We make shooters better. We believe in pushing the limits of human performance. We do this by using expert instructors, one-on-one coaching, and a principle-based approach that builds a system which works well for shooters of all experience levels, sizes and strengths.
Ken Nelson is the CEO and a co-founder of the Tactical Performance Center. He’s an avid firearms trainer (having trained and coached thousands of students), competitor, and match director for the largest competitive shooting events in the country.
Ken is also a serial software entrepreneur–most shooters will know him as the "guy behind PractiScore" (the scoring software used in practical shooting). In Southern Utah he led the improvements and rapid expansion of the Southern Utah Practical Shooting Range, one of the largest and premiere ranges in the country (and also a home range for TPC).
Ken's business approach is simple–whether for software, shooting matches, or training academies–have the best product, at a high value, and back it with the best support the customer has ever experienced. His focus for TPC is both course leadership and ensuring that TPC is the best academy at becoming better at teaching excellence with firearms.
Along with co-founder Ron he shares a passion for truly understanding performance, objectively and repeatedly. It was this shared passion, even more than shooting or competing, that brought them together to form the Tactical Performance Center in January of 2014.
Ken is a graduate of Utah State University with a B.S. in Computer Science. He served as both an enlisted soldier and officer in the United States Army. He’s married, for 30 years, with 2 children and resides in St. George, UT.
Ron Avery is a co-founder of the Tactical Performance Center. He leads courses, trains all of our instructors and also is our doctrine developer. He is a professional shooter and trainer with over 37 years of experience in the firearms, outdoor, and training industry as well as competition shooting disciplines.
As a professional trainer and martial artist, Ron has combined his studies of the science of performance and shooting with other martial, tactical, and competitive disciplines. Ron has developed superior training doctrine and programs that are easy to learn and courtroom defensible. His skill and experience, combined with his methodology and ability to deliver top level training, have made him an internationally recognized trainer.
Ron has provided firearms training to all branches of the military, select government agencies, hundreds of federal, state, and municipal law enforcement agencies, and countless clients in the private sector.
Ron is the valedictorian of two police academies and worked for 13 years as a police officers and deputy sheriff. He was a lead instructor for firearms, hand-to-hand skills and arrest control, and officer survival. Additionally, he is SWAT trained and served as a field training officer and designated marksman.
A world-class competitive shooter, Ron has accumulated numerous wins and titles over the years and continues to be a world-class performer.
Glen Wong is a lead instructor at the Tactical Performance Center. He is a professional USPSA and 3-gun shooter and the personal coach for Jalise and Justine Williams, pro shooters with Team Springfield.
Glen started shooting competitively in 1988 and has competed against some of the best shooters in the world. He currently competes in Open, Limited, Production, Single-Stack, and Carry Optic divisions in multiple matches across the country.
Teaching students and helping them succeed has been a lifelong passion for Glen. Before training world-class shooters, Glen worked as a martial arts instructor for 15 years. He built upon his martial arts background and became a skilled firearms instructor under the training of Ron Avery. Glen now serves as a lead instructor in our handgun mastery and competition handgun mastery classes.
In addition to competing, Glen feels strongly about giving back to the shooting community. He currently serves as a board member for the Southern Utah Practical Shooting Range (our home range), match director, and USPSA CRO.
Brian Nelson is a lead instructor at the Tactical Performance Center. He is a nationally-ranked competitor in 3-Gun, USPSA, IDPA, Steel Challenge, and other major matches.
Brian fell in love with practical shooting at the age of 10 and has been competing ever since. At the age of 16 he became the first junior shooter to qualify for the 3-Gun Nation Pro Series Finale. Brian is currently a Grandmaster in USPSA Limited and Production divisions and a Master in IDPA Stock Service Pistol division.
Brian has wins in numerous major matches: Hard as Hell MultiGun, Tactical division; 3-Gun Nation Southeastern Region, Practical/Overall; Utah State USPSA Championship, Production; Berry’s Steel Open, Carry Optics, Limited and PCC. Brian is currently sponsored by Taran Tactical Innovations, Berry’s Manufacturing, PROOF Research, Leupold Optics, MGM Targets, and SoundGear.
Brian has been instructing at TPC since it started in 2014. He currently leads our MultiGun, Carbine, and Pistol Caliber Carbine classes and is responsible for management of our Pro Team (made up of TPC instructors) as well as advancing and writing our carbine doctrine.
Rossen Hristov is a lead instructor at the Tactical Performance Center. He is a professional shooter and a highly qualified trainer with extensive experience in training security forces and counter-terrorism units.
Originally from Bulgaria, Rossen spent several years serving in the Bulgarian army. After his military service, Rossen dedicated seven years to serving with the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service overseas.
His role in the U.S. DSS led to his participation in several projects in the Middle East as a tactical and combat instructor. His roles included lead combat instructor for a top Israeli private contractor and lead instructor and designer of firearms training programs for a company led by experts from the Royal Dutch Marines.
Rossen’s dedication to firearms training and combat skills is highlighted by a host of certifications: Sig Sauer Academy Master Firearms Instructor (handgun, shotgun, rifle), NRA Instructor and Chief Range Officer, PSD (hostile environment) Specialist, Combat Instructor (from AS Combat Training Team Israel and Tactical Training Solutions Middle East), and Combat Lifesaver (U.S. Army Task Force Med Falcon).
Not only a combat veteran and skilled instructor, Rossen is also a national practical shooting champion in Bulgaria and has won numerous major matches. Rossen now competes as a member of the CZ-USA shooting team.