At Premier Shooting and Training, we strive to provide our clients, members, and visitors with a truly unique experience. We host events, as well as specials like Ladies Night Out, and stay up to date on the latest information in the world of shooting and training.
With a location in the heart of West Chester’s growing recreational area, Premier Shooting & Training Center offers the area’s finest facility. Our facility includes gun ranges, combined with unsurpassed classes in Martial Arts, Self Defense Classes, Concealed Carry / CCW Classes, armed protection, retail, and memberships. No other facility in the Cincinnati area brings this winning combination under one roof.
MEET OUR TEAM
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.
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
Stan Worthington, Operations Manager
Stan is a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Beret). As a member of 7th Group (ABN) he was trained and qualified as a Combat Diver, Demolitions, Survival, Urban Guerrilla Warfare (UGW)/Counter Terrorism. After Special Forces, Stan was a state Trooper with the Indianan State Police. He was a member of the State Police Area 5 SWAT and EOD units. In 1981 Stan was selected as the Law Enforcement officer of the Year for the state of Indiana. Prior to joining the team at Premier Shooting and Training Center, he was a college professor and Dean of Criminal Justice. Currently, Stan is the Operations Manager for Premier Shooting and Training Center of West Chester Ohio. In addition to those duties he teaches classes in survival and disaster preparedness.
Jim Hardman, 88-Tactical Instructor
Twenty – eight years of experience with a diverse background in Communications, Patrol Operations, Tactical Operations and Training Fifteen years of leadership experience, supervising others under high stress, dynamic circumstances Municipal police officer for 25 years working Patrol Operations, Tactical team and Search Warrant units “Plank Owner” of collateral tactical unit comprising four agencies, started as entry team member retired as Team Leader and Chief Tactics Instructor Ohio Basic Peace officer training cadre at college academy and criminal justice program specializing in Firearms, Defensive Tactics and Active Threat Response for fourteen years Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy Adjunct Instructor specializing in Firearms, Active Threat Response, Basic/Advanced SWAT tactics and Defensive Tactics for twelve years Co-Author for State of Ohio Single Officer Response to Active Threat (SORAT) program Subject Matter Expert in Basic SWAT and Active Threat Response Train the Trainer for Nationally recognized programs, RAIDER, LASER, ALERRT and SORAT. Regional Training Coordinator and Instructor (ret) for Ohio Tactical Officer’s Association Served with honor US Army Infantry and deployed to Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm participated in combat operations Awarded Combat Infantryman’s Badge and other assorted military decorations Awarded Knights of Columbus Blue Coat Award, Ohio Medal Of Valor, Distinguished Service Award and Domestic Violence Road Officer of the Year
Jim Cornish, Martial Arts Manager
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)
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.
Jeremy Hogan, Retail Lead
Jeremy’s military background includes 5 years in the
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.
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)
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.
Kellie Wilson, Event Coordinator
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
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.
Hannah Lentz, ATF Compliance Officer & Corporate Trainer
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!