President's Message: Grit, Grind and Grin

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 1/14/21 11:22 AM

First of all, Happy New Year! I am thrilled to welcome the year 2021. I know for certain we have a lot of challenges and changes ahead, but I’m going to use all the grit I have to grind out a successful year, and when and where I struggle, I’ll grin and bear it.

I know you’ve all heard the saying from the Greek philosopher Epictetus, “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” Well, years ago (in 2008 to be exact), I received a calendar from a local charity that had these sorts of phrases on each daily calendar page. It was filled with inspirational quotes and sayings designed to keep you motivated throughout the year.

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SCAM ALERT: Expo Attendee Lists for Sale

Posted by NASGW on 1/14/21 9:27 AM

The NASGW Expo is a great place to network and connect with decision-makers from around the Shooting Sports Industry. Attendees are typically a who's who of c-suite execs and top-level sales staff there to make decisions about product distribution for the upcoming year. They are the contacts you'd like to make, and if you've attended the NASGW Expo in the last five years, you've probably received an email or been approached about purchasing a list of Expo attendees. These offers are brought to the attention of NASGW each year, but be advised; these offers have no affiliation with NASGW or the actual list of Expo Attendees.

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Steps to Exhibiting at the NASGW Expo

Posted by NASGW on 1/12/21 8:45 AM

Those who have been in the shooting sports industry long enough have undoubtedly heard of NASGW and the Annual NASGW Expo. The Expo is the premier event for wholesalers and manufacturers to connect, discuss sales results from the current year, introduce new products, and plan sales for the upcoming year. It is an efficient week for manufacturers and wholesalers alike. They get a few days to meet with as many partners as possible, all in one location, and without the involvement of consumers or dealers, so it’s a very “focused” opportunity.

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Chairwoman’s Message: 2021 Here We Come!

Posted by Laurie Aronson on 12/29/20 11:01 AM

As has been our family's tradition for several years, our annual Chanukah celebration takes place on Christmas Day. It’s the most logical time for everyone to get together. The candle lighting takes the place of the tree lighting, and the traditional turkey is replaced with a taco bar. The beautiful buffet was filled with all of the usual fixings: taco shells, tortillas, ground meat, bell peppers, onions, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes, and three kinds of salsa (you get the idea).
Now comes the family discussion over which order to line them up on the buffet. Seven people, seven opinions. Nevertheless, it was a celebration, exactly as we had planned, and we were all grateful for the small family gathering and the opportunity to be together and exchange gifts. Let the rejoicing begin!

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December Legislative Update from the NSSF

Posted by National Shooting Sports Foundation on 12/18/20 2:42 PM

NSSF’s Government Relations Team dedicates its time and resources to supporting legislation beneficial to our industry and fighting those bills that infringe on our rights to legally conduct business and compromise everyone’s Second Amendment rights. Team members attend legislative hearings on the federal, state and local levels year-round across the nation, keeping their finger on the pulse of those issues affecting us.

While we are, of course, waiting for Georgia’s state runoffs to determine the balance of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, the intents of the Biden administration when it comes to firearms in this country have come in sharper focus.

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President's Message: Stories for the Holidays About Strength, Courage and Dedication

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 12/14/20 3:30 PM

“Success doesn’t come by wishing and wanting… it comes by doing.”

I honestly don’t remember where exactly I saw or heard that. I must have been in a hurry though, because I wrote it just that way in my phone notes app… with no further explanation. I usually write more so I can refer back to it later. Regardless, the fact of the quote does not change – success requires work.

I’m in the middle of a book right now sent to me by an industry friend whom many of you will know. His name is Gene Lumsden, and the book is called “Grand: How to Take Your Shot at the American Dream.” Gene signed it and sent it to me a while back and I’ve been reading it now over the past few days.

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POMA, SEOPA, and NASGW Join Forces to Host Shooting Sports Showcase

Posted by NASGW on 12/8/20 11:00 AM

Leaders of the Professional Outdoor Media Association, the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, and the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers have partnered to host an industry-exclusive event at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Talladega Marksmanship Park in Talladega, AL, on March 8, 2021. The inaugural Shooting Sports Showcase is designed to give firearms industry representatives a day to showcase new products to members of the media, dealers, and wholesalers.

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Chairwoman’s Message: Happy Holidays Everyone!

Posted by Laurie Aronson on 12/1/20 11:31 AM

As the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of year,” and I couldn’t agree more, especially in 2020. This year has been a ride of a lifetime and I don’t think any of you would disagree. This holiday season will hopefully be a celebration and a send-off to the year that was.

Each Thanksgiving, our family celebrates over a generous lunch accompanied by too many desserts and good wine. For this I am grateful. (NOTE: For the record, there were only seven of us at the table and there were no cooties spread during the consumption of our meal.) During our lunch, we each take a turn to go around the table and express what we are grateful for. I always look forward to this tradition and I’m often surprised and delighted by what is said. One key comment that was made was that it doesn’t matter what you have been given; you should work hard to earn things for yourself and don’t rely on others to do it for you. It was a lesson that everyone could appreciate.

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November Legislative Update from the NSSF

Posted by National Shooting Sports Foundation on 11/30/20 12:00 PM

NSSF’s Government Relations Team dedicates its time and resources to supporting legislation beneficial to our industry and fighting those bills that infringe on our rights to legally conduct business and compromise everyone’s Second Amendment rights. Team members attend legislative hearings on the federal, state and local levels year-round across the nation, keeping their finger on the pulse of those issues affecting us.

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President's Message: It's a Matter of Perspective

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 11/13/20 12:20 PM

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been taking a very deep dive into all things aviation, as I’m working toward a life-long dream of getting my private pilot license. When I say deep dive, of course, I mean studying things in ground school. Fortunately, there have been no deep dives in my actual piloting (I’m going to make sure it stays that way too).

For anyone who flies a lot, whether commercial or on a private airplane, you know all too well that your perspective on things is considerably different when up in the air. You see things from a much bigger and broader perspective.

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