EDITOR’S NOTE: Each month AdVantage News will highlight the Chamber of Commerce of Southwestern Madison County’s monthly business theme. August’s theme is education and media.
Four years ago, Katie Johnson found a new home. But there was a problem.
“I had a next-door neighbor who freaked me out a little bit,” Johnson said.
So she got help from Jesse Johnson.
“He taught me how to shoot and I got my first firearm,” Katie Johnson said. “I dated him after that.”
The two got married in April 2012.
“Not only did I fall in love with him at the same time, but I fell in love with firearms as well,” Johnson said.
Now, they’re co-owners of Soteria Training Solutions, a facility that trains people how to use firearms.
Currently, Soteria Training Solutions has training facilities in Granite City and Highland.
“We’re in the process of building an indoor range and training center in Pontoon Beach, and that’s our ultimate goal,” Johnson said. “We’re in the process of looking at commercial property to make that happen.”
This month, the Chamber of Commerce of Southwestern Madison County is recognizing businesses that specialize in education and media and Soteria Training is one of them. The others are Southwestern Illinois College Sam Wolf Campus in Granite City, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Riverbend Head Start and Family Services, Madison School District, Holy Family School & Parish, Premier CDL Training Services, Six Mile Library District, Belleville News-Democrat, Madison County Journals, St. Louis Business Journal and AdVantage News.
The Granite City SWIC campus is named after the Granite City native who served 18 years in the Illinois House of Representatives before retiring in 1992. The Six Mile Library District has two branches in Granite City – one on Delmar Avenue and the other on Johnson Road. Premier Training Services is a truck driving school that has locations in Granite City and Belleville. Riverbend Head Start has two locations in Granite City.
Soteria Training specializes in concealed carry classes for individuals and groups. It instructs people in the basic fundamentals of handling and shooting firearms, and teaches legal qualifications for handling firearms.
Soteria Training will have a defensive Pistol 1 Course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Town and Country Gun Club in Maryville. The course focuses on real-world shooting, body posture, grip and combat distance marksmanship, drawing from a holster, reloading, handling malfunctions, target transition and engaging multiple targets.
For information, call (618) 475-6423 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.