BRIAN SEARCY - President/Gunsmith
Since his retirement from the Army, Brian has founded and led several successful businesses. He founded and managed Argus and Black, a management consulting firm. He cofounded TigerSwan, where he served as the President/COO for 6 years. He is a cofounder and Partner of Global Guardian, the global security and emergency response firm, and is the cofounder of Searcy Outdoor Power Plus.
Brian is a 23 year Army Special Operations veteran who culminated 16 years with Delta Force (1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta) as the Unit’s Operations Sergeant Major. His leadership experiences range from serving as a military advisor in Central and South America to serving as the Command Sergeant Major (senior enlisted advisor) for a 1700 person Special Operations Task Force in Iraq. He has served in hostile fire/combat zones in Central and South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. A decorated combat leader, his military awards include the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.
A competitive shooter for over 25 years, Brian has competed at the top levels of competition in both precision and action shooting. Brian is a U.S. Army Distinguished Pistol Shot and has been awarded the President’s Hundred Tab. His other marksmanship accolades include: Overall Winner- 2005 Joint Special Operations Command Small Arms Championships and 2003 North Carolina Indoor Conventional Pistol Champion.
Brian has earned a BS from Campbell University, and an MS from Central Michigan University. Additionally he has completed executive programs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Business School.
ROBERT PARKS - Gunsmith
Rob is a retired United States Air Force Instructor and Evaluator Command Pilot. He spent 14 of his 20 year career in Special Operations to include Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He is a Subject Matter Expert in Unconventional Warfare Aviation Missions, Combat Aviation Advisory Operations, Foreign Internal Defense and Tactical Flying Operations. Rob conducted six tours while deployed inside of Iraq, culminating in 235 Combat Missions. He has over 5,700 hours of military and civilian flying time. He is an FAA licensed Civilian Flight Instructor (CFII) with ratings in Instrument, Single and Multi-Engine Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and a Tail Wheel Endorsement.
Rob has planned, executed and commanded operations throughout the world to include; South Korea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Cyprus, Bahrain, Jordan, Oman, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Guantanamo Bay, Iraq and the Ukraine. He has Instructed Department of Defense weapons courses with U. S. and Foreign weapons both inside the USA and multiple countries around the world. Rob is a graduate of Multiple Department of Defense High Risk Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) Courses, Medical Trauma Courses, Firearms and Driving Courses. While on active duty he maintained a Military Firearms Range Safety Officer (RSO) certificate.
Rob is a Graduate of the United States Federal Air Marshal’s Federal Flight Deck Officer Course (FFDO) and an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor. He is a competitive shooter in multiple disciplines to include United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Pistol, Multi-Gun/3-Gun, Tactical 2-Gun, NRA Tactical Police Competition (TPC), NRA Action Pistol, the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Glock Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF).
Rob has a Master’s Degree in Management (Aviation / Aerospace) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science (International Relations) from East Carolina University and an Associate of Science Degree in Mathematics from Richard Bland College of The College of William & Mary.
JAMES GRUZESKI - Gunsmith