Second Amendment Advocate and Comedian
Comedian, Second Amendment advocate, and host of Louder with Crowder, a conservative podcast covering news, pop culture, and politics. Steven will be the emcee of the Saturday night premier live event, honoring the winners of the USCCA Members’ Choice Awards and Second Amendment Hero.
Tim Kennedy is a Green Beret, Special Forces Sniper, Army Ranger, and Professional MMA Fighter. Tim Kennedy’s legend began at his local Army recruiter’s office on September 12th, 2001. His training to earn his Green Beret was featured in the book “Chosen Soldier.” Kennedy is now a Ranger qualified Special Forces Sniper with deployments in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and multiple other deployments around the world. He is the only soldier to win the grueling 3 day All Army Combatives Tournament three times.
Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr.
Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. is currently serving his fourth full term as Milwaukee County Sheriff. In 2016, he was awarded as Law Enforcement Leader of the Year from the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. He is a frequent guest commentator for national news services and organizations regarding law enforcement, Second Amendment, and homeland security issues. He frequently appears as a guest on Fox News and was a speaker at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Randi is currently a member of Team Smith and Wesson and the Sales and Marketing Manager for Comp-Tac Victory Gear. Randi has over 50 World and National Titles in 7 different shooting disciplines including the 2011 IPSC Ladies Standard World Title.
Iraqveteran8888 is one of the largest gun related YouTube channels in the world with over 1.3 million subscribers and 350 Million lifetime views. Both Eric and Chad are advocates for concealed carry and have posted several videos on the subject to include a three part concealed carry educational series. Other notable works are the "gun gripes" series - which is in its 5th year - as well as the "meltdown" series. In addition, they take a twist on gun reviews as well as a devil-may-care approach to their "redneck" science experiments. There's likely something for everyone on this channel made by firearm enthusiasts for firearm enthusiasts.
Tim Schmidt is the Founder and CEO of the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). Inspired by the need to protect his family, Tim decided to form a community for responsibly armed Americans committed to protecting their loved ones. Today with over 180,000 members nationwide, the USCCA is the largest, fastest-growing, member-owned association whose sole focus is the responsibly armed American.
Kevin Michalowski has spent nearly 25 years in the firearms publishing business as writer and editor in the newspaper, magazine and book publishing industries. Kevin has trained at some of the best training facilities across the country including Front Sight, Gunsite, Final Option, The Massad Ayoob Group and Tactical Response. Kevin is also an honors graduate of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Recruit Academy and has spent 10 years as a part-time patrol officer with two different agencies in central Wisconsin. During that time he has organized, conducted and participated in LEO training including advanced baton techniques, low-light techniques, CQB, active shooter response, crowd/riot control, and empty hand defense and control techniques. Kevin is also a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving from 1984 to 1989.
Pacifiers & Peacemakers blogger and featured writer in Concealed Carry Magazine, Beth, a mother of three, has worked in the firearms industry since 2000. The Well Armed Woman chapter leader, TWAW Shooting Team member, and NRA, Sig Sauer Academy, TWAW, and USCCA certified instructor, Beth holds degrees in education and communication and uses her experience and enthusiasm to share safe and responsible firearms ownership and usage with others.
Marilyn Smolenski is the Founder and President of Nickel and Lace. Member of Guns Save Life, Veterans Business Alliance, the Range at 355 Women’s Club, and a USCCA affiliate. She is an NRA certified RSO as well as a fashion show director. Marilyn enjoys bringing those two worlds together by attending Ladies Range Days and private events to show women how they can confidently and safely dress for concealed carry without compromising their personal style.
Carrie Lightfoot is the founder and owner of The Well-Armed Woman, LLC, the largest and most trusted women’s resource, committed to bringing innovative products, training and information to women gun owners everywhere. Carrie is also the founder and Chairwoman of the Board of TWAW Shooting Chapters Inc. a 501(c)3 Non profit organization with 340 chapters in 49 states.
Within a year or two of shooting and researching all that the shooting sports have to offer, Natalie realized there wasn’t much information out there for stylish chicks who enjoy their fashion labels just as much as they enjoy putting lead down range. She created Girl’s Guide to Guns to show other ladies just how fun, challenging and addictive shooting can be. Her goal with Girl’s Guide is to concoct ways to empower women in traditionally male dominated fields through fun, feminine, and educational means.
Donna Anthony is a co-owner of Point Blank Firearms & Self Defense Training, LLC. With over 20 years of law enforcement and security experience, she was a duly sworn Police Officer in Alaska, prior to which she was a Deputy Sheriff in Ohio. Donna has extensive training in SWAT, Rapid Response to an Active Shooter, Tactical Vehicle Assault, Tactical Firearms, Hostage Negation, Tactical Raid Planning, Anti-Terrorism Training, and more. In 2013, Donna brought the The Well Armed Woman Chapter (TWAW) to Alaska and became a board member in 2015.
Dave Young is the Founder and Director of ARMA Training and has nearly 30 years of combined civilian and military law enforcement and training experience. Dave is recognized as one of the nation's leading defensive tactics instructors, specializing in personal survival, crowd management, non-lethal weaponry, officer survival and tactical instructors in the country.
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Author of “The Law of Self-Defense,” Andrew is a nationally recognized expert on the law of self-defense, and has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media sources. Andrew is also a Master class competitor in multiple divisions in the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).
Anthony retired from the military as a Chief Hospital Corpsman after 20 years of honorable military service, completing 7 deployments. Now the owner and Chief Firearms Instructor for ACT Training, he uses his real world experience as a trainer and leader with having prior duties as a Senior Navy/Marine Corps Small Arms Weapons Instructor, Qualified Master Training Specialist, and qualified 6 time Expert in rifle and pistol.
John R. Lott, Jr. is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and a columnist for FoxNews.com. He has authored nine books, including "The War on Guns,” “More Guns, Less Crime,” and “Freedomnomics.”
Dr. Russell Riendeau
Dr. Russ Riendeau is a USCCA & NRA-certified firearms instructor trained in self-defense. He delivers real world training to promote personal protection, self-defense actions using your mind and improvised weaponry that is always near by.
For over 40 years, George Harris has been a leading educator and trainer in the various facets of small arms and their many uses. George co-founded the SIGARMS Academy and led it to become an internationally recognized and highly sought after training institution for Armed Professionals and Responsible Citizens.
Steve Tarani has served the United States Defense, Law Enforcement and Intelligence communities for over 25 years as a respected Protective Programs subject matter expert, author, and service provider to numerous high/low-profile federal agencies.
Paul Pawela is the Director of Law Enforcement Training for The American Police Hall of Fame and Museum and CEO of Assault Counter Tactics. He is a nationally recognized subject matter expert on military, police, and security-related issues. Paul retired from the 10th Special Forces Group and was designated as a SOCOM hand to hand combat instructor. Paul is a Graduate of the FBI Hostage Negotiation School, Smith & Wesson, H&K, SIG Arms Academy, NRA Police Firearms Instructor Schools, as well as a graduate from ten different national shooting schools. Paul was named as the 2012 Law Enforcement & Military Tactical Trainer of Year with the World Head of Family Sokeship Council. Paul has been recognized by the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors as a Master Firearms Instructor. Paul has written for Police, Concealed Carry, Combat Handguns, Guns and Ammo and many other self-defense publications.
Gary Drake & Sgt. Don Gulla
Gary Drake: He served his country in the United States Marine Corps and is proud of his service. He has worked in law enforcement, law enforcement training, military training, tactical tracking, SWAT and executive protection training. He's a Level 4 Arrestling Instructor. He currently is assigned to the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center blending Firearms and Defensive Tactics for Basic Academy Recruits.
Sgt Don Gulla: Retired this year as a 33 year veteran with King County Sheriff's Office in WA State and Founder of Gulla's Arrestling. He's the Chief SIRT Pistol Instructor and Senior Master Taser Instructor, Master Defensive Tactics and Firearms Instructor. He was on a full time SWAT Team for 12 years and an Academy Instructor for 7 years. He's a 5 time World Police & Fire Game Gold Medalist in Karate. In 2016 he was inducted into the Martial Art's Hall of Fame with 49 years of Martial Arts Training.