Andrew’s career in the Navy began after he earned his commission as an officer from the University of Notre Dame. He then spent the next 28 years of his life in service to our country including three combat deployments to Kuwait and Iraq. During his service, he earned a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal w/Marine Corps Combat Operations Insignia, Iraq Campaign Medal, Expert Rifleman Medal, Expert Pistol Shot Medal, and multiple other medals.
After completing his active military service, Andrew homesteaded in Athens and decided to pursue a master’s degree from UGA in Corporate Finance and Entrepreneurship. In 1991 he started a small firearms business called Clyde Armory. What started as a hobby business in his garage has grown into a nationwide company with two-brick-and-mortar locations here in Georgia. In fact, Clyde Armory just hit its 10th year of being #1 in the nation in law enforcement sales for Daniel Defense and has consistently been a top three Colt Law Enforcement distributor since 2009. As a veteran turned small business owner, Andrew was truly living the American dream.
Andrew and his wife Jennifer are residents of Jackson County. They are members at Prince Avenue Baptist Church where Andrew served as a deacon and sings in the choir and Jennifer plays violin in the orchestra. They have a Doberman, Kit, who can frequently be seen roaming Clyde Armory’s showroom floor.