we serve & honor

WOUNDED NORTH TEXAS VETERANS

OUR ORGANIZATION

Mission

Cowtown Warriors is a Fort Worth 501(c)3 with the mission “To Serve and Honor our Wounded North Texas Veterans.”

The Team

Cowtown Warriors is comprised of 100% volunteers. Our vision is “To be the premier all volunteer, non-profit, veterans support organization in North Texas by providing quality of life assistance to our wounded and disabled veterans in need.”

Annual Event

The Cowtown Warriors’ Ball is a formal annual fundraising event held at the Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, TX with the goal of raising funds and awareness for the critically wounded and disabled veterans of North Texas. All proceeds and contributions from the Cowtown Warriors’ Ball go directly towards the assistance of these fine Americans; salaries and overhead are NOT funded through our donor contributions.

Donor Recipients

EVENTS

Past Event

1st Annual ESPN/Cowtown Warriors Happy Hour

Past Event

3rd Annual Cowtown Warriors Ball

Past Event

4th Annual Cowtown Warriors Ball

ABOUT

In January 2013 the leadership of the Metroplex Marines Coordinating Council (MMCC) was notified of a critical funding shortfall for the Wounded Warrior Regiment, an active duty Marine Unit in Quantico, VA charged with the care and rehabilitation of badly wounded and disabled Marines from years of continuous combat. Several Fort Worth businessmen, led by Jeremy Spann and sponsored by former Secretary of the Navy Gordon England, organized the 2014 Fort Worth Wounded Warrior Ball in an effort to raise funds for these Marines and Navy Corpsmen. Although successful, the individual ball highlighted a shortfall in monetary support and other resources for veterans of all services who live in North Texas. These veterans have served honorably and frequently suffer from severe physical and psychological injuries related to their service.

Thus the decision was made to memorialize the annual event as the Cowtown Warriors Ball, and to stand up a unique 501(c)3: “The Cowtown Warriors”. The Cowtown Warriors organize the annual event, screen qualified veterans for the receipt of donated funds, hold monthly meetings, and operate within the organizational by-laws and government regulations. Since inception, the group has held 5 galas and several other small events targeted for specific projects. In all, these events have raised $625,000 for the cause. Our Cowtown Warriors Ball welcomes world class guest speakers each year which include current and former Service Chiefs, former Secretaries of the Services, and other senior flag officers from the United States Armed Forces.

We’ve evolved over time, but the Mission remains the same.   We’re an all-volunteer organization designed to help our wounded and disabled North Texan veterans achieve the highest possible quality of life.

Founded in January 2014

Our Humble Beginnings

Inaugural event’s guest of honor and speaker was Romus Burgin and we raised $50,000!

2nd Event 2015

Growing Substantially

Guest of Honor and speaker was Lt General Charles H. Pittman and we raised $100,000.

3rd Event 2016

Picking up the Pace

Guest of Honor and speaker was General John Allen and we raised $150,000.

4th Event 2017

Developing a Strong and Dynamic Team

Guest of Honor and speaker was Admiral James Stavridis and we raised $180,000.

5th Event 2018

Supporting Veterans

Guest of Honor and speaker was General Robert Neller (link to bio) and we raised $300,000!

OUR AMAZING TEAM

Cowtown Warriors is comprised of 100% volunteers

Richard Wegner
Member at Large

Richard entered the United States Marine Corps in 2009 and served on active duty until 2012. Richard was an infantry officer and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is currently a captain and infantry officer in the Marine Corps Reserve.

He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Tech University, a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, and currently works as the Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment at Basic Energy Services.

Richard considers the time he spent training, leading, and being deployed with his Marines as one of the greatest honors of his life. His passion for service continues as he strives to improve the lives of local veterans through his efforts with the Cowtown Warriors.

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Jeremy Spann
Founder, Fundraising

Jeremy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1991. He separated from active duty in 1997 while serving for a short time in the Marine Corps Reserve. Jeremy holds two degrees from Texas Christian University: an undergraduate degree in Political Science International Relations with an emphasis on Latin American Studies and a Master of Business Administration. Jeremy is the Managing Partner at Stoneburgh Management and an international Real Estate Sales Consultant with Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty. Jeremy currently resides in Fort Worth with his wife Laura and their daughter Maggie. Jeremy is the Co-Founder of Cowtown Warriors.

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Sean Carr
Operations

A Chicago Native, Sean joined the Marine Corps in 2009 where he served on active duty for 5 years until 2014. During his enlistment he served on the Special Reaction Team aboard Paris Island, SC and participated in multiple deployments to Afghanistan where he led a team that searched for and seized enemy contraband and weapons. On his last deployment Sean was a squad leader for a Military Police platoon tasked with providing security for convoy operations, aircraft recovery, and maintaining entry control points aboard military installations.

After leaving the Marine Corps, Sean opened his first event planning company in Hilton Head, SC. After moving to Fort Worth, Sean began a financial practice that focuses on retirement distribution strategies. Sean continues to run his practice while serving as a board member for Cowtown Warriors, and managing a second event planning company in the Metroplex that focuses on large corporate events.

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Andy Van Wey
Vetting and Nominations

Andy enlisted in United States Marine Corps in 1998. He served in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq with the infantry and was honorably discharged in 2005. Andy earned his Peace Officer’s license in 2006 and served with the Fort Worth Police Department, specializing in gang and narcotics investigations. Andy now works for BNSF Railway’s Operations Group and moonlights as a private detective.

Andy’s passion for philanthropy led him to Cowtown Warriors, where he leads a team of investigators responsible for processing applicants in need of assistance. He is also a volunteer for Tarrant County’s Veterans Court Diversion Program.

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James Korth
Member at Large

James was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps in 1997. He currently holds the rank of Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve and has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is an alumnus of TCU and St. Mary’s School of Law.

With more than 8 years under his belt practicing for one of Fort Worth’s most storied law firms, he started his own practice 6 years ago. He is a general practitioner, but his primary practice is Energy Law, representing both landowner and operator interests including royalty disputes, water use agreements, surface use and easements, lease negotiations and termination, and joint operating agreements. He has also worked with the Texas Railroad Commission to resolve operator compliance issues.

James is one of the co-founders of Cowtown Warriors. His involvement stems from his desire to assist those local Texas veterans who have sacrificed for our country, and need a hand that they deserve.

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Blake Harris
Member at Large

Blake enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 and served in the reserve until 2013.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and now works as the Chief Operating Officer at Case Energy Partners, LLC.

Blake is motivated to continue serving by empowering wounded service men and women to live happy and productive lives through the efforts of Cowtown Warriors.

He resides in Dallas, TX with his wife, Marilyn and son, Wade.

 

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James Pederson
Member at Large

James enlisted into the Marine Corps infantry in 1999 and became an 0351, where he worked with breaching explosives. While in the Marine Corps James served with 1st Battalion 2nd Marines. His unit was part of Task Force Tarawa during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He was involved in the infamous March 2003 Battle for Nasiriyah, when his platoon became cut off from the invasion force and ambushed. Upon return to the United States after Iraq he was honorably discharged and returned to Texas. James enrolled in the University of North Texas where he earned his undergrad degree in risk management. He is He is currently in the Executive MBA program at Texas Christian University. He is employed with Lockton where he works with Fleets to provide solutions to the unique risk management issues that transportation companies are facing.

James understands the difficulties our veterans face upon returning from active duty and he strives to help with their transition back to the civilian sector. Currently he is the Director of Operations for Cowtown Warriors.

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Clint Weber
Member at Large

Clint Weber was born at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI. While growing up Clint was privileged to be a party of a military family, moving over 11 times and graduating from Lawton High School (Lawton, OK) in 1994.

Upon graduation from Lawton High School, Clint attended Texas A&M University, was a member of Companies G-2 and E-2, as well as a Marine contract NROTC student. He was a member of The Aggie Muster Committee.

After graduating from Texas A&M, Clint was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and served for 16 years on active duty as a Marine fighter pilot. During that time, Clint deployed overseas six times, three of which were to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Since his return to Texas, Clint has become active in State Government and in his community. He is a Commissioner of the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission, a Member of the Cowtown Warriors (a local non-profit veterans group), a Member of the Lilly B. Clayton Elementary School Dad’s Club, Treasurer of the Berkley Place Neighborhood Association, and member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Fort Worth, TX.

On September 1st, 2014 Clint left active duty, and began work with Corbett Capital, a closely held private investment company located in Fort Worth, TX. As a Principal with Corbett Capital, Clint’s responsibilities have included analysis and due diligence, prospective company valuation, internal operational / logistical performance, and leadership team assessment.

Clint has been married since June 5th 1999 to the former Heather Moses of Lawton, OK. They have one child, Judith “Betsy” Weber.

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Nathaniel Nebbia
Member at Large

Nathaniel accepted his commission as an officer in the United States Marine Corps in 2009 and served on active duty until 2013. During Nathaniel’s time on active duty he served as an Air Support Control Officer and deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.Nathaniel was also a member of the Camp Pendleton men’s ice hockey team and helped organize charity hockey games to raise money for wounded veterans. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Administration from Bradley University and a Master’s Degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Strategic Leadership and Decision Making from Texas Christian University. Nathaniel is a Sales Manager for Global Experience Specialists in the live events and exhibitions industry.

Nathaniel’s passion for helping out fellow veterans continues with his work with the Cowtown Warriors Association. He currently resides in Mansfield with his beautiful daughter Noelle.

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Bart Lesniewicz
Member at Large

Bartosz “Bart” Lesniewicz enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1996. During this time one of his deployments included Marine Corps Security Forces London. In 1998 he attended OCS and became an Infantry Officer. During his 21year career he deployed multiple times to the Mediterranean, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, to include Combat Operations in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.   He also served in Officer Recruiting and Doctrine revision.

Currently he is the Safety and DOT Manager at a Fort Worth Based Oil Services Company.

Bart has continued to assist his fellow Veterans with his work at Cowtown Warriors and is passionate about assisting Veterans find Employment post military service.   He also enjoys helping his fellow Veterans understand and overcome the true realities of Military to Civilian transition.

During his deployment to London, England Bart met his future wife the former Laura Ward. They and their (2) children live in North West Fort Worth.

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Clint Ludwig
President

Clint Ludwig served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps. He enlisted as a Private in 1997 and served 10 years as a Signals Intelligence Marine. In 2007, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and spent the next 10 years serving as a Counter Intelligence/Human Intelligence Officer. Clint retired from the Marine Corps in 2017.

Clint continues his life of public service working for Tarrant County as the Chief Deputy for the County Clerk. He also strives to continue serving his fellow veterans focusing on his local community. Cowtown Warriors has given him the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of North Texas Veterans.

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Paul Pederson
Executive Director

Paul enlisted in the Marine Corps infantry in January 2004. After completing Light Armored Vehicle Crewman school, he was assigned to 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and stationed in 29 Palms, California. Paul deployed three times, twice to Okinawa, Japan for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and once to the Al Anbar province of Iraq. While in Iraq he conducted counter insurgency operations. Paul returned to the United States and separated from the Marine Corps. Upon his returning to Texas he became a private contractor for the Center for Disease Control and enrolled in the University of North Texas where he received his BA in Political Science. In 2019 due to the growing needs of North Texas Veterans Paul became the first Executive Director, and only fulltime employee of Cowtown Warriors. A generous donor in the North Texas area decided to underwrite his salary so that 100% of donations remain dedicated to Cowtown Warriors mission. He resides in Fort Worth with his wife of 17 years.

Partners & Affiliates 

CONTACT US

 P.O. Box 1295 
Fort Worth, TX 76101

 Questions
Email: vetting@cowtownwarriors.com

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