Joshua Hocieniec is the Director of Personnel and Training for LionHeart Security Services, a security staffing and consulting agency in Phoenix, Arizona.
A former Marine Intelligence Analyst, Josh has been in the private security field since 2000 and specializes in healthcare security and security training.
He is an NRA certified firearms instructor, Arizona armed guard instructor, and a range safety officer. Josh has developed several training programs including Management of Aggressive Persons 1&2 and an Active Threat program for businesses and community organizations. He has a wife and two young children, and is an active volunteer in the Cub Scouts with his son. He is a strong advocate for the Second Amendment, and also runs Armed Defense Instruction, a private firearms training organization teaching firearms safety and marksmanship to the public.
Dr. Kelli Ward, former Arizona State Senator, and 2018 Candidate for US Senator.
Republican Dr. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City is a former Arizona state senator who, during her two terms in the state legislature, established a proven track record of passing legislation that supported small businesses, preserved the Second Amendment, decreased the size of government, addressed the opioid crisis, protected vulnerable Arizona students, and fought Common Core. She was one the most effective leaders in the Arizona State Senate during her final year in office, getting 19 separate bills through the legislature and to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
Dr. Ward is running in 2018 to fill the open U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Jeff Flake. She is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump and a true advocate for the America First agenda.
Dr. Ward earned her BS in psychology from Duke University, her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and her master’s degree in public health from A.T. Still University. She lives in Lake Havasu City with her husband and fellow doctor, Mike Ward, along with their three children –Cameron, Katie, and Nick, plus little dog, Rosie.
As an Arizona State Senator, Dr. Ward, was one of the most committed Conservatives in the legislature and introduced the Arizona Fourth Amendment Protection Act, which would “ban the state from engaging in activities which help the NSA carry out their warrantless data-collection programs, or even make use of the information on a local level.” Respected Conservative website Breitbart.com calls her “a rising star.”
Dr. Ward is smart, determined, energetic, personable and dedicated to service to the citizens of Arizona. She is exactly what Arizonans need in these difficult times —someone fresh, bold and exciting and honest to the core.
Jason Wasser is the owner and creator of XO Confections, as well as serving our country in the Army National Guard.
Says Jason, “I come from a military and police family. My father is a retired Sergeant Major. My mother is a retired Phoenix police officer. For those old enough they may remember here from a 1993 shooting that awarded her the medal of valor. So I have something to live up to.
I joined the Army airborne infantry in 2004. Deployed to Iraq. In 2008, switched over to the Arizona national guard so I could attend ASU were I received a degree in molecular biology and nearly completed a second degree in nutrition. I attended school using the GI Bill which made it possible to educated myself without needing to work. This allowed me enough free time to become what I am today: a chocolatier.
My initial taste for fine food and confections started from living in Europe during my fathers stationing there. I was a big fan of world class chocolates and would regularly gift them out. One year I decided to have a go and trying to make some for my grandmothers 75th birthday. Epic failure. Disaster. Those are words that come to mind when describing how they turned out. But it was from that effort that I found a passionate interest in learning how to make fine chocolates. I began developing my knowledge of chocolate work from my grandmothers kitchen using used pastry school text books and applying my understanding of biochemistry. Eventually, I would receive formal training at the Chocolate Academy in Chicago learning under chocolate masters like Jerome Landeiu and later I attended the Institute of Culinary Education in New York where I learned to create chocolate from the raw beans.”
Lara Cullinane Smith is the National Spokesperson for the Liberal Gun Club, a national organization which seeks to ensure an educated, liberal voice in debates on gun control and the Second Amendment.
Lara is also a lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her practice area is mainly business and commercial litigation, but she also helps FFLs and others in the firearms industry with their particular business issues. In the past, Lara has represented law enforcement in high-profile civil rights cases as well, including the shooter in the case that was the basis for the movie “Fruitvale”.
Says Lara, “I’m La former anti-gunner whose USMC husband convinced me to learn to shoot so I’d be better able to understand the arguments I was making. 2 1/2 years later, I’m the Vice President of the Liberal Gun Club, California Chapter, a member of the DC Project, and an amateur competitor in shotgun and rimfire, and am opening a chapter of a Girl and a Gun in the San Francisco Bay area. I also write and speak on Constitutional issues relating to firearms, and on California gun laws in particular. I own a wide variety of firearms and one of the best experiences of my life was helligunning at the Girl and a Gun National Conference this year.”
The mission of The Liberal Gun Club is to provide a voice for gun-owning liberals and moderates in the national conversation on gun rights, gun legislation, firearms safety, and shooting sports. The Liberal Gun Club serves as a national forum for all people, irrespective of their personal political beliefs, to discuss firearms ownership, firearms use, and the enjoyment of firearms-related activities free from the destructive elements of political extremism that dominate this subject on the national scale. The Liberal Gun Club also actively develop and foster a variety of programs for the purpose of firearms training and firearms safety education, for both gun owners and non-gun owners.
Theme: Guns and Candy
Hour #1 Guests:
– Joshua Hocienic – a former Marine Intelligence Analyst, Josh has been in the private security field since 2000 and specializes in healthcare security and security training. Currently, Josh is the Director of Personnel and Training for LionHeart Security Services, a security staffing and consulting agency in Phoenix, Arizona.
– Rob Morse – host of Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast talks to us about the FASTER Saves Lives Self Defense Program
Hour #2 Guests:
– Dr Kelli Ward – former Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward and currently running for US AZ Senate Seat against the incumbent John McCain.
– Lara Smith – the Vice President of the California chapter of the Liberal Gun Club, a national organization which seeks to ensure an educated, liberal voice in debates on gun control and the Second Amendment.
– Jason Wasser – Army National Guardsman and owner of Show-cool-atul or more simply XO Confections. Jason will be helping us with an “After Hours” event that brings two west valley Chambers Of Commerce together on Thurs, July 21, 2016 at AZF & POG
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