Tim Schmidt attended Michigan Tech University where he earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering in 1994. After working for a medical equipment company and then a computer hardware company, Tim started his first successful business in 1997. This business, Schmidt Engineering, provided mechanical engineering services to a wide array of companies. In 2003, Tonnie Schmidt and Tim Schmidt founded Delta Defense and the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) and began publishing a self-defense magazine that focused on responsible firearms ownership. This magazine grew into a national association providing self-defense education, training and legal protection to its members.