Former Army Ranger turned BRCC Social Media Manager Luke Ryan recently published his debut novel, The First Marauder, a post-apocalyptic story set in Tampa, Florida. This is the first novel in the 'Post-Red' series that follows 15-year-old Tyler Ballard as he joins the East Tampa Militia Tyler's journey illustrates the discovery of war and those involved in it - from the soldiers in the dirt to the politicians barking orders and pulling strings.
This Bitters barista turned-lead retail-store opener says her favorite roasts are the Holiday Roast and AK-47 Espresso. Bethany Keen joined BRCC after five years in the Army, and when she’s not training up new-store staff, she’s crafting and creating (from macrame to rhinestone paint by numbers and everything in between).
With a second career as a Black Rifle Coffee franchise co-owner, Jarret Johnson has shown that he is dedicated to supporting the military community he lives among in Niceville, Florida.
In late January, Jarret Johnson was announced as a finalist for the NFL’s Salute to Service Award, which is presented by the United Services Automobile Association. The award comes with a $25,000 donation by the NFL to the award recipient’s military charity (or charities) of choice.
Miguel Leon spent 10 years as a Cav Scout in the Army, deploying to Iraq and then to Afghanistan before a deployment injury led to his cancer diagnosis. Fast-forward through time at a nonprofit and completing a bachelor’s and master’s degree, and Leon landed at Black Rifle Coffee Company in a fast-paced position as an executive assistant.
If you’re looking for the poster child for the military brat community, Black Rifle Coffee Company’s Shaunt’e Brinkley is your “it girl.”
Brinkley, one of the leaders of BRCC’s evening-shift customer service teams, grew up, quite literally, in the military — her dad served 20 years in the Navy. They moved from California to Virginia when Brinkley was 10 years old, and she spent the rest of her childhood in the same place.
LinkedIn not only led Kinyon to her dream job at Black Rifle Coffee Company, but also to a new hobby: pageant competitions.
Johnson has come a long way since that first deployment during the invasion of Iraq, rising through the ranks at major food companies before taking on a new role in August as Black Rifle Coffee Company’s chief operating officer. Her military experience, however, is key to her success and leadership style.
For those unfamiliar with the Tactical Games, envision a combination of fitness and shooting. Endurance events (think: long runs, ruck marches, obstacle courses, carrying yokes weighed down with sandbags) mixed in with shooting rifles and pistols, alternately, at targets that vary from 5 yards to 400 yards in depth. Competitors in the Tactical Games have to have a combination of fitness, shooting skills, and general self-awareness in order to keep up.