Hoyt Ellspermann works in Enterprise Sales for a leading Software and Business Services organization. Like many students, Hoyt had grown up around firearms but had not invested in professional training until later in life. Hoyt found tremendous value through training programs that emphasize practical, real world, armed civilian options for helping students learn how to “live with their gun” – in every sense of the phrase. Hoyt began training with Fortress Defense in 2012, elevating to the Instructor’s seat in 2019. Hoyt is also a Staff Instructor with DTI.

Hoyt may be contacted at: hoyt@fortressdefense


DTI w/ John & Vicki Farnam

  • Armed Citizens Response to a Terrorist Attack
  • Urban Rifle
  • Intermediate Pistol

Fortress Defense Consultants

  • Handgun, Level I & II
  • Rifle, Level I & II
  • Force-on-Force Scenario Based Training
  • Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds

Tactical Fitness Austin & Esperandio Tactical Concepts w/ Ron Grobman & Marcelo

  • Combat Rifle & Pistol
  • Urban Combat – Vehicle CQB w/ Force-on-Force

Green Eye Tactical w/ Eric Dorenbush

  • CQB Fundamentals

CTT Solutions LLC w/ Mike Pannone

  • Practical Rifle

I.C.E Training w/ Rob Pincus

  • Combat Focus Shooting

The Moulage Medic & NAEMT w/ Shawn Miller & Jeff Tinsley

  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care


  • DTI Staff Instructor
  • Fortress Defense Staff Instructor