Vernon has led an amazing life. The son of Christian Missionaries, he was born in Thailand and has traveled to over 83 countries around the world. He served as a US Navy SWCC (pronounced "swick") commando in the Navy's elite Special Boat Teams deploying with platoons from SEAL Teams 1, 3 and 5 to war-zones around the world. He has also worked as a college professor, an engineer, an EMT, a bodyguard and as private investigator who went undercover at a major US airport to take down an international smuggling ring.
An award winning filmmaker, Vernon has spent his entire life searching for great stories. He's a prolific writer who wrote his first novel at age 12 and made his first short film when he was 14 years old. As a writer/producer/director his latest movies include "The Kid: Chamaco" starring Martin Sheen (The Departed), "A Sierra Nevada Gunfight" with Michael Madsen (Kill Bill 1&2) and the 2016 Lionsgate family adventure film, "Army Dog" starring Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers). Vernon was also the showrunner/director for the award winning zombie series, "Universal Dead" starring Doug Jones (The Shape of Water).
Vernon has an MFA in Screenwriting from USC where he studied under script guru Syd Field and received an Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Fellowship. He also has an MBA from USIU and a BFA from the Art Center College of Design.