We are fortunate to have a staff of professionals that are passionate about preparedness and take pride in their work. You can be certain that you will receive training that exceeds your expectations and ensures your safety regardless of your experience or skill level.

Brian Hess


Brian is a native of central Ohio with extensive work history in the hazards preparedness industry, including:
•Large event security (i.e. NASCAR and The Super Bowl)
•Central Intelligence Agency Officer
•Federal Law Enforcement Officer
•Federal, State and Local law enforcement, corrections, homeland security and emergency management career experience
Throughout his career, Brian has been called to respond to a variety of significant events; from Hurricane Katrina to Super Storm Sandy, the Virginia Tech Shooting, the USDA Avian Flu response, and The Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse. Brian has worked on escaped prisoner searches, homicide investigations, missing persons’ searches, rescue and recovery events and multiple environmental incidents spanning from small oil/gas leaks to the Deep Water Horizon recovery operations.
In addition to his many certifications and achievements, Brian successfully grew an emergency management service line from a concept to a profitable, $16 Million business. He is also supported in this venture by his wife who is an accomplished educator, fitness instructor, personal trainer, life coach, and has grown her network marketing company into a successful business

Jodi Newton

Range Safety Officer, TWAW Co Leader &  Marketing Manager

Jodi's passion for shooting lies in her desire to empower and educate female shooters. Jodi is A Co- Leader of our Well Armed Woman Chapter, Assistant Range Safety Officer, NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Certification and a coordinator for our Pistol Eliminator Competitions. Jodi Joined the Elite team in 2017 and has worked to promote gun safety and awareness while attaining her safety officer certifications

Bill Smith

Range Safety Officer \ Assistant Instructor

Bill is a competitive 3 gun shooter and accomplished marksman. Bill leads our 3 Gun league and coordinates our veterans outreach programs. While in the store or range you could see Bill doing one on one training, giving advice on long range and pistol tactics and products or assisting with an AR build. Bill is a long time friend of the Elite family and joined the staff shortly after we opened and is passionate about sharing the shooting sports side of the industry.

Dave McCollough

Operations Manager

 Dave has been an avid hunter his entire life.  He has several years experience with a variety of weaponry with a special interest in revolvers.  He is an NRA qualified Range Safety Officer.

Larry & Paula Hashman


Store Clerks

Larry: Was a federal firearms dealer from 1965 to 1985. He is also an avid hunter and trap shooter.

Paula: First time shooting a firearm was at Elite.  She has won 2 pistol eliminators and has fallen in love with the sport of shooting.

BT Staats

Firearms Instructor

Bow Service Technician

BT was born and raised in Danville , Ohio.  He grew up farming, playing sports, hunting and fishing.  BT joined the Army after high school and did two tours in Afghanistan.

Accomplished in close quarters tactics and urban combat skills his addition to the Elite team has enabled us to broaden our delivery of tactical firearms courses.

BT takes pride in his work and from gun cleaning and repairs to personal instruction. 


Monday 11AM-7PM

Tuesday 11AM-7PM

Wednesday. Appointment Only

Thursday 11AM-7PM

Friday 11AM-7PM

Saturday 10AM-5PM

Sunday 12PM-5PM 

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