Speaker Biographies

PAUL LATHROP
Paul Lathrop is the owner and executive producer of the Polite Society Podcast, a weekly show on the Self Defense Radio Network. He built his show around regaining our 2nd Amendment rights, and encourages his listeners to get involved politi-cally to bring about the restoration of our freedoms. Paul is also the co-owner of the Self Defense Radio Network, a network comprising both podcasts and terrestrial radio shows whose combined reach touches a large portion of the gun owning community. When not working on his podcast or the network, Paul makes his living as a truck driver and does much of the work for both on the road.

 

MARK WALTERS
Mark Walters is the host of two successful nationally syndicated radio programs. Launched in 2009, Armed American Radio is heard every Sunday in hundreds of cities on nearly 200 radio stations. His latest program Armed American Radio’s Daily Defense with Mark Walters debuted nationally in April of last year in dozens of cities and airs live Monday through Friday 4-5 pm ET. Between both national programs Mark’s voice is heard across America, seven days per week. He has appeared on national television, is a frequent guest on many national and local radio programs and has been quoted in several national news stories. As one of the longest running writer’s with the United States Concealed Carry Association, his regular magazine column, “One to the Head” has appeared in every issue of the USCCA’s “Concealed Carry Magazine” for over 12 years. Mr. Walters has co-authored two books Lessons from Armed America, (foreword by Massad Ayoob) with Kathy Jackson and Les-sons from Unarmed America, (foreword by Ted Nugent) with Rob Pincus. He currently has new book projects in the works including Grilling While Armed and a follow-up to the Lessons series with Rob Pincus. Mark has dedicated his life to support-ing our right to bear arms since being forced to draw his own firearm in self-defense. He is a husband and father of 2 chil-dren and lives with his family in Georgia.

CHERYL TODD
Cheryl Todd is the owner of AZFirearms.com, Pot Of Gold Estate Auctions, and Executive Producer & Co-Host of Gun Freedom Radio. Cheryl has 30 years of experience in business and holds a degree in Psychology which allows her to bring a unique voice to Family Business and the Firearms Industry. A wife of over 30 years, mother, and grandmother, Cheryl speaks to the value of our 2nd Amendment Rights through the lens of self-protection and instilling those values in the generations to come. Hosting the weekly Gun Freedom Radio show is an extension of that desire to educate, engage and make gun-related topics and issues accessible and easy to understand by separating the facts from the hype. Cheryl is a lifetime member of the NRA, the ASRPA, the AZCDL, and supports other organizations such as Refuse To Be A Victim, Eddie Eagle and ChildSafe. Cheryl also volunteers her time on multiple Boards and is the sitting Chair on the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce in her home town. She is service-driven and has been recognized with Community Service Awards for the First Responders Appreciation Day, a fund-raising event founded by her and her husband, which helps local First Responders in need. Cheryl writes feature articles for multiple publications and is a sought-after Speaker and Panel-Moderator at both the local and national level. Cheryl has been an invited speaker at the National Gun Rights Policy Conference, the NSSF Industry Summit, the DC Project in our Nation’s Capital, the National NRA Women’s Conference, as well as appearing on various news outlets, NRATV, and C-Span.

AMANDA SUFFECOOL
Amanda Suffecool is a degreed engineer who spends her spare time sharing her love of country, constitution and specifically the 2nd Amendment with others. Amanda works full time as the Engineering and Quality Manager at a stamping company that services the Automotive, Aerospace and Government Contract industries.
Amanda has been an NRA certified instructor for more than 15 years, in 8 different disciplines and has added FEMA, OSHA and now ALICE active shooter response trainer credentials to the mix. She has taught several thousand conceal carry holders in Ohio.
Amanda is the director of the not for profit group REALIZE firearms awareness coalition and the producer of its flagship educational program, a Q&A radio show about guns. Amanda, along with her brother Rob Campbell, host the newly syndicated radio show Eye On The Target Radio (EyeOnTheTargetRadio.com). They have been educating on the topics related to firearms since 2010 and have just expanded nationally.
With its basis for firearms education, REALIZE has hosted a wide variety of public education seminars including Police and Community Relations panel discussion, an annual free Appraisal Fair, was a supporting organization for Project Childsafe – Cleveland, The Preppers Ball ( PreppersBall.com), a Church self-defense program, and hosts multiple yearly Woman’s Day at the Range programs.
Amanda is the author of the how-to book Your Guide to producing a Concealed Carry Fashion Show. She consulted with the NRA for the annual CarryGuardEXPO concealed carry fashion show and her Cleveland show was featured on VICE.

STEPHEN GUTOWSKI
Stephen Gutowski is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. His work has been cited across the media spectrum and one of his stories was used as the basis of a question during a 2016 presidential debate. He has consulted on firearms stories at a large number of outlets including CBS News, CNN, The Washington Post, and NBC News.

 

 

DAVE WORKMAN
Dave Workman is the award-winning senior editor of TheGunMag.com (formerly Gun Week), a nationally-circulated firearms news publication owned by the Second Amendment Foundation. He joined the Gun Week staff in October 2000. Prior to that he spent 21 years at Outdoor Empire Publishing as editor of Fishing & Hunting News and Hunter Education Instructor. Workman spent nine years on the National Rifle Association Board of Directors. He is co-author of seven books with SAF founder Alan Gottlieb: Double Trouble – Daschle and Gephart, Capitol Hill Bullies; America Fights Back: Armed Self-Defense in a Violent Age; These Dogs Don’t Hunt: The Democrats’ War on Guns, Assault on Weapons: The Campaign to Eliminate Your Guns, Shooting Blanks: Facts Don’t Matter to the Gun Control Crowd, Dancing In Blood, Exposing the Gun Ban Lobby’s Play-book to Destroy Your Rights, and Right to Carry. Dave’s byline has also appeared in Women & Guns, GUN WORLD, Gun Digest, and Northwest Sportsman and on the opinion pages of prominent newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seattle Times, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, and the Providence Journal. He is also the au-thor of Washington State Gun Rights and Responsibilities, now in its 12th printing, and writes daily online columns for Liberty Park Press and Conservative Firing Line. His journalism career began at the Snoqualmie Valley Record, a weekly newspaper in Washington State.

AMY ROBBINS
While hosting NRATV’s NOIR and GunTV, our founder and CEO Amy Robbins’ passion for firearms grew along with her desire to see women everywhere live a confident, self-reliant lifestyle. An avid runner, Amy wanted the ability to train for a marathon wherever she wanted to, even in the wee hours, without fearing for her safety, so she obtained her License to Carry. However, she quickly realized that the license to carry did her little good when she didn’t have comfortable, functional (much less great-looking) apparel which would allow her to exercise while also exercising her right to carry and still look and feel great. Soon after, Amy created Alexo Athletica because no product existed on the market that would meet her need to feel fashionable while carrying in active wear. She saw a white space in the market and jumped on the opportunity to not only provide fashionable, functional carry wear but create a movement of empowered, independent women who could #carrywithconfidence.

 

CHARLIE COOK
Charlie Cook is a lifelong musician and instrumental music teacher for over 20 years. As an avid shooter and teacher, becom-ing a firearms instructor was the next logical step. Charlie is certified by the NRA, MA State Police and the Utah BCI. Combin-ing his love for music with his love for guns lead him to create his popular “Gun Gram” videos series where he plays the trumpet and shoots his gun at the same time and in rhythm to the music. His newest YouTube channel is titled “Riding Shot-gun With Charlie” and features him conducting interviews behind the wheel while riding in various locations around the country with his “shotgun riding” guests, which have included Mark Walters, Peter Johnson, Reverend Kenn Blanchard among others. His videos have been featured on the television show “Right This Minute.” Charlie is rapidly becoming a popu-lar guest on local and national radio programs.

 

SARAH CADE
Sarah Cade is a healthcare professional, recreational shooter, and volunteer activist. A strong proponent of single-issue ad-vocacy, she serves as a Team Leader for the MN Gun Owners Caucus. She brings a unique perspective on how gun laws af-fect the next generation of gun owners, who are increasingly female, non-white, and urban dwelling.

 

 

TIFFANY JOHNSON
Tiffany Johnson is a practicing attorney and legal research consultant. She teaches legal studies at the University of Memphis. After years of being anti-gun, Tiffany reluctantly enrolled in a basic pistol course at Rangemaster and underwent a 180-degree conversion. She is now is a member of the Second Amendment Foundation and the National Rifle Association (Endowment Life), with thousands of hours of defensive training from her mentors, Tom and Lynn Givens, as well as from John Farnam, Craig Douglas, Massad Ayoob, and others. She has also earned handgun instructor credentials from two states, the NRA, and Rangemaster. Recently, Tiffany founded FrontSightPress.com, where she blogs about her experiences as an atypical Second Amendment advocate.

 

DREW BERQUIST

 Drew Berquist is the Editor-in-Chief for OpsLens.com and the host of CRTV’s Experience Matters with Drew Berquist. Previously, he served as a counterterrorism officer for the United States Intelligence Community, where he performed more than thirty deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

 

 

SHELLEY HILL

  Shelley Hill wears a “bunch of hats”! Brian named her the Indispensable Organization Wizard about 15 years ago and that has somehow become her official title. Shelley believes that the power of being positive is an amazing path to bravery, finding your voice and adding value to your words, thoughts and actions. Being positive is PRICELESS and costs you NOTHING! She has an open door policy and truly believes that communication is the key to good relationships and success!

Shelley is marketing director and manager of Fusion MMA and The Complete Combatant, she assists in all classes and help out in Claude Werner and Brian Hill’s Personal Performance course which is a live fire class for women building skill sets. Shelley hosts The Complete Combatant’s annual The Mingle for professional ladies in the “firearms/self-defense” industry.

Shelley is the executive director and one of the founders of Racheal’s Rest. Racheal’s Rest was established in 2012 and is a nonprofit organization that offers counseling, mobile family workshops and 5 day retreats to help women and children who experienced sexual abuse or acts of violence find their balance in life. Please contact her with questions about getting help or donating to Racheal’s Rest’s scholarship fund.

Her plate may be full but she is rich in all things important and would not change a thing ….. except maybe add a few more hours to her day!

MAJ TOURE

Maj Toure is a Solutionary Hip Hop artist turned 2nd Amendment activist from North Philly. His following began after he was featured on the cover of the Philadelphia Weekly as “the Prophet of Philadelphia.” He founded the Black Guns Matter movement in 2015 and advocates for 2nd amendment education and information for urban communities. Maj has been featured in the New York Times, Breitbart News, National Public Radio, Fox News, CNN, BET, Essence, and NRANews for his out of the box approach to 2nd amendment advocacy. Maj is currently on a 50 states tour educating urban Americans on their 2nd amendment rights and responsibilities.

 

 

KEVIN DIXIE

“Kevin Dixie is the Owner of No Other Choice (NOC) Firearms Training and founder of “Aiming for the Truth. A visionary who seeks to use his personal story as a beacon to drive out darkness in the lives of people and replace it with strength. A man who believes we can either chose to wallow in victimhood or stand victorious.”

 

 

 

 

 

ERIN PALETTE

Erin Palette founded Operation Blazing Sword in the wake of the Pulse Massacre as a way to reach queer people who desired firearms for self-defense but didn’t feel safe learning to use them via traditional methods. She believes that gun rights and queer rights are both human rights.

 

 

 

 

ALAN KORWIN

Alan Korwin is a full-time writer whose three-decade background includes work in business, legal, news, and entertainment industries. Mr. Korwin wrote the business plan that raised $5 million in venture capital and launched the in-flight catalog SkyMall. He did the publicity campaign for Pulitzer Prize cartoonist Steve Benson’s 4th book Where Do You Draw The Line.

Invited twice to the U.S. Supreme Court to observe oral argument in Second Amendment gun-rights cases, he has written 10 of his 14 books on that subject and is among the leading national experts in that field. His 13th book, Bomb Jokes at Airports, deals with dangerous and growing limits on free speech, and his political-parody band, The Cartridge Family, is helping to spread peace and freedom through music… and threats if necessary.

The winner of the 2013 Defender of Liberty Award, Mr. Korwin is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he runs GunLaws.com and Bloomfield Press, the largest publisher and distributor of gun-law books in the nation.

 

MATT SCHINZING

Matthew Schinzing is the creator and driving force behind the LFD Research YouTube channel and the Geeks, Gadgets and Guns podcast. Matthew is a millennial technology enthusiast turned gun enthusiast. Geek, Gadgets and Guns was created out of that blending to bring the technology and video game enthusiasts together with firearms enthusiasts. Because we can all quote Monty Python and enjoy Star Wars no matter what community we hail from. LFD Research was born out of Matt’s incessant curiosity to test common firearms tropes and push the boundaries of what modern firearms can handle.

 

 

 

 

DAN WOS

Dan Wos, Author of GOOD GUN BAD GUY-“Behind the Lies of the Anti-Gun Radical” and Good Gun Bad Guy 2-“Destroying the Anti-Gun Narrative,” Nationally recognized 2nd Amendment Advocate, Gun-Rights public speaker and returning guest on NRATV.

Dan does speaking events and radio across the country on the topic of Guns & the role they play in our society, the Media, and American Culture.

 

 

BETH ALCAZAR

Creator of the “Pacifiers & Peacemakers” blog and author of “Women’s Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals,” Beth Alcazar has enjoyed nearly two decades of teaching and working in the shooting/outdoors industry. She is certified through the NRA as a Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer, and Certified Instructor for multiple disciplines. She is also a Certified Instructor through Sig Sauer Academy, The Well Armed Woman, D.R.A.W., School, ALICE Training Institute, and I.C.E. Training, and is a USCCA Certified Instructor and Senior Training Counselor. Beth also enjoys representing her state, Alabama, as a member of the D.C. Project. Beth has worked with the US Concealed Carry Association since 2013 and officially joined the team in 2016. As associate editor of the women’s section of the award-winning Concealed Carry Magazine, one of her most important goals (and personal missions) is to help develop, organize, and manage products and programs for their women’s focus.

 

 

NIKA UNDERWOOD

Nika is a full time marketing strategist and SEO expert, as well as firearms instructor and former law enforcement officer. Her work has been published on sites like Search Engine Journal and SpinSucks. She specializes in growing visibility and generating leads for businesses, and enjoys helping businesses in firearms industry the most.

 

 

 

 

EMILY VALENTINE

Emily Valentine is the founder of Style Me Tactical, a concealed carry lifestyle blog, and host of the Not Your Average Gun Girls podcast. Emily believes that you don’t have to sacrifice your style in order to be self-reliant. With Style Me Tactical, she has created a community for women to become inspired, informed, and encouraged to live a lifestyle where being prepared and having the ability to defend oneself can coexist with a woman’s desire to be fashionable.

 

 

 

 

ROB MORSE

Rob Morse is an engineering/physics geek who gets paid to bleed on the cutting edge of technology. He gets to work with some of the best tools and the smartest people in the business. Life isn’t about tools no matter how sophisticated the tools might be. life is about people. He’s raised children with problems and is amazed by their strengths and weaknesses. Some are unstoppable, and some won’t get out of their own way on any given day. They are us in miniature. Rob has high standards of conduct and competence. That is true if you’re calculating stress-and-strain, singing a song or raising your children. people impress him and he loves sharing their inspiration at his blog SlowFacts. He is a weekly contributor at Clash Daily. His self-defense articles are also published at Ammoland and he produces the Self-Defense Gun Stories podcast.

 

 

JOHN RICHARDSON

John has been a blogger for 8 years and has been awarded the Ray Carter Blogger of the Year Award from the Second Amendment Foundation. He is highly respected in the blogging community and is a co-host on the Polite Society Podcast.

 

 

 

LISTON MATTHEWS

Liston Matthews has been involved in the gun rights movement since 1971, when he wrote his first letter to the editor. He believes that the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are the supreme law of the land in the United States, and that the Second Amendment does not grant, but recognizes and affirms the right to armed self-preservation divinely granted to man. Any contrary law is, in fact, unconstitutional. He was involved in passage of the original Tennessee carry law and its many improvements. He has testified before local legislative bodies, contacted countless politicians and had numerous editorial letters published.

He served as executive director of the Farragut Gun Cub and moderator of the Knoxville, TN area chapter meetings of the Tennessee Firearms Association. He was a co-plaintiff in the “Guns in Parks” suit against the City of Knoxville.

He blogs at http://www.goodhillpress.com/, where he writes about firearms related and conservative issues, and pursuit of the perfect lawn. He can be reached at listont@gmail.com or at 919-588-4046