A retired Marine, Chad spent 19 of his 20 years in the Marines on active duty as a Reconnaissance Marine and plank owner to the 1st Raider Bn with multiple combat tours in the Arabian Peninsula, Afghanistan, and Indonesia. After retiring, Chad spent several years as Para Military Independent Contractor.
At Triada Training Solutions, Chad has spent the last 5 years training the fine men and women of the Department of Defense, Law Enforcement and civilians alike in skill sets to better prepare themselves for mission accomplishment and everyday life.
Bennie Cooley has more than 20 years of experience in SWAT operations and training. He is the owner of Crisis Resolution Training Consultants, and he currently trains elite members within our specialized military, federal, and state law enforcement organizations. Bennie has received two World Class Quality Awards for his leadership and training of personnel. He has won numerous National and World Championships in competitive shooting, including 7 International Tactical Long-Range Rifle Championships, 5 USPSA Multi-Gun Champion titles, 3 SOF 3-Gun World Championships, 2 National SWAT Championships, and a World Sniper Championship.
Jim Dexter has served as a police officer for 14 years, and currently serves as a patrol officer in Illinois. He is also assigned to the DuPage County Metropolitan SWAT Team, where he serves as a Team Leader. His former agencies include the Madison (Wisconsin) Police Department and the Federal Air Marshal Service. He’s a veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard, and deployed to Iraq from 2003-2004. Jim is a State of Illinois SWAT instructor and a graduate of the FBI Firearms and Carbine Instructor schools. He is also responsible for developing the Illinois state-certified red-dot pistol curriculum, and is cited in multiple RDS training programs. Jim has assisted multiple departments nationwide to implement an RDS pistol program to include policy and training considerations, and has published works in red dot pistols for law enforcement. Jim is the owner and lead instructor of Tactically Sound Training Center, LLC, which provides red dot-based pistol and medical instruction. He holds a BA from Western Illinois University and an MA in criminal justice from American Military University. Jim currently sits on the board of directors for the Illinois Tactical Officers Association.
Patrick Dougherty served in the Marines from 1992 – 1998 as a rifleman and squad leader with the 2nd BN 3rd MAR. He was also a sergeant assigned as Primary Marksmanship Instructor with WFTBN in Parris Island, SC.
Hired by the Long Beach Police Department in 2000, he has worked Patrol, Directed Enforcement, and was assigned to SWAT in 2005. His current assignment with SWAT is as an entry team member and explosive breacher. Lastly, Patrick has taught firearms and tactics to his department, and surrounding agencies, for the last 5 years as an advanced officer training instructor.
Buck Doyle served more than 21 years in the US Marine Corps, including 17 years with Special Operations units on multiple combat tours. As a Reconnaissance Marine attached to 1st Force Recon, 1st Recon BN, and MARSOC (1st Raider BN) units, Doyle served as Team Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Chief Instructor at Special Missions Training Branch. He has current, extensive experience in hostile fire/combat zones in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Doyle retired from the Marine Corps a Master Sergeant with multiple awards, including the Bronze Star (with Valor).
In 2010, Doyle founded Follow Through Consulting, LLC, and spent four years contracting with the Department of Defense as a member of the Joint Expeditionary Team (JET), advising and assisting combat units in Afghanistan. Follow Through expanded its training capabilities in 2014 to include law enforcement and qualified civilians, as well as consulting with corporate clients in the areas of leadership, team building, and product design/development & testing.
In 2017, Follow Through added technical advising and training to cinema/television clients to its capabilities, with Doyle providing intensive weapons training and on-set technical advising to projects such as Dwayne Johnson’s “Skyscraper” and TV’s “Shooter”(USA Network).
Jim Erwin is a veteran of the U.S. Special Operations Forces, including service in the 75th Ranger Regiment, and then as a 1st SFOD-D (Delta) Operator. After leaving active duty, Erwin provided close protection and security for high-profile clientele across the globe, including in many high-threat environments.
As a certified FBI Advanced Firearms Instructor and holder of several instructor certifications from the NRA, Jim also passes on his firearms knowledge through his company, Kraken Ultimus Firearms Training. Kraken Ultimus covers all aspects of pistol, carbine, and long range rifle shooting.
Drew Estell is an Army Special forces veteran who specialized in unconventional warfare and direct-action missions, and experienced multiple deployments to the middle east. His career includes duties on a Military Freefall Detachment and an assaulter in the Crisis Response Force (CRF/CIF). Before leaving active duty, Drew helped stand up and manage his unit’s concealed carry/active shooter program. Alongside other Special Operations Veterans, he co-founded the Mission 22 Shooting Team to help raise awareness of the veteran suicide epidemic in the shooting sports, and currently is the owner of BAER Solutions.
BAER Solutions has quickly grown to offer multiple open enrollment classes across the country, in addition to Law Enforcement-only restricted classes, and has begun consulting for police departments to deliver tailored solutions such as shooting packages, SOF lessons learned, and tactics.
With more than 20 years experience in the Special Operations units, Ricky Henson has traveled the world serving both as an operator and trainer in more than 25 countries. Specializing in Anti-Terrorism, he is also a weapons and tactical medicine expert who also holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations with an emphasis on national security. Henson has conducted Threat and Vulnerability Assessments on many major critical infrastructure facilities throughout the nation, and he has trained various federal counter terrorist teams to combat terrorist threats. Henson also is a competition shooter with a Master level ranking. Ricky’s training experience includes: Special Operations Training (SOT), Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (SOTIC), Anti-Terrorism Instructor Course, Marine Elevated Sniper Course, Special Forces Advanced Recon Target Analysis Exploitation Tech (SFARTAEC), Instructor Training Course (ITC), Marine Corp High Risk Personnel Course (HRP), FBI Law Enforcement Training for Safety and Survival Instructors Course (LETSS), NRA Tactical Handgun Instructors Course, SFAUC Instructor & INTAC Instructor.
Gamut Resolutions, LLC is a veteran owned and operated company dedicated to providing the tactical or practical coaching needed to survive any anticipated or unanticipated situation. Students learn to use both their primary and secondary weapons to engage numerous targets from various ranges, under changing conditions, while employing target discrimination and sound tactical judgement with quick, surgical precision. Gamut Resolutions’ mission is not only to train you better than anybody else, but also to give you an experience that will stick with you for a lifetime. Bob Keller and Gamut Resolutions believe wholeheartedly in the success and effectiveness of the methods and values upon which they train, but mostly importantly, they believe in the ability and inherent success of every student they teach.
Retired Master Sergeant Ted Lanier enlisted in the Army many years ago as a 19-year-old Delta Cavalry Scout. Over the course of the following ten years, MSG Lanier spent his military career assigned to several Cavalry Squadrons stationed all over the world. Assignments included deployments to Operation Desert Shield/Storm, as well Operation Joint Endeavor in the war-torn country of Bosnia. In 1999, MSG Lanier volunteered for the U.S. Army’s Special Forces. After completing the Special Forces assessment and selection process, he was assigned to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course. Upon completion he had earned the coveted “Green Beret,” and was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). The next 8 years saw MSG Lanier in Afghanistan 3 times, Iraq twice, and deployed on many other smaller, specialized missions spanning the globe.
In 2007, MSG Lanier was assigned to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During his time in the 1st Special Warfare Training Group, he was assigned to our Military’s premier Special Operations Gun fighting and Urban warfare school, which is billed as Range 37: The Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Targeting and Exploitation Techniques Course. After his time as one of four primary close-quarters battle instructors, and running the courses for the close quarters battle program, he was later chosen to become the non-commissioned officer in charge of the course and its facilities. In May of 2011, MSG Lanier retired from the military having dedicated 22 years of service. Along with receiving The Legion of Merit award, he was also earned the Bronze Star, 13 Army Commendation Medals (one with Valor), and numerous other awards, decorations, and medals.
Upon retirement, MSG Lanier continued to teach and train the next generation of war fighters as an independent contractor for several DOD contracting companies, as well as training/consulting for both state and local law enforcement agencies. After 4 years as an independent contractor, MSG Lanier went back to work on Fort Bragg as a shooting, close-quarters battle and urban warfare instructor where he is currently employed.
Over the past year and a half, Ted has developed a passion for helping his fellow brothers and sisters in arms to find their footing after separation from the military, to rebuild their home life, and to aid in volunteer work. Ted accomplishes this by working his own program of recovery, serving on the Board of Directors for Warriors Heart Foundation, serving as an Ambassador for All Secure Foundation, and staying connected to other non-profit groups and treatment centers.
Matthew Little is a US Army Special Forces combat veteran who has extensive law enforcement experience, including serving as training coordinator, and an operational supervisor on a major metropolitan SWAT team. In addition to his military and police experience, Matt has worked as a government contractor in non-permissive environments. He is also an experienced action shooting competitor, and is ranked as a master class shooter by the US Practical Shooting Association.
Through his company, GreyBeard Actual LLC, Matt now provides advanced training in firearms, tactics, and combatives to law enforcement, military, private security contractors, and responsibly armed citizens. His training model draws on decades of operational, competitive and instructional experience, and his sole goal is to enable his students to master their craft as quickly and efficiently as possible.
A former member of the 75th Ranger Regiment,1st Ranger Battalion, and a former U.S. Army infantry officer, Ben Morgan served in the 19th Special Forces Group while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Colorado Sate University. Ben worked in Iraq as a close quarters battle instructor, teaching Iraqi and coalitions forces, and also worked in Africa as part of the ACOTA (Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program), training battalion-level staff officers to prepare for peace and support operations in Darfur. Ben worked for the U.S. State Department High Threat Protection program in Baghdad, Iraq, and went on to invent the Dry Fire Pro Timer, establishing Morgan Timing Systems, LLC as a pioneer in addressing a gap in training he personally experienced while working overseas.
Brad Nielson began his career in law enforcement as a police officer starting in 2002. He has worked on a variety of assignments throughout the city, including Patrol, Crime Impact Team, Special Problems Unit, and Gang Enforcement Detail. Brad is currently assigned to the Metropolitan Division, where he is an element member on the Tactical Response Team.
Part of his assignment and role is to help educate and instruct a variety of subjects to the rest of the police department and outside agencies. These skills vary from firearms, multiple-attack counter terrorism action capability (MACTAC), field tactics, less lethal weapons, tactical medical, rescue task force, and many others.
Kris “Tanto” Paronto
A former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and private security contractor who has been deployed throughout South America, Central America, the Middle East, and North Africa, Kris Paronto has worked with the U.S. government’s Global Response Staff, the US State Department Diplomatic Security High Threat Protection Program, and Blackwater Security Consulting, where he conducted low profile security in high-threat environments throughout the world.
Frank Proctor served more than 20 years in the military, with the last 16 of those years in the US Army Special Forces. In 2004 Frank attended the Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course (SFAUC). He knew then that striving to be a better shooter would become a life-long passion. In between deployments and other duties at Group, he was an assistant instructor for Combat Marksmanship, CQB, Breaching, and the Sniper program. Frank later became the NCOIC for the Sniper program and Primary instructor for Combat Marksmanship.
In May 2007, Frank began competitive shooting and discovered what he didn’t know about shooting! He began competing in a shooting match almost every weekend, and when I failed at a skill he would work on it during the week so he could see improvement by the weekend. Frank joined a range and trained almost everyday, sometimes twice a day. In January of 2009, he achieved the rank of Grand Master in USPSA Limited division. Frank was the 4th-ranked Limited GM in the world at that time, but still made some mental mistakes in matches. He was shooting at his peak by the summer of 2009 when he began gearing up for another deployment. In 2012 Frank started his training company full time. Most of what Frank has learned about shooting has revealed itself since launching Frank Proctor Shooting. The more he learned, the more he discovered that an analytical approach to training and shooting (as opposed to the classic just go do it 10,000 times) accelerated results. Frank’s current training programs take an easy but in-depth, cerebral approach to becoming a better shooter.
Nick is a former Marine who served six active-duty years with a deployment to Iraq in 2006. Nick has been a police officer in Southern California since 2009. He is currently assigned to his department’s Training Unit, in addition to serving as the breacher for the SWAT team. Part of Nick’s job is research and development, including participating in the implementation of RDS for patrol use, as well as suppressors for patrol rifles. He is a graduate of the FBI Firearms Instructor School and teaches pistol, carbine, shotgun, and live-fire shoot outs for his agency.
After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Yousef Sansour began working with various U.S. government agencies in a counter terrorism role (CT). These organizations included the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, United States Secret Service, and the Department of Defense. These highly specialized missions saw Sansour on six of the seven continents. During his time abroad, Sansour dedicated himself to the defense of the U.S. in a CT role. As the founder of Esoteric, LLC, he provides training to military and law enforcement agencies across the country. These agencies include, but are not limited to, the FBI, DEA, Department of Homeland Security, United States Secret Service, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Army, and the U.S. Navy, just to name a few. Sansour has more than 20 years of SWAT experience with a local law enforcement agency.
In addition, Sansour is an accomplished competitive shooter who competes on the national level. He is currently ranked as a Grandmaster shooter in the United States Practical Shooting Association and a Master shooter in the International Defensive Pistol Association.
ESOTERIC is committed to providing the highest level of tactical training to its customers, whether a soldier on the battlefield, a law enforcement officer, or a civilian who is looking to improve his or her skill set. ESOTERIC trains with the understanding that what we do on the range could mean the difference between life and death on the street.
Tom Spooner’s service to our nation in the U.S. Army spanned nearly twenty-one years (1990-2011). His career included time in the 82nd Airborne as a Green Beret in the US Army’s 7th Special Forces Group and, ultimately, in the US Army’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta as an Operator. His military career included 12 combat rotations for a total of 40 months time in combat.
After retiring from the Army, Tom approached his struggles with chemical dependencies, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with the same tenacity and commitment to excellence that he did in his military career. He began speaking candidly about the repercussions of his experience and the reality of the difficulties he had coping with them. Determined to help his community cope with suicide and addiction as a result of their experiences in war, Tom has rededicated his professional efforts to healing. With a voice nearly unmatched in credibility and experience, Tom has successfully enabled thousands of military and law enforcement personnel to acknowledge their struggles, seek treatment, and understand that they are not alone.
He is one of the Co-Founders of Warriors Heart and Original Freedom professional training and coaching.
Hilton Yam is a retired FBI Special Agent. During his 21-year career in the Miami Field Office, one the FBI’s largest and busiest, he was assigned to bank robbery, fugitives, and firearms training. He spent 19 years on SWAT and served as his team’s principal instructor for firearms, CQB, and tactics.
Between his time in firearms training and SWAT, Hilton oversaw the expenditure of over half a million rounds per year. Hilton carried a 1911 for the majority of his SWAT career, and was also responsible for oversight of his team’s fleet of pistols. The team’s high training and operational tempo imparted him with significant experience into what made a 1911 succeed or fail in the service environment.
Having been around 1911s since starting in IPSC competition in the early 1980’s, Hilton’s interest in 1911s led him to start building them in his off-duty time. In 2006, Hilton’s experience with the 1911 led him to establish 10-8 Performance, a company specializing in premium components, sights, and training for the 1911 as well as other handguns.