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Remember All That Great Gear from Ares Armor?

Remember all the great gear that came out of Ares Armor? They had some very well made and well designed gear like the Combat XII Pack line with its ability to carry gear and externally accessible magazines on your plate carrier, or the Derma Plate carrier with its exclusive AustriAlpin COBRA closure system. I just learned that many of those items are still available through a company called American Weapon Components.

Ares Armor legacy gear at American Weapon Components

Ares Armor and Dimitri Karras Working Toward Resolution

Ares Armor CEO Bryce Sterlin has posted a new letter in which he indicates that both he and Dimitri Karras are moving toward resolution and admits that there is still work to be done toward that goal.

Please allow me to extend my deepest apologies to the employees, management team of Ares Armor Inc., and to those of you who have felt a connection to us.  Yesterday, I violated your trust, by posting information about Dimitri Karras’ departure and our letter to him. I made a mistake, I let emotions get the better of me and I reacted in a manner that is not in line with the way that Ares Armor Inc. composes itself. I am sorry for my errors and I only hope you afford me the ability to regain the trust which we have built over the past seven months since I acquired Ares Armor Inc.

To Mr. Karras, I apologize for posting information publicly that should have remained private. Regardless of our differences and how we have clearly hurt one another – it gave me no right to disrespect you, for that I apologize.

When I met Dimitri and saw what his team built, it amazed me as I learned more about the incredible technology they developed, and the passion which fueled the company.  Since Dimitri wanted to sell the company, I believed my professional experience teamed with these great people could lift the company to greater success. I fell in love with Ares Armor. More importantly, I fell in love with its people, and everything this company has done for the veteran community and will continue to do.

In closing, Dimitri was invited to my office yesterday and although both of us are emotional and have not fully resolved our differences, we made some good headway.  Regardless, this should have never been put in a public forum, and I realize how wrong it was to the wonderful people of Ares Armor, Mr. Karras and our valued customers.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support for Ares Armor Inc.

Best regards,

Bryce Stirlen, CEO

Ares Armor, Inc.

Dimitri Karras stated via his Facebook page that this was a step in the right direction but also acknowledged that there was work to be done.

While this is a step in the right direction; actions speak louder than words.

I find it disturbing that while he has apologized for making things public, he does not remove his public statement from the website.

Dimitri Karras Answers

Dimitri Karras has supplied JTT with a PDF document that he states was sent to Ares Armor CEO Bryce Sterlin this morning. It is Karras’ assertion that the press release sent out by Sterlin this evening regarding Karras’ release from Ares Armor contains false statements and is in retaliation for this PDF document.

In the document, Karras claims that that Sterlin and Ares Armor are falsely attributing quotes, falsely portraying veteran status, breech promises made during the sale of Ares Armor, and more. Read the PDF document HERE.

Karras Out at Ares Armor

Ares Armor LogoThere has been a shake up at Ares Armor. Current CEO Bryce Stirlen just sent out press regarding the relationship of Ares Armor with their well known founder and liberty activist, Dimitri Karas:

July 6, 2015
It is with heavy hearts in Ares Armor Inc. that we announce the forced termination of Founder Dimitri Karras for breach of duty as an employee of this firm.
Mr. Karras had been on paid administrative leave since March 2015 for highly unprofessional behavior against members of the management team, staff, and others. Most recently, he launched a series of disruptive and disrespectful public attacks against the CEO, and the company. Furthermore, the uncovering of serious financial discrepancies connected to his selling the company only served to complicate matters.
Mr. Karras repeatedly took advantage of the incredible patience and generosity of new owner and CEO, Bryce Stirlen. “We as an organization simply cannot allow him to continue this type of behavior against the company and people who supported him,” said Stirlen. “Mr. Karras has a very well-documented history. As one the of the company directors said in a management conference call, ‘sometimes to grow a bigger and better garden you just have to root out the weeds.’ Regardless, we still wish Dimitri the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

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