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President's Message: The Power of You

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 4/15/19 12:42 PM

Over the past couple months, I’ve been writing in this column about the power and importance of strengthening human relationships, with articles about the Power of Partnerships and the Power of People, or the power of your team.

Today, I want to turn the tables just a bit, and talk about the Power of You. I want to talk about the importance of your personal voice at this critical time in our industry and in our nation.

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President's Message: The Power of People

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 3/15/19 12:00 PM

Great leaders hire great people. And great people play a crucial role in your strategic success. If you want to be successful in today’s shooting sports industry, invest in and harness the power of people.

Look, we are facing unprecedented change, unending political volatility, and constantly moving targets when it comes to local, state and federal firearm laws. Some prominent and recent legal decisions also have us scratching our heads. To say it’s unpredictable and challenging for a company to navigate is an overwhelming understatement.

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President's Message: The Power of Partnership

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 2/15/19 11:31 AM

If you hunt, fish, shoot competitively, or maybe when a gun is not in hand, spend time on a golf course, odds are you’ve got a partner who joins you regularly.

Growing up, and even more so probably when I was just out of college, my “partner-in-crime” was my next-youngest brother Jason. I’m one of four brothers, and we stuck together for a lot of things. But Jason and I were probably most alike. Together we’d camp, ride horses, shoot guns and fish. But our favorite joint pastime was hunting, specifically whitetail deer.

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President's Message: History in the Making

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 1/11/19 9:51 AM

This month, I’m entering my 5th year at NASGW. I can’t believe how quickly time passes. The old saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun,” most definitely applies to me. I love this organization, our mission, and the things we’ve accomplished. But most of all, I love the people.

One of the great privileges of being the President and Secretary at NASGW is that I get the opportunity to work with a number of different board of directors’ leaders. The association’s bylaws require a new board chair be elected every two years, meaning new and fresh ideas are always on tap.

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President's Message: Milestones Matter

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 12/14/18 9:53 AM

In early December, my wife and I celebrated a rather remarkable milestone in our lives as we reached our 25th year of marriage – the Silver Anniversary. Anyone who’s been married can tell you this is no easy task, and there were plenty of bumps and bruises. We’ve moved a total of 12 times, brought five children into the world, and each of us has held at least a few different jobs. I could surely bore you with lots of other markers along the way.

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President's Message:  Thank You for Supporting the 2018 NASGW Expo

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 11/13/18 10:01 AM

I want to start this month’s column by offering a hearty thank you to everyone who joined us in Pittsburgh for the NASGW Annual Meeting and Expo. We had another super-successful show and feedback has been very positive. The show is very busy but I always try to walk the floor a few times to say thank you to all of our exhibitors and get their feedback. But if I missed you, or if you haven’t yet had a chance to tell us your thoughts, we’ve included a link in this InSight where you can do so. Let us know what we can do to make the Expo better moving forward.

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President's Message: Enjoy the Game

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 10/14/18 5:53 PM

Today, I want to write about games… football games in particular, and a bit about the game of life and the 2018 NASGW Expo and Annual Meeting about to get underway.

Just this past Friday night in small town in eastern South Dakota, my football fantasies came true on the slightly browning grass of a local football field. I’ll get to the specifics of that in just a bit.

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President's Message: On the Other Side of Fear

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 9/13/18 4:54 PM

I’ve been writing a lot about change lately in columns and articles for industry publications. Maybe it’s the time of year, the change to fall colors, or the change from summer to hunting season. Regardless, there are many changes taking place in our shooting sports industry right now.

And all this reflection on change reminded me of a time in high school when late one day I went swimming at a lake called Battle Lake, very near my childhood home. It was a hot August day. And one of those days when you just knew the thunderstorms were coming.

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President's Message: Blessings in Abundance

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 8/14/18 12:38 PM

I had the exceptional privilege recently to pay a visit to some of America’s greatest landmarks, parks and forests. We are truly blessed to have had leaders with the foresight and understanding that some of these rare and wild places needed protecting.

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President's Message: Communication Just Keeps on Changing

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 7/13/18 3:47 PM

I love a good long road trip. Growing up, we only traveled by car.

As I grew older and began to explore new geographic locations for work and home, long car rides became an even more essential part of life because flying was not an economical option. An all-day and all-night return drive to Bozeman, Montana, from my family’s farm in northeastern North Dakota, with our infant son in tow, is one of the most memorable. 

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