SHOOTING SPORTS DIVISION
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
We call on all classes of trade including distributors, chain/big box stores, web/mail order, buying groups and independent dealers.
In our Shooting Sports channel we travel thirteen dedicated men in the ten states noted above.
CHRIS PAINTER - President
Territory: KY, TN
Fax: (931) 313-9128
Chris is a 1998 graduate of Austin Peay State University where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Prior to completing college, Chris began working for a nationwide reloading supply company. Upon graduation Chris was promoted to buyer where he served for 10 years. Chris began his career with Simpson Sales covering the Western / Central Tennessee and Western / Central Kentucky territory, until he was elected President of Simpson Sales Company in May of 2018. Chris is a highly organized and responsive individual that is eager to listen and measured in his delivery. Chris enjoys outdoor activities, especially shooting and hunting with his two daughters. Chris has won numerous awards throughout the years to include Browning Safes, Firearms and Cases Salesman of the year awards in 2013, 2014 and 2016 and Winchester Firearms Salesman of the year award in 2016.
BILL PURDY - Vice President
Bill joined our Agency in August 2012 with already 16 years of experience in management. For 10 years Bill was a store, remodel and district training manager in the big box retail space and his most recent job was as a Regional Sales Manager inside the tactical apparel industry. Bill also runs our Law Enforcement and Government Division. Bill holds professionalism and integrity in very high regard, is a natural leader, and a genuine enthusiast of our industry. Bill shoots competitive pistol, precision rifle and carbine matches in his free time. Bill attended the University of West Georgia majoring in Social Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice.
RUSTY MANUS - Secretary/Treasurer
Territory: North AL/ North MS/ South TN
Rusty joined Simpson Sales Company in October 2005 and serves as our Sec/Treasurer. Rusty covers North Alabama, North Mississippi and West Tennessee and has been in the industry for 35+ years. Rusty began his career in the shooting sports industry with a regional wholesaler in 1984. In September 1991 he began his career as a Manufacturers Rep for another agency traveling the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi & Tennessee. He has also worked with key wholesalers in Louisiana and accounts in eastern Arkansas. Rusty has developed a lot of relationships with his customer base over the years. He is well respected for his work ethic and attention to detail, always making sure his customers know they can count on him. Rusty has a personality that makes him easy to talk to and pleasurable to be around. Rusty still finds a little time to hunt and fish. He loves spending as much time with his family as he can. He is also into music and vintage audio equipment from the 60’s & 70’s collecting vinyl records. His awards include 2010 Bushnell East Rep of the Year. 2017 Browning Firearms Rep of the Year since joining the company.
TILMAN BRITT - Board Member at Large
Territory: Eastern NC / Eastern SC
Fax: (843) 665-7661
Tilman started his career in our industry in 1976 with Crosman Airguns and Western Cutlery where he received 5 Salesman of the year awards in his 13 year span. Tilman’s career with Simpson Sales began in 1989 covering both Eastern North Carolina and Eastern South Carolina as well as our key account Big Rock Sports (Henry’s tackle). Tilman is a member of the NWTF, NRA and is an avid outdoorsman. During his time with Simpson Sales Tilman has received sales awards from Bushnell, Browning, Winchester ammo and Signature Products Group ( five years in a row).
SCOTT SAWYERS - Board Member at Large
Scott majored in Political Science / Business Administration at Fairmont St. College and served in the Army as a Combat Engineer. Scott currently covers all shooting sports dealers in the Commonwealth of Virginia and serves as a member on our Board of Directors. Prior to working for Simpson Sales, Scott worked as Operations Mgr. at a Big Box retailer, Gander Mountain and also for BPI Outdoors, where he worked in promotions and customer service. Scott also served as a freelance outdoor writer, photographer, and videographer and has been published and credited by several leading hunting magazines and television shows. He has been in the industry since 1991 and came on board with SSC in 2008. Scott is the father of two boys, Hunter and Gage. Scott is an accomplished outdoorsman and still loves chasing spring gobblers and tournament bass fishing. One of his most notable accomplishments was completing a Turkey Grand Slam in just 28 days. Scott's awards at Simpson Sales Company includes 2010 Under Armour Rep of the Year, 2010 Bushnell Rep of the Year, 2010 Eotech Top Sales Territory, and 2016-2018 Browning Full Line Dealer Award.
Barry has a BBA in Business Administration with a Minor in Marketing from Georgia College as well as an Associates Degree in General Studies and Business Administration from Georgia Military College. Barry is an Industry Veteran of 42 years servicing accounts in the Columbia, South Carolina area. Barry handles our Key Accounts: Ellett Brothers, Bangers, & Palmetto State Armory. He rejoined the Agency in 2005 after being a Marlin Firearms Territory Manger for 17 years (1987-2005). Prior to that Barry worked as our Agency Sales Coordinator from 1983 until 1987. Barry’s prior experience to our industry was Senior Buyer over Fishing Tackle & Fall Goods at Service Merchandise. Barry leads by example and is an outstanding role model. Barry is an honest, professional and disciplined individual of the likes that are rarely seen today. Barry enjoys fishing and shooting sports in his free time. He was a competitive shooter in High School where his school won matches at the State & Regional level. He likes cooking on the Big Green Egg and is honing that craft. Barry is nearing retirement but his LOVE of the industry & its people keep him enjoying every minute before that time arrives.Barry Has many awards to his credit including the Salesman of the Year award 4 times.
PAT KELLEY - Shareholder
TERRITORY: South AL / South MS / FL Panhandle
Fax: (770) 237-3333
Pat was born in Sylacauga, Alabama. After graduating from HS/JC at Marion Military Institute with honors, he finished college at the University of Alabama. He served his country as a platoon leader in the DMZ, Korea and then a platoon leader in the 2nd Ranger Battalion. Following military service, he started a fishing retail store which he sold after two years to go work as a Wholesaler Rep with Outdoor Sports Headquarters, where he remained for 9 years. In 1991, Pat started his long career as a manufacturer rep with Simpson Sales Company. Today Pat is a shareholder in the company and manages sales and marketing for independent retailers, wholesalers, and range specialty accounts in his territory. Over the years Pat has been the recipient of numerous national and regional sales awards.
Territory: Western NC / Eastern KY / Eastern TN / WV
Fax: (865) 769-7440
Chip Received a BS Degree in Sports Management and Marketing from Western Carolina University from 1982-1987. Chip Began his career with Simpson Sales in October of 2005. Prior to joining SSC he was a Sales Representative for PRADCO Outdoor Brands for nearly 6 years. Chip enjoys working with people and has a strong passion for the outdoors. Hobbies include golf, hunting, fishing, baseball, horses and spending quality time with his wife Heidi and two children, Cameron and Kendall. While at WCU Chip was a member of the baseball team which won 5 Division 1 Southern Conference Titles under the leadership of Legendary Coach Jack Leggett.
TERRITORY: Middle and South GA/ Southeastern AL / Northern FL
James joined our team in 2018 after managing one of our NBS dealers for over 11 years. He has over 20 years of retail management experience and vast knowledge of the outdoor industry which makes him perfect for his role with Simpson Sales. James understands all aspects of our business and is outstanding at balancing the sales/relationship dynamic. James is very technical in his product approach and is a fast learner. James attended Auburn University at Montgomery. He is an avid outdoorsman and spends his free time hunting and fishing.
Territory: Eastern and Central NC / Eastern and Central SC
Fax: (843) 665-7661
Drew joined Simpson Sales in 2011 and currently covers the Central South and North Carolina territories, including key distributors and e-commerce accounts. Drew is a graduate of Florence Darlington Technical College with a degree in Electronic Engineering. Before joining Simpson Sales Drew was the Bow Technician and Buyer for Irby Street Sporting Goods. Drew has a vast understanding of the independent retail industry. Drew grew up hunting and fishing and enjoys the outdoors in his free time.
TERRITORY: Southern Florida
Cell: (740) 591-8806
Drew joined the Simpson Sales team in March of 2020. He is a graduate of Northeast Helicopters flight school with extended education at Colorado HeliOps. Though Drew’s formal education is in aviation, his true passion lies within the firearms industry. He has submersed himself in everything firearms and sporting goods related from a young age. Drew is an avid shooter, Certified Firearms Instructor, holds his own 能提现的真人游戏平台home-based Federal Firearms License and is eager to use his passion in this industry to help meet the needs of his customers.
TERRITORY: Central AL / Central MS
Fax: (770) 237-3333
Jonathan graduated from the University of Alabama in 2006. Jonathan has been in our industry since 1990 doing trade shows and events. Before joining SSC, Jonathan worked for Summit Tree stands, where he had a wide range of roles from customer service, product development, shipping, as well as trade show organizer. In 2009 Jonathan joined the SSC team in the SC and NC territory, before moving back to AL in 2011. In his free time Jonathan is an avid outdoors enthusiast, with a strong passion for land and wildlife management and conservation. 2013 shooting accessories rep of the year for Browning.
TERRITORY: North East AL/North GA / Western SC / CSSI
Fax: (706) 310-4208
John attended Georgia College & State University and Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, GA where he earned an Associates Degree in Business. John joined the Simpson team in 2015 and has more than 23 years of hands-on experience in the outdoor industry including sales growth, business development, and account retention. John has worked in retail for 10 plus years including owning his own store from 2005 to 2010. He has been a territory manager for more than 8 years and excels at developing and maintaining relationships and understanding customer needs. John calls on Chattanooga Shooting Supply, NWTF, QDMA as well as handles all accounts in his territory. He is an avid shooter and enjoys hunting and fishing and spending time outdoors with his family and friends in his free time. John won the Browning Knife Rep of the year award in 2017 and has won several other awards in years past.
TERRITORY: Central and Western KY / Central and Western TN
Kyle is the newest member of our team and comes to us from a major distributor inside the shooting sports industry. Kyle has a confident, strong background in sales and is a highly motivated individual. He has key experience in promotional planning, territory development and sales presentations. Kyle is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and loves to hunt and work on the farm in his spare time.
Territory: Key Accounts and LE/MIL/Gov for SC and NC
Scott comes to us from a Law Enforcement dealer with locations in multiple states, where he was involved in outside sales for his entire tenure. Scott has a strong back ground in body armor, weapons and munitions, duty gear, optics and tactical apparel. Scott has outstanding relationships with the agencies in his territory, a great knowledge of product and a genuine love for the industry. A short stint early in his career involving medical records also helped to hone his superb organizational skills. Scott possesses a rare combination of professionalism, personality and organization. Scott graduated from UNCW with a degree in Finance.
Robbin is our Accounting Manager and handles a wide variety of SSC responsibilities. Robbin is the glue that keeps SSC held together so well. Robbin has responsibility for all sales tracking and reporting, commission reconciliation, sample billing, payroll and other accounting responsibilities. Robbin has a strong background with a similar sales and manufacturing group. Robbin also manages our HR inquiries. Robbin joined Simpson Sales in March of 2004 and has been a crucial in the success of Simpson Sales Company. Robbin’s no nonsense approach to keeping SSC on track is perfectly suited for the aspects of our business that she manages.
Administrative Assistant to the President
Connie joined Simpson Sales in December 2004 with strong experience as an executive secretary. In addition to supporting our company president, her other responsibilities include making travel arrangements, issuing payments for booth space, factory billing for reimbursement, assisting with territory development fund requests, managing our contact lists and other general office duties. Connie is a true team player and is always willing to help, regardless of the issue at hand. Connie helps to keep all of SSC moving in the right direction and provides the support needed to all of our reps so that they can concentrate on the task at hand. Connie is always a pleasure to be around and is a vital part of our team.
Customer Service, Marketing and FFL Manager
Sam joined Simpson Sales Company in 2012 as our Retail Coordinator, Customer Service, Website Administrator and FFL Recordkeeper. Sam’s additional responsibilities include, coordinating event supplies for distributor shows, handling our dealer e-blasts, and tracking/managing various factory call report objectives. Sam also assists the President in tracking/managing reps correspondence, provides reports required from various factories and handles necessary tasks/protocol regarding rep involvement in factory obligations throughout the year. Sam was previously employed by Bass Pro Shops after he graduated college working in the hunting/firearm departments. During that time Sam broadened his knowledge and grew his already existing appreciation for our industry. Sam is a graduate of Georgia College and State University where he earned a BBA in Marketing. Sam is highly detail oriented individual which makes him perfectly suited for the important roles that he presides over at Simpson Sales Company. Sam is always eager to learn and carries an outstanding attitude at all times. Sam is a important part of Simpson Sales Company and it’s day to day activities.