September 27, 2020

USSA Leader Nominated for SHOT Business Award

Bud Pidgeon, former president and CEO of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) and the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation (USSAF), has been nominated by SHOT Business magazine for their Person of the Year award. SHOT Business is the official publication of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

The award “recognizes the individual who has done the best job of promoting the shooting sports and presenting a positive image while making great personal sacrifices—both in time and financial resources—in an effort to preserve our hunting and shooting heritage and protect our firearms freedoms.”

“I am certainly honored and humbled to be recognized by SHOT Business and NSSF,” said Pidgeon. “This recognition is not possible without the USSA and the legion of sportsmen supporting our efforts.”

Pidgeon led the USSA and USSAF for 16 years, retiring in August of this year.

Many of the organizations most impressive victories occurred during his reign including the creation of the Trailblazer Adventure Program which to date has attracted over 1.7 million youth and their families to experience outdoor sports, many for the first time. Pidgeon also played a leadership role in creating the Families Afield campaign that has resulted in over one million apprentice licenses being sold in 35 states to date.

The SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show) is the largest conference for firearms, hunting and shooting accessories in the world, and recognizes leading individuals and corporations in the business through its SHOT Business Awards. Winners will be announced at the Bonnier Outdoor Group SHOT Show industry breakfast on January 14, 2014.

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Transition in Leadership Occurring at the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance

Press release from U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance:

Columbus – Dick Cabela, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA), and Orrin Ingram, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation (USSAF), jointly announced that, after 16 years of distinguished service, Bud Pidgeon, President and CEO, will step down from this leadership position by the end of 2013.

Mason Lampton, Vice Chairman of the USSA Board of Directors, noted, “Both boards are collectively thrilled with Bud Pidgeon’s performance over the years. He particularly distinguished himself as a leader, conservationist and sportsman in his role by rebranding the USSA and USSAF and successfully leading the charge to win hundreds of legislative, legal and regulatory issues. “

Among Pidgeon’s many accomplishments is the creation of the Trailblazer Adventure Program which to date has attracted over 1.5 million youth and their families to experience outdoor sports for the first time by staging over 800 events in 48 states. Pidgeon also played a leadership role in creating the Families Afield Campaign that has resulted in over 800,000 apprentice licenses being issued in 34 states to date. Lastly, he made it possible for the USSA and USSAF to serve over 7 million sportsmen in 45 states in 2012.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the work that we have accomplished over the past 16 years,” said Pidgeon, USSA President and CEO. “It has been an absolute privilege to work with such a dedicated board and professional staff.”

An orderly transition will take place during 2013 to select the next President and CEO of the USSA and USSAF. A volunteer search committee has been appointed and Explore Company has been commissioned to assist in the search. Pidgeon will remain in the CEO role until a new President is appointed. He will then play a consultant-transitional role to assure that an orderly transition takes place.

Pidgeon will continue to play a strategic role in protecting the quality of life of individuals and groups after he officially exits the USSA and USSAF through a special assignment being created that will utilize his academic and professional background.

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