NRA Range Development & Operations Conference Instructors

Steve Katz Steve Katz is an Academy Award winning sound engineer with over 30 feature film credits including the original Star Wars. As Vice President of Research and Technology for Troy Acoustics, he is a pioneer in developing new techniques and technologies for measuring, evaluating and reducing noise in indoor and outdoor shooting ranges. He is the author of "A Primer on Indoor Shooting Range Acoustics," and a member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).
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.
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.
Ed Santos Ed Santos is founder and President of Center Target Sports and the Tactical Services Group, Inc. Ed is a Threat Management Specialist. He serves as an expert witness on matters of Shooting Range Operations, Design and Safety, Personal and Industrial Security. Ed has been a featured instructor at every major National Law Enforcement Conference in the United States. He has been teaching for over 32 years and has taught at DOD schools and various agencies around the world.
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.
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.
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.
Chuck Ward Chuck Ward is a graduate of the University of Toronto who spent 25 years in the graphics arts business in marketing, business development, and management. He has spent the last decade working at Mancom Manufacturing in business development and marketing of live fire training systems, and is currently on contract with Mancom providing conference and trade show development and organizing. He also presents range equipment pricing for the NRA at Range Development Conferences.