Pacific West Academy’s Certified Training Instructors
Pacific West Academy’s training instructors incorporate years of military and executive protection experience into the course curriculum.
Owner and CEO
Mr. Krashinsky is a veteran lieutenant of one of the world’s most respected secret service special operations units. Having served with top-secret security clearance, he is specially trained in anti-terrorist tactics, multiple firearms and electronic counter-surveillance, threat analyses, risk assessments, emergency preparedness and crisis planning. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, personnel management, training and emerging technologies with strong physical security assessment and physical security planning expertise for chief executive officers and high net-worth private clients and families.
- Israeli Air Force Commando/Tier 1 Operator
Director of Training
Mr. Kuehner joined the Advanced Security Concepts team in the summer of 2012 after completing his enlistment in the U.S. Army. During his military career, he served exclusively with the 82nd Airborne Division advancing from the position of rifleman to Squad Leader. Donald's experience comes from his multiple tours in Afghanistan, completion of numerous military schools, and first-hand firearms knowledge while acting as a firearms sales associate in the Southern California area.
- US Army - 82nd Airborne Division, NCO
Raz Klinghoffer is a former Israeli Navy SEAL who dedicated six years of his life to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). He has participated in countless military operations and managed, commanded, and trained troops on both land and sea; finishing his career with the rank of Top Sergeant. Trained in many disciplines, Mr. Klinghoffer served as a first-aid lead and completed extensive training as a field medic. Afterward, Mr. Klinghoffer began his career in protection and security, acting as a team member of special security forces that secured gas platforms 15 miles from Israel’s shoreline.
Mr. Klinghoffer moved to the United States shortly upon his completion of duties off the Mediterranean coast and graduated from PWA's Comprehensive Security Training Course. Upon completion, he was hired by ASC as an executive protection agent working with and around A-list celebrities directly in the field. His training and expertise has led him to become an Instructor for PWA with his main area of expertise displayed as a teacher on the firing range.
- Close Protection Specialist
- Israeli Navy SEAL
Brig Barker was a career FBI Agent (Counterterrorism) that lived overseas for five years and has worked extensively in the Middle East and Africa over a span of 30 years. An Arabic speaker (MSA) with extensive management experience having led two interagency counterterrorism task forces. Further hand selected as the FBI Senior Advisor embedded with U.S. Special Operations Command for two year. Former FBI SWAT operator and sniper. A former Army officer (Captain) having served in the 82nd Airborne as a platoon leader, weapons executive officer, and acting company commander both in garrison and combat environments.
- Retired FBI Agent
Bob worked for 25 years as an undercover Operations Officer for the CIA. He has deep operational experience in the U.S., Europe, Central America, South America and the Middle East. Bob has successfully worked against foreign terrorist groups such as The Islamic State, Al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Sendero Luminoso and the Palestine Liberation Organization. In addition, Bob has extensive experience in working against Iranian state sponsored terrorism, and government of Iran intelligence and procurement operations worldwide.
Bob has served as a subject matter expert instructor on terrorism and countering terrorist cells inside the U.S. and overseas for a variety of classes attended by law enforcement, U.S. government federal officers, U.S. military personnel, and civilian specialist first-responders. Bob is a senior instructor on HUMINT and Counter-Terrorism for U.S. military special operations elements including Naval Special Warfare units.
Bob is also an adjunct professor at the California Specialized Training Institute – the State of California POST training entity for law enforcement personnel. Bob has personally developed, managed and carried out multiple high-profile operations during his career that lead to the capture of several high-profile terrorists, and the effective dismantling of terrorist networks.
- Retired CIA Agent
Lead Training Instructor
Mr. Lupton joined Pacific West Academy to pursue his vision for a premium security training organization that would meet the growing demand for a higher level of protective services. Mr. Lupton is a veteran Sergeant of the United States Marine Corps.
Mr. Lupton served with BLT 2/1 Fox Co. (Amphibious Raid Company) and was assigned to the Maritime Special Purpose Force (MSPF) Trailer Platoon. Mr. Lupton deployed with the 13th, 11th, and 15th MEU SOC (Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable), to include the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. Mr. Lupton was later assigned to WFTBN (Weapons and Field Training Battalion) R505 as a Field Instructor and Range Safety Officer.
He has proven himself as an effective leader with the ability to elicit interest and enthusiasm using a common-sense approach. His degree of attention to the protection of client assets and unique solutions always meet or exceed our clients’ highest goals and expectations.
- Close Protection Agent
- US Marines - 1st Marine Division, NCO
Lead Combative and Training Instructor
Benjamin Rosenfeld became a member of the Advanced Security Concepts team in 2010. Throughout Ben's time with ASC he has worked in Estate Security, Executive Protection, and as a Personal Bodyguard. Ben's career as a protection agent has covered multiple disciplines, including the Director of Security for Infusion Lounge, Universal Studios and Security Host for numerous Hollywood nightclubs. His true passion being martial arts, Ben has devoted countless hours to training and teaching Krav Maga, boxing, muay thai, freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, and submission wrestling. Ben's career and knowledge allows him to understand and teach manipulation of the human body in relation to martial arts and shooting tactics necessary for proper training of Executive Protection Agents. Now a Pacific West Academy Instructor, he aims to train and produce Executive Protection Agents of the highest caliber, ready to advance their careers in the security field.
- Close Protection Specialist
- Mixed Martial Artist
Matt Cheun began his career in the United States Marine Corps in 2016. During his military service, Matt specialized in conducting overwatch operations as well as the clandestine surveillance and tracking of personnel in a wide range of environments.
Matt's military training package included land based reconnaissance, amphibious reconnaissance, small boat operations, small unit tactics, counter surveillance, demolition operations, land/ nautical navigation, urban assault training and a number of small unit tactics courses.
Upon conclusion of his service, Matt transitioned into the private sector by working contracts both within and outside of the US, conducting estate security, mobile security and counter surveillance operations. Matt thoroughly enjoys instructing firearms application courses and constantly works to excel in his craft. He has taken many courses throughout his military career as well as instructed a variety of basic and advanced courses to include carbine, pistol, low light/no light and room clearing.
Matt is currently an Executive Protection Agent for Advanced Security Concepts as well as an instructor for Pacific West Academy, where he aims to provide students with efficient and up to date instruction about the constantly evolving world of firearms manipulation and executive protection tactics, techniques and procedures.
- Close Protection Agent
- US Marines - 1st Marine Division, NCO
Aaron served 8 years within Special Operations as an Army Ranger and 3 years consulting internally for the Army. During his time at 2nd Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment he deployed 7 times, twice to Iraq and 5 times to Afghanistan. He attended multiple schools within Special Operations earning Master Breacher, Jumpmaster, FRIES master, Expert Infantry, Squad Designated Marksmen, and his Ranger Tab. He led teams, squads, and a reconnaissance section during his deployments. As a security consultant, he worked all over the country advising Army Reserve, National Guard and Active-duty units.
After leaving the military Aaron worked as an Operations Manager at Microsoft in physical security and at Dell Technologies as a Sr Manager, where he stood up their physical security Fusion Center. Aaron has protected CEO’s celebrities, military commanders, and public figures during his Executive Protection career.
He has an Associate degree from Pierce College, a Bachelors degree from Saint Martin’s University and is an MBA candidate at Concordia University Irvine. Aaron’s certifications include NRA Pistol Instructor, CPR/AED, CCW (38 states), Guard Card, Exposed Firearm, Essentials Protection School and Intelligence Strategies for Executive Protection and GSOC Personnel.
- US Army Ranger - 2nd Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment, NCO
- Close Protection Specialist
Medical Training Instructor
An 18-year veteran of the United States Army and a member of the Ranger community, David has functioned as a Long Range Detachment team member and leader. As a secondary military occupational specialty (MOS), he graduated from the Health Care Technician’s course at Fort Sam Huston, Texas and was awarded the military MOS 68 W. He is a member of the Special Operations Medical Association, Ranger Association and Army Parachute Association.
Mr. Paladini is a civilian paramedic with over 15 years’ service in a Southern California-based 911 systems. David is Affiliate Faculty to the American Heart Association and holds Instructor Credentials in Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), and Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) disciplines. He currently functions as Course Coordinator for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) course and is Affiliate Faculty, Course Coordinator and Military Instructor for NAEMT’s Tactical Casualty Combat Care course. David has also graduated from a California Peace Officers Basic Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) academy and functioned as a reserve Deputy.
- US Army - Medic (68W), NCO
- Former Law Enforcement Officer
EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operation Course) Lead Instructor
Mr. Gooden spent over 30 years as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department, where he worked assignments that included patrol, gang enforcement, narcotics, detectives, the anti-drug education program D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education, and EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operations Course). During his 30 plus career, Mr. Gooden sharpened his teaching and training skills and became a master instructor for the LAPD.
Mr. Gooden has conducted training around the world. As a member of the Los Angeles Police Department’s training cadre, he travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia training members of the Department of Defense, specifically the military police. He has trained thousands of police officers, and presented at conferences nationally and internationally.
One field that Mr. Gooden specializes in, is emergency vehicle operation. This specialty includes high speed pursuit driving, evasive driving maneuvers, collision avoidance, skid recognition and control, slow speed skills, reverse driving, perishable skills, defensive and offensive driving. These techniques were used daily as thousands of members of the LAPD benefited from the challenging and creative courses that were developed by Mr. Gooden.
As a master instructor, Mr. Gooden focuses on the learner, and ensures that all modalities of learning are taking place. Achieving success for the learner is paramount, but that only happens when the instructor gives 100%.
- Retired Los Angeles Police Officer
- National/International Trainer
- EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operation Course) Certified
Mark Ackenback is a POST Certified Firearms Instructor. After being an avid shooter for many years, Mark decided to use his expertise to help provide a high level of training to Law Enforcement Officers and responsible armed citizens.
Mark currently instructs officers from multiple law enforcement agencies in the Southern California Area. His methods are based on implementing modernized and advanced techniques which focus on performance based shooting with a defense application. Mark's goal for each Pacific West Academy student is to equip them to be a safe, efficient and confident shooter, in the event that they must use their firearm as a protection agent.
- POST Certified
San Diego Regional Manager
Since 1992, George Rodriguez has been a Corporate Security Director for a $600M sport memorabilia corporation and for a $1B worldwide sport equipment manufacturer. At both companies, Mr. Rodriguez successfully developed security departments which worked closely with Human Resources and Legal to protect employee, executives, and inventory assets in multiple U.S. states and Mexico. In addition, Mr. Rodriguez managed multiple narcotic and theft investigations, including, covert employees, interviews and law enforcement involvement. After leaving the corporate sector, Mr. Rodriguez created, managed and sold a full-service, State of California-certified security company, serving numerous high-profile businesses and individual clients throughout Southern California.
Mr. Rodriguez is fluent in English and Spanish. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix, San Diego Campus, and a Human Resources Management Certification from Villanova University. Additionally, Mr. Rodriguez has many professional certifications that are specific to corporate security: State of California training, executive protection, investigations, interviewing and private patrol operations. Mr. Rodriguez’s professional affiliations include the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International, National Council of Investigation & Security Services, National Riffle Association, Safariland Training Group and California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms. Philanthropically, he regularly donates time and money for fallen-officer fundraising events that are affiliated with the California Highway Patrol.
- Security Company CEO
- Close Protection Agent
Van Nuys Head Instructor
Steven is a senior instructor and training center manager at Advanced Security Concepts. He is a certified weapons instructor and Range Safety Officer. He currently holds instructor certifications with the State of California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) – Firearms; Department of Justice DOJ) – Firearms Safety/Roll Fingerprint; National Rifle Association (NRA) – Pistol, Range Safety Officer; American Heart Association (AHA) – CPR/First Aid; and Taser International – Taser X26-X2. Steven holds additional certifications and licenses with the Federal Aeronautics Administration (FAA) – Helicopter Pilot; Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) – Competition Race License; Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – Active Shooter; Glock – Armorer; To Shin Do Martial Arts – Brown/Black Belt.
Steven joined Advanced Security Concepts in 2010 and has been a member and instructor of our elite Executive Protection Team for over seven years. He has worked hundreds of protection details with some of our highest profile celebrities and executives in addition to many red-carpet awards shows and movie premieres. He has over 30 years’ experience in managing and supervising personnel teams.
- Close Protection Specialist
- NRA Instructor/Concealed Weapons Instructor
Our Students Say
As a former law enforcement officer I thought I had a pretty good understanding of what it would take to be a good Executive Protection Specialist but it's a whole different ball game when you don't have the weight of a badge behind you. Although this course was basically fundamentals, I felt it helped bridge the gap between my experience as a law enforcement officer and the EP field. Although I had done a lot of similar range work before I found the firearms portion of the course work to be very professional and well executed and could see how this would be a great course for someone new to the field. Thanks for a great course.Josh Huntington Beach, CA
I just wanted to thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend your CPR course. I know your focus is primarily training bodyguards but as a mother of two I wanted to learn CPR 'just in case.' I never realized there was such a difference between CPR for adults and CPR for infants. I now feel comfortable that if something bad were to happen I have the ability to do CPR. Thank you again.Larissa Courpus Christi, TX
I've been in Executive Protection here in LA since returning from a tour in Iraq in 2005. I think a lot of people who are interested in this field are under the misconception that being a cop, soldier or bouncer will give them all the tools they need to be effective in the EP field. Far from it. These jobs may provide a foundation but they don't provide a true understanding of the dynamics of Executive Protection. Your course was a good introduction to the ins and outs (and potential pitfalls) of EP work. Whether or not someone is new to the field or, like me, just trying to maintain perishable skills, I highly recommend this course.Don Los Angeles, CA
I just want to say thank you to ASC for everything. After I graduated I got a call from ****** Security about my interview that I had with them on the last day of school. They said that the skill set and training I received from ASC (along with my military background) place me far beyond the average person who applied for a job with their company. And because of that they want to hire me not as a security guard, but as a shift supervisor. I couldn't believe it. One of my fears about starting my career and security was that I would graduate from training and not receive any job offers. However since graduating ASC I've been offered two jobs (one as a supervisor and one as a guard) and the pay for both are great. The money I'm going to start making is way more than what I was before so for that I want to say thank you. It was because of you guys that my life changed course and now the possibilities are ever-changing. Be sure to pass my thanks to Connor, Omer, Ryan, Jake, Ian, Steve and the rest of the guys.Jovidean Sun Valley, CA