About The Instructors

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Chris Timmerman

Chris’s firearms experience began at the young age of 5 where he broke his first clay pigeon. As time progressed Chris earned his Eagle Scout award and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Wright State University. He has actively competed as a member of the United State Practical Shooting Association and is a Master class Production division shooter.
 
Chris also serves as an adjunct instructor for one of the most respected and renowned firearms training facilities in the country, Tactical Defense Institute.  Since 2011 Chris has trained under some of the finest firearms and tactics instructors in the country including John Benner (founder of TDI), Greg Ellifritz ( Active Response Training), David Bowie (Bowie Tactical Concepts), and several other prominent instructors at TDI.
 
Chris is a former US Army Infantry Officer (Captain) and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom 08-09 as a Platoon Leader with 1-505PIR, 3BCT, 82nd Airborne Div. His accomplishments while in the military include graduating from Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, and Mountain Warfare School along with Expert Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star, and Presidential Unit Citation.
 
Upon separation from the Army Chris worked as a Private Security Contractor for the US Government performing Executive Protection Operations in High Threat Environments in the Middle East. Chris is a NRA Certified Instructor, NROI Certified Range Officer, Certified Glock Armorer, Emergency Medical Technician, and currently serves as a Tactical Medic on the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT). Chris has been an independent firearms instructor since 2012.

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Nick Timmerman

Nick began his shooting career in Boy Scouts while earning his rifle merit badge prior to earning the rank of Eagle Scout.

Recreational trap shooting became his primary firearms focus through high school and college, but he added competitive pistol shortly after college as a member of the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA).

Nick is a firm believer in muscle memory; competing with similar, if not the same, equipment you carry daily.  USPSA’s Production division provides such an opportunity.

Nick is a graduate of Wright State University with a bachelor degree in Management Information Systems and a Masters of Business Administration.  Nick currently works as a manager in the Information Technology field.

Nick has attended multiple different training courses, including those offered by Tactical Defense Institute, Active Response Training, and is a NRA Certified Range Safety Officer.

Nick enjoys shooting, camping, and other outdoor activities with his wife and four children.


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Neal DeFluri

Neal DeFluri has been a firearms enthusiast since a young age. His first formal firearms course was a local CCW class, since then his passion for firearms and training has grown exponentially. A TSD alumni since 2017, Neal has been very fortunate to attend several other specialized courses including courses in pistol mounted red-dots, injured shooter, appendix carry, and vehicle CQB. He also competes in USPSA matches when time allows.

Neal currently serves as a full-time firefighter/paramedic for a suburb outside of Dayton. He has obtained several specialized rescue certifications and is also a Stop the Bleed instructor. When not working, you can find Neal on Wright State’s campus as he completes his bachelor’s degree in biology. During his limited free time, he enjoys trail runs, rucking, dry firing, reading and studying. Neal has been an adjunct instructor at TSD since 2018.


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Alan Schulze
Like many country boys, Alan learned to shoot growing up, spending time target practicing and hunting. He further developed his shooting skill through the Coonskin Cap Brigade, where he later served as a junior instructor, helping younger students learn and refine basic shooting skills.
A firm believer in the importance of education and training, Alan wants others to develop their shooting and defensive skills for their safety and betterment. His experiences traveling reinforced the importance of preparedness and awareness for daily life.  
Alan is an engineer and has taught in various capacities in and out of the classroom.  For two years, Alan taught with his wife in rural Kenya, and he is an assistant scuba instructor and divemaster. He has been an adjunct instructor with TSD since 2015.

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Tom Torrence
An avid shooter that began his love at 7 years old shooting trap. Tom joined his local fire department in 2007 as a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician rising to the position of Captain in 2011. In 2009 Tom joined the US Army Reserve and continues to serve as a Combat Medic to this day. Tom is also an avid firearms collector with a unique interest in shotguns. Tom has served as an adjunct instructor with TSD since 2015.