DJ Ratkowski is the founder of Protection Plus Tactics, LLC. He served in the United States Marine Corps and while attached to the First Marine Expeditionary Force he traveled the world visiting various continents. He fought in Iraq and earned multiple awards including a Presidential Citation for actions in combat. Having studied martial arts throughout his life he took advantage of his travels around the globe and continued his studies in the different countries he visited. It is this knowledge coupled with his weapons training and combat experiences that make his training methods truly unique. He has also written several books, including "Whiskey Sierra: The Devil Dog Chronicles" and "Islamic State: The Countdown Has Begun" Both books are available on Amazon or click here now.
Austin Kiefer has a vast knowledge of Austere and Emergency medicine. He served in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. While in the Navy, Austin deployed to the Middle East as the Company corpsman for the 5th Naval Expeditionary Logistics Regiment Fuels Company in support of Operation Inherent Resolve where he was medically responsible for twenty four Sailors and Marines. For his actions overseas he was meritoriously Promoted to Petty Officer Second Class and earned multiple awards. Austin is also a dedicated firefighter and spent three fire seasons with the Folsom Lake Veterans Fire Crew as the crews lead Emergency Medical Technician and was responsible for the medical care of twenty firefighters for all three seasons.
Alex Ratkowski has been with PPT since 2016 working to provide an easy consumer experience. Alex works on all fronts of the company and primarily leads our marketing and resources. A firm believer in self-defense, he has studied martial arts and grappling since childhood. A local Del Oro graduate, he has worked in firearms retail since 2013 and has a deep understanding of the industry and legalities of California gun ownership.
Marc Ehlman works on our outside sales and marketing. Born and raised in California, he attended San Jose State and graduated with a BA in economics. He has spent 35 years in sales and has operated his own business before. Marc has been a gun owner his whole life and has had a concealed license for years and attended numerous instructor's classes. After getting his CCW with Protection Plus Tactics, he has bought into the system we teach here and works on helping us bring it to the public.