Mike CentolaPresident / CEO
Mike Centola, current President and CEO, has been in the firearms industry for over 10 years. In addition to founding Allstar Tactical, Mike has owned several successful business ventures and has been involved in business for nearly 20 years. Additionally, he has worked for several fortune 500 companies in the Information Technology and Engineering fields.
Mike has two Bachelors of Science degrees in Computer Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering, as well as a Master’s degree in Information Technology, all from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Because this was not enough, Mike also obtained an Associate’s degree in Precision Machining from Monroe Community College.
Mike is an NRA certified instructor and Chief Range Safety Officer, as well as technical consultant to several other firearms manufacturing and training companies. He spends a great deal of time at his local range, helping the community with firearms safety and knowledge of the AR-15 weapons platform. He has also developed some training curriculums for Firearms Safety, Concealed Carry, and Weapons Platform Armoring.
In addition to overseeing Allstar Tactical, Mike is an adjunct Professor at Monroe Community College where he teaches Technical Graphics, Solidworks and Advanced Solidworks in the Mechanical Engineering Technologies department. In what little downtime he has, he enjoys time with his family, motorcycles, cars and general geeking out with computers and electronics.Favorite Caliber: .50BMGFirearms Tidbit: This is my rifle... this is my gun... this one's for fighting... this one's for fun.
Erica CentolaExecutive VP
Erica Centola has a background in biology, with a Bachelor's degree from Russel Sage college. She had grown up around firearms throughout her childhood, and recently took a greater interest after having a chance to shoot some of our AR15 rifles. She decided that she would help the company out by meeting with customers and maintaining the retail side of Allstar Tactical. In 2010, she officially assumed the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, as we decided to move Allstar Tactical into the role of firearms manufacturing. She now helps to keep the day-to-day operations of the company going strong as we grow.
Erica has been through several firearms training classes in handgun combatives, carbine combatives, as well as she is an NRA certified Range Safety Officer. She enjoys helping other women shooters enjoy the sport and find good defensive firearms training.Favorite Caliber: .223 / 5.56Firearms Tidbit: I make money moves.
Nick CentolaChief Financial Officer
Nick is the chief financial officer for Allstar Tactical. After receiving advanced degrees from Georgetown University, Nick spent almost 9 years at the National Security Agency. He subsequently served as the Director of Security and facilities at Syracuse Research Corporation where he managed classified defense holdings. He was also employed by GE Syracuse as a consultant and GE Utica. Nick became a small business owner in the late 80's when he owned and operated four franchise locations. As CFO, Nick provides financial advice and guidance in all aspects of Allstar Tactical.
He currently resides in Florida and is affiliated with the St Lucie County Sheriff's Association as a citizen patrol officer and parking enforcement officer.Favorite Caliber: 80mmFirearms Tidbit: Speak softly and carry a big gun.
Mark Verhay (Mark 5)Director of Operations
As the son of a MCSO Swat Team Officer, Mark fired his first A/R at the age of 8, this led to a lifelong passion for the shooting sports. Marks background is in all aspects of private security and investigations. He managed the S/W Florida district of a large multi-national security company before opening his own successful security and investigative agency. He holds numerous state licenses including security manager, private investigator and armed security.
Mark specializes in new and inexperienced shooters. His patience, understanding and no-nonsense approach allows less knowledgeable persons to relax and enjoy the experience of owning a first firearm.
An accomplished author, marks works have been featured in publications by Larry Flynt and Bob Guccione. Mark spends his free time working at Allstar Tactical and instructing his children J5 and T5 in the correct and safe use of firearms. (AKA proper gunslinging).
Marks goal is to continue making Allstar Tactical, The Best Store Ever!!!Favorite Caliber: 9MMFirearms Tidbit: You can leave the house with a gun or an attitude. Never both.
Matt HenningDirector of Mfg'd Products
Matt's firearms experience mainly comes from his hunting background. His newly found interest in more complex firearms lead him to the doors of Allstar Tactical. Matt is also a certified sUAV pilot through the FAA, and has a background in water treatment, electrical, and instrumentationFavorite Caliber: .223 / 5.56Firearms Tidbit: Call Kenny Loggins because you're in the Danger Zone..
Mark CardonaMacedon Retail Sales Manager
Mark's primary interests are in defensive and sport handguns as well as target and 3D archery. Mark comes from a wide variety of backgrounds, including extensive accolades in the martial arts industry. When Mark isn't helping your pick out your perfect defensive handgun, he can be found teaching all types of students in Wan Yi Chuan Kung Fu.
Mark is looking forward to working at Allstar Tactical with Mike and Glenn and expanding his knowledge in the fields of AR15's, Bolt-Action Rifles, and gunsmithing.Favorite Caliber: 9MMFirearms Tidbit: It's all about the Grip and the Trigger.
Jake ScheuchRetail Sales Agent / LE Sales / Custom AR Guru
Jake, has been around firearms his entire life and really developed a passion for them about 2 years ago. His main areas of interest are in AR pattern rifles, Bolt guns, and military surplus. He also has a degree from Canisius College in Athletic Training / Sports medicine.Favorite Caliber: 6.5 CreedmoorFirearms Tidbit: HELL YEAH BROTHER
Greg HeerkensLead Gunsmith
Unlike many of his colleagues, Greg did not grow up around firearms. Living in a gun-free household until the age of 18, he bought his first gun days after being legally able to do so. To make up for lost time, he has been actively collecting ever since, collecting guns as old as 120 years old to as new as an AR he built himself.
His passion is the history and mechanics of firearms, from wheellocks to the very latest designs. He is also a novice woodworker, eventually hoping to make custom stocks.Favorite Caliber: 7.5x55 SwissFirearms Tidbit: Seven six two millimeter... full metal jacket
Jeff ScheuchGusmithing / Shop Projects
Jeff, a native of the Rochester area, has grown-up around firearms all his life. At the age of 10, he got his first gun to go hunting with his father. At around 14 years old, he started disassembling firearms to see the inner workings and functions. To this day, Jeff is still tinkering away. He tries to get out once a week to shoot and train in defensive tactics with his son, Jake, who also works at Allstar Tactical.
Jeff holds his 03 FFL and collects military surplus firearms and weapons.
His favorite platform is the AR. He enjoys troubleshooting problems and high-end custom builds. We’ve heard his son, Jake trying to influence him into bolt guns and precision shooting.Favorite Caliber: .30-06Firearms Tidbit: The pistol is used to get to the long gun.
Cameron KnowlesRetail Sales Agent
After a near death experience at the age of 7, Cameron was reborn as a firearms enthusiast. He has dedicated his new life to the understanding and knowledge of all things firearms related. Cameron began his career at Allstar Tactical in 2018 as an unpaid intern. He has since retired his yellow vest of shame and has been hired on as a retail sales agent. Cameron continues his growth with Allstar Tactical by providing sales assistance and a never ending flow of unanswerable questions. Cameron is currently enrolled at Monroe Community College in their precision machining program to better assist the company with manufacturing and gunsmithing.Favorite Caliber: .408 CheyTacFirearms Tidbit: Don't get Clapped, Stay strapped
Dave D'AmbrosiaRetail Sales Agent / Gunsmith
Dave's love for all things guns started when he was 18 and purchased his first rifle, an odd Norinco AKM chambered in 5.56. He enjoys participating in all sorts of shooting sports and working on guns.Favorite Caliber: All calibers need love.Firearms Tidbit: Shot placement is everything.
Jose RodriguezCerakote / Holster Specialist / BSH Gun Works
Jose Rodriguez is the owner of BSH Gun Works. He is a certified Cerakote applicator, kydex holster maker, and proficient laser engraver. He is also Police Officer with the Rochester Police Department where he is a member of the SWAT team and Tactical Unit. In his spare time, Jose enjoys riding his motorcycle, training, and relaxing.Favorite Caliber: .223 / 5.56Firearms Tidbit: Carry what you can carry and use properly every single time. Your life will depend on it.
Mike AnneImpact / Edge Weapons Consultant & Outside Sales
Mike Anne is the owner of X-8 Tactical Limited as well as works in Law Enforcement. Mike has extensive knowledge in edged weapons as well as impact weapons and helps Allstar Tactical apply these principles to many of it's designs.Favorite Caliber: .45ACPFirearms Tidbit: I'm in love with a good 1911. I believe in old school but I do like a good Glock 21 once in a while.
Christina SheelerSponsored Shooter / Product Model
Avid female shooter who was raised by a Marine. Shot her first gun before she was potty trained and never looked back. She has received her CCW as well as a few handgun courses. Christina loves to teach other females to be confident in shooting, as well as teaching them safety and knowledge along the way. She is working on her competitive shooting skills as well as acting as a brand ambassador for the firearms industry.Favorite Caliber: 9mmFirearms Tidbit: Be humble and learn from anyone with experience.
Rob PincusTraining & Product Consultant
Rob Pincus is a professional trainer, author and consultant. He and his staff at I.C.E. Training Company provide services to military, law enforcement, private security and students interested in self-defense. Rob is the Developer of the Combat Focus Shooting program, the most efficient defensive firearms training methodology available today.
Rob provides efficient training methodologies to those interested in developing firearms, tactical operations and defensive skills. These methods stress gaining maximum value from limited training resources and working well with what the body does naturally under real world conditions.Favorite Caliber: .308Firearms Tidbit: I've carried a ridiculous variety of firearms defensively over the years. Lots of decisions that were ridiculous in retrospect!