My wife, Tami and I live in Peachtree City, GA and have 4 children. You’ve probably seen me with my 14 year-old son, Grant working matches around the area. My 12 year-old daughter, Audrey has been known to hang out at the matches if there is a snack to be had or if Brooke Sevigny is around. The little girls are 2 and 4 and are itching to get out on the range. We are members of Griffin Gun Club and the NRA and do what we can to promote the shooting sports. In my spare time, I have a competition BBQ team and enjoy cooking and hanging out with my family.
Professionally, I am self-employed and am a partner in a boutique agency named Appalope, LLC in Atlanta where we build context-aware applications and provide creative and storytelling services. For over 17 years, I have been involved in technical leadership with startup companies, Fortune 50 brands and everything in between. I believe that technology enablement will be a big part of the future of USPSA and want to see the GA Section be a leader in this area.
I have been shooting all my life, but bought my first centerfire handgun in January 2009. I took it to the local weekly fun shoot at the South Atlanta Practical Shooting Club (SAPSC) and was hooked. In March 2011, I started Eyecord, LLC selling HD camera glasses and started Team Eyecord. In 2012, I started Trigvision as a way to promote disciplined training and some great brands that support training. I made Master class in 2011 and then won my first major match at the South Carolina Sectional in 2012. I also upgraded to a Lifetime Membership. Since then, I’ve won the Florida Open, Georgia Sectional, Alabama Sectional and the Louisiana Sectional Championships in Single Stack.
As a way to give back to the sport, I went through NROI Level I RO Certification in 2010 and then completed my Level II CRO Certification in 2012. I also took over as president of SAPSC in 2012 and have worked hard to build a great team of volunteers who put on an incredible indoor match. After collaborating with other club presidents, I’ve extended access to our Dropbox of shared Sketchup and PDF stage diagrams and hope to see that repository grow. We hosted a Level I RO Seminar in 2013 and continue to introduce new people to the sport. It makes me very proud to see these new faces wearing our club shirts, becoming the ones working hard at outdoor matches.
Plans for GA Section
Step 1: Improved Collaboration, Quick Wins
- Create private Facebook group for club officers to collaborate
- Visit each club, connect with section and solicit feedback to gain a better understanding of how the section could help
- Create an online shared repository for stage diagrams based on bay types for all clubs to use
- Establish an ongoing communications plan to stay in touch with member clubs
- Define a schedule and process for group purchasing of props and supplies
- Support the 2014 GA Section Championship
Step 2: General Housekeeping and Bylaw Updates
- Re-engage Executive Board (club presidents) and combine feedback from members and clubs
- Establish sub-group to revise GA Section bylaws (not updated since 2000)
- Appoint roles outlined in revised bylaws, especially a technology support/advocate role
- Create additional resources based on feedback
- Revise website to support membership and gain better member feedback
Step 3: Focus on Consistency and Growth
- Ensure that the rules are understood and followed, especially at Level I matches
- Coordinate and promote NROI Range Officer Seminars (at least one per year)
- Promote training opportunities
- Support establishment of new clubs and new officers
- Support initiatives to improve USPSA and the GA Section
In the end, I am deeply committed to this sport and community. I believe we have the best section in the organization and would like to only make that position stronger. My approach is to take a servant leadership role and apply my skills learned from managing organizations and businesses to oversee the section.