David Wood

FOUNDER OF VIRTUS OUTDOOR GROUP

David Wood spent his teen years in Knoxville, TN, and enlisted for active duty in the Marine Corps from 1999 – 2005, attaining infantry Sergeant in his first two years and serving with SRIG (Surveillance / Reconnaissance / Intelligence Group). David was deployed four times: Panama, two Marine Expeditionary Unit floats and, following 9/11, Operation Enduring Freedom as part of the first wave of troops in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, David entered the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he studied philosophy and religious studies, graduating with his BA. In 2009, David moved to Hong Kong, where he did liaison work for three NGOs, founded several companies that he owns and runs under the banner of DJW Holdings, and still lives with his wife and children.

David’s passion and expertise in designing and sourcing tactical clothing, gear, and camo, came out of his military service. David has wanted to utilize a tactical camo pattern, breaking away from the traditional twigs and trees and focusing instead on a 3D graphic camo specifically designed to protect the urban warrior. He has learned the fabrics / design / printing / process working intensively and intentionally with the fabric mills, printing mills and design teams.

When David developed Virtus Outdoor Group (VOG) clothing, utilizing new camo patterns as well as new high-end tech fabrics for VOG’s three-layer jacket system, he tested it on friends and associates, all brothers-in-arms who are active duty US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) warriors. The VOG camo patterns and garments have been vigorously tested and praised by some of our country’s most elite warriors.

David is also an extreme athlete, enjoying canyoning, rock-climbing, mountaineering, and Crossfit, which led him also to design a line of athletic clothing and gear for extreme athletes. This line has been tested and is constantly being modified to suit the needs of the various extreme athletes.

Marc Lonergan-Hertel

Military Profile

0321 Former Force Reconnaissance Marine-Assault Assistant Team Leader / Breacher / Advanced Improvised Explosives Technician

5326 US Navy SEAL / Sniper / Comms / Assault Team-Breacher / Land Warfare / Assault Climbing Instructor SEAL TEAM Four Training Cell.

ON EXPEDITION—Antarctica

Marc’s unique experience covers a real world odyssey, first in the military as a Force Reconnaissance Marine and later as a SEAL Sniper. All of this he found, was to prepare him for a life as an adventurer and as a protector.

In the year 2000, Marc was selected to join an around the world expedition that would cover over 30,000 miles to the Pulse Points of the Planet’s Health. The journey was called BLAKEXPEDITIONS under the famous sea captain, Sir Peter Blake—the man chosen to replace the legendary captain Jacques Yves-Cousteau. Sir Peter hired Marc because of his capability to dive under the ice in Antarctica as part of the expedition team, as well as set a world record paragliding flight—further south than any vessel had penetrated the King George VI Ice Shelf at 70º South Latitude.

ON EXPEDITION—The Amazon Jungle

Following Antarctica, Marc scouted a 3,000 mile journey through the Amazon jungle alone to build a program to rescue kidnapped indigenous Indians of the Guiana Highlands (Yanomami and Hoti’)that were being used in illegal gold mining operations in Venezuela.

During his adventures, Marc carried with him a heat reflective blanket he developed as a sniper in the jungles of South America—the blanket would save his life and he would end up developing the technology into an outdoor gear company he call RTB (Regulate Thermal Balance). This is the genesis of the VIRTUS RTB line of heat reflective clothing and the RTB Viper Thermal Sleep System.

Tom Tomlo Jr.

Military Profile

Thomas Served in The United States Marine Corps for eight years as a Martial Arts instructor trainer, fitness specialist, and Sensor Operator & raced for the 3rd Force Recon cycling team. He brings over 24 years experience in the coaching field. Thomas is renowned for his conditioning programs and has been recognized both nationally and internationally. He has worked with Professional athletes from a number of professional leagues and organizations including the NFL, MLB and IPFL. He has worked as the personal coach for former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, and first daughters to the President of the United States George W. Bush, Jenna Bush & Barbara Bush, numerous Government officials, U.S. Foreign Dignitaries and Diplomatic Security Agents. In addition to his role with HDS, Thomas co-founded CrossFit affiliates, Shirlington CrossFit, CrossFit Merrifield. He has led the warm-up ceremonies for over 50,000 athletes in the Suzan G. Komen National Race for the Cure as well as the March of Dime March for Babies. 911 Heroes Run, Run For Remembrance and shared the stage with icons like Former World Champion Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. Tom currently serves on the advisory board for fitness magazine among others, the selection committee for A Warriors Wish Foundation, the Yellow Ribbon fund and Team Hope For the Warriors. Tom has played a huge role in growing and developing the Veteran outreach communities all across the country and has committed a huge portion of his time and resources to these men, women and families.

Tim Scott

Tim was born and raised in Muskegon, Michigan. Growing up on Lake Michigan and being surrounded by the woods of Northern Michigan sparked a life long interest in the outdoors. He began his outdoor passion at the age of 8 being carried into the cedar swamps of Northern Michigan to deer hunt. Archery became his obsession after successfully taking his first whitetail at the age of 10. Since then his passion for the outdoors has taken him to every Canadian providence and 12 US states in pursuit of his hunting and fishing dreams.

From -25 degree Whitetail deer hunts in Saskatchewan to 106 degree Blacktail deer hunts in Northern California, finding the most remote terrain or inaccessible rivers and lakes drives his desire to avoid the easy route and get “off the beaten path”.Seeking out these extreme outdoor adventures brought him to the realization that most of the fabrics and clothing designed for the outdoors weren’t designed to be pushed to the limits. When the clothes on your back or the gear in your pack are the only thing between surviving or perishing, you want the best.

Tim moved to Knoxville, Tn in 1981 and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1992 with a degree in Economics. Since then he has successfully built several businesses and immersed himself in humanitarian work in China, India and Pakistan. He still lives in Knoxville, with the only thing that he’s more passionate about than the outdoors, his wife and four daughters.

Destiny put Tim and David together in Asia, but their shared pursuit of the best fabrics, gear and camo brought them to the same conclusion, “we can do it better”. With David’s military expertise, sourcing experience, extreme work ethic and innate business sense and Tim’s background in business and passion for extreme outdoors the development began.

His love for God, family and the US Armed Forces drives him to help David deliver to you the best, fabrics, gear and camo that this planet has to offer. Virtus Outdoor Group meets that need.

Matthew Pech

Military Profile

I served the Army the last 14 years, 11.5 of that on a Special Forces ODA. On the ODA I served as the Senior Engineer, Advanced Demolitions Specialist, Master Breacher, Breaching Instructor, Sniper, Technical Intelligence Specialist, and Range Master.

During that time I experienced nine deployments, four of which were combat rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan. Good times.

During this time I was also working for the Intel Community in DC, worked in Texas as an analyst against the Cartels, Became a restaurant owner, and attended the University of Southern California where I was class President, attaining my Masters in Public Policy and Management.

In 2015 I decided to pursue a career in Law Enforcement with a local agency. Completed academy as Honor Graduate, earned the title as President, and Award for Most Physically Fit. Currently working as a Patrol Officer, pursuing SWAT and other Specialist positions. Haven’t lost a foot chase yet. Haha

Besides that, in the last two years I’ve began throwing fundraisers and charity events aimed at raising money for Veterans. In 2017, I hosted a Half Marathon Ruck March raising money for The Green Beret Foundation. Most recently in 2018, an 11 mile ruck March for Veterans Suicide Prevention. There is two scheduled Ruck marches for 2019. Both benefiting Veterans.

Best of all, I am a father to an amazing 1 1/2 year old. Being a dad has been the best adventure yet.