Ryan Sweeney is a big, strong guy. He had to be growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in Bloomington.
Thanks to dedication to learning and a strong moral compass he’s been very successful in life. He needs all of the above too, as he’s got six kids now with the birth of his latest in the summer of 2016. And he’s a foster parent.
He and his wife came to us many years ago to learn personal protection. They returned for more classes and stayed in touch and when we started our Critical Threat Management course in 2015, Ryan volunteered to be an “aggressor” role-player.
We have no doubt he acted in horror movies in a previous life. He plays a pretty good bad guy – like Hollywood good.
It’s a long way from his day job as a professional mechanic of anything with a spark plug (and many things without). He’s got his own repair shop and has more work than he knows what to do with, taking care of fleets of vehicles from various client companies to doing private work for select friends.
He asked about joining us in teaching and got himself certified as an NRA Basic Pistol Instructor.
He’s been fabulous. We’ve seen lots of instructors over the years. Some know their stuff and some – well, they try. Ryan knows his stuff.
Some people are just naturals at communicating with others. The really gifted ones can communicate well with women and kids and make them feel at ease as they learn. They make people want to learn and want to be around them. Ryan’s all of this and more.
Like we said, he plays one heckuva bad guy too.