Meet Our Team
Forest Meadows - CEO and General Manager
Forest joined FT3 Tactical in January 2016 after honorably retiring from a 20-year career in law enforcement in 2015 as a police commander with a Southern California Police Agency. Forest lives in Orange County and loves traveling, hiking, working out , shooting, the beach, spending time with his friends and his son, listening to Depeche Mode and going to Angels baseball games. Forest has a passion for learning and teaching. He loves being a part of FT3 Tactical and is proud of the entire team and the professional, safe and welcoming environment they have created!
Michael Hernandez - Range Manager
Michael has been with FT3 since 2014 starting as an RSO and instructor. A native Californian, Michael has decades of experience teaching and working with firearms. Michael is the Chief Range Safety Officer and holds NRA Instructor Certifications for Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Personal Protection Inside the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home, and In-Home Firearm Safety. When Michael is not at FT3 or teaching classes, he enjoys traveling with his wife of 26 years. He is also an avid student of U.S. and World History. In his down time he teaches, tinkers with firearms and relaxes with close friends.
Carla Amador - Human Resource and Office Manager
Carla has been with FT3 Tactical family since September of 2012 after many years of working as a Case Manager helping our youth in the community prepare for the work force and furthering their education. She is a native of Los Angeles County and currently resides in Corona. She enjoys outdoor activities, shopping, spending time with her grandchildren and family. No matter how busy she is, she always makes time for a little range therapy!
James Ward - Facilities and Building Manager
James joined the FT3 family in 2016 as the Ammo Manufacturing Manager after leaving the Aerospace industry. James holds certifications in RSO, Metallic Reloading, Forklift and ITAR. In his personal life, James is an Anaheim native, but currently a Norco resident. He is also a gun and motorcycle enthusiast. His favorite hobbies are shooting, gaming, cruising on his Harley Davidson and spending time with friends and family.
Robert “Bob” Smith - Assistant Manager
Bob joined FT3 Tactical in October 2016, following a 40-year career in Specialty Retail Management. He is a United States Air Force veteran and has lived in Orange County since 1974 where he and his wife have raised a family. Bob spent 16 years actively competing as a member of the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) and an additional five years competing in Western Three-Gun and Action Pistol Matches. He actively participates in outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, camping, horseback riding and golfing.
Julie Manapat - Assistant Manager
Julie joined FT3 Tactical in April of 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Following her degree, she gained experience in the bail bonds industry before joining FT3. Julie holds NRA certifications for RSO and Pistol Instructor. She is a native of California and resides in Los Angeles County with her beloved dog, Bambi. She is a massive “sneaker head” and often highlights her shoes at work. Julie loves dogs, firearms, great food and spending time with her family and friends.
Nate Kubinski - Assistant Manager
Nate is the newest addition to the FT3 Tactical family. Originally from Minnesota, he currently resides in Orange County with his wife and two children. Nate served in the United States Army for 12 years. A current reservist, he is a civil affairs medic with the Army’s Airborne Corps. Nate holds a degree in Fire Science. His hobbies include marksmanship training, motorcycle rides, camping and hiking with his family, and cycling along the coast.