Dean Wegner, Authentically American (Nashville Business Radio, Episode 25)
Dean Wegner’s commitment to providing quality apparel made in the USA and creating US jobs led him to start Authentically American in 2017. Dean is passionate about making a positive impact that supports U.S. workers. Joining host John Ray, Dean shared his journey, how his military experience prepared him for starting his company, the high quality products he carries, and much more. Nashville Business Radio is produced virtually from the Nashville studio of Business RadioX®.
In 2017, Dean Wegner created Authentically American® to help bring manufacturing jobs back to America by selling premium, competitively priced, apparel that is ALL Made in USA, no exceptions. His expertise in the apparel industry, coupled with his passion for America, provided all the incentive he needed to create a brand that aims to set the universally accepted standard for premium American-made merchandise while delivering a significant impact on US job creation.
Authentically American has found the common thread with their customers to be their support for USA-made merchandise and American manufacturing. If you are looking for your new favorite polo, the perfect tee to outfit your team, or branded merchandise reach out ! By ordering from them, you, your business, school, or non-profit organization will be wearing the new American brand reinforcing your patriotism, showing support for American industry, and honoring our Veterans and First Responders.
Where is yours made?
Dean Wegner, Founder and CEO, Authentically American
Dean is a man of deep Christian faith, a Family man, Veteran, and Entrepreneur. Dean and his bride Kelly have been married for 26 years and they have 4 children, with the youngest being adopted from Ethiopia.
Dean graduated from West Point in 1993 and served 7 years in the Army as a helicopter pilot and Army Ranger. After the Army, the majority of Dean’s business career was spent in business development, marketing, and strategy with Mars and Procter & Gamble. In 2017, Dean founded Authentically American, a Veteran owned, American-made premium apparel brand.
Authentically American is a brand that celebrates patriotism, believes in the American worker, and honors our American heroes by intentionally donating 10% of profits to Veteran and First Responder charities. As a former Division I ice hockey player, Dean is highly competitive, possesses a tireless work ethic, and still plays in a Men’s “Beer League” every week.
Dean is active in his church and serves on the board of several for-profit and non-profit companies and organizations. Dean and Authentically American are riding a wave of national media exposure having been featured in Forbes magazine, Fox News, Yahoo Finance, Newsmax TV, and SiriusXM Radio.
Questions and Topics in This Interview
- What motivated you to start Authentically American?
- What % of apparel in the US is made in the US?
- How do you support charities and non-profits?
- What impact did COVID have on your business?
- What is your top-selling product?
- How did West Point and the military prepare you to lead a startup?
- Can businesses partner with you?
- What is your best-selling Collegiate license?
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