It's mission: To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.
Meet the Team:
|Meet the Team|
Audrey began her career with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in early 1977. She worked in a variety of positions in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC. Audrey spent a number of years managing the national inspector training program and then later worked with Congress as a member of ATF's Legislative Affairs Staff. In 2005, Audrey was selected as Deputy Assistant Director for the Office of Enforcement and Programs Services. During her five year, she oversaw the National Tracing Center and the development of regulations and policies governing the firearms industries. In 2011, Audrey became the Acting Assistant Director for the Office of Human Resources and Professional Development. In this role, she oversaw the accreditation process of several major training programs, one of which was the Industry Operations Investigators (IOIs) training program. Audrey retired from the Federal Government in 2012 with 36 year of experience with ATF.
Bill has over thirty years’ experience in retail loss prevention passionately serving others in leadership roles such as site manager, corporate manager and director. Businesses have included small and growing retail chains as well as a Fortune 1000 company. For over 18 of those years Bill has been in the retail outdoor arena with responsibility for ATF compliance and firearms related investigations. Bill is a guest speaker at groups such as National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) SHOT Show, National Retail Federation (NRF), Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Retail Technology (RETECH), ASIS International and The Loss Prevention Foundation. Bill has appeared in various retail related magazine interviews and articles on such topics as emerging security technology, return fraud, physical security and leadership. Bill served over twenty years in municipal law enforcement as a uniform patrol officer, detective and supervisor where he specialized in impaired driving enforcement with the drug recognition expert program. In addition Bill was a state certified law enforcement instructor. Bill volunteers as a Hunter Education instructor in Nebraska, serves on the ASIS Retail Loss Prevention Council and is a member of the Subject Matter Expert Committee. Bill is also on the board of directors for The Loss Prevention Foundation.
Fred joined the ATF in 1975 as a compliance inspector. He was promoted to supervisory ATF compliance inspector for 10 years where he supervised and monitored inspections. Fred received a promotion to work as the ATF representative to FBI/NICS until his retirement in 2011.
Gene Baker joined the ATF in 1970 in Houston Texas and became an Inspector conducting compliance inspections for firearms retailers and explosives industry members. In 1977 Gene was promoted to Instructor at the ATF inspector training course in Catonsville Maryland where he trained Inspectors on all aspects of the regulated firearms and explosives industries. In 1990 Gene was promoted to Explosives Program Manager for the 10 state Midwest region where his duties included training inspectors and working to bolster the explosives compliance program. In 1992 Gene was promoted to National Instructor on explosives where he provided training in explosives and regulatory matters. In 1995 Gene was instrumental in leading the training and implementation of the NICS program for the firearms retailers to the Midwest Region as part of his duties as a member of the ATF's Midwest Regional training team. In 1999 Gene was promoted to ATF Explosives Industry Analysts where he reviewed policies and procedures, training programs and technologies and made recommendations to the Chief of the ATF's Arson and Explosive Program. Gene retired from the ATF in 2004.
Harry retired from ATF June 30, 2012, after more than 36 years of service. He began his career as an Inspector in Raleigh, NC; and he conducted numerous firearms and explosives inspections in both North and South Carolina until being transferred to Bureau Headquarters in 1983. During his career, Harry was Area Supervisor in Detroit and a branch chief in Headquarters. In 1998, he became Director, Industry Operations of the Nashville Field Division where, for 12 years he directed all of the firearms inspection activities in Tennessee and Alabama. During that 12-year period, Harry oversaw more than 5,000 firearms qualification and compliance inspections and conducted approximately 50 firearms industry educational seminars. In 2010, Harry became Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations where he was responsible for the entire firearms regulatory policy and inspection program nationwide.
Jean Zabel joined ATF in 1988 in Charlotte, NC as an Inspector and conducted firearms inspections throughout North and South Carolina. She was promoted to Special Operations Inspector and was responsible for the firearms and explosives programs in the Charlotte Field Division. In January, 2000, Jean became the Program Manager at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia where she was responsible for the ATF Investigator training program. She later transferred to Tampa, Florida as a Senior Operations Officer for the Tampa Field Division and was later promoted to Area Supervisor. As the Area Supervisor, Jean selected the firearms licensees to be inspected, oversaw the inspection process and reviewed the results of each inspection. Also while in Tampa, she served as a hearing officer for firearms adverse action cases. She retired from ATF in November 2011.
Mary Jo Hughes:
Ms. Hughes recently retired as the Director, Industry Operations (DIO) in the St. Paul Field Division where she had served since November, 2006. As DIO, she oversaw regulatory enforcement in four states.
Ms. Hughes began her ATF career as an inspector in Milwaukee, WI, in 1986. In 1992 she moved to ATF headquarters, holding a succession of positions, each with increasing oversight and responsibility: program manager on the Program, Planning and Analysis Staff; program manager in Public and Governmental Affairs; Chief of the Imports Branch; and a program manager in the Office of Legislative Affairs. Hughes was selected as the first DIO for the Baltimore Field Division and served as DIO from 1998 through 2000. In 2000, she was asked to return to headquarters to become the Division Chief of the Firearms Services Division, where she oversaw the Firearms Licensing Center, the Explosives Licensing Center, the Imports Branch and the National Firearms Act Branch. Ms. Hughes then became the Chief of Staff for the Enforcement Programs and Services Directorate and held that position for over two years before returning to the field as DIO for the St. Paul Field Division in 2006.
Nick joined the ATF in 1975 as an inspector in the Chicago Area Office where he performed inspections with an emphasis in the firearm arena. He was then promoted to Chief, Technical Services where he supervised the Firearms Licensing Section. Nick received a promotion to Chicago Area Supervisor where, among many of his duties, promoted the use of seminars both open and for individual stores and to assist licensees with their efforts to comply with federal and other laws and regulations. Nick retired from the ATF in December of 2011.
Wally is a retired ATF Deputy Assistant Director with 30+ years of ATF experience. As DAD, he directed all regulatory firearms programs including: The development and monitoring of firearms inspection programs, licensing, NFA, imports, tracing and regulations, as well as the firearms technology branch. He retired from ATF in October 2005. For the last 6 years, Wally has brought his expertise in firearms laws and regulations to firearms industry members as a private consultant. As a consultant he has conducted FFL site visits to review required records and sample firearms inventories. He has also, provided employee training, helped to develop compliance plans and assisted FFLs of all types and sizes with ATF compliance and licensing issues.