SHOT Business magazine honored six industry leaders today at the SHOT Show with its annual SHOT Business Awards.
The honorees were:
Retailer of the Year: Joe Keffer, the Sportsman’s Shop
Distributor of the Year: Big Rock Sports
Manufacturer’s Representative of the Year: Phil Murray, White Flyer
Range of the Year: John Munsen, Bill’s Gun Shop and Range
Company/Organization of the Year: Toxey Haas, Mossy Oak
Person of the Year: Frank Brownell, Brownells.
The annual SHOT Business Awards acknowledge industry trailblazers who preserve and promote America’s hunting and shooting heritage.
“Simply put, the winners of these awards represent the best in every field,” said Slaton L. White, editor of SHOT Business. “The SHOT Business Awards recognize and acknowledge leadership in the shooting-sports industry and the communities in which our representatives reside. Each of these winners are top-notch in their respective fields, but also gives back to the industry and the communities in which they operate. They are, as well, politically active, to varying degrees, in the ongoing challenge of bequeathing the heritage of our sports to furture generations of Americans.”
“I’m extremely proud of this award, and I have the greatest appreciation for the selection committee,” said Frank Brownell, who joined the NSSF’s Heritage Fund, funded the NRA Summer Youth Shooting Camp Endowment with $500,000 and the Law Enforcement Patrol Rifle Instructor Development Program with $253,000, and offered scholarships to a number of gunsmithing students—all in the name of helping to guarantee Second Amendment rights for sportsmen. “I was raised on outdoors magazines, so I’m pleased to receive this at the breakfast and see the steps the [Bonnier] magazines are taking to look at the future, and the steps they’re taking to succeed.”
“This is living the dream,” said Joe Keffer, who also serves as president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Retail Advisory Committee and sits on the NSSF Board of Governors. “I’m really at a loss for words at receiving the award.”