The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of leaders from the sportsmen’s community and allied industries. Each of these individuals has made a commitment of service to the mission, objectives and goals of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation.
* Honorary Board Member
Paul Miller is Chairman of Adams Arms, LLC, and past Chairman of the Board of The Freedom Group, Inc. (now the Remington Outdoor Company). Previously he held executive positions in the media, telecommunications and aerospace & defense industries, most notably: COO of YP, CEO of Alpha Media Group (Maxim magazine), COO of Velocita Wireless and VP of Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications. Paul is an electrical engineering graduate of Penn State University, the father of two Penn State grads and an ardent Penn State booster. Paul is an avid hunter and fly fisherman, is a life member of the National Rifle Association, Coastal Conservation Association, and Izaak Walton League, and is a member of the Dallas Safari Club and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Jason grew up in Grand Island, Nebraska, and as a teenager, he worked for the family business as an apprentice in the Hornady Manufacturing ballistics lab. Jason went on to college at the University of Wyoming, where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 1992. After graduation from college, Jason worked as a manufacturer's representative for Sportco Marketing in the Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana area. At Sportco, Jason represented numerous outdoor brands, including: Bear Archery, Shimano, Nikon, Thompson/Center Arms and several others. Following Sportco Marketing, Jason became Director of Sales and Marketing for Redfield Riflescopes in 1996, then went on to work for Dunkin-Lewis a manufacturer's representative agency, as Director of Key Account Sales. While working for Dunkin-Lewis, Jason represented Johnson Outdoors, Swarovski, Thompson-Center and Plano. Key accounts included Cabela's, Academy, and TSA. In 2006, after 14 successful years in the Outdoor Industry, Jason accepted a position with the family business at Hornady Manufacturing as Director of Sales, and currently serves as Vice President. He is an avid hunter and shooter, and has participated in regional and national level shooting competitions. Jason's passion for hunting/shooting is demonstrated by his pursuits both here in North America and Internationally. As a shooting industry sales professional, Jason has been fortunate to work with over 150 companies. He has served on several boards and is currently involved with the International Hunter's Education Association (IHEA), the Heartland Public Shooting Park, and also serves as the company alternate for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturer's Institute (SAAMI) boards.
Patrick Murray has worked for the Coastal Conservation Association for 17 years, serving in a variety of positions including both Assistant Director and Executive Director for the Coastal Conservation Association Texas, and as CCA’s National Communications Director, Conservation Director, Executive Vice President and now President.
Murray was a light-tackle fishing guide in the Galveston Bay complex prior to coming to CCA. He has been a lifelong advocate for marine conservation issues and serves on a number of Boards, including the University of Texas Marine Science Advisory Board, Texas A&M Harte Research Institute Board. He is a Board member and Management Committee Chairman for the Center for Coastal Conservation. Murray is also a member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation Board and Executive Committee, and is a founding Board member of the Building Conservation Trust. He is a published author and serves as consulting editor for TIDE magazine and Rising Tide magazine.
Ralph W. Castner
Ralph W. Castner has been Chief Financial Officer of Bass Pro Shops since October 2017. Prior to his position at Bass Bro Shops Mr. Castner was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Cabela’s Inc. from January 2010 until October 2017. Cabela’s was merged with Bass Pro Shops on September 25, 2017. From March 2006 to November 2010, Mr. Castner was Chairman of the Board World’s Foremost Bank, Cabela’s wholly-owned subsidiary. From July 2003 to January 2010, Mr. Castner was Cabela’s Director of Accounting and Finance and Treasurer of the World’s Foremost Bank. Prior to joining Cabela’s, he was employed by First Data Corporation from 1990 to 2000, most recently as Vice President. Prior to joining First Data Corporation, Mr. Castner was a certified public accountant with the public accounting firm Touche Ross and Company.
Orlando A. Alvarez is President and Chief Executive Officer of BP Energy Company based in Houston, Texas. He is also a member of the BP America Board overseeing all of the company’s activities in the U.S. Orlando’s tenure at BP spans over 20 years with current accountability for all of North America’s trading, marketing, supply and derivatives activities, specifically pertaining to natural gas, power, and natural gas liquids, as well as oversight for BP’s global liquefied petroleum gas business. Orlando is also a member of BP's global supply and trading organization’s executive leadership team. He serves on a number of industry boards and committees, including the Natural Gas Supply Association and the American Petroleum Institute’s Natural Gas Market Development Committee. Orlando has served as Vice Chairman of the Natural Gas Supply Association Board since March 2017. Most recently, Orlando was appointed member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Board, effective January 2018.
During his 30-year span in the energy supply and trading business, Orlando has held many commercial positions ranging from natural gas trading, marketing and origination, and transportation representative. Early on in his career he held a number of accounting and reporting positions primarily through general accounting and strategy/planning roles, all in the natural gas industry. He also spent three years in the natural gas liquids space where he was responsible for commercial delivery across a number of gas processing and fractionation facilities on the Gulf Coast.
Orlando was born in Santa Clara, Cuba and came to the United States at the age of three, where he lived in New York until his move to Texas in 1975. He currently resides in Houston with his wife Kari, his children, Alexis, 23, and Brandon, 20, as well as his step-children Justin, 26 and Brady, 20. Orlando attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. He enjoys hunting and fishing with his family during his time off.
Laurie Aronson has worked in the shooting industry since she was 14, when she would spend her summers working in the family sporting goods store. A Louisiana native, Aronson is president of two companies: Lipsey's, a wholesale distributor of new firearms based in the Baton Rouge, and Haspel, a men's clothing manufacturer. Under Aronson’s leadership, both companies have grown tremendously.
Laurie is active in many Baton Rouge community services, philanthropic and faith-based organizations, serving on many boards and committees. In 2006, the Baton Rouge Business Report named her among the “Most Influential Business Women”. Laurie is also a Life Member of the NRA.
Georgia is home to Paul’s family, where he lives with his wife Renee and three daughters: Carter, Abigail, and Ansley. He grew up in South Louisiana where he developed a love for the outdoors at a very early age. Upon graduation from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a B.S. in Finance, he completed his military service in the United States Army.
Shortly thereafter, he moved to Atlanta and began his career as a Financial Advisor. For the past twenty-Five years, he has been the managing partner of the wealth management group he founded and leads a group of financial professionals.
It is his passion for hunting, wildlife conservation, and his staunch support of the Second Amendment which ultimately led him to become President of SCI to protect the freedom to hunt.
He is a lifelong hunter, advocate, and conservationist; and has had the good fortune of being able to hunt throughout North America and four other continents. He believes the most memorable outdoor experiences are the ones shared with his children and strives to ensure that our natural resources, as well as our freedoms and rights remain intact for his children and future generations, through legislative efforts.
James Jay Baker is an attorney and lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Mr. Baker joined the National Rifle Association as a staff attorney in 1980, and moved to the NRA's lobbying staff shortly thereafter and was appointed to serve as the Executive Director of the NRA's entire legislative and political operation in early 1991. Prior to joining the NRA, James Jay Baker served as a prosecutor in Missouri. He is currently admitted to practice in that state and in Washington, DC. He is also a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Baker has served on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, the Jefferson Islands Club and also on the Board of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
Gary H. Bechtel
Gary H. Bechtel spent his professional career working for Bechtel Corporation. While serving as President of Bechtel Civil, he managed many national and international projects. Bechtel was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Bechtel Group and Companies. He began his retirement in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he formed Diamond Ridge Motorsports and owned a NASCAR Cup Team and two Busch Teams. He later sold the operation and moved home to California to become more involved with his true passion, outdoor conservation.
Bechtel previously served as President of the Board of Directors for the California Conservation Fund and was Chairman of the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance. He currently serves on the Boards of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, California Department of Wildlife Officers Foundation, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Advisory Board and serves as Co-Chairman of the Ambassadors Society for Delta Waterfowl.
Bechtel is President of The Foothill’s Foundation, where he is committed to philanthropically supporting wildlife and natural resources management, conservation projects, civic needs, and education.
Mark Cherpes is President and CEO of FN America; a wholly owned subsidiary of Fabrique Nationale (FN) Herstal S.A., one of the world’s largest and premier firearms manufacturers.
Mark was named to lead FN America (formerly FN Manufacturing and FNH USA) in June 2014. During his tenure with FN, Mark has served as the Executive Vice President, Vice President of Military Operations and Director of Military Programs. Mark was instrumental in facilitating the SCAR and GAU 21 programs with the U.S. Military.
Prior to his leadership role at FN America, Mark was employed as the President of SWE-DISH Satellite Systems Inc. in Reston, VA., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SWE-DISH Satellite Systems AB of Stockholm, Sweden. SWE-DISH is a supplier of high performance satellite communications technology to U.S. Federal agencies and U.S. Department of Defense customers.
In addition, Mark worked as a defense trade consultant at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C. supporting the business development efforts of Swedish companies in the U.S. that included Saab Defense and Haglunds Vehicle.
Prior to moving to the commercial sector, Mark provided management support within the Office of the Secretary of Defense during his time at SENTEL Corporation. Serving as the Point of Contact for all Congressional inquiries, Mark monitored all Navy and U.S. Special Operations Command projects. As an analyst with Jorge Scientific Corporation and R.M. Vredenburg, Mark provided management support to the NAVAIR Navy International Programs Office and the U.S. Navy Foreign Military Sales Procurement Office.
Mark has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance from George Mason University.
NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Childress joined the CSF Board of Directors to bring the same level of enthusiasm and dedication he brings to racing to ensuring the rights of hunters and anglers. Calling himself an outdoorsman, Childress is as much about giving back to wildlife, hunting and fishing as he is about being a successful business man.
Childress is Chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing (RCR), a 17-time championship-winning organization. An independent driver who got his start in 1969, Childress climbed out of the seat in the 1981 season, handing over the driving duties to the late Dale Earnhardt. Together they made NASCAR history, winning 67 races, six Cup Series championships, and along the way established RCR as one of the premier teams in all of motorsports. Childress is also the proprietor of Childress Vineyards in Lexington, N.C., as well as the Yadkin River Angus cattle ranch.
Another great passion Childress has is big-game hunting and the conservation and preservation of wildlife habitat in the United States and throughout the world. His work with groups like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the North Carolina Wildlife Habitat Foundation, among many others, provides him the opportunity to make a difference in preserving wildlife habitats for generations to come. Childress currently serves as the First Vice President of the NRA.
Bruce is the President of Shell Oil Company. He graduated in 1981 from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management, and shortly thereafter began his 30 plus year career with Shell at the Norco Manufacturing Complex in Louisiana. Since then he has progressed through series of increasingly responsible positions in Human Resources and line management in Shell's Downstream & Upstream businesses. Other positions held include: executive Vice President Human Resources Shell International E&P, Vice President Human Resources Global Downstream Operations, Vice President Human Resources The Alliance Companies (joint venture between Shell, Texaco and Saudi Aramco), General Manager Products Pipelines, and General Manager Products Distribution. Bruce is a member of the Center for Houston's Future Board of Directors, Board Member for Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, a Life Member and Committee Volunteer for the Houston Livestock and Rodeo, and represents Shell with various conservation organizations including Ducks Unlimited and Coastal Conservation Association. Bruce lives and works in Houston, and is married to Marguerite. They have two children, daughter Ashley, age 21 who is a junior at Auburn University in the school of Animal Science, and Addison, age 17 who is a junior at Memorial High School. Bruce is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, shooting sports, fishing and water-sports. He also has a keen interest in land and water conservation.
James Debney joined Smith & Wesson in November 2009 as President of the Firearms Division. In September 2011 he was promoted to President, CEO, and Board Member for the parent company holding corporation, which is now American Outdoor Brands Corporation. He has amassed over 16 years of management experience and a track record of developing and executing sales and marketing strategies that sustainably grow the top line, while working throughout an organization to implement efficiencies that deliver profitability. He is also seasoned in multi-factory, multinational organizations that address both consumer and business-to-business environments. Debney served as President of Presto Products Company, a $500 million plastic products business unit formerly of Alcoa Consumer Products. During his tenure he created and executed long and short-term sales and marketing and operations strategies that delivered increases in both revenue and profitability. Debney oversaw all aspects of the growing business, which is composed of four business units with five manufacturing facilities in the United States and partnerships in Asia. Prior to Presto Products, Debney held a series of increasingly responsible operations management and business leadership roles with Baco Consumer Products, a United Kingdom business formerly of Alcoa Consumer Products. Debney holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry with Honors from the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology, and a Certificate of Business Administration from the University of Keele, both in the United Kingdom.
Mark recently retired as the founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Outdoor; the world’s leader in outdoor recreation products. Mark created Vista Outdoor through a series of strategic acquisitions and a spin-off from Alliant Techsystems in 2015. In the same year he was awarded Ernst and Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Prior to leading Vista Outdoor he served as the President and CEO of Alliant Techsystems (ATK), a premier aerospace and defense company.
Mark is an avid outdoorsman and served as past Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation and is a past Chairman of The Wildlife Management Institute. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Goddard School of Business for Weber State University, the Utah Governor’s Advisory Board for private fisheries, and the Advisory Board for Hunter Nation. Mark is a native of Utah where he grew up hunting, fishing, camping and earned the Eagle Scout Award from the BSA. He has a BS degree in business at Weber State University and an MBA at Westminster College, where he taught business courses and was recognized as the college’s Adjunct Faculty of the Year.
Chris Dorsey is founding partner of Denver-based Dorsey Pictures, a leading producer of lifestyle television with more than 20 series and specials in production for a wide range of networks including, History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, HGTV, DIY, GAC, Travel Channel, and Outdoor Channel.
He's also helped launch more than 45 outdoor television series--more than anyone in history. Dorsey's approach of fusing brand DNA with entertaining programming has made him a sought-after speaker in the television and marketing world where branded entertainment is an ever-growing genre.
Prior to his career in television, Dorsey served as a publishing executive running some of the largest outdoor magazines in America, including Sports Afield and Ducks Unlimited. His work has appeared in a wide variety of national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Television Week, National Geographic, Writer's Digest, and scores of outdoor periodicals. He's the author of seven books on outdoor, natural history, and business subjects.
Because of his connections to the celebrity community, Dorsey has been retained to assist in developing campaign strategies for a wide variety of political candidates ranging from those seeking the Oval Office to governorships, Senate and House seats. His ability to craft messaging that appeals to America's 50 million sportsmen--whether creating branded entertainment or highlighting the ties between political candidates and the passions and concerns of American sportsmen--has been at the core of his success.
Dorsey lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife Amy and twin sons Luke and Nathan.
Neil R. Eibeler
Neil is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Pure Fishing, a division of Newell Brands, which is one of the leading consumer goods companies in the world with over $16 billion in global sales. Neil leads the Fishing Division; a global leader in the fishing industry with top brands that include Abu Garcia, Penn Reels, Berkley, Shakespeare, Mitchell, Pflueger, Spiderwire and Stren; selling to major retailers and tackle shops globally. He was recently appointed as a Board Member to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and the American Sportfishing Association.
Neil joined Newell Brands in 2002 and has a strong track record of success in various global segment leadership roles during his more than 15 years with the company. Before joining the Pure Fishing Group, his most recent position was President of the Tools and Commercial Products Segments and was responsible for leading Newell Brands Tool Business including IRWIN Tools, Lenox and Hilmor, in addition to the Rubbermaid Commercial Products Business.
During his tenure, Neil also served as President of Rubbermaid/Irwin Sales and Canadian Organizations and Vice President of IRWIN Tools Storage.
Prior to joining Newell Brands, he served as Senior VP Sales & Marketing at Contico; a global manufacturer of tool boxes, automotive truck boxes and household storage products. Neil also held senior positions with Krups USA and Black & Decker.
Neil holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Stoney Brook University in New York.
Brad Franklin serves as government relations manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation USA and has been involved with the motorsports industry for over 25 years.
John Green has been active in legislative policy and politics on a national level for two decades. John began his career working in the United States Senate, holding several positions in the office of his home state Senator, Trent Lott of Mississippi. John began as an intern, became a legislative aide, deputy chief of staff and eventually became executive director of the senator's political action committee, overseeing all the political operations for the majority leader of the US Senate.
John was cofounder of Federalist Group, a multidisciplinary government relations firm, based in Washington, DC. He oversaw the growth of the company, prior to its sale of the company to Ogilvy Public Relations, a division of WPP. After the acquisition John acted as a managing director for Ogilvy Government Relations, a top ten lobbying firm in Washington.
John is currently chairman of Crossroads Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm in Washington, representing companies large and small with matters before the federal government, including several conservation organizations. He remains active in politics as well, having served as a senior staff member of the McCain for President campaign and finance chairman for the successful campaigns of US Senators Richard Burr and John Hoeven.
An avid outdoorsman, John is active in recreational activities and enjoys big game hunting and wing shooting. He is a regular member of Boone and Crockett Club, a life member of Wild Sheep Foundation and Safari Club International, as well as a benefactor member of the National Rifle Association.
John holds a Bachelors of Public Administration from the University of Mississippi. John, his wife Kate and their three young children reside in Oxford, MS. They are members of Oxford University Methodist Church.
The sport’s most visible leader at the race track, Mike Helton was named Vice Chairman of NASCAR in February 2015.
Helton had served as NASCAR president since 2000 and has been with the sanctioning body in various roles since joining it in 1994 as vice president of competition. In February 1999, Helton assumed the role of senior vice president and chief operating officer, becoming the first person outside the France family to take over the day-to-day operations of NASCAR.
He serves as a member of NASCAR’s Board of Directors and is also a member of the company’s Executive Council.
After becoming only the third president in the sport’s history, Helton cemented NASCAR’s presence in major markets within the United States, as well as Mexico, Canada and Europe.
His expertise in competition directly led to the formation of the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. Dedicated to strengthening NASCAR’s competition and safety initiatives, it is the first R&D center owned and operated by a sanctioning body of a major motorsports series.
In addition to his role as a member of NASCAR’s Board of Directors, Helton maintains a similar role with The NASCAR Foundation, NASCAR’s charitable arm that seeks to raise funds and increase volunteerism to support nonprofit charities and charitable causes throughout the nation.
Born and raised in Bristol, Virginia, Helton’s motorsports experience is multi-faceted. In addition to working for NASCAR, he has also been a track operator at both Atlanta Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway and even raced a little himself.
Helton and his wife, Lynda, reside in Ormond Beach, Florida.
Brad Johnson joined United Sporting Companies in 2011 and serves as the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. USC is a leading nationwide distributor of hunting, outdoor, and marine products, and operates primarily through two subsidiaries, Ellett Brothers and Jerry’s Sport Center. USC proudly and efficiently serves over 30,000 independent retail customers across all 50 states. Concurrent with his position at USC, Johnson served as the Executive Chairman and CEO of Crosman Corporation, a global leader in air gun products, until the company’s sale in June of 2017. Prior to joining USC, Johnson held several leadership positions in large consumer products companies including: President of Reynolds Consumer Products, a $1+ billion global leader in the aluminum foil industry; President and CEO of Elmer’s Products, an international leader in adhesives and art/craft/office products, and as President and CEO of Hunt Corporation, a NYSE office products company which Mr. Johnson took private and later merged with Elmer’s Corporation.
Lawrence G. Keane, Esq. is senior vice president for government and public affairs, assistant secretary and general counsel to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. (NSSF), the firearm, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry’s trade association. He leads all of NSSF’s government relations and public affairs activities as the industry’s chief lobbyist. He is the firearms industry’s chief media spokesperson for all legal, legislative and regulatory matters. As general counsel he is NSSF’s chief legal officer responsible for handling all legal matters including corporate governance, legal compliance and risk management functions. Mr. Keane played a major role in the drafting the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (Public Law No. 109-92), the so-called “Tiahrt Amendment” and several other pieces of legislation which have been successfully enacted in to law.
He was named a 2014 Top Lobbyist by CEO Update for his handling of the flood of legislative proposals in the aftermath of the tragedy that struck Newtown, Connecticut, noting that “in his many media appearances he has been a calm, reasonable voice for an industry often caught in a passionate debate.”
He has co-authored several amicus curiae briefs on behalf of NSSF filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, most notably in the landmark Second Amendment cases of District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783 (2008), portions of which were quoted in Court’s opinion, and in NRA v. Chicago and McDonald v. Chicago.
He is corporate secretary for Project ChildSafe Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit established to support NSSF’s premiere firearms safety education program Project ChildSafe.
He is also a member of the Safari Club International Government Affairs Committee.
Mr. Keane also serves as general counsel and corporate secretary to the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI), the technical trade association of leading United States firearms, ammunition, and propellant manufacturers that sets voluntary firearms and ammunition safety standards. In addition to serving as an officer of SAAMI, Mr. Keane currently is the longest serving chairman of SAAMI’s committee on legal and legislative affairs.
The Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs appointed Mr. Keane to the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG), which advises the State Department on the regulation of defense trade to help ensure that impediments to legitimate exports are reduced while the foreign policy and national security interests of the U.S. continue to be protected and advanced in accordance with the Arms Export Control Act. He served as a member of DTAG between 2008 and 2014.
Prior to joining NSSF, he was a partner in the White Plains, NY law firm of Pino & Associates, LLP where he represented a number of domestic and foreign firearm manufacturers in product liability cases. Mr. Keane successfully represented Beretta U.S.A. Corp. in the landmark cases of Hamilton v. Accu-Tek, et al. and Dix v. Beretta U.SA. Corp.
Before joining Pino & Associates, LLP he was an Assistant District Attorney in the Westchester County, NY District Attorney’s Office. During his career as an Assistant District Attorney he investigated and prosecuted violent criminals. He was also assigned to the Economic Crime Bureau where he investigated and prosecuted complex white collar and organized criminal cases including at the time the largest grand larceny ever prosecuted in Westchester County.
Mr. Keane obtained a B.A. in Economics and his Juris Doctorate from Fordham University. Mr. Keane is rated A.V. by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Keane is a member in good standing of the bars of the State of Connecticut and New York, and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for Connecticut, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.
He is a passionate sportsmen and avid upland bird hunter.
Christopher T. Metz is Chief Executive Officer for Vista Outdoor Inc., a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer in the growing outdoor sports and recreation industry. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has well-recognized brands providing consumers with a range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for the outdoor enthusiast.
Metz has more than 25 years of experience leading high-performing companies and brands in the consumer and durable goods industries. Before becoming Vista Outdoor’s CEO, Chris served as the president and CEO of Arctic Cat from 2014 to 2017. Prior to Arctic Cat, he was managing director of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a leading private equity firm. Prior to Sun Capital, Metz worked for Black & Decker from 1992 to 2005. During his tenure with the company, he was president of the Hardware and Home Improvement Group from 1999 to 2005, and held various leadership positions including president of Kwikset Corporation, president of Price Pfister, president of Baldwin Hardware, and general manager of European Professional Power Tools and Accessories, during which time he lived in Frankfurt, Germany.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Delaware and earned a master of business administration degree from the Kenan Flagler School of Business, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Metz is an avid hunter, angler and cyclist.
Tommy Millner was the former president and chief executive officer of Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. Previously, Millner had worked for Remington Arms Company for 15 years, ten as Chief Executive Officer.
Jeanne O. Mitchell is Senior Director, Federal Relations in ExxonMobil's Washington, D.C. government relations office, responsible for contacts and advocacy with the United States House of Representatives across a vast spectrum of energy and business issues.
Prior to this role, she served as Global Communications Manager based in Irving, Texas, where she led the company's worldwide corporate communications including the first-ever Summary Annual Report and Corporate Citizenship Report.
Jeanne joined Mobil Corporation in 1986 and has served in a variety of managerial and professional positions in Mobil and ExxonMobil, and has worked with affiliates worldwide at various stages throughout her career. She has represented "strip mining in paradise" (phosphate mining in Florida) as well as all of the current business units.
Her public affairs expertise encompasses government relations, issues management, media relations, Foundation, community relations, and crisis response. She was awarded the 2001 Telly Award for "Regardless of Where" a documentary of the Hoover-Diana construction and in 1996 was awarded a Silver Anvil Award by the Public Relations Society of America for the "Friendly Serve Academy." She assumed her current role in 2002. She has been cited multiple times by Hill publications as one of the outstanding energy lobbyists.
Prior to joining Mobil, Jeanne worked as Public Relations Director for the Florida Sugar Cane League where she successfully lobbied state issues as well as the federal Farm Bill.
She obtained a BA and MA from the Institute of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida with major emphasis from the College of Journalism and Communications. After receiving her Masters degree, she was awarded an Assistant Professorship to teach classes and manage the Instructional Materials Service publishing books and curriculum guides on Low Energy Technology.
Bob Model holds distinguished credentials in the conservation and wildlife community as Chairman of the Boone and Crockett Club, an appointed member of the federally chartered Sporting Conservation Council, an Advisory Member of the Hunting Heritage Trust and Advisory Member of the Cody Firearms Museum for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. He has previously served as a Director on the National Forest Foundation, past Chairman of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners and past President of the Boone & Crockett Club. Mr. Model is Vice President of Stillrock Management and Vice President of Elmrock Capital, both based in New York. He is also the owner and President of Mooncrest Ranch in Cody, Wyoming.
In addition to his involvement in national organizations, Mr. Model actively supports many local groups and organizations in Wyoming.
As Director of Environmental Affairs for Shimano in the U.S. and Canada, Phil Morlock oversees Shimano’s environmental stewardship programs in both the fishing and bike divisions, and represents the company in advocacy issues with federal, state and provincial governments and natural resource agencies in the U.S. and Canada. He is frequently in Washington working with the CSF on Capitol Hill and groups like the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) (serving as Chair of ASA's Government Affairs Committee, Pacific Region) to advance and protect the rights and privileges of all recreational anglers. Morlock is also a proud recipient of CSF's Brad Rowse Leadership Award for his commitment to the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses.
In his ‘spare time’ he represents the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association (CSIA) in the same fashion in dealing with Canada’s Parliament. Mr. Morlock has dedicated countless hours to the issues facing sportsmen on both sides of the border and received the 2008 Chairman’s Award for his work to establish the Parliamentary Outdoors Caucus, modeled after the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.
John Paul Morris
John Paul Morris is the general manager of Bass Pro Shops' online store and member of the RedHead Pro Hunting Team. From the Missouri Ozarks, Morris has become an avid outdoorsman and a passionate conservationist over the years. He’s also firmly committed to increasing youth participation in the outdoors and conservation. In addition to joining the CSF Board, Morris serves on the national board of directors for Quality Deer Management Association. "I am very enthused about the future of our favorite outdoor pastimes with great partners like CSF working every day to protect and enhance them," said Morris.
John L. Nau, III
John L. Nau, III is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products. Silver Eagle employs over 1,400 employees that serve 16 counties in Texas through operations in Houston, San Antonio, Conroe, Cypress, Pasadena, Rosenberg, Carrizo Springs and Del Rio. Silver Eagle also distributes Grupo Modelo beers, a broad selection of microbrews and craft beers, and several non-alcohol beverages and waters.
Nau’s commitment to service is apparent through a broad spectrum of participation in civic, community, and philanthropic organizations in Houston and throughout the country. His current involvement includes Chairman of the Texas Historical Commission, National Park Foundation Board of Directors, Civil War Trust Board of Directors, The Texas State Historical Association Board of Directors, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation Board of Directors, Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Board of Trustees, University of Houston Board of Visitors, Honorary Trustee of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Honorary Trustee of Texas Heart Institute, Honorary State Trustee for the San Antonio Parks Foundation and Advisory Council member to the Center for Big Bend Studies. He also serves as a Board Member for Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park, Houston Police Foundation and The Admiral Nimitz Foundation. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Steering Committee for the proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area.
He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and from 2011 through 2015 served on the Board of Visitors, a position appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is founder and President of The Nau Foundation.
Jeff is a 20-year veteran in outdoors media and the former President and CEO of Outdoor Sportsman Group, a division of KSE Outdoor Group. Prior to OSG, he was the President and CEO of Intermedia Outdoors.
Jeff spent six years with Times Mirror Inc. and Time4 Media as Sr. Vice President, and President of The Outdoor Company (Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, and Outdoor Explorer).
Simon Roosevelt is a principal of Olimpia Fund Management, Ltd., a multi-family investment group based in the U.S. and abroad. Formerly he was general counsel for the investment management fund KCM, LLC. Prior to that he was an attorney with the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.
Simon is an avid hunter and conservationist whose interests have involved him in a wide variety of conservation and environmental projects in North America, South America and Africa. Current projects include the Conservation Roundtable, a forum that brings together the CEO’s of American hunting, environmental, and land conservation organizations to discuss and act on larger issues of common concern. In addition, Simon is at work on a book portraying the essential connection between American hunting and conservation. Intended primarily for non-hunters, the book will be a tribute to American hunting- its conservation legacy, its crucial role in conservation today, and its integral part in the shaping of American character and heritage.
Simon is a Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the New York City Region. He is a member of the Boone & Crockett Club, and the Camp Fire Club of America; he is a trustee of the Scenic Hudson Land Trust and Scenic Hudson, Inc.; and he is a member of the President’s Advisory Council of the National Wildlife Federation.
Hon. Lindsay Thomas*
Serving in the U.S. House of Representatives (D-GA) from 1982-1993, Thomas was instrumental in the founding of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and served as the first Vice-Chairman. Following his 5 terms in the U.S. Congress, Thomas returned to Georgia where he represented the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games as the director of state governmental affairs. He then went on to serve as president and chief executive officer of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, leading the chamber through its largest membership growth in history.
Currently, he operates Lindsay Thomas Consulting, Inc. However, being a true Georgia native, he spends as much time as possible on his farm hunting and fishing with his two sons.
With more than a decade in the shooting sports industry Joshua Waldron just recently became President of Blackhawk, Eagle, and Uncle Mikes, which are companies owned by Vista Outdoor, VSTO (NYSE). Previous to that position he was founder and CEO of SilencerCo, a Utah based company that designs and manufactures the world’s leading suppressors for firearms, firearms, and accessories. Waldron was the CEO from 2008-2018.
Starting with a garage and a business plan, Waldron raised a small amount of money, acquired a CNC machine, and with the help of his high school friend and business partner Jonathon Shults, SilencerCo launched it's first product in 2009. The company grew to 350 employees and occupies a 72,000 square foot facility where all manufacturing is performed in house, American sourced, and American made. In 2014 SilencerCo was recognized as the 4th fastest growing companies in Utah by both Utah Business Magazine, and the Mountain West Capital Network, and was recognized in 2013 as the #202 fastest growing company in America by Inc Magazine.
From the beginning of SilencerCo’s existence, Waldron knew that advocacy was an important piece to the future of suppressors, and the shooting sports industry. In 2011, Waldron co-founded the American Suppressor Association (ASA) which has been instrumental in pro-suppressor legislative success around the country. Part of the role of the ASA is to work with other industry advocacy groups like the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Waldron has been able to develop close relationships with those organizations and help bring them all together to have one unified voice.
Waldron currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA and is happily married to Audrey Waldron. Together they have 3 daughters, Sophie (11), Izzy (8) and Lauren (5).
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