Skilled Presenters Scheduled for 11th Annual Business Conference
Shane Mahoney is widely recognized wildlife biologist, conservationist and thought leader. He works on the behalf of wildlife and biodiversity, is a vocal proponent of sustainable use as a conservation practice, and a strong believer in the benefits of communication, both conservations science and hunting, to the general public. He is currently the founder and CEO of Conservations Visions Inc., a private company and global wildlife initiative. The company has recently announced the launch of the Wild Harvest Initiative, a multi-year project that will measure and analyze the biomass of wild animal protein harvested each year by citizens in the U.S. and Canada. He is currently in the process of co-editing a multi-author volume that will become the first textbook to examine the North American Wildlife Conservation Model to be released in 2016.
David Farbman is a lifelong outdoorsman and hunter, CEO of HealthRise Solutions, founder and chairman of Carbon Media Group, New York Times® best-selling author David Farbman has spent his career hunting success in commercial real estate, online media and healthcare. David uses the skills learned through a lifetime of hunting to track down targets in the fields, business and life. His book, The Hunt: Target, Track and Attain Your Goals, is a field guide for anyone looking to increase the success of their hunt. There are five key elements to The Hunt: Consciousness, Authenticity, Leverage, Real Time Execution and Flow. David’s ability to find calm in the fray and see the pivots in his path give him the unique vision to help others on their hunt.
Congressman Ryan Zinke serves the people of Montana as their sole representative in the United States House. He is the first Navy SEAL elected to the House and currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Natural Resources. A fifth-generation Montanan, former state senator and a 23-year U.S. Navy SEAL veteran, is a Constitutional conservative who believes in the vision the forefathers laid out which separates powers between the three branches and ensures the sovereignty of the states. Ryan swore an oath to defend the Constitution and bases his decisions on upholding the Constitution and doing what is right for Montana and America. He retired from active duty in 2008. That same year, he was elected to the Montana State Senate where he chaired the Senate Education Committee and served on the Senate Finance and Claims Committee. He was a leading advocate for strong family values, restoring individual and economic freedoms, energy independence and helping veterans receive proper care. Ryan attended the University of Oregon on an athletic scholarship and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geology. He also holds a master’s in business finance and a master’s in global leadership from the University of San Diego.
Ashlee Lundvall’s message to everyone is to “live to the fullest.” After all, that is exactly what she has been doing since a ranching accident in 1999 introduced a wheelchair to her life. Since then, she has been redefining her life and becoming a champion for change in the many organizations she works with by spreading her message of adaptability and perseverance. Her passion for the outdoors grew when her and her husband, Russ, moved to the mountainous region of Wyoming in 2007. A year later, Ashlee helped found Wyoming Disabled Hunters. She is passionate about mentoring newly injured patients and loves to pass on her love for adapted outdoor recreation. She wishes to “bridge the gap between the outdoor industry and the disability community.” Her many accomplishments include being an Able Outdoors Magazine contributor, a Take Action Mobility consultant, the Spinal Cord Injury Support Group Facilitator in Cody, Wyoming, author of A Redefined Life and Ms. Wheelchair USA in 2013. In her free time, she can be found camping, kayaking, hunting, fly fishing or hand cycling.
Hannah Stonehouse Hudson is a photographer, speaker and consultant based on the south shore of Lake Superior. She recognizes that life is short and encourages people to not get distracted by the negativity. Her specialty is helping people and organizations keep things positive online. “People are all connected, and it is up to us to create a better world,” she said. “My seminars can help teach your group how to navigate the online world as a powerful and positive ambassador to your organization.” As a TEDx speaker and photographer who has been through numerous viral moments, both personal and professional, Hannah is uniquely suited to help people navigate viral chaos.
Tim Noland, content marketing director at Callis Integrated Marketing, is a lifelong hunter and outdoorsman. He leads the content development team at Callis in building written and visual content that educates, entertains, motivates, and inspires to drive website traffic, build credibility, and grow sales. Tim has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Central Missouri. Callis is an integrated marketing agency that understands people who love and work the land and play outdoors better than anyone.
Lacy Harrison, an account executive at Callis, is an avid bow hunter and shooter. She works with agency clients to develop and execute integrated marketing and media programs, with an emphasis on public relations and social media. Lacy has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Central Missouri and currently works with several agency account teams. Callis uses real life experience and integrated marketing to help outdoor, agriculture and rural lifestyle clients build their brands and their businesses.
Dawn Jackson is the Group Sales Manager of the Kalispell Convention & Visitor Bureau. She is responsible for selling, building and supporting meeting, convention and group business in Kalispell. With over 16 years of hospitality experience in hotel sales, she has a broad understanding of group expectations and how important their business is to area tourism.
Ron Spomer began freelance writing/photography in 1976. He work has been published in hundreds of magazines, books, newspapers, brochures, calendars and ad campaigns. A South Dakota native now living in Idaho, Spomer is Senior Editor at Sporting Classics, Travel Columnist at Sports Afield, Field Editor at American Hunter. He writes for numerous on-line websites, magazines and blogs including his own at RonSpomerOutdoors.com. His YouTube channel has garnered over 4 million views of his adventure, instructional and educational videos on everything from natural history to guns. Spomer's career has taken him to six continents. He has hosted several TV shows since 2005 and is currently host of Winchester World of Whitetail on Outdoor Channel. Despite his age and Luddite tendencies, the old veteran is even active on many social media platforms.
Randy Newberg has spent the last eight years hosting his popular hunting TV shows, On Your Own Adventures and his current show, Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg; both focused on self-guided public land hunting in the Western United States. Randy’s podcast, Hunt Talk Radio – Randy Newberg Unfiltered is a companion to his wildly (pun intended) popular web forum, HuntTalk.com. Wild lands and wild animals are what drives Randy in his advocacy for hunters in America. His platforms are designed to show average hunters the remarkable experiences that are available for the price of a tag, the gas to get there, and the exercise invested. Whether it be bugling elk or speeding pronghorn, rifle or bow, Randy will travel the far corners of the hinterlands in search of food and adventure. Randy lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife, Kim, where he volunteers for many national and regional hunting-conservation groups, serving as a Board Member and fundraiser. When not hunting, Randy and Kim spend the summer traveling the high plains in search of western walleyes.
Tony Bynum's unique wildlife, hunting, and outdoor photographs have been featured on the covers of many major traditional sporting magazines, including: Sports Afield, Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, Wyoming Wildlife, and Montana Magazine. He is the Photo Editor for Western Hunter and Elk Hunter Magazine, and writes a photography column for Western Hunter Magazine. His impressive body of work can be seen at Tony Bynum Photography.
Fredy Riehl is 27 year veteran of corporate communications, public and media relations, as well as successful digital publisher. He's the Founder and Editor In Chief of AmmoLand Shooting Sports News. NRA Life Member, Ring Of Freedom Member, Advocate & Adviser for NRA Board members. As well as recipient or the Second Amendment Foundation's 2012 "Defender Of Liberty Award". Not to mention, a rabid promoter of all positive pro-gun news and pain in the ass of "anti's" everywhere.
|Tom Gresham began appearing on outdoor television 20 years ago, as co-host of “Shooting Sports America,” the first shooting show to be aired on ESPN. He has hosted, created, produced and directed series on ESPN, ESPN2, OLN/Versus, Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, Pursuit, and Fox Sports. As creator, director and host of Personal Defense TV, he was the first to put a self-defense show on television, breaking ground and setting the stage for showing defensive gun use to the public. His nationally-syndicated radio talk show, “Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk ”, is the only national radio show about guns and has one of the largest audiences of any outdoor medium -- print or broadcast.|
Ryan Gresham has grown up hunting and shooting. He helped create, shoot and host the online video website, Gun Talk TV , featuring hundreds of how-to videos on guns, shooting and hunting.
Bill Miller is Executive Editor at Primer 180 – a role he’s been destined to play since deciding to be an outdoor writer at age 11 … a long time ago. He ensures authenticity in the work delivered to Primer 180’s clients and provides guidance and insights on key strategic initiatives. He’s a subject matter expert on hunting, shooting, fishing and the outdoor experience in general. This comes from Bill’s lifelong personal participation in all kinds of outdoor pursuits as well as more than 30 years as a hunting and shooting sports writer, editor, video producer, television host, and media executive.
Sarah Donnell is President of Primer 180 – where she leads a team of creative-types, social media gurus, tech geeks, web developers, account managers, strategic planners, writers, and editors in turning out sophisticated and absolutely authentic campaigns and content for some of the largest companies in the outdoors industry. Clients include National Rifle Association, GunBroker.com, Bass Pro Shops, Zippo, Berkley, and more. Before leading Primer 180, Sarah ran her own agency called Amp My Brand specializing in enthusiast industry marketing. She hunts turkeys; shoots trap, skeet, sporting clays, and SASS, and is an avid equestrian and sail boater.
Nick Grzechowiak is V.P. of Digital Strategy at Primer 180 – and specializes in the development of successful digital media ecosystems and comprehensive digital brand strategies. In the outdoor industry, Nick’s work ranges from successfully launching new firearms platforms to content-targeting pure, refined angling audiences. From conception to a massive social media presence approaching a million fans, Nick is driving force behind the creation of 50 Campfires – the only media platform successfully reaching America’s car campers. He is a highly-sought thought leader with extensive connections in the digital marketing and technology worlds. Nick’s an adult-onset hunter who enjoys deer, turkey, and hog hunting, and introducing his young family to all the joys of the great outdoors.
|Brian Lynn - As vice president of marketing and communications for Sportsmen’s Alliance, Lynn oversees the crafting and dissemination of information pertaining to the battle to protect hunting, fishing and trapping from the animal-rights movement. The Sportsmen’s Alliance engages and fights animal-rights organizations, such as the Humane Society of the United States, in all 50 state legislatures, in the court system, at the ballot box and at the federal level. A 15-year veteran of the outdoors communication universe, Lynn has served as senior editor at ESPN Outdoors/BASS and Outdoor Life magazine, as well as a freelance writer and consultant. His experience has allowed him to work with the industry’s leading conservation organizations, from which he gained a great understanding of the biological needs and interactions of many game species, as well as the sportsman’s role in the North American Wildlife Management model. Lynn’s passion for the breeding, training and hunting of sporting dogs has allowed him to work with the country’s best trainers and breeders of working dogs, experiences that he related to his followers as the gun dog editor for Outdoor Life and which serve him well in the fight to protect the use of canines in hunting from the animal-rights movement.|
Jason Roussos - I was born and raised in Ethiopia and was blessed to have been exposed to hunting from a very young age. After graduating with Honors and a degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University in 2000 I returned to Ethiopia where I began guiding full time for my father’s company. In 2011 I was awarded the SCI International PH of the Year Award. In 1999, I co-founded and still sit on the board of The Murulle Foundation (TMF), a US-based 501(c) 3 non-profit that conducts community development, scientific research, and conservation efforts in Ethiopia. The majority of the scientific research done on the mountain nyala has been conducted by TMF. In 2009 I was appointed, and still hold, the position of Vice President/Secretary General of the African Professional Hunters Association, an organization that represents some of Africa’s top and most ethical PH’s. I’m a member of the Ethiopian Professional Hunters’ Association and Life Member of DSC and SCI.
Ashley Hlebinsky is entering her sixth year with the Cody Firearms Museum and assumed the Robert W. Woodruff Curator position in January 2015. She completed a B.A. and M.A. in American History and Museum Studies from the University of Delaware, where she studied the perception of firearms in culture. Concurrently, she researched and worked in various roles at the Smithsonian Institution's National Firearms Collection. She began working at the museum when school was not in session. Hlebinsky lectures around the country and in Canada to the firearms industry and the academic community on the stigmatization of firearms both in modern culture and in museums. She is a freelance writer for firearms publications and has appeared on networks such as National Geographic and the Outdoor Channel.
|Paige Darden has been working at MyTopo since 1999, and through that nearly two decades has had a first row seat to a technological wave that has seen many changes to cartography, but most importantly has made it easy for anyone to become a skilled navigator. She’ll share that expertise in a fun and interactive presentation at POMA turning each participant into a competent back country navigator.|
Before joining MyTopo, Paige spent 10 years navigating Capitol Hill and the political scene in our nation’s Capitol topping her DC career as the public affairs director for the telecommunication division of the US Department of Commerce.
Paige and her husband have two high school students and live an active outdoor lifestyle in their home in Billings, Montana.
James Swan, Ph.D is the Co-Executive Producer of “Wild Justice” on the Nat. Geo. Channel; CEO of Snow Goose Productions, LLC; and the author of 10 non-fiction books including “In Defense of Hunting” and “The Sacred Art of Hunting,” and one novel, that have sold over 250,000 copies. His latest book, co-authored with Lt. John Nores, “WAR IN THE WOODS: Combating the Marijuana Cartels On Our Public Lands,” has been optioned for a feature film. “Wild Justice” on the National Geographic Channel which is inspired by the Snow Goose Productions documentary “Endangered Species: CA Fish and Game Wardens'” holds the record for docu-reality series premieres on Nat. Geo. with 3.2 million viewers. A recent film project, “The Sport of Kings: Falconer” – which James co-wrote with Eddie Brochin – has won awards in seven international film festivals, including “Best Documentary” in four festivals. As a film and TV actor, James has appeared in 20 feature films including "Murder In The First"; three dramatic scripted TV series – "Midnight Caller," "Jesse Hawkes" and "Nash Bridges"; and over 30 commercials, industrials and print ads. He served as a member of the Screen Actors Guild Executive Council for N. California from 2006-2010.