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 Shoot Point Blank commercial shooting ranges and retail stores. He and his team have built over 25 ranges and own almost 500 lanes. He has a BBA in finance and real estate, and his first career spanning 25+ years was commercial real estate appraising. He possesses expertise was in income-producing real estate valuations, feasibility, construction, and financing. The founding of Shoot Point Blank began his second career. An absence of customer-facing experiences and clean, safe indoor shooting range venues led to his idea becoming reality. The first Shoot Point Blank venue opened in November 2012, and since then, over 25 others have been added. 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.
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.
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, a managing partner with Point of Impact Group, advises ranges/retail operators on how to maximize their retail/range spaces, adapt industry best practices and manage inventory for higher profits. Doug is a popular speaker at SHOT Show University and member of the NSSF Range Committee. He founded Silver Bullet Firearms, a successful firearm range/retail store in Michigan, and has been in the firearms industry for 37 years. Doug was a charter member of the shooting sports’ first P20 group and has visited over 400 ranges and provided his services to many of them. Doug has worked with firearms manufacturers to launch nationwide promotional programs and started the industry’s first range program. Doug continues to work daily with firearms ranges and retailers around the country.
Robert “Bobby” Cummings
Bobby Cummings is a principal with Clark Nexsen, Inc., a full-service architecture and engineering firm specializing in firearms range design and development. He offers his clients more than 25 years of experience in the design and construction of training facilities for the federal, state, and local government. In 2004, his interest in the practical applications of public safety training facilities coupled with his sense of civic duty compelled him to join the Police Department in Chesapeake, Virginia. There, he went on to serve as a fully certified police officer in Chesapeake for seven years, and he is currently serving as a reserve deputy sheriff in Bedford Country, Virginia. In addition, Bobby is a Virginia Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor. This hands-on experience in both design and law enforcement has proven invaluable in his work as a designer, engineer, project manager, and principal-in-charge on projects that include firing ranges and many other types of training venues.