Ryan Link of Big Rock Sports Joins the NASGW Board of Directors

Posted by NASGW on 8/4/22 10:15 AM

Ankeny, IA (August 4, 2022) - The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW), the association representing shooting sports wholesalers, manufacturers and their trade partners, is pleased to welcome its newest Board Member, Ryan Link of Big Rock Sports. 

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Chairman’s Message: The Dog Days of Summer

Posted by Chris Means on 8/2/22 9:38 AM

The dog days of summer are setting in around South Carolina. That means smoldering temperatures will be with us another month or two. Our city planners in Columbia weren’t the most creative when they coined the phrase, “Famously Hot.” Visitors to our fine city were greeted with this slogan (or warning) as they arrived via our airport. Billboards around the city reminded residents and travelers alike that there was little we could do outside unless we were at the lake or in an air-conditioned building.

As the summer daylight wanes, I’ll look forward to more activities and the fall festivals that ramp up as temps get more bearable. In the mean time, as you read this, I’ll probably be in North Carolina hosting our first dealer show since pre-covid times. It certainly is nice to be able to gather for business or fun without dealing with mask mandates or restrictions!

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President's Message: A Small Part of Something Much Bigger

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 7/15/22 9:39 AM

I am, admittedly, a bit of a dreamer. Sometimes I come up with some pretty big ideas. In fact, it’s how I won my wife over when we were dating. I told her I had good ideas and that someday, one of my good ideas was going to pay off. Truth be told, probably 999 times out of 1,000, the ideas vanish into the ether. But on occasion, I strike gold and turn an idea into something meaningful.

It all started as a young kid on a farm in the middle-of-nowhere North Dakota. One of the most amazing benefits about growing up there (and remains so today) is the lack of light pollution. The night sky was big, bold and gorgeous. It had a way of making you feel small and insignificant with its vastness. Undeterred, I would lie down in the yard and dream about taking trips to the outer reaches of the universe. Little did I know just how big the universe was at the time.

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Chairman’s Message: The Midway Point of 2022

Posted by Chris Means on 7/6/22 8:47 AM

Summer usually means slowing down and enjoying time with family and friends. It is a time to travel and see the wonders of this county (or Grandma’s backyard)! But this year, we are certainly seeing some changes that will influence our normal summer routines.

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NASGW & POMA Now Accepting Submission for the Caliber Awards

Posted by NASGW on 6/30/22 8:52 AM
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President's Message: Weathering the Storm

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 6/16/22 9:09 AM

One of the greatest things about going home is all the things you remember about your past. It’s like the fog clearing on a bright and sunny morning.

As I write this column, I’m “home” spending time at the farm I grew up on in North Dakota. In the middle of our time here, we got a soaker of a rainstorm. Over three inches of rain came in just a few hours. Pretty much anywhere in the country, when you get that much water, that fast, it usually leads to some pretty good flooding. When you consider the fact that the waters were just receding from the last heavy downpour, it made the flooding seem even more dramatic.

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Chairman’s Message: Addressing the Real Problem

Posted by Chris Means on 6/1/22 1:37 PM

Each month, as I reflect on pressing topics to include in column, I look forward to highlighting positives, such as growing diversification in the demographics of our industry, or on the great initiatives that NASGW is bringing to help all channels in our industry unite to strengthen our independency on outside forces that serve nothing but the politicians who seek to shut us down. Sadly though, sometimes I need to address topics that we hate to hear about, like the tragic attack in Uvalde, TX. The polarizing debate on gun control is already happening in the news, while families who lost a child are struggling in ways I can’t imagine. Surviving classmates will undoubtedly carry this vision in their minds for the rest of their lives. No one should have to endure such atrocities in this country.

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President's Message: Reflections on Today, Tomorrow, and Yesterday

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 5/17/22 9:30 AM

Hatred is a cancer.

It should find no home… anywhere.

We obviously don’t know all the details yet surrounding the horrific shooting in Buffalo over the weekend. Based on what I’ve read and seen, it was likely a racially motivated rampage. What prompts someone to do such things? Were there signs the young man was not in a healthy state of mind? Could this have been prevented?

Like many of you I’m sure, I’m struggling to comprehend this evil. There are no easy answers, and it seems only more tough questions. It’s another senseless tragedy to go along with more extreme violence in Chicago, St. Louis and elsewhere.

We need very much to start understanding the root causes here and working on ways to solve these problems. And that doesn’t mean grandstanding politicians should enact more rules, call for more bans on inanimate objects, or create more bumper sticker slogans. What I mean is, we all need to come together to try and understand the “why” these things happen and stop the fixation with the “how.”

I can’t say it any more plainly; there is no place for such hate in our country. It should be rooted out from wherever it tries to rest. It should be given no safe harbor. Hate is a cancer, and we will need some strong medicine to cure it.

NASGW Closes in on 70 Year Anniversary

For those of you who’ve been keeping track, NASGW is getting close to celebrating 70 years of existence as an organization. We were founded in 1953 and incorporated as an entity in 1954. As we draw closer to 2023, and the celebration of this milestone, the organization continues to develop and adapt to an always changing industry landscape.

NASGW’s Chairman, Chris Means, reflected in his column earlier this month on some of the many things we have been working on as an organization. As you are all aware, our SCOPE™ data program continues to grow into an indispensable tool for businesses in our industry. We are making strides daily and soon will be sharing some exciting new opportunities for all our members to benefit from these incredible tools. We built SCOPE™ for you, our members, and we want you all to be able to take advantage of the great benefits.

As an integral part of the shooting sports industry sales channel, the wholesale distributors also understand that in order to keep doing business for the long term, we’ve got to make sure we protect our channel and our heritage.

I try to live by the mantra that, “You can’t know where you’re going, unless you know where you’ve been.” I find that to be true in my personal life and in business. If you don’t understand your past, you likely won’t do a very good job planning your future. Doing the same things, but expecting different results, is a recipe for disaster.

Luckily, our organization is led by a great board of directors and made up of about 500 companies all hoping for a brighter future for this industry. At NASGW, we’ve been talking for years about doing big things for this industry. We’ve accomplished some big things already, especially when you consider the herculean task of building a data platform that truly helps us understand product sales and inventories.

But we’re not stopping with just SCOPE™. With constant political challenges and regulatory challenges being thrown in front of us, it will be incumbent on all of us in this industry to find critical solutions to banking, insurance, payment processing and other roadblocks to our legal business operations.
We are working on many of those things now both internally and with our other partners across the industry. Together, we have the ability to preserve and protect our industry for the future and we won’t stop until we’ve accomplished that mission.

Remember the Real Reason

I want to take a moment to reflect on the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. As we all know, it makes for a great start to the summer season. Kids are getting out of school, vacations are being planned, backyard barbecues and pool parties will be in full swing soon. All these fun things are part of what it means to be an American and to live in the best country on the planet.

But let’s not forget the real reason for Memorial Day. Please make sure to take some time to pause and reflect on why we have the freedom to enjoy all that fun. It’s because hundreds of thousands of men and women loved this country so much, wanted so much to protect it for their friends and families, that they gave the ultimate sacrifice, they died so we could have those freedoms.

It's a great time to kick off the summer. But it should also be a solemn time of reflection and remembrance. My thoughts and prayers are with every individual, and their families, who’ve given all they could give, so I could have the blessings that I do.

Freedom isn’t free and I won’t ever forget it.

 

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Chairman’s Message: Be The Change

Posted by Chris Means on 5/3/22 3:31 PM

“Change” is a word we hear frequently these days. Change is inevitable. Change is necessary to remain relevant. Our economy changes with a word from the right person. Change can be good or bad, but regardless of the outcome, we need to be ready to roll with whatever it brings and be at the forefront of the changing world.

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President's Message: Getting Used to Things... or Not

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 4/20/22 1:39 PM

They have a saying in Kansas that if you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes and it’ll change. Honestly, after living here for a year now, I’ve discovered that’s not too far from reality. We just recently had an 80+ degree day only to be followed the next day with rain, slushy snow and biting winds. Kind of makes it hard to plan your wardrobe.

Situated smack-dab in the middle of the U.S., it seems we’re destined for a bit of everything, and sometimes on the same day. If you happen to comment or critique the weather to a long-term resident, you can expect they’ll finish the conversation with a hearty, “Welcome to Kansas!” They want you to understand that if you’re going to live here, you need to get used to it. So, I guess I will.

One thing I probably will never get used to though is the indifference and reckless decisions coming from the epicenter of power in Washington, D.C. We just saw the President announce new executive actions on receivers and frames and new rules on dealing with gun parts that allow you to build a homemade gun, which of course is perfectly legal.

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