contribute to the safety and well-being of those who serve our communities. He is also the founder and president of Shop with a Sheriff, Inc., a non-profit organization committed to ensuring needy children have positive interactions with law enforcement officers during the holiday season and back-to-school months. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University, a master’s degree from University of the Cumberlands, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Chris is Executive Director of Business Development at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground, where he is the resident idea guy, leveraging relationships in pursuit of long-term growth opportunities. Since the early days of Southern Ground, Sherrer has helped in the design and buildout of the company infrastructure. Sherrer is a relationship builder with corporations, partners, and public officials. He also liaises interdepartmentally for collaborative projects.
With a firm but flexible approach that puts people and potential first, Sherrer is able to bring to life ideas that are constantly incubating in Southern Ground. He is driven by taking big ideas to actionable plans, tangible products, and can be found at the helm of such auxiliary projects as the Southern Ground Music and Food Festival and Southern Ground Tailgate. He is also responsible for garnering the relationships that have helped raise impactful awareness for Camp Southern Ground.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and has gained immense hands on experience across a wide spectrum of specialties, including product design, restaurant concepting and buildouts, catering, event planning, sales and advertising. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Stacy and their two young sons, campfires, cooking, and basketball.
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Blair is a National Equipment and Technology Sales Manager for Patterson Dental. He has been with Patterson for 14 years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Blair has been married for 25 years to Lonne and has 3 daughters. He enjoys traveling, family activities, and recreational shooting.
Blair has always been a supporter of law enforcement officers and has admired the immense courage it takes to do their jobs. He has multiple family members serving as police officers, including his future son-in-law who is a Mississippi State Trooper.
His involvement in The American Armor Foundation comes from a passion to help others and a desire to serve those who serve the community.
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Ryan Mason is a former law enforcement officer who served in the Midwestern United States. He is currently the publisher and CEO of a publication in the aviation industry.
Ryan also volunteers time with several other initiatives, mostly focused in aviation safety and currently heads a working group charged with recommending safety enhancements to the Federal Aviation Administration relating to commercial helicopter flight simulator operation, design, and programming.
Ryan lives in the northeastern suburbs of Atlanta with his wife and two children and when not working or volunteering, Ryan likes to pursue his passion for aviation photography as well as regularly playing in a band.