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 a 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. Vernon's work as a Writer/Producer/Director includes "The Kid: Chamaco" starring Martin Sheen (The Departed), "A Sierra Nevada Gunfight" with Michael Madsen (Kill Bill 1&2) and "Army Dog" starring Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers). Vernon was also a Producer/Showrunner on the zombie series "Universal Dead," starring DB Sweeney (The Cutting Edge) Doug Jones (Hellboy 1 & 2) and Gary Graham (Star Trek: Enterprise) which was voted one of the 10 best projects at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con.
Vernon has an MPW in Screenwriting from USC where he studied under world renowned script guru Syd Field and received an Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Fellowship. He also has an MBA from USIU, a BFA from the Art Center College of Design and a BS from Excelsior College.