Tinker holds a B.S. in Crisis and Disaster Management emphasis in Emergency Management and Fire Science from the University of Central Missouri as well as an M.S. in Occupational Safety and Health Management from Eastern Kentucky University. He is certified as a Certified Safety Professional by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. He has over 12 years of experience in the safety industry involving regulatory authority, program initiation, emergency scene, construction, and environmental. Also, he is a professional member of ASSE and AIHA.