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


Craig Feeney

Firearms Instructor/Church Safety Team Program Coordinator

Craig has served in the law enforcement field for 23 years.  Craig has been a member of and is currently a team leader on the local tactical response units.  He is an ASP Baton and Handcuffing Certified Instructor, as well as a Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor. Craig is also a Certified NRA Pistol Instructor.

Craig has been involved with designing a church safety program course for situations/threats that churches and members may be subjected to. His experience and skill set are a core part of both our civilian and law enforcement course development and implementation.

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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.

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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.


Chad Lupher

Instructor/Competitions Coordinator

Chad is 25 years old from Frazeysburg , Ohio and has a very experienced background in firearms. Chads first experience with firearms was at a young age, hunting with his father.  After many years of hunting, he was introduced to the world of competitive shooting where he has competed in the discipline of 3 gun for 5 years now.


At Elite Preparedness you can find Chad planning, directing, and competing in our competitions. Inside you will find him building/working on firearms and instructing shooters 1 on 1 or in group lessons.


Chad is a certified Range Safety Officer, NRA Pistol Instructor, and licensed AR-15/M-16 armorer.

Clint started with Elite in 2019 and has grown in his role to become a Range Safety officer, Event Coordinator and co instructor on multiple courses. Clint is an avid outdoorsman and also competes nationally in 3-gun competition.

Clint is in the process of completing his gunsmithing and Armorer certifications