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PAUL-E-PALOOZA 2017: May The 4th Be With You, Garrettsville, Ohio

August 19, 2017 - August 20, 2017




May The 4th Be With You

A Memorial Training Conference To Benefit the Children of Our Great Friend

Paul E. Gomez

Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20, 2017

8:00am to 5:30pm daily

Garrettsville, OH


Southington Hunt Club Training Facility

Safety Solutions Academy

Personal Defense Network

Dark Star Gear

Faculty of Trainers

Honoring Paul’s memory and status in the community, an extraordinary cast of instructors will be donating training time to the cause, including:

Dr. Sherman House- The People’s Dentist and Medical Director of Paul-E-Palooza

William Aprill- Aprill Risk Consulting, ShivWorks Collective, and Training Director of Paul-E-Palooza

Cecil Burch- Immediate Action Combatives and ShivWorks Collective

Paul Sharp- Sharp Defense and ShivWorks Collective

Chris Fry- Modern Defensive Training Systems and ShivWorks Collective

Larry Lindenman- Point-Driven Training and ShivWorks Collective

Tom Givens- Rangemaster Firearms Training

Jerry Wetzel- Red Zone Threat Management

Robert Follis- Extreme Couture MMA

Caleb Causey- Lone Star Medics

Rob Pincus- Combat Focus Shooting and Personal Defense Network

Dr. Lauren Pugliese- Active Response Training

Greg Ellifritz- Active Response Training

John Hearne- Rangemaster and DVC Targets

Ian Wendt- Special Circumstances

Morgan Atwood- BFE Labs

Chuck Haggard- Agile/Training and Consulting

Andrew Branca- Law of Self Defense

Eli Miller- Direct Pressure, LLC and Oinkin’ Acres Farmstead

“Pete”- We Could Tell You But Then We’d Have To Kill You

Nathan Stokes- Advantage Group Training

Pam Benzing- Nunya Bidness

Paul Carlson- Safety Solutions Academy


In order to maximize learning potential with this unique gathering of talent, 2 and 4-hour blocks of instruction will be conducted from 8:00am to 5:30 pm daily on simultaneous tracks:

Live-Fire A

Live-Fire B


Seminar A

Seminar B

A detailed program schedule will be emailed to all registered attendees prior to the dates of the conference. Attendance at all courses is “first-come-first served”, and instructors reserve the right to limit class size in the interest of safety and comfort. Please see immediately below for important exceptions…


All proceeds go directly to the Paul E. Gomez Children’s Trust, dedicated to the support and education of Paul’s beloved children. Registration is limited based on the size of the facility and demand is high, so please do not delay in signing up.

In response to popular demand, two types of tickets to PEP4 will be available:

General Admission, at $300 (limited to 125 attendees)

Patron Admission, at $450, (limited to 25 attendees) which entitles the purchaser to an early look at the Conference schedule and guaranteed admission to any scheduled course

Please note that the cost of dinner Saturday is included in the registration fee.

“I have a very special set of skills…”

A very limited number of folks will be able to attend PEP4 at no cost, though they may wish they had chosen the other route.

We recruiting for 2 cohorts of minions who will trade labor for admission:

1. Eight (8) Team Medics, trained and qualified clinical care/EMT-types to serve under the direction of Dr. House in managing the health and safety needs of attendees, and

2. Eight (8) Range Gnomes willing to perform any other damn sort of stuff that needs doin’,

under the direction of Boss Gnome Paul Carlson, of Safety Solutions Academy (we had to

give him the job, ‘cuz when we created it he already had the weird beard-thing working…

what were we s’posed to do?)

Likely rewards for both positions include sweat, toil, scant regard, and perhaps a t-shirt.

Please indicate interest by emailing with a brief bio.

You’ll be contacted in response to the qualifications and apparent defects of character we find most appealing. If not picked, go ahead and tell yourself that it’s us, not you.

Event Location

Paul-E-Palooza 3 will be held in Garrettsville, OH, at Southington Hunt Club Training Facility. Exact address and directions will be emailed to registered participants in advance of the conference date.

Travel Information

Garrettsville, OH, is approximately 50 miles southeast of Cleveland. Multiple connecting flights are available daily into Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Akron Canton Airport (CAK), each roughly 50 miles from the training site.

Please note; We strongly encourage attendees to carpool, ride-share, and be creative! There is the possibility of some form of shuttle service between CLE and the training site, and any developments in that area will be distributed to registered attendees as early as possible.


There are several hotels within driving distance of the training site, including:

Holiday Inn Express Lordstown-Newton Falls/Warren

4185 State Route 5

Newton Falls, OH 44444

(330) 872-6000

Budget Lodge

4100 Ohio 5

Newton Falls, OH 44444

(330) 872-3833

Econo Lodge

4248 Ohio 5

Newton Falls, OH 44444

(330) 872-0988

Comfort Inn

136 North Park Avenue

Warren, OH 44481

(330) 393-1200

Fairfield Inn Warren Niles

1860 Niles Cortland Road Southeast

Warren, OH 44484

(330) 544-5774

Holiday Inn Express Hotel Youngstown N (Warren/Niles)

135 Highland Terrace Boulevard

Warren, OH 44484

(330) 544-8807

In addition, campsites are available on the Conference site, for both RV (with utility hookups) and tents (with shower and restroom facilities) for reservation per night.

Please mention camping interest after registration in an email addressed forthwith to and you will be magically referred to personnel appropriate to that discussion. Not us, though…we like our outdoors just fine when equipped with walls and ceilings.

Finally, for the truly discerning among you, desirous of the true full-Gomez experience, we will provide the number to the sleaziest local skank-pit of a dive-motel-from-hell upon request…just don’t say you weren’t warned.


The Conference will be conducted at an outdoor facility in August. Please prepare accordingly. Plenty of water will be provided for hydration safety, lunch will be available for purchase onsite both days, and attendees are welcome to bring any food and drink they desire. Dinner on Saturday is included in the cost of admission. The facility features electric power, potable water, and restrooms though it is best described as “Spartan chic”, if not Spartan chick…

Auction, Bonfire, and Celebration of Paul’s Life

A delicious dinner will be served by the Range Gnome crew around 5:30 Saturday, to be followed by an auction of various highly desirable goodies for the discerning tacticophile; proceeds to enrich the Children’s Trust. Bring yo’ wallet, friends ’n’ neighbors because the gettin’ has been good!

At the conclusion of the auction, many adult beverages will be slaughtered before a raging bonfire and ribald tales of Paul told….some of them true!

BYOB, and in the immortal words of John Bernard Books: “Whoa…I hope you’re smart enough to know that who-hit-John don’t go with guns.”


—At 1235 Saturday, there will be a a fiendishly difficult contest of pistol marksmanship during the lunch break to raise additional funds for the Children’s Trust. $10 to enter, try as often as you like.

This ain’t no joke, cuzzin’. It’s never been cleaned and the last winner was determined by tie-breaker: a support-hand-only torso hit at over 90 yards.

If’n u skurred, just say u skurred….but GLORY lasts forever.

—Check for yourself, of course, but it is believed that Ohio honors concealed carry permits from WA, ID, WY, UT, AZ, NM, AK, ND, NE, KS, OK, MO, AR, LA, MI, KY, TN, WV, VA, NC, SC, FL, AND DE.

—If you would like to donate an auction item, please contact us by email at ( with the word “DONATION” in the subject line to discuss.

Preference given to items likely to fetch the highest bids preferred, of course, but all generous thoughts are appreciated.


August 19, 2017
August 20, 2017
Event Category:


April Risk Consulting


Garrettsville, Ohio
Garrettsville, OH 44231 United States + Google Map


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