Range Development & Operations Conference Instructors
Jeff Hewitt is a senior vice president and program executive with Lockton Affinity, LLC. Lockton Affinity, LLC is the insurance program division of Lockton Companies, Inc., the world's largest privately held insurance broker. Jeff has more than 30 years of insurance experience and is the Program Manager for the NRA Endorsed Insurance Program. He has served in his current role on the NRA program since 2000 when Lockton became the broker for the NRA Endorsed Insurance Program. Jeff has a tremendous knowledge of the various exposures and risk management solutions for the firearm industry and shooting sports. He's currently responsible for all the individual member property and casualty products as well as club and Business Alliance insurance products. He's licensed for all lines of coverage in all 50 states.
Tom Willingham is the founder 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 is building a chain of indoor ranges and retail firearm stores. He started this 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, six others have been added. The existing seven stores operate across three states and three more will be opening in 2016. Tom has been responsible for building and range design, retail operations, and oversight of inventory, compliance, marketing, and education.
Bill Provencher has been designing and installing small arms range ventilation systems for over 20 years. Bill and his great team from Carey's has worked with the Navy, Air Force, GSA and the NRA to help develop standards for small arms range ventilation systems that have proven to provide the safest environments in the country. The goal for Bill and his team is to continue to provide safe clean environments that have the most economical front end and operational cost.
Richard "Dick" Peddicord, PhD
Richard "Dick" Peddicord, PhD 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 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 Arizona and Nevada, and statewide manager of all shooting ranges in Arizona. His expertise is in providing innovative solutions for shooting range management. He served on the NRA Board of Directors for three years and has been on the NRA Range Development Committee for 12 years.
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 distinction, an honor that has been earned by fewer than 7 percent of speakers worldwide.
Bill Bergiadis has been the founder and 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 and 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, and homeowners associations on behalf of animal shelters, restaurants, hotels, and shooting ranges.
Bill was working with his own company in 1998 when LAPD approached him as the recommended expert on shooting range acoustic problems. LAPD was being sued by a homeowners association that lived near the new LAPD Davis Training complex. Bill recognized that the solution he provided for the LAPD's three 25-yard 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.
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 and civil rights law, including litigation and appellate work. Prior to that, he 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.
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 of experience in the field of architecture, his firm specializes in 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 U.S. 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 to be exposed to and shoot on ranges all over the country.
Doug VanderWoude has been in the firearms industry for 36 years. He is currently a range/retail consultant who helps new ranges get started and existing ones become more profitable He is the founder of Silver Bullet Firearms Indoor Range and Training Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a charter member of Performance 20 Group. He has spoken multiple times at SHOT University. He has also visited over 330 ranges across the country and provided his service to many of them.