I have been a member of the Canadian firearms industry for the past ten years, and a member of the firearms community itself, my entire life. I started working in the industry as a Range Safety Officer, escorting new shooters out onto the range, often for the first time, supervising members, and maintaining a high level of safety. I quickly worked my way up to Lead Range Officer and Instructor, a position that I greatly enjoyed, and one that was incredibly rewarding. Endeavoring to continue advancing, I moved on to work with Funker Tactical, a digital media production house that worked in both the US and Canadian firearm communities. With Funker, I had the opportunity to travel the globe, work with top tier instructors from numerous fields and support tier one units with training and coaching. After a year of travel and time away from family, I decided to seek a more staple position within the industry and joined with FOC, where I became the Retail Manager. Beginning with four members and a small storefront, we grew to be on of Canada’s top firearm retailers. During my time at FOC, I had the pleasure to be involved in every aspect of the business. From sales to shipping, inventory to ordering, warranty and everything in between, and I was able to get an incredible overview of the entire industry. During my time there, I organized numerous community events, had the honour to speak in front of the Senate Committee on Bill C-71, and be a critical member of the team that created TACCOM. Continuing my career, I decided to step into the distributor side of the industry and became the Canadian Sales Rep for AmChar Canada, where I currently work today, doing the utmost to support Canada’s awesome dealer network.
Throughout my career, I have always championed the need for a unified industry, a community working towards a common goal and an elevation in the way in which we represent ourselves, our businesses, and our industry to Canadians at large. I have participated in numerous news interviews, documentaries, and have always tanke advantage of any opportunity to represent my community, professionally to the rest of Canada.
I am also currently an Instructor in Training with Project Mapleseed, and the Clubs Director for the Canadian University Shooting Federation. In the role of Director at Large with the CSAAA, it is my intention to continue to push for the unification of our community, professional representation of our industry, and help usher in a culture of professionalism with regard to business standards and best practices. We are standing at a precipice currently, and I will do whatever I can to ensure that Canadians can enjoy firearm ownership for years, and years to come.
I thank you for your nomination, support, friendship, and I am proud to call myself a member of the Canadian Firearm Community.