Our Leadership Team

Founder & Executive Director

Chief Brandon Perkins



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Brandon became a law enforcement officer at 19 and has served in the role of Chief of Police in a Metro Atlanta police department since 2007. He was also honored with the opportunity to serve in the role of Interim City Manager for his current jurisdiction for an 11 month period between 2011 and 2012. 


Brandon 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 Brandon 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.”

Board of Directors

Wes Wiley



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 Nickell



Josh is the VP of the largest independent equipment and tool rental company in the southeast, Nickell Equipment Rental. He has been involved in business and the rental industry as far back as he can remember. He officially began his career in rental washing equipment in 1998 and started full time as a branch manager after graduating Summa Cum Laude in Management and Marketing from Drexel University.


Josh currently serves as the VP of the American Rental Association of Georgia. He has been recognized by multiple trade publications and was named as one of the “10 to watch under 40″ by the American Rental Association and was chosen as the 2015 Person of the Year by the ARA. In 2009, Josh became an advisor for Saturn Security Systems and acquired a controlling stake in the company security and alarm provider. Josh is also the volunteer PE coach at Carolyn Barron Montessori School and youth leader in his local church.

Josh Shelton




Josh is a former police detective, now working as a regional investigator for a Fortune 500 company.  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 is married with three children and holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University in political science.   

Ryan Housley




Ryan is the founder and Executive Director of HeroBox, a nationally recognized non-profit organization that supports deployed, injured and homeless veterans.  In addition to HeroBox, Ryan is the inventor and founder of Turtlebacks, President of Campfire Product Group and a Town Councilman in Tyrone, GA where he resides with his wife and three sons.  Ryan is a former college baseball and basketball player who enjoys coaching and supporting his children’s activities.  Ryan and his family attend Peachtree City Christian Church where he has been a member for 32 years.  As a Christian, father, councilman and businessman, Ryan is engaged at every level of his community.

Shawn Smith



Shawn Smith is the Lead Pastor of SouthCrest Church in Newnan, Georgia.  He has served in full-time ministry for the past 27 years. Over this time he has served in multiple leadership roles with large churches and leadership organizations. He also serves on the board of UK/USA ministries; a mission organization that is planting churches in Northeast England.  Shawn is a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he studied sociology and communications. He loves to spend time with his family, reading, and drinking coffee.  He also is an avid runner, cyclist and triathlete. Most of all he enjoys leading others to know Christ.


Chris Sherrer




Photo and Bio coming soon.

Gary DeGeorge



Photo & Bio coming soon!