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About NASGW

Our Association
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers was organized in 1953 and incorporated in 1954. The Association was originally identified as the Sporting Goods Jobbers Association. In 1962 the name was officially changed, and manufacturers and reps were invited to join as Associate members. The NASGW is the organizer and sponsor of the industry's former Hunting Show, now known as the NASGW Annual Meeting/Expo Event. This annual event provides an unmatched educational, marketing and communications opportunity for the hunting and shooting sports wholesaler, manufacturer and sales professional.

The NASGW annually recognizes manufacturers with Manufacturer of the Year Awards, and in 2005 initiated a special industry leadership award as well. The criteria for the awards are based on areas of the manufacturer's performance which enable the wholesaler to provide efficient and effective service in the marketplace.

The NASGW serves as a liaison with other sporting goods associations, including the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF), The Hunting Heritage Trust (HHT), The National Rifle Association (NRA), The National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucases, and is also a member of The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW). NASGW members receive a discount on all NAW Publications.

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Our Objectives
The objectives of NASGW include:

  • Promoting the common interest of the sporting goods industry.
  • Encouraging the highest standards of merchandising practices.
  • Maintaining an active liaison with the trade associations of all other segments of the industry.
  • Collecting and distributing information as to all matters or things pertaining to sporting goods wholesalers.
  • Conducting and participating in sporting goods shows and exhibitions.

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Our Membership
The Wholesaler members of the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers collectively provide:

  • Over 3,500 employees who supply sales, service and delivery service in the U.S., Canada and internationally.
  • Over 1,000 experienced and knowledgeable salespeople who call regularly on thousands of retail outlets selling sporting goods to the consumer.
  • More than 3,900,000 square feet of warehouse space located throughout the U.S.
  • Sales of more than $3.2 billion annually of a variety of sporting goods equipment and accessories.
  • Thousands of catalog pages in print and on-line featuring photos and descriptive information about sporting goods products available to the retailer from nearby inventories averaging 15,000 SKU's or more. Total SKU's of all member firms are 617,000.
  • A capital investment in inventory of over $500,000,000. 

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NASGW 2012-2013 Board of Directors:

 

Chairman
Kent Williams
Williams Shooters Supply Inc.
P.O. Box 3744
1813 Quintron Way
Quincy, IL 62305

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Vice Chair and Director
Peter Brownell
Crow Shooting Supply
120 Industrial Dr.
Brooklyn, IA 52211


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Treasurer
Brad Burney
L. M. Burney Distributors, LLC
900 Schroeder
Waco, TX 76710


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Director
Laurie Aronson
President & CEO
Lipsey's Inc.
P.O. Box 83280
Baton Rouge, LA 70884

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Director
Jack Baumler
W.L. Baumler Company
1744 Iowa Avenue
Lorain, Ohio 44052
 

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Director
Mike Halleron
VP, Business Development
Chattanooga Shooting Supplies Inc.
2600 Walker Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421

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Director
Larry Massimo, Senior VP
Davidson’s, Inc.
6100 Wilkinson Drive
Prescott, AZ 86301


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President and Secretary
Maurice Desmarais
NASGW
1833 Centre Pointe Circle, Suite 123
Naperville, IL 60563

 
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Board Member Emeritus
Hewitt Grant
Ellett Bros.
P. O Box 128
Chapin, SC 29036


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Board Member Emeritus
Richard Lipsey
Lipsey’s Inc.
P.O. Box 83280
Baton Rouge, LA 70884
 

View a list of past Presidents and Chairmen.