Mat Best joined the Army at the age of 17 and deployed five times to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. After leaving military service, Mat deployed to a variety of overseas locations as a contractor during his five years with the CIA. After graduating college with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts, he began creating satirical videos and building brands. With hundreds of millions of organic views on multiple social media platforms, Mat also helped build brands like Article 15 Clothing, Leadslingers Spirits, the Drinkin' Bros Podcast, and Black Rifle Coffee Company. Along with these businesses, Mat also is involved in the entertainment industry, starring in movies such as "Range 15" and "Drinkin' Bros Live: The Shaved Eagle Tour."
JT grew up in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating from North Kitsap High School, he shipped off to Air Force basic training to become a Munitions Systems Apprentice. He wanted something much more combat-related and opted to go through the process to become a Tactical Air Control Party Specialist (TACP). He deployed to OIF in 2005 in support of the 18th ABN Corps, 172nd Stryker BDE, and the 3rd Special Forces Group. In early 2013, JT met his business partner, Mat Best, and, together, they began producing Mat’s Youtube Channel, “Mbest11x." Within the first six months, they had earned over 20 million views and started a military lifestyle apparel brand called Article 15 Clothing. After 11 years on active duty, JT separated from the Air Force in November of 2014. He and Mat then met Evan Hafer, a former Green Beret that was, at the time, working as a contractor for the CIA. Within a few months of meeting him, they launched their liquor company, Leadslingers Spirits, which distributes to 23 states. At the same time, the crew was also producing a major Hollywood film. "Range 15" was released in theaters in June of 2016. Currently, JT sits as the President of Article 15 Clothing, the Marketing Director of Leadslingers Spirits, and works in business development for Black Rifle Coffee Company.
Black Rifle Coffee Founder and CEO Evan Hafer served his country for 20 years. He began his military career as an infantryman in the Army, then graduated to Special Forces, and eventually worked as a CIA contractor from 2006 to 2014. Between deployments Evan spent all of his free time researching coffee trends and studying the art of roasting. During deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan Evan made it a point to start every day with quality coffee. He brought along boutique, small-batch roasts and wired gun trucks so they could grind coffee. After finishing his military service and returning home, Evan decided to start his own business. In December 2014, Black Rifle Coffee was born. Today, the company is seeing annual growth of over 750%. About 1 million pounds of coffee are roasted a year, it can be found in over 500 retailers internationally and 65% of employees are veterans.
Ross was raised in Alpharetta, GA and graduated from The Ohio State University. Ross Patterson is an actor, author, director, and producer. Through his production company "Street Justice Films", Ross has written, starred, and produced ten films and four television shows including Range 15, 50K and a Call Girl, Helen Keller VS Nightwolves, Poolboy: Drowning out the Fury and FDR: American Badass.