Neil Weidner, Chief Marketing Officer/Director of Training, Active Self Protection
Neil Weidner is the Director of Training and Chief Marketing Officer at Active Self Protection. He handles all of the business and sponsor relationships for Active Self Protection, as well as all speaking and training events. His creative and innovative ideas, as well as the partnerships he has cultivated over the years, have resulted in several mutually beneficial partnerships across the industry.
Neil is a Senior Active Self Protection Staff Instructor – one of only three people in the world certified to teach ASP Branded courses. He enjoys organizing and traveling across the country teaching with John on the Survive the Fight Tour.
In addition to standard Instructor credentials (ASP, NRA, South Dakota State Certified Use of Force Instructor, etc.), Neil is also a Rangemaster Certified Instructor (Advanced) and a Massad Ayoob Group certified Deadly Force Instructor. Neil also teaches several innovative series classes to beginning gun students, most notably his Living with a Gun series which runs people through not only marksmanship and mindset fundamentals, but also focuses each week on topics many other instructors neglect: best practices for gun storage, proper holster selection, using the restroom with a gun, and many other topics that typical courses don’t have time to cover.
He is a gifted speaker and instructor and is a featured instructor each and the ASP National Conference, as well as a prior presenter at the AMM Con Second Amendment Media Workshop in Phoenix in 2019.
He is a perpetual student, having the opportunity to learn under some of the nation’s top instructors (Massad Ayoob, Tim Herron, Gabe White, John Johnston, Brian Hill, Scott Jedlinski, Wayne Dobbs, Melody Lauer, etc.)
When he isn’t on the range, he enjoys spending time with his family – especially his grandchildren! – and pheasant and deer hunting with his kids in South Dakota. He and his wife, Stephannie, enjoy camping and exploring in the Jeep.
His previous business and management experience, as well as his analytical style and passion, bring a needed and fresh perspective to the gun industry and we are so grateful to have him.