Tom is a SWAT Team Operator and former Homicide Detective who is a father of 6 and husband to a city high school teacher. He began Armoured One because he realized after the Sandy Hook attack in 2012 that he could not keep his own kids safe while they were at school. Tom put together the best active shooter experts he could find from SWAT Team members, elite Military personnel, and Federal Agents to ensure he was creating a company that could do it right. Armoured One has former FBI active shooter profilers, Homeland Security active shooter subject matter experts, Navy Seals, Delta Force and Secret Service Agents who help create programs that are overseen by school teachers that make sure the instruction is taught in a way that is received the best. Armoured One sends investigators to school active shooter attacks, like the one in Parkland Florida, to reinvestigate the scene to make sure that the training and recommendations being made by Armoured One are working. Armoured One’s active shooter training has been taught to tens of thousands of school staff members across the nation and is received at over a 97% rating of excellent. Armoured One’s training and products have been proven to work in an real active shooter school attack where no lives were lost.
Tom is a SWAT Team Operator, Police Academy Instructor, NYS DCJS Firearms Instructor, Rifle Instructor, Less Lethal Instructor, Active Shooter Instructor, DARE I&II Instructor Certified, Instructor Development Certified, Police Crime Scene and Evidence Specialist Course Certified, Chemical Munitions Instructor, General Topics Instructor, Woodland Tactics Certified, Critical Incident Management Certified, National Incident Management System Certified, Interdiction for Terrorism Course Certified, Explosive Response to Terrorism Bombings Certified, Field Training Officer. Tom has over 17 years as a police officer and is still currently working as a Deputy in NYS and is on SWAT. Tom has had years of experience in high stress and high-risk emergency situations.
Visit https://armouredone.com/about/ for more information.
Kenan, is a 13 year old 7th grader from San Diego (Mayor Faulconer already proclaimed 1/23 Kenan Pala Day in San Diego) Kenan’s created his non-profit Kids4Community when he was 11 years old and their programs to fund programs for homeless, education and more has just hit the $500,000 mark in just two years.
Kids4Community was founded by young community organizer Kenan Pala with the help of friends and family. Kenan’s primary goal was to encourage other children his age and younger (like his brother) to get involved in their communities. Kenan’s first major charitable project was setting the Guinness World Record for largest mosaic created using cardboard boxes in 2016. Together, he and his fellow students did a food drive to collect cereal boxes and then put them together to set a record that is officially recognized by Guinness using cereal boxes destined for a local food bank.
Besides, his charity work, Kenan is also on track to be a track and field olympian and has wrote for national columns about his training and work ethic.
Visit https://kids4.org/our-history/ for more information.
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Boss Squad Entertainment’s recording artist Extream Bling is an extremely popular staple in the Atlanta music scene. He is known for his infectious style and unique sound some describe as “rap gone trap/party music”. His personality and vibe are a direct reflection of his raw talent promising him both longevity and success in the entertainment industry.
Extream has collaborated with a multitude of artists including Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Snootie Wild and Scooter, just to name a few. His current singles “Dope” and “100’s & 50’s” featuring Yung Thug are produced by Big Hurt and Big Frazeand he definitely have the DJs support. Both singles are being played in numerous clubs and on urban stations throughout the southeast. Extream’s previous project “Show and Prove 2” was hosted by Bigga Rankin and DJ Ace released July of 2014. The mixtape features Duct Tape Entertainment’s Big Bank Black, Young Thug, Scooter, and Peewee Longway with production from heavy hitters Komplexx, DJ Plugg, and Big Hurt. His recent live performance dates include opening for August Alsina at Obsessions nightclub in Atlanta and alongside Snootie Wild and Que in Greenville, SC, and a 10 city college tour.
“Dope” the single was released in August of 2015 produced by hit maker Big Fraze. Giving Extream Bling a new lane within his music, he ventured into EDM working with hit producer J Padron creating EDM Trap records like “Scream” and “Cruise Control”. His fans call his music “trap gone rap”. Moving into 2017 Extream Bling shocked his fans with his latest single BALANCE. The record represents “taking the good with the bad” and “balancing it out” in todays world.
Visit http://extreambling.com/about-us/ for more information.
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