Marquis Emerging Leaders

Jesse M. Lockhart

Title: Senior Vice President

Company: G-Code Holsters

Location: North Carolina

Education: High School Diploma

Career History: Senior Vice President, G-Code Holsters, Wilmington, NC (2013-Present); Artist

Jesse M. Lockhart, Senior Vice President at G-Code Holsters, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of art.

An accomplished artist, graphic designer, and business leader, Mr. Lockhart utilizes his creativity as the senior vice president of G-Code Holsters, a grassroots-turned-renowned organization, where he controls the marketing, advertising, selling, and producing of tactical equipment for the military, law enforcement agencies, and entertainment industry. Among his numerous accomplishments within the company, which he joined in 2013, he lent his expertise to the production of the film, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” by creating props for each of the characters. He has since built props for major blockbusters like “The Equalizer,” “Suicide Squad,” “The Tomorrow War,” and “Avatar: The Way of Water,” as well as the “Call of Duty” and “Battlefield” video game franchises. Outside of his work at the company, he has showcased his artistry by creating murals, logos, and T-shirt and tattoo designs; in addition, he has gained notoriety for his work custom-painting vehicles and motorcycles.

Largely self-taught with no formal training, Mr. Lockhart grew up in a family of artists, wherein his father, uncle, and grandfather—an art instructor—served as mentors to him upon discovering his natural abilities. He spent much of his early childhood on the floor voraciously drawing; it was the realistic sketch of a shoe that made them realize his gift. A lifelong learner with a strong work ethic and adversity toward stagnation, he became determined at a young age to utilize his talents for the greater good. He rose through the ranks at G-Code Holsters in its infancy as it developed, earned a $42.2 million contract from the U.S. Army, and subsequently expanded into a mammoth organization with a 60,000-square-foot facility and 70 employees. Outside of his primary responsibilities there, he has also created various designs for the company’s website and for marketing, advertising, and producing sales. Mr. Lockhart also takes pride in inventing and patenting a medical kit through the company, which the military will be utilizing globally for their service members.

Looking toward the future, Mr. Lockhart aspires to continue advancing both personally—as a father to his son and a human being—and professionally—he wants to keep expanding the scope of the company and impact the world on a grander scale. Even when he is not working, he has been dedicated to working on his skills and bettering himself as an artist, considering his hobbies to be painting, drawing, airbrushing, and overall using art as therapy.

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