Our team of certified instructors are prior law enforcement officers and self defense enthusiasts who advocate the right of private citizens to protect themselves.
Ryan Sullivan - Founding Director
Ryan Sullivan left law enforcement in 2004 and founded Tactical Intelligence Group with the goal of bringing quality, practical firearms and self defense training to civilians, as well as the law enforcement community. Having served as a member of the Security Police for the United States Air Force, a Police Academy Instructor, and a Federal Law Enforcement Officer, he has had the honor and privilege of serving both his country and community through a variety of assignments, ranging from protecting the President and various government officials, to working side-by-side with federal and local law enforcement agencies.
Known for weaving the dedication, discipline, and various hand-to-hand and ground fighting techniques acquired from a life studying the martial arts, as well as military and law enforcement training, into his firearms and self defense courses, Ryan’s courses continue to be among our most popular. His enthusiasm is truly contagious! Students frequently tell us his stories and demonstrations are what made the training “click” for them, so they could see how to apply what they learned within their daily life or in an actual emergency situation.
Ryan continually trains with the country’s top instructors and training institutes to keep his skills sharp, as well as bring the most up-to-date and cutting edge material back to his students. He holds numerous licenses and certifications, including:
Ryan continues to set the bar high for all of T.I.G.’s instructors, ensuring the high level of professionalism, safety, and personalized instruction he is known for is found in every course we offer. He personally oversees the continuing education requirements of all of our instructors and is continually networking within the industry to ensure the latest skills and techniques are brought back and offered within the Greater Cincinnati Area.
Davina Eccard - Director of Operations
Although growing up in rural areas, hunting with her father and grandfather, she did not own her own firearm until many years later, when she found herself a newly divorced, single woman living in the urban core. Deciding to take charge of her own personal defense, she formally began her firearms training in 2006. Over the years she trained extensively with Ryan Sullivan, later joining T.I.G. as an instructor, and eventually becoming a partner in the business in 2012. She holds credentials from the University of Cincinnati, Boston University, and George Washington University and is a respected, active member of the small business community.
Davina is an advocate for women gun owners of all ages. She works to create a local community that encourages, educates, and empowers women to be their own best personal defense. As Greater Cincinnati’s first female instructor offering Female Only Firearms courses, she has helped numerous women become comfortable and confident in the handling and carrying of a firearm.
By creating a relaxed, non-judgmental environment where new shooters can ask questions, try out new skills, and receive personalized recommendations, Davina has become a widely sought after instructor for brand new shooters, shooters with special needs, women, and families. Students frequently tell us that her patient instruction and individualized recommendations made the difference in them qualifying to carry a firearm and actually feeling confident enough to do so!
Like all of our instructors, Davina participates in ongoing, advanced training to help keep her skills sharp. She is a NRA Certified Instructor for both Basic Pistol and Personal Protection in the Home. In addition, she holds current Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Level I: Mechanical Advantage Subject Control and Level II: Survival Force Reactionary Defense certifications, as well as maintaining her Sabre OC Law Enforcement Instructor certification.
Ben Hawk - Staff Instructor, Firearms
Ben Hawk began his firearms training in 1999. During his search for quality firearms training in the Greater Cincinnati Area, he encountered both good and bad instructors, as well as a mixed bag of accurate and inaccurate information being disseminated. Ben began training with T.I.G. shortly after its founding in 2004. Having finally found the quality and style training he had been seeking, Ben went on to study Hand-to-Hand Combat, Close Range Gun Fighting, and Point Shooting Techniques over the years through various T.I.G. courses.
In addition to being a NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor, he holds current Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Level I: Mechanical Advantage Subject Control and Level II: Survival Force Reactionary Defense Certified certifications.
Ben joined T.I.G. as an instructor in 2013. His easy going, personable style is welcomed by our students, especially those that have been exposed to some of the area’s “it’s our way or the highway” style instructors. Always with a joke or story at the ready, Ben has a knack for making serious training highly enjoyable.
Chad Herman - Staff Instructor, Firearms
Chad Herman served as a member of the United States Military’s Special Forces Unit, specializing in covert operations, surveillance and counter surveillance, high risk security operations, explosives, and team operations. During his service, he earned multiple awards for bravery and courage in battle. Many of the operations that Chad conducted for our country are still classified today.
Between Chad’s military career and time spent in law enforcement, he has become certified in over 12 different weapons and fighting systems, from handguns and tactical rifles, to sniper rifles, and various forms of hand-to-hand combat.
Known for his “tell it like it is” style, Chad pulls from experiences during his fourteen years of service as a law enforcement officer, eight years as a U.S. Army Ranger, and several years as a Private Military Contractor to give real life examples which illustrate both the seriousness and sometimes comical nature of human reactions to various high stress and tactical situations.
Alex Villanueva - Staff Instructor, Tactical Medicine
Alex Villanueva is a Nationally Registered Paramedic, Ohio Certified EMS Instructor, and member of the Federal Disaster Response Team. He has extensive training in Counter Terrorism, Haz-Mat, and WMD response techniques.
Having served as a Paramedic and Firefighter for over twelve years, he has accumulated an impressive collection of tips and tricks, drawn from his firsthand experiences with a broad spectrum of first aid and trauma scenes, giving our students a wealth of knowledge and practical application advice from the real world, not just concepts commonly taught in the classroom.
Known for sharing real world experiences and his conversational, storytelling style, Alex combines his vast experience as a paramedic and his years of experience training in various self defense methods to deliver a unique set of Tactical Medicine training modules that equip those of us working with and around firearms and edged weapons with the lifesaving skills needed to help ourselves or friends and family should the unfortunate need arise.