May 8-10, 2017 • Westin Arlington Gateway • Arlington, VA
Speaker and Agency List
- Marvin Richardson, Assistant Director, ATF
- Curtis Gilbert, Deputy Assistant Director, ATF
- Andy Graham, Deputy Assistant Director, ATF
- Alphonso Hughes, Chief, National Firearms Act Division, ATF
- Tom Chittum, Chief, Special Operations Division, ATF
ATF Industry Technical Advisor and Division Chiefs
- John Badowski, Firearms Industry Technical Advisor, ATF
- Krissy Carlson, Division Chief, Firearms and Explosives Industry Division, ATF
- Gary Taylor, Deputy Chief, Firearms and Explosives Services Division, ATF
- Earl Griffith, Division Chief, Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division, ATF
- Andrew Lange, Division Chief, Office of Regulatory Affairs, ATF
United States Senate
- Larry Keane, SVP Government & Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary & General Counsel, NSSF
- Bill Napier, NSSF Store Security Consultant
- Jon Rydberg, CEO, Orchid Advisors
- Phil Milks, Executive Director, Orchid Advisors, Manufacturing Practice
- Jeff Grody, Executive Director, Orchid Advisors, Export Practice
- Jordan Young, Export Services Manager, Orchid Advisors
- Alexis Tunell, Operations Executive, Orchid Advisors, Former Compliance Lead at a 400+ Store Retailer (EZCORP)
- Michelle Ingram, Executive Director, Orchid Advisors Data Analytics
- Travis Glover, Executive Director, Orchid Advisors, Retail / Distribution Practice and ASA Board Member
- Dan Spencer, General Counsel, CZ-USA
- Ryan Nokes, Director, Marketplace Insight
- Stephen P. Halbrook, Attorney at Law
- Jon Sprole, Of Counsel, Maynard Cooper
- David Power, Vice President, Oneida Molded Plastics
- Phillip Nelsen, Attorney, Author of 50 State Guide to Firearm Laws and Founder of Legal Heat
- Camden Webb, Firearms Industry Practice Leader, Williams Mullen
- Chuck James, Firearms Industry Practice Co-Chair, Williams Mullen
- Scott L. Braum, Esq.; Scott L. Braum & Associates, Ltd.
- Clayton Cheshire, Principal at Munitions Law Group – Cheshire DeBrosse, P.C.
- Jim Drager, COO, Colt’s Manufacturing Company
- David Bolls, General Counsel, SilencerCo
- Ron Kettering, Founder and Owner, EZ Bound Book
- Ryan L. Erdreich, Esq.; Pisciotti Malsch, P.C.
- Daniel Wilson, Office Managing Partner, Maynard Cooper
- John Neiman, Maynard Cooper
- Jeff Edwards, CRO, GunBroker.com
- Sam Kirkland, Strategy Manager, Epicor Software
- Karri Allen, Counsel, Safariland
- Matthew Trask, Director of Corporate Compliance, Remington
- Dan Rice, Director of US Ethics and Compliance ATF & Lottery, Walmart
- Cole Roberts, Director of Compliance, Hudson Manufacturing
Non-ATF Speaker Bios and Photos
Senator Luther Strange, Member of the United States Senate
A Senator from Alabama; born in Birmingham, Ala., March 1, 1953; B.A., Tulane University, 1975; J.D., Tulane University Law School, 1979; admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1981, and engaged in the practice of law in Birmingham; attorney general of Alabama 2011-2017; appointed as a Republican to the United States Senate, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jefferson Sessions, and took the oath of office on February 9, 2017.
Larry Keane, SVP Government & Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary & General Counsel, NSSF
Lawrence G. Keane, Esq. is Senior Vice President, Assistant Secretary, and General Counsel to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. (NSSF), the firearms industry’s trade association. He is responsible for all NSSF’s legal, government relations and risk management functions. He assisted in drafting the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (Public Law No. 109-92) and the so-called “Tiahrt Amendment”. He serves as the firearms industry’s chief spokesperson for all legal, legislative and regulatory matters.He was named a 2014 Top Lobbyist by CEO Update for his handling of the flood of legislative proposals in the aftermath of the tragedy that struck Newtown, Connecticut, noting that “in his many media appearances he has been a calm, reasonable voice for an industry often caught in a passionate debate.”
He has co-authored several amicus curiae briefs on behalf of NSSF filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, most notably in the landmark Second Amendment cases of District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783 (2008), portions of NSSF’s brief were quoted in Court’s opinion, and in NRA v. Chicago and McDonald v. Chicago. Mr. Keane also serves as general counsel and corporate secretary to the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI), the technical trade association of leading United States firearms, ammunition, and propellant manufacturers that sets voluntary firearms and ammunition safety standards. In addition to serving as an officer of SAAMI, Mr. Keane currently is the chairman of SAAMI’s committee on legal and legislative affairs.
Mr. Keane serves on the board of directors for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, an organization that works closely with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. He is corporate secretary for Project ChildSafe Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit established to support NSSF’s premiere safety education program Project ChildSafe. Mr. Keane additionally is an alternate member of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, an official advisory group established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
The Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs appointed Mr. Keane to the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG), which advises the State Department on the regulation of defense trade to help ensure that impediments to legitimate exports are reduced while the foreign policy and national security interests of the U.S. continue to be protected and advanced in accordance with the Arms Export Control Act. He served as a member of DTAG between 2008 and 2014.
Prior to joining NSSF, he was a partner in the White Plains, NY law firm of Pino & Associates, LLP where he represented a number of domestic and foreign firearms manufacturers in product liability cases. Mr. Keane successfully represented Beretta U.S.A. Corp. in the landmark cases of Hamilton v. Accu-Tek, et al. and Dix v. Beretta U.S.A. Corp.
Before joining Pino & Associates, LLP, Mr. Keane was an Assistant District Attorney in the Westchester County, NY District Attorney’s Office. During his career as ADA, he investigated and prosecuted violent criminals. He was also assigned to the Economic Crime Bureau where he investigated and prosecuted complex white collar and organized criminal cases.
Mr. Keane obtained a B.A. in Economics and his Juris Doctorate from Fordham University. Mr. Keane is rated A.V. by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Keane is a member in good standing of the bars of the State of Connecticut and New York, and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for Connecticut, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Bill Napier, NSSF Store Security Consultant
Bill has over thirty years’ experience in retail loss prevention passionately serving others in leadership roles such as site manager, corporate manager and director. Businesses have included small and growing retail chains as well as a Fortune 1000 company. For over 18 of those years Bill has been in the retail outdoor arena with responsibility for ATF compliance and firearms related investigations. Bill is a guest speaker at groups such as National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) SHOT Show, National Retail Federation (NRF), Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Retail Technology (RETECH), ASIS International and The Loss Prevention Foundation. Bill has appeared in various retail related magazine interviews and articles on such topics as emerging security technology, return fraud, physical security and leadership. Bill served over twenty years in municipal law enforcement as a uniform patrol officer, detective and supervisor where he specialized in impaired driving enforcement with the drug recognition expert program. In addition Bill was a state certified law enforcement instructor. Bill volunteers as a Hunter Education instructor in Nebraska, serves on the ASIS Retail Loss Prevention Council and is a member of the Subject Matter Expert Committee. Bill is also on the board of directors for The Loss Prevention Foundation.
Jill Montgomery, Supervisory NICS Liaison Specialist, NICS FBI
Jill began her career with the FBI in December, 1995. She joined the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Section in 1999. She has served on the NICS Quality Assurance team, as an Analyst to the NICS Section Chief, State Liaison and as Supervisor of the State Support Team. She currently serves as the Supervisor of the NICS Business Relations Team. This team is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with all customer segments of the NICS. Jill lives in Fairmont, West Virginia with her husband Jeff and her two children, Ryan and Leah.
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Jon Rydberg, CEO, Orchid Advisors
CEO of Orchid Advisors and former Ernst & Young executive, Mr. Rydberg has been a strategic advisor to Fortune 500s ($50b+) and small private businesses. An Axial Top 100 Growth CEO, he has been a driving force of change, focused on winning strategies for manufacturers, distributors and retailers.
For 20+ years, he has worked with owners and CEOs to improve financial, operational and regulatory performance.
• $45m EBITDA growth through effective Operations Management and Cost Optimization, finding financial losses and controlling rapid turnarounds through executive restructuring, performance measures and focused initiatives.
• Vertical and horizontal supply chain consolidation and inventory control systems for a $9b manufacturer and a 1,000 store retailer. Due diligence for mega $bb retailers.
• Lead ATF recall-level remediation for large firearms licensees, digital analysis of 40m+ records and 1000x reduction in inventory loss.
• Transform of manufacturing, distribution and retail operations with SAP, Epicor, Oracle, and others. Designer of the modern e-A&D book and ATF compliance technology.
• Remediation of DOJ-SEC investigations, financial restatements and 20+ Sarbanes-Oxley material weaknesses.
Mr. Rydberg’s clients manufacture and distribute approximately 80% of US firearms. Selected companies served by Orchid or Rydberg: Remington, Smith & Wesson, Colt, Mossberg, Maverick, Vista, Savage Arms, SilencerCo, Bass Pro, Cabela’s, EZCORP, Big Rock Sports, Davidson’s, Century Arms, Sportsman’s Guide, LL Bean, Raytheon, Petco, Mazda, Mitsubishi, 99c Only Stores, and hundreds of FFLs.
Mr. Rydberg has 20+ years of inventory management and complex reconciliation experience. He has been involved with mega ATF inspections with 150,000+ serial numbers, 100+ staff, 15+ ATF IOIs and has worked with the ATF’s Major Inspection Team. Mr. Rydberg is a five-time author, an expert in ATF compliance and he works closely with NSSF, NASGW and ATF.
Michelle Ingram, Executive Director, Orchid Advisors Data Analytics
Michelle has over 15 years of experience dedicated to expert-level business and data analytics and is focused on digital ATF mock inspections. She is the country’s foremost expert at performing software-driven ATF compliance and electronic A&D / Bound Book evaluations for Federal Firearms Licensees, nearing almost 30,000,000 transactions to-date. Her FFL diagnostics include the regulations, processes and systems which drive firearm manufacturing (including NFA), firearm engineering and product master data, customer and vendor FFL master data, firearm transfers (via shipping and receiving), firearm loans (per 2010-1) and import / export transactions including the ATF Form 6 / 6a. Michelle’s assessments have also included major firearm operating systems such as Epicor, SAP, Oracle and many others.
Alexis Tunell, Operations Executive, Orchid Advisors, Former Compliance Lead at a 400+ Store Retailer (EZCORP)
Alexis Tunell led the federal ATF and state firearms compliance function for EZCORP, Inc., the nation’s second largest and publically traded pawn lender with over 700 retail locations across North America, including more than 350 FFLs. She has an extensive background in retail firearm operations, retail store security, retail Point of Sales and electronic 4473 / A&D book development. She is recognized nationally by regulatory agencies and is an NSSF-chosen speaker at the 2017 SHOT Show University.
Travis Glover, Executive Director, Orchid Advisors Retail/Distribution Practice and ASA Board Member
Travis brings more than 22 years’ experience as a Firearms Industry Leader to Orchid Advisors, having held sales and management position at major U.S. firearms industry wholesalers and retailers, including AcuSport, Cabela’s and Lipsey’s, among others and sits on the Board of Directors for the American Suppressor Association. He has an extensive background of developing, implementing and sustaining industry leading, best in class, compliance and security programs focused on establishing upstream standard operating procedures that drive employee effectiveness through streamlined efficient practices producing critically important downstream compliance with positive bottom line impact to the business’s financial health.
Phil Milks, Orchid Advisors and former head of Compliance AAC / Remington Outdoors Company
Philip Milks is an attorney and was formerly employed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and Remington Outdoor Company (ROC). While at Remington, Phil served his executive peers as the leader of ROC’s corporate compliance function which included ATF, Import, and Export (ITAR and EAR). Phil played a key role in advising ROC and its subcontract manufacturers in the development of ammunition, suppressors, polymer pistols, modern sporting rifles, and imported shotguns. Phil gained relevant legal and regulatory experience facilitating the acquisition of manufacturing entities, the move of major manufacturing facilities to the southern United States and implementing SAP as a leading ERP system. Phil had numerous professional interactions with national and local ATF leadership and responded to a multitude of high volume serial number ATF inspections.
Jeff Grody, Executive Director, Orchid Advisors, Export Practice
A “An attorney by training, Jeff leads the Orchid Advisors Export Practice, which shows companies in the firearms and ammunition industry how to sell and manufacture products in the global marketplace and implement practical and effective export compliance programs. The Orchid Export practice provides full compliance, licensing and commercial support for companies that are new to selling firearms, ammunition or parts internationally. Jeff is also an expert strategist in the use of ITAR licenses, Manufacturing License Agreements and Technical Assistance Agreements to authorize manufacturing of firearm components and tools outside the U.S. and to enable multinational companies to operate as an integrated unit consistent with ITAR restrictions on the export of technical data and defense services. Jeff uses Orchid Advisors proprietary firearm-industry standard operating procedures and forms to assist clients in creating, implementing and monitoring export compliance programs.”
Jordan Young, Export Services Manager, Orchid Advisors
Jordan Young brings more than 16 years’ experience as a firearms industry executive to Orchid Advisors, having held management positions at major U.S. and international firearm manufacturers and importers, including Remington Arms Company, Para-Ordnance and Dasan U.S.A., among others. He has an extensive background in firearms and ammunition import and export permitting and licensing, international trade logistics and international business development and commercial activity. With a strong understanding of firearms manufacturing, assembly and import / export activity, Jordan has integrated regulatory solutions into daily business operations to help firearms companies operate more efficiently and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Karri Allen, Counsel, Safariland
Karri Allen is in-house counsel for The Safariland Group, a diversified global manufacturer and seller of products for the military, law enforcement, and safety markets. She advises on firearms compliance and international trade compliance including oversight of compliance programs in both areas.
Starting in 2015, The Safariland Group acquired several retail locations that sell firearms. As a result, Karri’s role has expanded to creating an integrated retail firearms compliance program addressing federal and state requirements in multiple jurisdictions.
Karri graduated from the University of Miami with a B.B.A. in International Finance and Marketing. She obtained her law degree from the Catholic University of America and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and Florida.
Jeff Edwards, CRO, GunBroker.com
Jeff is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast and veteran in the world of business incubation and finance. Jeff has been in leadership roles with multiple startups in the gun industry. Jeff formerly served as the EVP of Hoyt, an Easton company, Director of Business Development for a Bank of America subsidiary, and CEO of Edwards Outdoors.
Matthew Trask, Director of Corporate Compliance, Remington
Matthew P. Trask is an attorney licensed to practice in state and federal court
in both Massachusetts and New York. Currently the Operations Compliance Manager for Remington Arms Company’s Huntsville, Alabama Manufacturing Facility, Matthew concentrates his time, efforts and experience in firearms law and regulatory compliance for the firearms industry. Matt was instrumental in the implementation of a highly- successful comprehensive compliance program in Remington’s Ilion, New York facility. Prior to employment with Remington, Matthew focused his legal practice on the protection of 2nd Amendment liberties and served as counsel to firearms owners, manufacturers and dealers in matters pertaining to BATFE compliance, criminal defense, state and federal firearms law compliance and is an instructor on the law of self- defense and state and federal firearms laws. Working closely with private clients and firearms rights groups, Mr. Trask litigated firearms licensing, asset forfeiture and criminal defense matters in state and federal court.
Matthew served in the United States Marine Corps as an encrypted communications materials manager. With the Marines, he was responsible for the accountability of communications assets and compliance with national security regulations pertaining to the handling of classified hardware, and coordinated the deployment of encrypted communications networks in support of infantry operations.
Dan Spencer, General Counsel, CZ-USA
Dan Spencer is an attorney licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Kansas and Missouri. Dan serves as CZ-USA’s General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Chief Human Resources Officer. Dan is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law where he focused his studies on international trade law. Dan is also certified as a Lean / Six Sigma Green Belt and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Prior to his position at CZ-USA Dan was a member of the law firm Spencer & Bowerman LLC where his practice focused on civil litigation and business transactions. During Dan’s time with CZ-USA the company has experienced massive growth, giving him a unique and comprehensive insight into the various compliance challenges facing organizations of all sizes.
Jim Drager, COO, Colt’s Manufacturing Company
A former Chief Operating Officer with over 30 years of experience of deep business strategy and operations experience. Hired by public and provide owners to provide leadership and support of high-profile turnarounds, pre-IPOs or other planned exit strategies. Recognized within the Firearms Industry (and beyond) for providing award-winning, world-class Sales & Operations Management driving 1,000%+ increase in production and 35% cost reductions.
Ryan Nokes, Director, Marketplace Insight
Ryan leads our MarketPlace Insight division, the leading data and analytics provider to the firearms industry. He works with manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to provide accurate forecasting, real-time market trends, and operational and strategic level data to improve decision making. Ryan has spent his career in data analysis, spanning multiple industries, including healthcare, telecom, banking/finance, and now firearms. He is also the author of Tableau Like a Pro, a business intelligence software training curriculum that is used to train at Fortune 1000 companies all over the United States.
Jeff Edwards, CRO, GunBroker.com
Jeff is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast and veteran in the world of business incubation and finance. Jeff has been in leadership roles with multiple startups in the gun industry. Jeff formerly served as the EVP of Hoyt, an Easton company, Director of Business Development for a Bank of America subsidiary, and CEO of Edwards Outdoors.
Sam Kirkland, Strategy Manager, Epicor Software
Stephen P. Halbrook, Attorney at Law
Stephen Halbrook has practiced law since 1978. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. The focus of his practice is the representation of manufacturers, importers, associations, and individuals in regard to firearm laws at the federal, state, and local levels. He regularly handles NFA, import, and other classification matters with FATD; FFL compliance, warning conferences, and license revocation proceedings; forfeiture actions; and other ATF matters. He also advises about “assault weapon” classifications in California, Massachusetts, New York, and other restrictive states, and has mounted legal challenges to such bans.
Halbrook has litigated numerous civil and criminal cases, including victories in the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts on behalf of the firearms industry and the rights of gun owners. Halbrook is the author of the Firearms Law Deskbook, The Founders’ Second Amendment, Gun Control in the Third Reich, and other books. He has testified in Congress on nominations for Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice, and on various bills to amend the Gun Control Act. See further www.stephenhalbrook.com. Based in Fairfax, VA. Tel. (703) 352-7276; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ryan L. Erdreich, Esq.; Pisciotti Malsch, P.C.
Ryan L. Erdreich is an attorney with the law firm Pisciotti, Malsch & Buckley, PC. His practice area is concentrated in the comprehensive management and oversight of corporate legal matters, drafting of corporate and business related policies, proce- dures, guidelines, manuals and agreements and the nationwide defense of firearm and ammunition manufacturers, distributors and retailers in commercial and business disputes, employee disputes and product liability and negligence claims. Mr. Erdreich graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Economics. He obtained his law degree from Villanova Law School and is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey and Florida, and he is regularly admitted pro hac vice to practice in other jurisdictions on specific individual cases.
Daniel Wilson, Office Managing Partner, Maynard Cooper
Mr. Wilson is a Member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and is the Managing Shareholder of the Firm’s Huntsville, Alabama office. In addition to his management responsibilities and practice, Mr. Wilson has been active for years in the federal political arena, and served as the Chairman of the campaign organization for United States Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama. Mr. Wilson has a Martindale-Hubbell AV®Preeminent Rating, and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America©, for Government Relations Law and Real Estate Law, from 2009 to the present. He is also listed in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, is a Mid-South Super Lawyer, and has been included in Alabama Super Lawyers since 2010.
Jon Sprole, Of Counsel, Maynard Cooper
Jon Sprole is an accomplished leader having served in General Counsel and executive roles within several significant corporations, including GE Capital and Bristol-Myers Squibb. As a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group, Jon advises clients and their senior leadership and board members on strategic, legal and regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Immediately prior to joining Maynard Cooper, Jon served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Remington Outdoor Company, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of firearms, ammunition and related products. Jon is instrumental in the growth and expansion of the firm’s Firearms practice and industry focus.
John Neiman, Shareholder and Appellate Group Chair, Maynard Cooper
John’s practice focuses on constitutional and regulatory litigation. He is a member of the firm’s general litigation group and Chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice group. Upon his graduation from Harvard Law School, John served as a law clerk to The Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and a second law clerk term to the The Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business distinguishes John as a Band 1 leading attorney in the area of Appellate Litigation, and Best Lawyers® named him the region’s 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Appellate Practice.
John currently is litigating a water-rights case against the federal government in the District of Columbia, a voting-rights dispute in the Northern District of Alabama, and a defamation case in Alabama state court. In 2016, he has successfully argued one case for a client in the Eighth Circuit and is representing other clients in cases to be argued in the Eleventh Circuit and California appellate courts. He recently successfully defended, in the trial court and the Alabama Supreme Court, the Alabama Governor’s decision to remove the Confederate Flag from the state capitol grounds.
David Power, Vice President, Oneida Molded Plastics
David Power has a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Distribution/Industrial Engineering from Southern Tech, a MBA from Belmont University, and Trade Compliance certifications from Dunlap University. He has been in the firearms industry for over ten years and is an active competitive shooter and philanthropist serving roles such as the Board Member for the 2A Heritage Junior shooters camp, auctioneer for multiple charity events, head of evaluation team for the Industry Choice Awards, and Chief Range Officer for a multitude of competitions around the country.
David has been serving clients through Oneida Molded Plastics as the VP of sales for Outdoor products since 2010. His focus is OEM programs contract supply to a multitude of clients in the firearms and outdoor products division. As one of the largest OEM suppliers of plastics components to the firearms industry, he has gained a wide array of knowledge as a contract supplier and handling compliance in various circumstances. Oneida Molded Plastics produces and handles numerous firearms components that include multiple stages of controlled units including hydrographic decorating processes, assembly, producing under variance, and classification determinations of new components.
Ron Kettering, Founder and Owner, EZ Bound Book
Ron Ketterling is the President and founder (1985) of Business Automation Specialists of MN, Inc. His primary responsibility, on the production side of the business, is as Senior Business Architect. He has been active in the development of ATF compliant record keeping software and related areas for 9 years. His areas of expertise include warehouse management systems, manufacturing and inventory control automation, as well as general business and accounting processes. Ron’s experiences include many years in sales and entrepreneurial pursuits, as well as network, IT and a wide variety of software categories. Ron’s focuses on creating a business environment for our clients that includes effective, efficient automation tools and business processes to help them achieve their business objectives. Automation systems to enable clients to meet their personal business needs, as well as the needs of their customers. His belief is systems should not stand in the way of getting things accomplished. Ron has served on the Business Partner Advisory Councils for ACCPAC, SAGE and Microsoft. Ron’s past time activities include biking, water skiing and boating (with whomever will go with him), woodworking and singing with the Minnesota Oratorio Society. He especially likes to teach people to water ski, particularly his grandkids. He received his formal education at Azusa Pacific University and California State Polytechnic Institute, Pomona.
Phillip Nelsen, Attorney, Author of 50 State Guide to Firearm Laws and Founder of Legal Heat
Phillip Nelsen is an attorney, assistant professor of law and business, firearm industry consultant and founder of the nationwide firearm training firm Legal Heat. Legal Heat is the nation’s largest concealed firearm training firm, operating in over 20 states and 100 retail locations, and is the exclusive training partner of Cabela’s. He earned his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Idaho College of Law and his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Weber State University. He is routinely retained as special counsel for firearm law cases throughout the United States and has been called upon to serve as an expert witness for both civil and criminal cases. Phillip’s clients include several nationwide firearm retailers and manufacturers, and he also serves in an advisory capacity for multiple members of the United States Congress.
A contributor to numerous scholarly publications, he is also the author of Legal Heat: 50 State Guide to Firearm Laws, which is in its 5th edition as a printed work and is used by over 150,000 gun owners as a popular mobile phone application available on iOS, Android and Kindle devices.
In his personal life, Phillip is a happily married father of 3. He enjoys shooting sports and big game hunting. Each year in the fall he has the pleasure of “working” as a professional hunting guide, where he has guided over 100 successful big game hunts from Northern Idaho to Mexico.
David Bolls, General Counsel, SilencerCo
David Bolls has served as General Counsel and EVP, Business & Legal Affairs at SilencerCo since June 2016. Previously, Bolls served as Chief Operating Officer of Duck Commander and Buck Commander, a multi-million dollar empire owned and operated by Louisiana’s camouflage-clad Robertson family, who became well-known by A&E’s Duck Dynasty television series. Bolls worked with a management team directing operations across all companies. Prior to Duck Commander and Buck Commander, he served as Deputy General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc. During his tenure at Outdoor Channel, he was responsible for overseeing and negotiating network contracts, licensing agreements, intellectual property matters, and litigation, as well as the development of a wide range of entertainment content and key relationships with talent and producers. Bolls has been an attorney for over 19 years.
Camden Webb, Firearms Industry Practice Leader, Williams Mullen
Camden R. Webb leads Williams Mullen’s Firearms Industry Practice Group, offering advice and representation to members of the firearms industry, including manufacturers, retailers, government contractors, and others. His practical approach and experience help industry members navigate this highly complex area of the law, including issues under the National Firearms Act, the Gun Control Act of 1968, and state gun laws. Camden’s approach and his experience help the firm’s clients navigate the law, anticipate and resolve legal issues, and keep them focused on their business.
Chuck James, Firearms Industry Practice Co-Chair, Williams Mullen
Charles E. “Chuck” James, Jr. is Co-Chair of the Williams Mullen Firearms Industry Practice and a member of the White Collar & Investigations Group. He provides legal counsel to members of the firearms industry on state and federal firearms laws and regulations. Since his return to Williams Mullen after serving as Chief Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, Chuck has assisted a diverse group of clients with matters before state and federal investigative, enforcement and regulatory bodies, including the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, the Department of Homeland Security and the Virginia State Police.
Scott L. Braum, Esq.; Scott L. Braum & Associates, Ltd.
Like the carefully selected strategic allies they work with throughout their industries of practice, the lawyers at Scott L. Braum & Associates, Ltd. (“SLB&A”) combine knowledge and skills from both their professional and personal lives to develop practical solutions to their clients’ problems, no matter how large or small.
SLB&A was founded in 2003 by Scott Braum, a partner at a large, “downtown” firm who, while enjoying all of the good that came with that, was always looking for a way to get rid of the bad. Ultimately, the best way to accomplish his goals was by starting a new firm from the ground up, maintaining the highest ethical and legal standards, while fostering a spirit of partnership with the people who should matter the most – the clients themselves. Timothy Rudd joined the firm later that year. Through insight gained from such diverse activities as arguing a “bet the business” claim in front of a jury, meeting with BATF to decide a Federal Firearms Licensee’s future, spending a freezing day in a tree waiting for that once in a lifetime opportunity, or preparing a Sunday sermon, the lawyers at SLB&A are able to think outside the box and see what others might not. One main focus of this thinking is problem avoidance through proactive training, education, and communication, instead of problem solving after the fact.
Since the firm’s inception, SLB&A has grown into a broad- based, nationwide regulatory, trial and appellate practice with an emphasis on firearms law and regulation, complex commercial and business litigation, and the myriad of related issues that arise out of those areas, but are unique from most other industries, such as the sale and acquisition of firearms businesses, BATF regulatory compliance, OSHA and lead management, GCA, NFA, ITAR, import/export issues, and other regulatory compliance areas and training; product liability; anti- industry litigation; etc.
Through his contacts throughout the firearms industry, Scott Braum has also gotten involved with several firearms businesses holding a variety of FFLs, including an ITAR- registered importer/exporter, two manufacturers of personal defense and sporting rifles, two marketing and distribution companies, and a small retail operation. The insights gained from these businesses have proved invaluable on the legal side, because Braum is truly in the same trenches as his clients on a daily basis trying to navigate the same regulatory minefields, and he, better than almost anyone, understands how it is not always the easiest task to balance competing interests and apply the advice of “those darn lawyers” in the real world.
Michael Andersen, Senior Compliance Manager, Brownells
Clayton Cheshire, Principal at Munitions Law Group – Cheshire DeBrosse, P.C.
Clay Cheshire is one of the principals in Munitions Law Group – Cheshire DeBrosse, P.C. (“MLG”), which is a hybrid full-service boutique law firm with offices in Atlanta and Columbus, Ohio that represents companies and individuals in matters throughout the United States and internationally related to firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other defense articles. MLG has close relationships with a cadre of expert consultants who can advise clients (and the firm) on the most highly-technical, high-stakes, issues affecting Industry members. MLG also believes it is essential to have a cooperative and respectful relationship with ATF and other government regulators. Clay cut his teeth in “the Industry” as part of Taurus’ national trial counsel team, and then developed a practice representing Industry members as outside corporate and regulatory counsel. Clay advises clients in day-to-day firearms matters, including ongoing compliance, recordkeeping, requests for ATF guidance, determinations and variances, ATF notifications, and other matters. He also advises clients on initial business organization, re-organization, licensing, mergers & acquisitions (whether as lead or regulatory counsel), other commercial transactions, and winding up. And, he works with clients regarding current or potential adverse ATF action, with the goal of preserving and maximizing the value of a licensed business. Prior to launching his own practice in 2010, Clay practiced for a decade at some of the larger law firms in the Southeast. Clay’s inspiration is his family. His favorite thing in the world is playing with his three year-old daughter. Everything else pales in comparison. Clay has a law degree from the University of Georgia, and an undergraduate degree from LSU.
Dan Rice, Director of US Ethics and Compliance ATF & Lottery, Walmart
Cole Roberts, Director of Compliance for Hudson MFG
Cole Roberts currently serves as the Director of Compliance for Hudson MFG located in Temple, Texas. The up-and-coming firearms manufacturer has seen rapid growth since being featured on the cover of RECOIL magazine and unveiling their innovative H9 pistol at SHOT show 2017.
Cole’s background in the firearms industry includes the maintenance of multiple Federal Firearms Licenses, manufacturing oversight, adherence to provisions of the Gun Control Act and National Firearms Act, acquiring and maintaining multiple marking variances, inventory control, export management, and the general interpretation of regulatory guidelines to both mitigate risk and increase efficiencies. As a member of Hudson’s founding team, he has played an active role in ERP implementation and A&D integration while working diligently to instill a healthy culture of compliance.
Prior to joining the firearms industry, Cole served President George W. Bush as an intern in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. He later assisted Congresswoman Virginia Foxx as a liaison to the Military, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and other key federal agencies.
Cole holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from East Carolina University and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Elon University School of Law.