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Meet our Team

Ron McCullough


Ron Mc McCullough has nearly 40 years of firearm experience, dating back to his military service in the Marine Corps. He was a Rifle Range Coach and was awarded expert badges in both rifle and pistol. After service, he was a Firearms Instructor for a major armored truck carrier for several years before founding and serving as President/C.E.O. of Advanced Armored Training Academy (AATA). He holds a Master's degree in Communication from Purdue University Calumet and is seeking a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Organizational Management from Grand Canyon University. Ron currently lives in central Florida and is looking to expand AATA in that region.

Mike Coates


Mike Coates is the current C.E.O. and Senior Instructor of Advanced Armored Training Academy (AATA). He has over 35 years of Firearm and Security Training experience, and a combined 9 years of military service between the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves, where he served as an armorer. Over the course of his career, he has acquired various skills and instructor certifications such as NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, Monadnock Expandable Baton, Monadnock Defensive Tactics Systems, OC Spray, and Basic Life Support. Mike serves clients in the Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana regions.

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Theo Davis

NRA Certified Instructor

Instructor Davis (Theo) brings with him a wealth of firearm and self-defense experience to Advanced Armored. He is a certified firearm instructor with the Illinois State Police, NRA certified pistol instructor and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu artist. He has been employed as an armed federal security officer for the past several years and is a member of the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA). He is also certified in CPR and defibrillator use.

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