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Bill Bergiadis

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.

Jim Curcuruto

Jim Curcuruto is the executive director of the Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation. He is responsible for fulfilling OSCF’s mission to use research-based communication and engagement programs to help recruit the next generation of hunters, anglers, trappers, and shooters, and promote the fact that they are primary stewards and funders of conservation. Jim developed and manages OSCF’s recruitment and conservation-focused programs, such as COME WITH!, Connecting with Conservation, and Fill A Bag While Filling Your Tag.

Prior to joining OSCF, Jim spent more than a decade (2009-2021) at the helm of National Shooting Sports Foundation’s research and market development team, where he built a vast knowledge library for the outdoor industry. He was NSSF’s liaison to state and federal wildlife agencies, NGOs, and conservation groups. Jim worked with USFWS to develop the Partner with a Payer program, and helped expand recruitment programs, including National Shooting Sports Month and +ONE. Jim spends his spare time chasing waterfowl, whitetails, trout, and bass.

Scott Kellenberger

Scott Kellenberger is career law enforcement officer with more than 32 years of experience, 27 of which have been with the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, where he currently serves as a regional hunter education coordinator. Scott is an adjunct instructor at Northeast Alabama Police Academy, where he instructs firearms and ALERRT (police response to active shooter training). Scott also teaches many of the Firearms 101 courses developed by his department and is both a certified FBI firearms instructor and APOST Master Instructor.

Dale Krupinski

Dale Krupinski owns and operates On Target Safety Academy and has provided workplace safety and health technical assistance to the shooting range industry for over 10 years. Dale previously worked for OSHA for approximately seven years as a safety and health compliance officer and at OSHA’s national office. Dale currently serves as an NSSF OSHA compliance consultant and on the Board of Advisors for the National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association. Dale has multiple degrees in the field of environmental and occupational safety and health, and is also a board-certified industrial hygienist and safety professional.

Joe Logar

Joe Logar was born and raised in central West Virginia hunting, fishing, and exploring the outdoors. He has worked extensively throughout the physical medicine and rehabilitation fields in areas ranging from acute post-operative care, vestibular rehabilitation, occupational health and first responder wellness.

Since 2015, he has worked as a National Manager at the National Rifle Association to create the Adaptive Shooting Program, which promotes shooting sports, self-defense and hunting for people with disabilities. Dr. Logar also serves as the manager of the Refuse To Be A Victim and Eddie Eagle Gunsafe programs.

Dick Peddicord

Dick Peddicord, President of Environmental Range Protection, Inc., holds a PhD in environmental sciences. He has nearly 40 years’ experience helping outdoor shooting ranges operate consistently with environmental laws and sound science and engineering while recognizing the practical realities of day-to-day range activities. Dr. Peddicord is a nationally recognized leader in 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 environmental guidance on Best Management Practices for Lead at Outdoor Shooting Ranges. Dr. Peddicord has provided environmental support to several hundred ranges throughout the United States in design and operation guidance or through technical support of counsel, representing them in permitting, zoning, regulatory, and other issues.

Matthew Schwartzkopf

Matthew Schwartzkopf is the statewide shooting range administrator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Matt has been with the Department for over 17 years and has previously held roles as a range master and assistant manager for the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. In his current position, Matt oversees 9 of the 10 AZ Game and Fish Commission-owned shooting ranges, administers an $100,000 AZ Shooting Range Development Grant, is a project manager for shooting range construction projects, develops and implements Best Management Practices for the Commission-owned shooting ranges, and provides shooting range technical assistance to other shooting ranges, clubs, and organizations. Matt also worked with the Bureau of Land Management as a subject matter expert in the development, design, and implementation of their Phoenix-area recreational shooting sites.

Matt is also an avid competitive shooter, and a member of the USA F-Class Rifle Team. In his competitive shooting career, Matt has had the opportunity to represent the United States in several World Championships across the globe, most recently in South Africa in 2023, and has medaled in numerous international, national, regional, and state competitions. Matt helps run Benchrest and Long Range competitions at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, and is a member of the NRA F-Class High Power Rifle Committee.

Tom Shay

Tom Shay is a fourth-generation small business owner and manager. The Shay family owned and operated three businesses in the retail trade and a fourth in the wholesale and manufacturing industry. When he was asked to write a business advice column for a trade magazine, Tom turned his attention to giving insight for business management. As a speaker, Tom earned the Certified Speaking Professional distinction, an honor that has been earned by less than 7 percent of speakers worldwide. As a columnist, he has written over 500 columns for 80 trade magazines. He has authored 14 books on management, including a series for National Shooting Sports Foundation, and is currently writing a series of courses for colleges and universities.

Zach Snow

Zach Snow joined the National Shooting Sports Foundation in 2003, after serving as the assistant manager for the Weston Gun Club in Weston, Connecticut. He’s now an active member at that club, serving on its board for over seven years. With his strong passion for the shooting sports, Zach was a natural choice for his early roles with NSSF, where he managed the Scholastic Clay Target Program (a prior program of NSSF) and launched the NSSF Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative, which helped increase shooting sports participation at the college level. Since then, he’s played key roles in other business development efforts including the revamp of the First Shots program, creation and launch of National Shooting Sports Month and the NSSF Range-Retailer Business Expo. Zach’s appointment as NSSF Director of Member Development in 2021 now has him focusing on leading educational efforts to assist firearm retailers and shooting ranges along with continued business development efforts to boost participation, while serving as the range liaison for the existing range community and those in the developmental stages.

Marty Sprick

Marty Sprick is a retired U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant originally from Missouri and is a life-long hunter, as well as recreational and competitive shooter. During his 22-year military career, he achieved Distinguished Rifleman and Pistol Shot status in CMP and service rifle and pistol competitions. He has been a firearms instructor since 1995 with law enforcement and military trainer credentials, became an NRA Instructor in 2015, and a Training Counselor in 2016.

Since 2018, Marty has been the Training Counselor Program Lead in the Education and Training Division, certifying over 300 new Training Counselors. Utilizing his extensive competitive and training background, he has expanded the Training Counselor Development Workshop into an industry-leading five-day trainer development seminar with rigorous classroom exercises and a day and a half on the range practicing advanced marksmanship and coaching techniques.

Doug VanderWoude

Doug VanderWoude, Managing Director Commercial Range Systems. Doug has visited over 550 ranges and provided services to many of them. He is a popular speaker at SHOT Show University and a member of the NSSF Range Committee. Doug founded Silver Bullet Firearms, a successful firearm range/retail store in Michigan, worked for a national firearms distributor as Director of Range Programs and has been in the firearms industry for 43 years. He was a charter member of the shooting sports’ first P20 group and has worked with firearms manufacturers to launch nationwide promotional programs as well as launch the industry’s first range program. Doug continues to work daily with firearms ranges and retailers around the country advising range/retail operators on how to maximize their retail/range spaces, adapt industry best practices and manage inventory for higher profits.

Brian Wright

Brian Wright is the VP of Sales for Carey’s Small Arms Range Ventilation. Carey’s has been developing, designing & installing successful Indoor Range Ventilation Systems since 1995. Carey’s has specialized their designs in the control of contaminants created by indoor ranges and is currently known as a National leader in the field. Carey's has worked with the United States Navy to develop the current range ventilation standards as described in the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC).

Carey’s Small Arms Range Ventilation has completed thousands of indoor range ventilation systems at facilities that have met all of the required NIOSH, OSHA, and UFC standards for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Army, law enforcement, colleges, commercial ranges, home ranges, and manufacturers.

Eric Whitescarver

Eirc Whitescarver is the manager of the NRA's Range Services Department with 17 years of service to the NRA. He began as the assistant to the Range Services manager in 2006, and worked his way up through the Range Technical Team. He is credentialed both as an RSO and an RSO Instructor. Before working for the NRA, he was an Airborne and Air Assault qualified infantry solider with the 101st Airborne Division.

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