Born in New York City, Winston Dorian spent his formative years in Nanuet upstate New York until 1978 at the age of 15 when his parents moved the family to Sarasota, FL where he attended Riverview High School. While in high school Winston was active in Boy Scouts achieving Eagle Scout, wrestling, track and cross-country. Upon graduation from high school Winston attended The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina on a Marine Corps ROTC scholarship. While at the Citadel Winston had various leadership positions as cadet corporal and sergeant, served on the chapel Color Guard, member of the Semper Fidelis club and made Dean’s List. After his freshman year as a “knob” Winston competed for and was selected to attend the 6 week Marine Corps Amphibious Reconnaissance School located on Coronado Island, San Diego CA co-located with the BUDS (Basic Underwater Demolitions School) training facility and home to the Navy Seal Teams. Following his junior year at The Citadel Winston attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, VA where he was honored as one of the top candidates in physical fitness for achieving the highest score of 300 on the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test (PFT).
Upon graduation from The Citadel Winston attended the Marine Corps’ The Basic School (TBS) class of 5-86, ECHO Company in Quantico, VA. Upon completion of TBS 5-86 he attended the Infantry Officer’s Course (IOC) also located in Quantico, VA and was then assigned to the Fleet Marine Force, (FMF), 1st Marine Division, 5th Marine Regiment, and 2nd Battalion, Foxtrot Company where he assumed command of the Weapons Platoon. While deployed to the Philippines, Japan-Okinawa and Korea and upon his return to Okinawa, Japan Winston was assigned to command 3rd Rifle Platoon, Foxtrot Company. Upon return to the states Winston married the former Constance Perrigo in May, 1988 and was then assigned to Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion 5th Marines where he assumed command of the Dragon anti-tank platoon. After a year as the Dragon platoon commander, and as a one of the senior 1st Lieutenants in the Battalion, Winston was assigned to the Battalion staff as the S-4A where he was responsible for logistics and battalion embarkation duties. He successfully deployed the battalion to 29 Palms for Desert Warfare training and Bridgeport, California for Mountain Warfare Training & Operations. Additionally, he helped the S-4 Logistics Officer and Battalion staff prepare for a second 6 month overseas deployment to the Pacific. Upon completion of his assignment in 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines Winston was transferred to the School of Infantry (SOI) where he served in the Marine Combat Training (MCT) Battalion, Echo company and served as the Executive Officer and then as the Company Commander during the start of Desert Shield and then Desert Storm. Following Desert Storm, in 1991 Winston was promoted to the rank of Capitan and assigned to the Headquarters Company and served as the Hqts. Company Commander for the School of Infantry. Also during this time Winston II was born at the Camp Pendleton, Naval Hospital.
Upon completion of his time at the School of Infantry Winston was assigned to 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), Special Operations Training Group (SOTG) where he worked as the Assistant Officer-in-Charge (OIC) for the group. During this time Winston also completed his Master’s Degree in Finance. Winston was responsible for the $130 million dollar indoor shooting facility and worked closely with the FBI liaison and local law enforcement to properly train both Marine Force Recon and Marine Infantry units for the following missions: Direct Action, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Gas-Oil Platform interdiction (GOPLAT), Non-combatant evacuation operations (NEO) and Close Quarter Battle (CQB) and Hostage rescue operations. During his time at SOTG Winston completed the Assault Breacher’s Course, Specialized and Applied Explosives & Demolitions training at Harvey Point North Carolina, and the Close Quarter battle (CQB) course. In August of 1994 after 8 years on active duty Winston separated from the Marine Corps as a Captain, O-3.
In the fall of 1994 Winston accepted a Sales position with Pfizer pharmaceuticals, Pratt division in Long Beach California. Winston was responsible for calling on private practice physicians and small community hospitals where he excelled in sales. While serving as a professional healthcare representative (PHR) he launched and brought to market several new medicines to include Zyrtec, Aricept, Norvasc and Zoloft. Winston won numerous sales awards which culminated with him being recognized as the #1 Pratt Division sales representative across the country out of over 500 reps for the entire Pratt division. Winston was recognized for his outstanding sales achievements winning the Circle of excellence award, Vice President’s Cabinet award, and Representative of the Year Sales achievement award.
Due to Winston’s outstanding sales achievements from 1994 through 1997 Winston was promoted to Institutional Healthcare Representative (IHR) in Sacramento, CA calling on large teaching hospitals, Kaiser accounts and Dept. of Defense and Veteran’s hospital accounts in Sacramento, Fresno and the central valley of CA. Again Winston distinguished himself with outstanding sales achievements winning multiple sales awards culminating with him finishing the 1998 sales year as the #2 Institutional Healthcare representative (IHR) for the entire Pratt division out of 65 across the country. Again Winston was recognized by winning both the Circle of Excellence award and the Vice President’s Cabinet award.
As the result of continued sales success as both a PHR & IHR and for maintaining high standards for sales success Winston was promoted to Pfizer’s Initial training department where he was assigned to managed the Pfizer Diabetes portfolio for all new hire sales employees. He maintained and improved all teaching aides, power points and tests. Winston was quickly given increased responsibility and assigned the responsibility for all of the Phase 2 training and scheduling; working with both internal and external customers.
In the fall of 2000 Winston was promoted to be the Pratt Division District Sales Manager in Albuquerque, NM. Winston assumed responsibility for the large geography of New Mexico and all of West Texas (Amarillo to El Paso, TX) with 8 direct reports. During the next 5 years Winston would hire, train, coach and manage 5 of his 8 reps to win the coveted Vice President’s Cabinet and Circle of Excellence awards. Winston won many sales awards as the Pratt District Sales Manager and was selected and instrumental in helping the company with several national marketing campaigns.
In the summer of 2005 after 11 years with Pfizer Winston made the decision to leave Pfizer. From 2005 until the present he has continued to work in the medical industry.
Currently Winston is an 07 FFL Dealer and runs a small firearms business “Dubs Defense” in Albuquerque, NM. Additionally Winston is the “Albuquerque Firearms Examiner” contributing writer for the Examiner.com and his content can be found HERE.