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Executive Training Group Team


Founder & Instructor 

Garret McLaren: Executive Training Group Founder & Instructor.

Garret McLaren

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​Mr. McLaren has been shooting for 12 years and has a real passion for training and instructing.  He takes a performance-based training style to teach skills that will translate to real-world applications.​ while overseas he gained experience working on personal security details. He believes there is no such thing as trained, just training.  A blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and constantly looking to find new ways to help folks grow and train.

  • Former U.S. Army Sniper

  • One deployment to Northern Iraq 2016-2017

  • Master Class USPSA Shooter

  • USCCA Certified Instructor



3rd degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Vincent Silvestre.

Head Jiu Jitsu Instructor 

Vincent Silvestre

  • 26 years Grappling and Striking experience



Vincent has over 26 years of experience training, competing, and coaching the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. He began training at 16 years old and has competed and won in multiple divisions and organizations from small local venues, to well-known organizations such as NAGA, IBJJF, Maine Skirmish Grappling Tournament, and Dragon’s Lair Grappling Association.


Vincent spent some time training out of the famous Chute Boxe Academy in Curitiba, Brazil, where he won the 1998 Jiu-Jitsu Championship for the State of Parana. In 2006, he migrated to professional MMA, fighting out of world renowned gyms Sityodtong and Brazilian Top Team. Vincent holds a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Daniel “Mirel” Gazoni out of BTT Boston.  Vincent is also well versed in Boxing, Muay Thai and Wrestling.


Eric Butler: Senior CQB Instructor
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Senior Instructor 

Eric Butler

  • Over 10 years experience in Law Enforcement 

  • Participation in hundreds of high risk warrant services, undercover investigations, and overt operations. 

  • Actively Served: Patrol Division, Narcotics Division, Gang Unit, and SWAT

Additionally, Mr. Butler has had the pleasure of being assigned to various dignitary protection details including President George W. Bush and Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. Mr. Butler is a consultant on night vision gear and mission related equipment in the firearms industry, and continues to train law enforcement, military and civilians on the use of night vision, firearms and tactics.

Honorable Mentions:

Medal of Valor, two Meritorious Service Awards, Secret Service Certificate of Commendation, FBI Certificate of Commendation, and numerous other division and individual commendations. Mr. Butler is a native of coastal Georgia, where he currently resides.

Josh Gilman: Inventor of the DICC, TSC, and PRICC. Head Product designer at Executive Training Group
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Product Development

Josh Gilman

  • US. Marines Anti-Armor Missileman with 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines

  • Night Vision Consultant

Josh Gilman is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Josh began his career in the Marine Corps as an Anti-Armor Missileman (0352), with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines. Mr. Gilman deployed twice to Afghanistan;  Helmand Province Nawa District , and Garmsir. 

Service Awards:

Mr Gilman's awards include the Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Presidential Unit Citation and various others. Josh currently leads product research and development, while also being an assistant instructor with Executive Training Group. Mr. Gilman currently resides in Raleigh, NC.

Ryan Chandler: Firearms, Force on Force, & CQB Instructor at Executive Training Group.
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Ryan Chandler

  • Current Law Enforcement with 6 years of experience

  • USPSA and 2 gun competitive shooting experience 

  • Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Ryan has been shooting and training for 10 years including 7 years of competition. He has developed a passion for instructing through his training and experience in law enforcement. Ryan has a diverse training background in many topics such as BJJ, active shooter response, and ambush survival tactics. 

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt Jamie Phillips.

Jiu Jitsu Instructor 

Jamie Phillips

  • Former Military Police Sergeant with experience in Law Enforcement Operations and Combat Support

  • Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Vincent Silvestre (Brazilian Top Team).

Jamie is a US Army Veteran with service to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served a supervisory role of Military Police Soldiers in Law Enforcement Operations including Investigations, Force Protection, and Customs Inspections. He also served as his unit’s Squad Designated Marksman and Instructor. Additionally, he has experience in both Federal and State Corrections, including Special Operations. 

Jamie began his grappling experience as a high school wrestler with several tournament wins and regional championship placements. Jamie was introduced to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu while deployed to Afghanistan where he trained with experienced grapplers from all over the world. Jamie is an experienced competitor with many wins and medal placements in IBJJF, Newbreed, NAGA, and the National Fighting Championship. Jamie also has some experience in boxing and Judo.

Client Feedback

 "A few months back I had the chance to met up with Mr. McLaren and do some shooting/instruction. When I first met him, he was polite and easy going. Once the instruction/shooting started he was very professional. He broke down the do's and don'ts, as well as demonstrated techniques. But the biggest and most helpful tip was something he said that I haven't heard before regarding effective transitioning from iron sights to a pistol mount optic (red dot). I would gladly take another one of his classes." 

- Drew Ramsey

Executive Firearms Client

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