Speaker Biographies

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 politically 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.
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 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.
Tom Gresham has been fighting for the Second Amendment since 1967, and has brought the message of responsible firearms ownership to millions through his writing and broadcasting through that time. A leading innovator in outdoor media, Gresham has been actively engaged in all forms of print, electronic and online media for more than 40 years.  A book author, magazine editor and writer (Sports Afield, Alaska, Guns & Ammo, Rifle, American Hunter); television host, director and creator; radio show host; and online video producer, Gresham has consistently opened new pathways for showing the shooting sports. His weekly national radio talk show, “Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk,” is heard by millions throughout the U.S. and Canada, on 250 radio stations and on the web through Apple iTunes.  Through the talk show, Gresham created the “Gun Talk Truth Squad” — 375,000 volunteers who challenge the general media whenever there is a misstatement about gun owners or a slanted story. Gresham created Gun Talk Media, which produces television series, online video series, and produced the ground-breaking smartphone app GunDealio. Other achievements from Tom Gresham: Created first national radio talk show about guns and gun rights; Created first podcast about guns and gun rights; Created first television series about self defense with firearms; Created first online all-video website about firearms; Co-hosted first firearms television series. (NSSF’s Shooting Sports America on ESPN);  Gun Rights Defender of The Year 2017 — Citizen’s Committee for the Right To Keep and Bear Arms; 2018 Ken Sedlecky Lifetime Achievement Award — NSSF
Charlie Cook is a lifelong musician and instrumental music teacher for over 20 years. As an avid shooter and teacher, becoming a firearms instructor was the next logical step. Charlie is certified by the NRA, MA State Police and the Utah BCI. Combining his love for music with his love for guns lead him to create his popular “GunGram” 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 Shotgun 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, Shaneen Allen, Anthony Colandro, Brian Aitken, Reverend Kenn Blanchard among others. His videos have been featured on the television show “Right This Minute” and “@Midnight” on Comedy Central. Charlie is rapidly becoming a popular guest on local and national radio programs.
Sarah Cade is a healthcare professional, recreational shooter, and volunteer activist. A strong proponent of single-issue advocacy, she serves as a Team Leader for the MN Gun Owners Caucus. She brings a unique perspective on how gun laws affect the next generation of gun owners, who are increasingly female, non-white, and urban dwelling.
Yehuda Remer is the is The Pew Pew Jew and also the author of Safety On, An Introduction to the World of Firearms for Children. He is also a freelance graphic design artist, and a dynamo of networking and growing his visibility through the various Social Media Platforms.
Shelley Hill wears a “bunch of hats”! Her husband, Brian named her the Indispensable Organization Wizard about 16 years ago and that has become her official title. Shelley and Brian live in Georgia and own The Complete Combatant where Shelley is an instructor, marketing director and manager of both locations. She hosts The Complete Combatant’s annual event called “The Mingle”.  This is a weekend dedicated to continuing education through seminars and firearms training for ladies in the firearms industry and runs the Nationwide Training Giveaway benefiting “The Mingle” and their featured charity Racheal’s Rest.  Shelley is a NRA Pistol Instructor, Chief Range Safety Officer, Refuse to be a Victim Instructor and a Certified OC/Pepper Spray Instructor. Shelley is a public speaker, competes when her time allows and will be a student for life! Shelley is honored to present at AMMCON for a 2nd year and looks forward to seeing dears ones and meeting new friends.
Author of “Women’s Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals,” associate editor of Concealed Carry Magazine, and creator of the “Pacifiers & Peacemakers” blogBeth Alcazar has enjoyed nearly two decades of teaching and working in the firearms industry. She holds degrees in language arts, education, and communication management, and uses her experience and enthusiasm to share safe and responsible firearms ownership and usage with others. Beth 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, ALICE Institute, DRAW School, TWAW, and I.C.E. Training, and is a USCCA Certified Instructor and Senior Training Counselor. Beth is also the winner of NRA’s Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award for 2019.
Dan Wos is a nationally recognized 2nd Amendment advocate and 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.” He speaks at events, is a contributing writer for many publications and can be found on radio stations across the country. Dan has been a guest on the Sean Hannity Show, NRATV and several others. Speaking on behalf of gun-rights, Dan exposes the strategies of the anti-gun crowd and explains their mission to disarm law-abiding American gun-owners.  Dan lives in Saratoga Springs, NY. ​To learn more about Dan, visit: www.goodgunbadguy.net
Features Editor for the RECOIL Magazine Group, Dave Merrill has worked in all aspects of firearms publication, to include both digital and dead tree. Dave has a wide range of experience in the firearms world, from being an end-user in the military to competitive shooting to gun plumbing. For the better part of a decade Dave has been professionally breaking all manner of firearms and accessories and is an alum of the Ohio State University and the United States Marine Corps.
Annette Evans is the Beauty Behind the Blast. She picked up her first gun over ten years ago “because every girl should know how to shoot,” learned about concealed carry, became an instructor, and then fell in love with competitive shooting. As part of her journey, she has often enjoyed being the face of “someone different,” whether that’s as a woman, a defensive shooter, an Asian, or a gamer. She is now owner and operator of the Race Street Range near Philadelphia (www.racestreetrange.com) when she’s not working at her day job as an in-house attorney for a large corporation. You can find out more about her at www.facebook.com/blastingbeauty.
Lara Cullinane Smith is the Vice-President and National Spokesperson of the Liberal Gun Club, a national organization that provides a pro-Second Amendment voice for left-of-center gun owners in the national conversation on firearms. She is also an original member of the DC Project and a former chapter facilitator for A Girl and A Gun. Lara lives in California where she is active in working to prevent further erosion of the 2nd Amendment at the state level. Lara has appeared on numerous national and international news programs, including NPR’s Morning Edition, BBC World News, and Nightline. When not working or speaking on 2nd Amendment issues, Lara is a mom, wife, and attorney.
Tiffany Johnson is a lawyer and a full time instructor at the University of Memphis. After spending the first half of her life afraid of guns, Tiffany is now a Rangemaster-certified firearms instructor and an NRA Training Counselor. She assists Tom and Lynn Givens with Rangemaster programming and teaches handgun classes with Aqil Qadir of Citizens Safety Academy in the Nashville area. At FrontSightPress.com, Tiffany blogs about defying stereotypes and dispelling myths about guns. She has appeared on numerous pro-Second Amendment podcasts, she’s spoken at the United Nations on her personal journey with firearms, and she recently gave the keynote address to the World Forum on Shooting Activities in Nuremberg, Germany.
Liston Matthews has been involved in the gun rights movement since 1971, when he wrote his first letter to the the editor. Although he keeps his Pistol Toter’s License that was issued in Georgia in 1971, he believes the permitting process does nothing to prevent crime, but, to the contrary, serves as an impediment to peaceable citizens’ ability to defend themselves. 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. Having taken the oath to the Constitution, he is extremely disappointed to see many modern day politicians take a similar oath, and then ignore it through passing unconstitutional laws. 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 has been interviewed by local television stations and NPR radio. He served as executive director of the Farragut Gun Cub and moderator of the Knoxville area chapter meetings of the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA). He was a co-plaintiff in the “Guns in Parks” suit against the City of Knoxville. Following his recent move to Cookeville, he has been involved with building the Cookeville area chapter of the TFA. He blogs at http://www.goodhillpress.com/, where he writes about firearms related and conservative issues, pursuit of the perfect lawn, and Cooper the Wonderdog. He can be reached at listont@gmail.com or at 931-284-6088

Kat Ainsworth is an outdoor writer and Field Editor for Bonnier’s Range 365. As a freelancer she writes for an array of industry publications covering topics from ballistics to hunting to self-defense. Her book, Handgun Hunting, is being published by Skyhorse Publishing and will arrive at booksellers this fall. Kat has been carrying concealed for fifteen years, hunting for over twenty, and has never met a firearm she didn’t want to try out. When she isn’t enjoying the nomadic side of her gun-related lifestyle she calls Holliday, Texas home.



Bobby is a home builder by day and entrepreneur by night; founder of the Growler Media podcast network (www.growlermedia.com), and a podcasting host and producer. He loves helping new and aspiring podcasters learn the ropes and ways to simplify their processes so they can reach their audience with a great-sounding product. The Growler Media network is currently comprised of over a dozen podcasters that work to release entertainment and education podcasts on the network feeds. A constitutional conservative, Bobby may not be enough of a gun person to put together a firearm without saying “that doohickey” several times, but he strongly supports the protection and restoration of 2nd amendment freedoms and causes. Known to most as a “fixer”, you are just as likely to find him rebuilding a blown head gasket or remodeling a bathroom as you are to find him building a website or editing audio/video.  He and his wife Carri have 4 children and live in the Land of Enchantment.


DEREK LeBLANCDerek LeBlanc is a NRA certified firearms instructor. About 5 years ago while training parents for the purpose of self defense. He came to the realization that he was potentially exposing children to a possible accident inside the home. He began to research programs on kids firearm safety, while other programs were adequate. Being from a Oregon it was important to tailor the program to reach the masses. After 2 years countless miles traveled, hours of trial and error in front of kids all over the state of Oregon. The curriculum was ready. The Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation was born. A small 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Eugene, OR. Since the beginning it has been important, Kids firearm safety could be polarizing. It has been the goal of the foundation to stay nonpolitical. This has made the program more well received and has reached over 17,000 kids since the beginning. We have taught them at least the 4 basic safety rules that would save their lives if they ever come across a unsecured firearm. Being a smaller organization we are nimble and able to adjust to trends that are potentially dangerous to our kids. Safety is paramount to everything what we do. ZERO firearm accidents is the only acceptable goal!!


Firearms instructor with teaching certification from the NRA, Rangemaster (Advanced), Sig Sauer Academy, Shooting-Performance.com and more. Approximately 700 hours in class in firearms training as a student in pistol, rifle, and shotgun. Empty-handed self-defense instructor with an earned 2nd-degree black belt and 13 continuous years of study and practice. Teacher and Professor with 9 years teaching undergraduates and 5 years teaching graduate students. 8 years military service (Honorable Discharge, E-6, USN) that had nothing to do with self-defense. Most watched self-defense and firearms-use channel in the world on YouTube, Active Self Protection. Follower of the Way of Jesus, Husband, Daddy, and smoked meat lover.
Chief Marketing Officer, Active Self Protection.