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.
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 the founder and President of Point Blank Range & Gun Shop commercial shooting ranges and retail stores. His first career was 25 years of commercial real estate appraising with a BBA in finance and real estate from the University of Cincinnati. His expertise was in large project real estate valuations, consulting, feasibility and financing. His second career started in 2012 after recognizing a lack of clean, safe indoor shooting range venues catering to a broader mainstream market. The first Point Blank Range opened in November 2012, and since then, four others have been added. Tom has been responsible for all aspects of opening these stores and has five more currently planned.
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.
Martha Dean Martha Dean is known for her firm's successful defense of outdoor shooting ranges. Her clients' cases have established national precedents favorable to ranges under the federal hazardous waste laws and federal Clean Water Act. She has successfully defended ranges in state courts in Connecticut and Iowa and in federal court where she achieved results helpful to outdoor shooting ranges nationwide. These cases often focus on range safety standards, operational procedures, and environmental practices. In Connecticut, Attorney Dean achieved complete victories on all claims in the defense of the Metacon Gun Club of Simsbury in state and federal court and the historic Blue Trail Range of Wallingford in two actions in state court. The lawsuits, at trial and on appeal (Metacon), were aimed at shutting down these important ranges over alleged noise, safety, zoning, and environmental issues. Dean recently achieved a favorable settlement in a lawsuit against a client volunteer who organized a U.S. Coast Guard benefit match where a competitor was hit in the head by a projectile. In 2013, working with local Iowa counsel, Dean again achieved a complete victory for a range (upheld on appeal) representing the municipal land owner. In addition to her role as lead counsel in Connecticut cases, Dean serves as special litigation counsel to sportsmen and ranges nationwide, helping local counsel devise successful strategies for defeating attacks focused on shutting down ranges. She also works with groups that are establishing new ranges. Attorney Dean has taught Defending Shooting Ranges: Winning Litigation Strategies at the NRA's National Firearms Law Seminar in Saint Louis, Missouri (2012). She has also taught Defending Shooting Ranges at the NRA's Range Design Seminar in Providence, Rhode Island (2009) and in Boston, Massachusetts (2015). She taught Outdoor Shooting Ranges: Winning Defense Strategies for the National Association of Shooting Sports Industry Summit, Savannah, Georgia (2015). Attorney Dean is a graduate of Wellesley College and UCONN School of Law, where she was an editor of the Law Review. She is a member of the Connecticut and New York Bars and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for Connecticut, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.