Newsmakers
October 2022

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J. Rosenberg

Christensen Arms Hires Sales SVP

Christensen Arms hired Jeremy Rosenberg as SVP of sales where he is responsible for all sales activities, including management of the sales team and the national account managers.

“Jeremy has an outstanding and proven track record in outdoor industry sales with experience in both fortune 500 and startup companies,” said Jason Christensen, CEO of Christensen Arms.

Rosenberg previously worked at SUREFIRE where he ultimately served as national sales manager. He then went on to Springfield Armory before returning to SUREFIRE as VP of sales and marketing in 2019.

K. Rosenberger

T. Helgeson

Primary Arms Names Director, Buyer

Primary Arms Government named U.S. foreign military sales expert Kelly Rosenberger as director of government programs and sales and welcomed Tyler Helgeson as its firearms and ammunition buyer.

Rosenberger will work with staff, clients, community partners and all stakeholders to amplify Primary Arms Government branding, develop the division and improve sales.

He previously led the Near East South Asia Center’s efforts in Saudi Arabia, supporting the transformation of the Saudi Arabia Command and Staff College to an internationally accredited National Defense University in Riyadh.

He earned a master’s in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College and a M.S. in administration from the University of Notre Dame.

Helgeson’s key responsibilities include stocking and maintaining inventory on the latest firearms and ammunition products.

He brings over a decade of experience working with firearms and ammunition as an expert end user, sales supervisor and purchasing manager.

Helgeson earned a degree from Weber State University, and served four years as an airborne infantryman.

R. Link

NASGW Welcomes Board Member

The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) welcomed its newest board member, Ryan Link of Big Rock Sports.
Kenyon Gleason, NASGW president, said, “I’m thrilled to have another great leader from [Big Rock Sports] here to help guide our association in the right direction for years to come.”

Link brings 18 years of retail and distribution experience, including nine years with Big Rock Sports, to the board.

R. Dan

Trailblazer Firearms Announces President

Trailblazer Firearms announced the appointment of Ron Dan as the company’s president.

“Ron’s experience and reputation as a long-standing professional in our industry will be a valuable asset to our efforts at Trailblazer … coupled with his strategic knowledge as both a professional and end user, Ron will help bring Trailblazer to its fullest potential,” said Aaron Voigt, founder and CEO of Trailblazer Firearms.

Dan brings more than 15 years’ experience to his new position from roles at industry companies such as RSR Group, Chattanooga Shooting Supplies, Vertx and Stryk Group USA.

V. Roper

D. Gilnack

Iron Valley Supply Co. Adds Account Managers

Valerie Roper and Dan Gilnack recently joined Iron Valley Supply as account managers to serve the company’s community of fire-arms industry partners.

Roper, based in Texas, has over a decade of experience in the firearms industry and most recently worked for TRIARC Systems.
Gilnack joins Iron Valley’s Downingtown, Penn. office following a 15-year career in private security.

He graduated from Daniel Webster College with a bachelor’s in homeland security.

E. Amborn

R. Roers

E. Arthur Brown Company Inc. Promotes President, VP

E. Arthur Brown Company Inc. (EABCO) announced the promotions of Emily Amborn to the role of president and Royce Roers to VP of production.

Amborn joined EABCO 14 years ago and served as marketing director in addition to roles in HR, sales and shareholder relations.

As VP, Roers will continue to expand the company’s production capabilities while also developing new leaders from the production staff.

Upon his graduation from Alexandria Technical College 24 years ago as a tool and die maker, Roers joined EABCO where he has adapted CNC programming and machinery and streamlined production processes.

R. Alsen

X-Vision Optics Taps Sales & Marketing Manager

X-Vision Optics welcomed Rick Alsen as its national sales and marketing manager where he will be responsible for overseeing all sales and marketing aspects of X-Vision Optics as well as all imports and procurement.

“Rick brings vast amounts of brand growth and industry knowledge as well as an excellent reputation for performance to this role,” noted Chris Shimek, partner and Red Wing Gear co-founder.

Prior to joining X-Vision Optics, Alsen was the national sales manager for Beavertail Products, among other related sales roles.

J. Piscione

E. Beckwith

R. Cleveland

Dead Air Silencers Announces Leadership Changes

Dead Air Silencers announced three executives have transitioned into new roles and John Piscione joined the company as VP of sales and marketing. Founding partner Eric Rogers (not pictured) assumed the role of general counsel and will be focusing on all legal matters for the company moving forward. President Ernie Beckwith stepped into the role of CEO, and VP Rod Cleveland moved into the position of COO.

“The support of our customers and the growth we have experienced in the past few years has provided Dead Air with the need to grow internally. We are extremely excited with the opportunity to provide greater focus on product development, marketing and brand strategies, while continuing to deliver best in class customer service,” said Beckwith.

G. Chadwick

1791 Gunleather Gains Sales Associate

1791 Gunleather announced experienced firearms salesman Geremy Chadwick joined the company as a territory sales associate. He is responsible for new business development with target accounts in South Carolina and Georgia.

Ramiro Romani, CEO of 1791 Gunleather, commented, “He has amazing energy and a can-do attitude. His retail and industry experience gives him a solid base for success.”

Chadwick previously worked as a certified armed security guard and also managed a retail gun store.

Everest.com Selects CEO

Everest.com announced the appointment of Vince Lusardi as chief experience officer. In this position, Lusardi will build and expand the online community.

Prior to joining Everest.com, Lusardi served as chief design officer and then later as chief creative officer at Catch Co.

Revo Brands Retains CRO

Revo Brands, parent company of Real Avid and Outdoor Edge Cutlery, selected Jody Agnew as chief revenue officer. In this newly created role, Agnew leads sales for Revo Brands with responsibility for the company’s top line revenue growth.

Agnew has more than 20 years’ experience leading sales organizations and growth for Gerber, Taylor Brands and American Outdoor Brands.

CSSI Grows Sales Team

Chattanooga Shooting Supplies Inc. (CSSI) welcomed Brenda Bohot, Chandler Gillis, Daniel Disney, Misti Moore and Scott Patrick to its expanding sales team.

“This talented and motivated group will continue to help pioneer new territory as well as support our existing dealer and vendor relationship,” shared Ron Staffieri, CSSI CEO.

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