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Who We Are

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Best Security Training

Charles Gaskins
President

Charles is the founder, President & Chief Executive Officer, Best Security Training & Associates. Charles’s background includes Access Control Security to include implementation of effective evacuation procedures. He has extensive knowledge of the security industry, and public safety. As a Security assistant manager, Charles is experienced in securing various armed and unarmed governmental agencies. Charles holds a bachelor's of science degree in Homeland Security from Everest University.

Octavia Holiday-Jones
Director of Operations

Octavia has 15+ years in operations and office management. As an added bonus, she possesses several certifications in Information Technology and is currently pursuing a degree in Business Technology at Southern New Hampshire University.

Kenneth Thornton
Range Instructor

Kenneth is a Federal Police Officer/Firearms Instructor/Active Shooter Instructor. He has successfully completed the U. S. Air Force Basic Military Training Course and U. S. Air Force Security Forces Apprentice Course. Kenneth is a certified instructor with the NRA and Bureau of Engraving and Printing. He also holds Officer Safety and Survival Tactical Training. 

Gary E. Mathias
Range Instructor

Gary is a 21 year military veteran of the United States Army and Army Reserve. He also served 13 years with Maryland State Police in various specialized units and task forces. This military and law enforcement experience has provided Gary with the expertise and knowledge to manage and train security officers with excellence, resulting in highly competent and qualified officers.

John E. Richardson
Range Instructor

John is a military veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He has 10+ years as a firearms instructor. He holds a Masters of Education Degree from National Louis University, Bachelors and Associates Degrees in Printing from the University of The District of Columbia.

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