Empowering Individuals to Empower Communities

Welcome to Empower Training Academy, your top choice for safety and security consulting services. Our team is dedicated to delivering unparalleled expertise and a holistic approach to ensure your safety needs are met comprehensively. Trust us to be your partner in creating a secure environment with our top-notch security consulting services.

Meet Our Founder Daniel Schneider

Daniel Schneider is the esteemed founder and senior consultant at Empower Training Academy, Inc., a distinguished provider of comprehensive security training and consulting services. With a profound dedication to the security industry, Daniel brings over 13 years of invaluable experience, navigating roles from military service to successful entrepreneurial ventures.

Embarking on his security journey in Israel, Daniel served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as an intelligence specialist and infantryman. His commitment to excellence led him to attain a degree in hospitality, where he honed his skills in various renowned establishments in New York City. Simultaneously, Daniel undertook the ownership and operation of two businesses, all while contributing to volunteer security programs.

In 2009, Daniel re-entered the security arena, assuming roles as a security supervisor and asset protection manager for major telecom giants like Metro PCS and T-Mobile. Additionally, he founded E.T.A. Firearms, specializing in training and educating new shooters. Daniel’s expertise is underscored by prestigious certifications from ASIS International, NRA, and USCCA, American Heart Association, positioning him as a distinguished subject matter expert in the field.

Empower Training Academy under Daniel’s leadership goes beyond conventional security consulting. He crafts tailored in-house training programs and collaborates with reputable organizations to deliver top-tier training across diverse domains.

Daniel’s commitment to security extends to his role as a Security Committee member for his place of worship. Here, he oversees physical security, CCTV, access control systems, and emergency response procedures. His passion for continuous learning is evident in his training of safety teams on effective emergency response and communication strategies.

Recognized as a trusted and respected leader in the security industry, Daniel boasts a proven track record of consistently delivering results that exceed expectations. His unwavering commitment lies in empowering individuals and organizations with the most effective security practices and solutions available, making him a stalwart figure in the realm of physical security consulting.


Our mission is to empower individuals and organizations by providing unparalleled security training and consulting services throughout the US and online. Through extensive expertise and experience, we are confident in our ability to exceed your expectations and elevate your security practices.


Empower Training Academy strives to be the leading safety and security training provider nationwide. We dream of a world where everyone can live and work safely and securely and where the 2nd amendment is upheld and respected.

Our Core Values


Fostering Dignity, Appreciation, and Courtesy


Pioneering Progress and Meeting Evolving Needs


Embracing Dedication and Love for Our Mission


Upholding Honesty, Professionalism, and Accountability

Our Team

Steve Dodder

We are delighted to announce the newest addition to our esteemed team, Steven Dodder! An Honorably Discharged USAF Veteran (E-5) and a seasoned security professional, Steve brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Empower Training Academy.

With a remarkable blend of Fortune 200 Company Executive Level experience, public speaking, and volunteer law enforcement assistance, Steve is a valuable asset to our organization. As a Corporate Trainer and Armed/Less-Lethal Self-Defense Trainer with decades of experience, he currently serves as the Duty MSgt. Sergeant for an armed AZ Law Enforcement Auxiliary Organization, where he is AZ Post Qualified for Semi-Automatic Pistol, Carabine (AR-15), and Traffic Control.

Steve’s extensive Armed Security Duty experience includes threat mitigation for businesses, synagogues, churches, and various entities. From providing security for political dignitaries and events to safeguarding children’s events, fairs, and NFL sporting events, Steve has demonstrated his expertise in diverse environments. His past roles with The Pinkerton and Allied Universal further showcase his commitment to excellence in armed and unarmed security services. Certified in various areas, including Law Enforcement & Security Guard Instruction, SABRE OC Pepper Spray, “Byrna” Pepper-Ball Launcher Instruction, and numerous civilian training programs, Steve is a versatile and skilled professional. His certifications range from ASP Baton, Handcuff & Flashlight instruction to NRA CCW (AZ Conceal Carry), USCCA Home Defense, and Massad Ayoob “Use of Deadly Force” Graduate.

Beyond his security prowess, Steve brings a wealth of corporate experience, having served as Director of Corporate Wellness Partnerships for 9HealthFair and spending 28 years with Assurant Health Insurance (Fortune 200) of WI. We’re thrilled to leverage Steve’s expertise, and he’s available to speak on a variety of security topics to groups of any size – large or small.

Eitan Urman

Eitan brings to Empower Training Academy, Inc. over two decades of expertise in firearms and medical training. Holding national certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), he has garnered extensive experience through his tenure with esteemed organizations, including the Israeli military and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Armed Posse. As part of the Medical Rescue Posse, Eitan supported the MCSO Lake Patrol unit, further enhancing his practical experience in medical rescue operations.

His wealth of knowledge serves as a valuable asset to our students, as Eitan seamlessly integrates practical applications into the training curriculum, fostering the development of skills necessary for personal protection and the safeguarding of others. Eitan’s professional journey extends beyond the realm of firearms and medical training; notably, he served in the engineering corps of the Israeli military and transitioned into a distinguished career in the real estate industry.

With a career spanning over 35 years in real estate, Eitan has assumed diverse roles such as a commercial agent, builder, and broker, showcasing his versatility and acumen in the field. His multifaceted background contributes to the comprehensive and well-rounded approach taken by Empower Training Academy, Inc. in providing top-tier training services.

Amanda Schneider

Amanda’s incredible journey of self-discovery has blossomed into a powerful force of empowerment and positivity. Today, she radiates strength and resilience, sharing her transformative experiences to uplift other women. As a successful business owner, cancer survivor, Reiki Master, and life coach, Amanda goes beyond traditional roles.

Amanda channels her empowering spirit into hosting women empowerment retreats and workshops like “Glitter & Gunpowder.” These events provide a platform for women to connect, learn, and embrace their strengths collectively. In an effort to foster both physical and mental empowerment, Amanda supports women-only firearms classes, imparting valuable skills and confidence.

One unique offering in Amanda’s repertoire is the Kintsugi course. Derived from Japanese art, Kintsugi involves repairing broken pottery with gold lacquer, turning imperfections into something beautiful. In the same vein, Amanda guides participants through a process of healing and transformation, helping them embrace their own “golden” resilience.

Ignite Your Security Skills with Elite Training!

Embark on an exhilarating journey towards unparalleled safety and security expertise by enrolling in our dynamic classes today. Whether you’re seeking cutting-edge workplace violence prevention, active shooter response, church safety and security, AHA CPR/AED/FA, Stop the Bleed, or Less Lethal methods training, we’ve got the ultimate experience waiting for you.

Join forces with us as we collaborate with industry-leading partners, including ETA Firearms, LLC, to bring you unmatched training in crucial areas. Our highly comprehensive solutions and tailor-made, in-house training programs ensure you’re not just trained – you’re exceptionally trained.

Seize the opportunity to elevate your security game. Take action now! Reach out to us and dive into a world of unbeatable training solutions. Your journey to enhanced safety and security, including AHA CPR/AED/FA, Stop the Bleed, Less Lethal methods, and firearms training, begins today!