NRA Range Development & Operations Conference Instructors

Richard ''Dick'' Peddicord, Ph. D. Richard "Dick" Peddicord, Ph. D., is a nationally recognized leader in environmental assessment and management of lead and other shooting-associated environmental issues at outdoor rifle, pistol, and shotgun ranges. He has contributed to workshops and publications of the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for his contributions to its Best Management Practices for Lead at Outdoor Shooting Ranges. His goal is to help ranges minimize potential environmental liabilities in a practical and sustainable way.
Don Turner Don Turner has served in the professional management of shooting ranges for over 34 years, as an advanced tactical police firearms instructor to manager of two large 5 star public shooting ranges in AZ and NV, and statewide manager of all shooting ranges in AZ. His expertise is in providing innovative solutions for shooting range management. He served on the NRA BOD for three years and has been on the NRA Range Development Committee for 12 years.
William Provencher William Provencher is a principle at Carey's Small Arms Range Ventilation. Bill has been designing and evaluating ventilation systems for small arms ranges since 1995 and has completed over 700 projects. He has worked with the NRA for over 10 years presenting the section for Small Arms Range Ventilation. Both Bill and all of the staff at Carey's want to help range owners and operators know as much as possible to help them make the best decisions for their range operation or business.
Tom Shay Tom Shay is a lifelong small business owner and manager. The fourth generation to be involved in the family business, as a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Tom started his first job working in his grandfather's general store. Tom moved to Florida to join his parents in the family operation they had purchased in 1971. Over the next 26 years, the Shay family owned and operated three businesses in the retail trade and a fourth in the wholesale and manufacturing industry. As a speaker, Tom has earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) distinction, an honor that has been earned by fewer than 7 percent of speakers worldwide.
John Lightle John Lightle is a retired Marine, served our nation honorably for almost 24 years. John has developed, designed, built, managed, and operated various types’ ranges both military and civilian. Combat Marksmanship Instructor, Formal Schools Instructor, Drill Instructor, and Officer Candidates School Instructor, and all small caliber firearms instruction to include crew served weapon systems organic to a Marine Corps Infantry Battalion. With over 1000 hours of instruction on firearms, tactical training techniques, and technical training techniques.
Bill Bergaidis Bill Bergiadis is founder & CEO of Troy Acoustics Corporation since 2004. Bill is also the patent holder of the Troy System design, the highest rated single sound wall design in the world. An STC 72 certified by Riverbank Laboratory. Riverbank is the most accredited acoustical laboratory in North America. Bill has testified in courts and before planning commissions, city councils, open hearings, home owners associations on behalf of animal shelters, restaurants, hotels, and shooting ranges.

Bill was working with his own company in 1998 when LAPD approach him as the recommended expert on shooting range acoustic problems. LAPD was being sued by a homeowners association that lived nearby the new LAPD Davis Training complex. Bill recognized that the solution he provided for the LAPD 3 (three) 25 yd. ranges were now quieter during training. This quieter effect was due to the lack of reverberation in the ranges. Bill went back to further investigate this quieter component. Further testing and more ranges completed, proved that the reverberation time was key in determining a successful acoustical treatment in a shooting range. The reverberation time is an ASTM method for acoustical testing a room space for reflections.
Tom Willingham Thomas Willingham is a retired U.S. Marine who served our nation honorably for almost 24 years. He developed, designed, assisted in the construction, management, and operation of various military and civilian ranges. He is a combat marksmanship instructor, a formal schools instructor, a drill instructor, and an Officer Candidates School instructor, with firearms instruction that is organic to a Marine Corps Infantry Battalion and Military Police. He has over 500 hours of instruction on firearms, tactical training techniques, and technical training techniques.
Stefan B. Tahmassebi Stefan B. Tahmassebi has been working as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the NRA for over 22 years, including the last 12 years as its Deputy General Counsel. His areas of practice include employment, corporate, commercial, commercial real estate, sales & use tax, insurance, constitutional, civil rights law, including litigation and appellate work. Prior to that, Mr. Tahmassebi worked as an associate in the Washington D.C. and Virginia offices of Jawad George & Associates, where his practice areas included employment, corporate, commercial, commercial real estate and personal injury law, including litigation.
W. Lee Smith W. Lee Smith is an attorney from the California law firm of Michel and Associates, P.C. where he specializes in environmental, land use and insurance law. His environmental law practice emphasizes cost-recovery litigation under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Hazardous Substance Account Act (State Superfund), and related regulatory provisions and common law theories of recovery. Mr. Smith has extensive experience in dealing with and defending clients, including PRP groups in Superfund sites, in matters involving federal, state, and local regulatory agencies including the EPA, DTSC, RWQCB, AQMD, as well as local health departments, hazardous materials divisions, public works departments, fire departments, and sanitation departments. In this capacity, Mr. Smith advises and represents clients on regulatory compliance issues, permits, and enforcement orders. In addition, Mr. Smith has experience in CEQA, NEPA, OSHA, ESA, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Polanco Redevelopment Act, land use regulations, water law, toxic torts, and natural resources law matters. Mr. Smith has represented numerous shooting ranges in California involving litigation opposing well-organized NIMBY and environmental groups. He has also advised shooting ranges, rod and gun clubs, and hunting and recreational shooting organizations nationwide.
Jeffrey D. Brasseur Jeffrey D. Brasseur is a Registered Architect and partner at Brasseur & Drobot Architects, P.A. in West Palm Beach, Florida. With over 25 years experience in the field of Architecture, his firm specializes in the Historic, Residential, and Commercial Architecture. He also has experience in the schematic design of large range complexes and small private ranges. He was the 1985 and 1989 National Junior Pistol Champion. He competed at the US International Shooting Championships - Olympic Tryouts in Chino, California while on the National Development Team. He is also double distinguished in pistol and high power rifle. His extensive competitive shooting background allowed him the opportunity to be exposed to and shoot on ranges all over the country.