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Chairman’s Message: State of Panic?

Posted by Bill Sumner on 7/1/24 1:53 PM

Oh, what summer has brought us!  From record high temperatures to torrential rainfall across many parts of the country, mother nature has its own way of creating chaos and panic. However, we can’t always avoid natural occurrences that come our way, and sometimes, mother nature can be easier to deal with than our own self-inflicted disarray and discord.

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Chairman’s Message: Staying On Top of the Market

Posted by Bill Sumner on 6/3/24 3:48 PM

There’s been a lot of discussion about the economic effects of consumer spending and consumer confidence lately.  According to one article I read, there have been signs of spending fatigue and a shift from discretionary products to more essential products.

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Chairman’s Message: That Time of Year

Posted by Bill Sumner on 5/3/24 5:26 PM

Summer has undoubtedly hit early for our industry.  Conversation with many of you over the past few weeks has confirmed that orders are easing off, and foot traffic seems to be a bit sluggish in retail.

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Chairman’s Message: Easter Spirit

Posted by Bill Sumner on 4/1/24 8:30 AM

The Easter spirit can mean many things to many people. For some, it's a religious observance of a risen Savior, and for others a celebration of Spring and rebirth. Either way, there are lessons to be learned and practical applications that can be implemented within our own lives and businesses today.

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Chairman’s Message: Spring has Sprung

Posted by Bill Sumner on 3/5/24 9:54 AM

Spring is finally upon us; well… officially, March 19th. Our weather this season has been less than predictable; frigid one day and record highs the next. Here in the south, trees are beginning to bloom, allergies already flaring, and peaks of color springing forth everywhere. Spring has always been one of my favorite times of the year. I’m a diehard turkey hunter and for those of you who’ve also been bitten by this bug, there’s nothing like the excitement and hair-raising experience of hearing your first gobble at daylight. Spring has also been traditionally a time for getting things back in order. Whether we’re “Spring Cleaning”, working through your list of “Honey Do’s”, or just saying our goodbyes to Jack Frost; Spring brings forth new life and new beginnings.

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Chairman’s Message: Change or Die

Posted by Bill Sumner on 2/5/24 10:41 AM

Yes, it’s come and gone, another SHOT show has passed. Whether this was your first time attending or you’re a seasoned veteran, the overwhelming grandeur of SHOT Show is undoubtedly an experience that you will never forget. According to the NSSF data, it was another record-breaking year with more than 13 miles of aisles and 55,000 registered attendees.

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Chairman’s Message: Preparing for 2024

Posted by Bill Sumner on 1/2/24 4:59 PM

Well, we’ve wrapped up another year, hard to believe. It seems like we’re always amazed by how fast the year slips by. I’m grateful to have worked in the industry for more than 25 years.

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