MEET OUR TEAM
We are more than just a gun range. Hosting a well maintained Martial Arts Dojo where we offer several forms of Martial Arts from MMA, BJJ, TarKwonDo, Aikido and Kenpo. We also offer a series of Self Defense class for everyone. “ Because everyone has the right to Self-Defense” Our friendly and knowledgable staff are happy to assist you. Premier Shooting & Training Center, “Where Excellence Meets Expectation”.
James Lentz (Jim), General Manager
Jim has over 20 years of experience in martial arts, self-defense and personal training in addition to private investigative and security fields. Jim is a certified NRA Instructor. Jim has attended and is certified in numerous specialty schools, only a few listed below: NRA Certified Firearms Instructor – CCW (Conceal Carry Weapons) Instructor Kenpo Jiu Jitsu Instructor 2nd Degree Black Belt (Nidan) Shootfighting Instructor (Kiha-Go) Hojutsu 1st degree Black Belt (Shodan) Lecturer for Women’s Self Defense Programs Extensive Wrestling and Military Combatives Knowledge Jim served 6 years in the U.S Marine Corps Reserve as a Military Policeman. He attended the University of Cincinnati majoring in criminal justice.
ATF Compliance Officer, Corporate Trainer, Operations Manager
Detail oriented, that says it all about Hannah, she has a keen attention to detail and is highly organized. When you come in to the range, her smile might be the first things you see!
The position of ATF Compliance Officer performs administrative duties related to compliance of federal, state, and local firearm rules and regulations; as well as ensures adherence to Premier’s related policies and procedures. Hannah performs duties such as data entry, error resolution and other duties ensuring total compliance with all ATF regulations.
Additionally, Hannah ensures;
All firearm acquisitions are completed within a structured time frame and follow ATF standards with accuracy and efficiency.
The accurate and timely disposition of all firearm sales, holds, layaways, repairs etc.
That all 4473s are proof read for errors prior to filing and relay error information through the proper channels.
That resolution is attempted with customers in the event there is an outstanding error on any related ATF forms by following detailed ATF F 4473 Error Correction Process.
Responsibility for maintaining backup log of multiple handgun sales, maintain completion and filing of all department paperwork and responsible for maintaining BATFE log books as required for repairs and consignment firearms.
She documents and up-dates all policies, procedures, and training materials for the company. Additionally, she monitors the new hire training plan to ensure the new trainee has the tools necessary to be a valuable part of Premier’s staff and provide the excellent customer service Premier strives for. So, if you’re new to Premier’s team, you’ll be spending lots of time with her!
Jeremy Hogan, Retail Lead
Jeremy’s military background includes 5 years in the Unites State Marine Corps as an Infantry Squad Leader and Combat Marksmanship Trainer. Bringing his vast knowledge of firearms and leadership abilities to Premier in 2016, Jeremy started as a retail sale associate. He rapidly progressed to Range Safety Officer, Shift Lead and now heads up the entire retail floor.
Jeremy was instrumental in bringing up our new On-Line shopping experience GearFire. He has some big plans for Premier and looks forward to moving us into the next phase of our growth. Jeremy is very family oriented and enjoys the fact that Premier is family owned and operated, he is proud to be part of the Premier family.
Kellie Wilson, Membership & Event Manager
With her creative bent of mind, eye for detail, passion and enthusiasm Kellie is the perfect person to coordinate any type of event. A people person, everyone loves Kellie’s smile and can-do personality. Kellie started with Premier on opening day as a retail associate and quickly rose to management level.
Kellie has extensive retail knowledge and participates in all Premier has to offer, she enjoys the shooting sports, her son is in our Marital Arts program, the entire family, grand parents included, fish and use the outdoor area. When Kellie plans your event, she triple checks every detail, has an alternative plan B C & D, your event is sure to be a success when Kellie is your coordinator.
Our members are very important to us so Kellie as member liaison keeps her finger on the pulse of what our members enjoy about Premier and how we can improve our facility and services.
Phil Chaney, Armed Training Director
Phil is a retired Marine Chief Warrant Officer 3 and decorated combat veteran with over 25 years of specialized training and instruction. Phil brings a unique blend of both combat experience and formal special skills instructor qualifications. Phil served as a Special Missions Close Quarters Battle (CQB) Instructor for 1St Special Operations Training Group (SOTG), responsible for training Marine Force Recon in Surgical Shooting, Close Quarters Battle and Close Combat. He was later hand selected to be Chief Instructor for the Close Quarters Battle section, MCSF, responsible for training all Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Teams (FAST) in CQB and created the course curriculum for the Advanced Urban Combat course. Phil’s operational experience includes several combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. Phil’s commendations include: Bronze Star w/ “Valor” device (OEF), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ “Valor” device (OIF), Meritorious Service Medal (OIF), Navy /Marine Corps commendation Medal. Phil is currently The Director of Training for the Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA), and serves as a State Certified Defensive Tactics, Firearms and SWAT Instructor. In addition, Phil is an adjunct instructor for Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) for Basic SWAT and Advanced SWAT courses for the State. Phil has been instrumental in the development and instruction of the new State Basic and Advanced SWAT Schools as well as the Single Officer Response to Active Threats (SORAT) curriculum development. Phil has attended numerous specialty schools, only a few of which are listed here: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Instructor Course Special Operations Training Group Close Quarters Battle course MCSF Close Quarters Battle course – Honor graduate Special Forces Close Quarters Combat Course (SFARTAETC) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Firearms Instructor Course Advanced Urban Combat Instructor (MCSF) Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Trainer (Martial arts/ Black Belt) IALEFI- Master Instructor OPOTA Firearms Instructor OPOTA Patrol Rifle Carbine Instructor OPOTA Defensive Tactics Instructor OPOTA Instructional Skills Course
Sean Sutton, Martial Arts Instructor
Former Marine Sergeant, Sean Sutton’s love for martial arts started as far back as his first class in 1994. His time with the Marine’s took him to a multitude of countries around the world and exposed him to martial arts at their source. During his military career he had the good fortune and honor to train in Hawaii under Guro Burton Richardson, the Founder of JKD Unlimited. After diligent and dedicated training, Sean Sutton earned the Instructor rank in multiple modules under the JKD Unlimited parentage. Mr. Sutton has served as the Advanced MMA and BJJ coach for the UFC Gym from October 2014 – July 2015 and is currently the Head Coach for High Performance MMA and Premier Competition Team. MMA For The Street™ Instructor- JKD Unlimited Battlefield Kali™ Single Stick Instructor- JKD Unlimited Battlefield Kali™ Knife Instructor- JKD Unlimited BJJ For The Street™/BJJ Instructor- JKD Unlimited Silat For The Street™ Instructor- JKD Unlimited Muay Thai Instructor- JKD Unlimited Black Belt 1st Degree – Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP)
Nate Morningstar, Armorer
Chief Armorer at Premier Shooting and Training Center Certified Armorer on Beretta & Glock handguns, Heckler & Koch Inc. rifles (M14-M16 rifle series) 1977 United States Army Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division 1982 Houston, Texas Police Officer 1987 Re-Enlistment in the United States Army Special Forces, Special Operations Weapons Sergeant serving with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Ft. Devens, Massachusetts and Stuttgardt, Germany 1994-1998 Light Weapons Instructor at the JFK Special Warfare Training Group. Nate’s deployments include the Persian Gulf War (Kuwait), Sierra Leonne and Africa as an advisor.
Mike Bryant, Inventory Controller
Mike grew up in rural Indiana. After his schoolin’ he ran off to join the circus. Unable to find a circus in Indiana, he joined the Army Infantry.
Next up was 16 years with an International Private Security Company, where he managed logistics of operations.
Mike finally found his home here at Premier in January of 2018, as the Inventory Controller. There was much rejoicing.
Amber Buriff, 88-Tactical Instructor
Amber has been an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor since 2013 and a TWAW Certified Instructor since 2016. Amber’s passion for assisting women to become active participants in their own safety led her to becoming involved with The Well Armed Woman (TWAW) Shooting Chapters where she has served as the leader of the North Cincinnati Chapter since 2013. She also serves as the State Leader for TWAW Shooting Chapters in Ohio where she oversees 14 other chapters.
As a leader and instructor, Amber is dedicated to continually seeking quality training and has logged over 250 hours of training in the past four years.
Her certifications include: NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Certified Personal Protection Inside the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor, NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer and TWAW Certified Women’s Instructor.
Jim Cornish, Martial Arts Manager – Emeritus
Jim served in U.S. Army for 3 years. Vietnam Service (1970 -1973) Jim has been teaching martial arts to adults and children for 17 years Jim began teaching private lessons in 1995 Jim trained under Master Mark Tracy, son of The Great Grandmaster Al Tracy (the head of the Tracy System of Kenpo) Jim has been awarded Shodan- 1st Degree Black Belt (1999) Jim was awarded Sandan-3rd Degree Black Belt (2010)
Ian Wiesman, Martial Arts Instructor
Ian is a graduate of Fairfield High School and is currently completing undergraduate studies at Miami University. Ian has been studying the art of Taekwondo for 15 years at Hamilton Fairfield- Taekwondo Center under David Huffstutler. Ian has been an instructor of 8 years. Ian is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.
Ian is a Brown Belt in Judo and studies under Virgil Lackey. He enjoys training children and adults. In today’s world where bullying is a growing issue, and self-confidence is low, Ian focuses on the real world scenarios and wants to help kids build the confidence and leadership they need. Ian makes learning Taekwondo a family fun environment and explains things in a way people will understand and enjoy.