Every member of the Center Target Sports family is passionate about the shooting sports industry and is here to share their experiences and excitement with you.
Deb first became acquainted with CTS by taking the RTBAV class. Shortly after that she became a member and avid CTS shooter. Deb joined the staff part time in 2011 and in 2013 accepted the manager position. In 2015 she was honored to be asked to serve on the Board of Directors for the Post Falls Food Bank. Deb also enjoys cooking, baking and being on the lake whenever possible.
Paul is a retired instrumentation engineer. His extensive design and field testing of weapons and their delivery systems, brings a real sensitivity to safety. After retiring, he finally had time for personal pursuits of civilian weapons. Our "science guy" says, always start with the basics. So, from military weapons he started one hobby of black powder muskets, rifles, pistols, and golf ball shooting cannons. That hobby was shared at Boy Scout Jamborees educating our youth.
He volunteers teaching 4th graders math and science. He is very proud of their new passion for science and their ability to compute the kinetic energy of a 18-wheeler vs. a mini van (reason for seat belts), and a 9-mm vs. a golf ball. "His" 4th graders love his CTS shirt.
Dennis and his family moved to Idaho about 20 years ago after his retirement as a Special Agent for the State Attorney General's office. During this time he was also a district firearms/ training officer, and was certified by the FBI in their training methods. He graduated from the CHP, DOJ, and the DEA National Academies, and holds multiple POST certificates.
Dennis is also a long time student of historical firearms and their development, which has continued to today as a pastime and a real interest, so if you have any questions about that old or vintage firearm, please ask him. Dennis is a Co-founder of SASS, Cowboy Action Shooting and a member of the following: Cody Museum; Sharps Collectors Association Co Founder/Life; Colt Collectors Association; Single Action Shooting Society Co Founder/Life; NRA Life. Dennis currently teaches at CTS Basic Pistol, Basic Pistol 2, Home Defense Shotgun and numerous owner orientation classes. He is a certified NRA Range Officer, Pistol Instructor and Home Protection Instructor.
Rod retired in Idaho after almost 30 years in the United States Army. He also taught Military Science, Physical Education/Training, and a Leadership Lab for ROTC cadets at Gonzaga University for two years.
His hobbies include flying and building remote control model airplanes, woodworking, and going to dog shows with his 5 border collies.
He's been married to his wife Kimberly for 41 years, they have one daughter, two granddaughters, and a grandson in the Marines.
Erik grew up in a small town in Northern MN, and moved to Idaho 8 years ago. After graduating High School, he went to Lake Superior College and earned a certificate in Commercial Vehicle Operation. He has been driving commercial vehicles for over 16 years now both OTR and Local. Erik became hooked on firearms after firing his first shot from a .22 rifle and since then has become a training junkie on anything having to do with guns. "I have been blessed to study and learn under Ed for the last 8 years. He has been a mentor to me and was my motivation to become an Instructor."
Two pieces of advice for anyone reading this: 1. Go to school and get as much education as you can. Your body will wear out long before your mind ever will!!! 2. Train as YOU LIVE!!!
Glad to return to CTS where I began in 2009. My wife and I took off a year to travel 20,000 miles and 15 western States to find out the RV lifestyle wasn't for us. In all that travelling we didn't find any place better than the inland northwest to live. It's good to be back here with friends and colleagues. For those that didn't know me from before, I have been shooting most of my life. I am a retired police officer with almost 33 years of law enforcement background. I had many field assignments but the one I enjoyed the most was as a firearms instructor. So if I can be of assistance with your shooting needs, please let me know.
I was raised in Southern California and stayed in the northwest after getting out of the Navy. I'm proud to be a Vietnam Vet and am an avid supporter of the 2nd amendment. I grew up around guns and have been shooting since I was very young. I am a stage 4 cancer survivor and have been married for 25 years. I have four children and 13 grandchildren. I was in the welding field for 30 years. I worked as a subcontractor for the Navy and also built custom power wheelchairs. I am a longtime member and board member for Family Promise Of North Idaho which is a family shelter for families in crisis in CDA. I believe in giving back to my community. Center Target Sports is a dream job for me and I plan to stay here till my wife retires.
Larry has learned that adage from the Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home.” Originally from Wallace in the Silver Valley, he spent 18 years in the Navy and lived in a number of states as well as overseas. He came back to Northern Idaho in 2004 as he realized this is truly a special place and the ‘great big world’ is not all it is cracked up to be. While he hunted during his youth, it was not until the last few years that he uncovered his passion for handguns. Coming to CTS is a natural step for him as he is a lifelong learner and has a desire to work with others who want to learn and share knowledge. His wife Cathy has walked arm in arm with him for the past 11 years, and they look forward to a long journey together. If you don’t see him at CTS you may want to look on the golf course, as that is his other passion.
Doug is a native Idahoan growing up in Post Falls. After graduating from Post Falls High he was drafted and spent two and a half years in the US Army. In October of 1972 he started his law enforcement career. While working foPr the Bonner County Sheriff's Office, he, along with another deputy started the K9 program. At one time the Bonner County S.O. had seven K9s. He retired from Bonner County in 2011 as a Lieutenant.
Doug is a Studebaker enthusiast owning a 56 Skyhawk and a 57 Silverhawk. He also plays bass guitar in a classic rock band and he enjoys playing Blue grass and country music when he gets the chance.
Doug and his wife Kathy have three boys who are the pride of their lives. They have eight grand kids and they are also their pride and joy.
Matt moved to Idaho in the winter of 2015 after both he and his wife left the Army. After living in Alaska for four years and moving to Tacoma, WA, Matt decided to find a place full of freedom where the great outdoors was only minutes away. This search led him to Coeur d’ Alene. Using the GI bill Matt is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social work at Eastern Washington University with aspirations to work in either State or Federal law enforcement. Matt is an avid hunter and occasional fisherman, but most of all enjoys spending time with his wife and two Labrador Retrievers.
Randy was born and raised in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area. He was a police officer in a small town in the Portland Metro area for 16 years and was Sergeant for 6 years. He was a Defensive Tactics/Counter Assault trainer and an Asp Baton Instructor. Life is training.
Randy became acquainted with CTS after attending an Active Shooter seminar and was impressed with the professional level of training and broad range of classes.
He enjoys Rifle and archery hunting,kayaking,diving and prospecting.
PJ is a 3rd generation Coeur d'Alene native, who's grandparents moved to Coeur d'Alene from Europe in the late 1890's. He graduated from Coeur d'Alene High School in 1977, North Idaho College with an AS degree in 1979, and was a proud member of their 1978 National Wrestling Champion Team. For over 20 years he worked in Kootenai County in the solid waste, hazardous waste, recycling and environmental management industries. Since 2000 he is a full time professional photographer who in now embarking on a secondary career here at CTS.
Paul has been involved in shooting sports and competitions since the age of 18, including metallic silhouette, combat/self defense style, bullseye and trap shooting. His love of the shooting sports has led him to help his family and friends develop a passion for shooting.
Trisha grew up in West Virginia and moved to Idaho in in 1994 . She led wilderness expeditions with adolescents in Idaho and Montana for 15 years. She currently, works with young adults as an academic advisor. She enjoys the abundant outdoor activities that the Northwest area provides, such as swimming, hiking, camping and gardening. She has a golden retriever that she takes to the lake and on hiking trails. She is active in her community and helps out with fundraisers and charitable organizations.
Ron served with the Arizona Dept of Public Safety, as a State Police Trooper, Det./Undercover Narcotics Agent, Uniform Patrol Sgt., Det. Sgt. and a member of the Top Command Staff, Phoenix headquarters, as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Uniform Patrol Bureau (Highway Patrol.)
At the same time, Ron managed the Department’s statewide Reserve program consisting of apx 300 Reserve Officers, as well as singularly, training administrative and field commanders throughout the state, in police management, “Managing For Productivity.” In 2008 Ron engaged in the private sector retiring early at the age of 58. Ron and his wife Kathy of 46yrs (retired Special Ed Teacher), embarked on a 6 yr. adventure after selling a rural home on acreage, in the foothills of NE Spokane. Having purchased a new one-ton Dodge diesel and a 37ft, four season, 5th wheel, they crisscrossed the USA living in their 5th wheel full-time with their black lab “Teak.”
In August, 2016 they settled in Post Falls for good, to be near their son, daughter-in-law and grandson (Spokane Valley).
Bob is a native of the Northwest. He was born in Port Angeles, WA and grew up in Mt. Vernon, WA. After three years service in the Army he moved to Seattle where he worked for Boeing in a machine shop while going to Highline Community College. Upon graduating with an associate degree in Civil Engineering he promptly went to work in the hospitality industry! He spent six years in Anchorage, AK opening and expanding a restaurant franchise. While there he spent as much time as possible fishing and hunting. He moved to Post falls, ID in 2002 and wouldn't leave the area for anything.
Frank was born and raised in California. He served in the Navy Reserves for six years after attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. In California, he had his own business in accounting systems. He moved to Idaho with his wife, Susan, in 1984 to raise their young daughters. In Idaho, he finished his BA and MA degrees. He worked at Hope Realty as an owner and realtor. The Bakers owned 50 acres near the national forest and enjoyed the years hunting near their home. His grown daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren still live in the northwest and enjoy all that this area has to offer. Frank's recreations are centered on hunting, target shooting, boating, camping and enjoying the outdoors.
Frank has been a member of Center Target Sports for many years. It is now his privilege to join the team that offers expert training and products for self and family defense.
Daniel was born and raised in Northwestern Ohio. After graduating high school he enlisted in the Air Force. He served eight years as a weapons specialist. He then served another five years in the TN Air Nat'l Guard and US Army 5th Infantry Division. After his military career Daniel went into law enforcement in TN becoming Chief of Police in 10 short years.
After retiring, he joined TSA and ultimately ended up in Alaska. While there he opened his own gunsmithing business. He now specializes in breathing new life back into old guns. Daniel is an experienced gunsmith who brings years of experience to CTS. Daniel and his wife Niki recently moved to Idaho and now call Post Falls and Center Target Sports home.
Steve Murphy - Sales
I was in the Medical field of Open Heart Surgery as a technician for 42 years. After I retired from that field, I had a second interest in firearms. I interviewed for a position at Center Target Sports and became a member of the staff in February of 2015. After working at CTS for 2 years I took a hiatus to fix our basement which flooded. As a previous Member of Center Target Sports I have taken many of the educational and shooting classes offered at CTS. My interest are to expand my knowledge and shooting skill level, target shooting, bullseye competition, boating, and mostly enjoying retirement.
If you would like to be considered for future positions and would like us to keep your resume on file, please send a complete resume with references to:
Center Target Sports, Inc.
Attn: Peggy Santos
3295 E. Mullan Ave.
Post Falls, Idaho 83854
Future positions may include part-time sales personnel, and range personnel. All personnel must have a concealed carry permit, and be willing to submit to blood tests for lead levels, as well as drug testing.