Instructor Mark Shreve started his working career as a New Orleans Police Officer in the French Quarter/CBD. Despite receiving several department medals and awards while on the NOPD, he decided to expand his knowledge and value by attending school at night to earn an Emergency Medical Technician certification. After leaving the department, he worked as an E.M.T., claims investigator and safety/security manager.
Mark eventually held several Regional Management and Director-level corporate security positions as well as Director of Field Operations and Security for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for 6 years and Director of Security for the ESSENCE Music Festival for 2 years. At the same time, over the course of the next 20 years, Mark unofficially trained friends, family, neighbors and relatives how to shoot.
Although he kept a handgun nearby all of those years, it wasn’t until 2002 that he officially obtained his state concealed handgun permit.
In 2008, Mark earned the official Board Certified designation of ‘Certified Protection Professional’ (C.P.P.) from ASIS https://www.asisonline.org/Pages/default.aspx qualifying him as an expert in the security industry.
In 2012 Mark retired and decided to become a NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor. From there, he was certified as an Approved Concealed Handgun Permit Instructor by the Louisiana State Police. Additionally, Mark is a Certified Instructor for the USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association as well as being certified by the NRA to teach their ‘Refuse To Be A Victim’ seminars. Now, just starting his sixth year as a certified instructor, Mark has trained hundreds of students from all walks of life and with every level of experience imaginable. Mr. Shreve is most passionate about getting as many good, pro- 2nd Amendment, law-abiding citizens properly trained and certified as possible. It is imperative that we get like-minded people as gun owners; those that are safe, responsible citizens that have the proper skills, attitude and mind-set to defend themselves and their loved ones if need be.