FORT SMITH, AR (March 9, 2017) – Umarex USA, Incorporated announced today that Richard Turner has been appointed President, effective immediately. As President, Turner will have responsibility for the full scope of company operations and he will report directly to Chief Executive Officer, Adam Blalock.
Turner, 45, is a 10-year veteran of Umarex USA and since 2006 served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Turner was responsible for the strategic expansion of the company’s product portfolio and sales across key channels. Under his leadership of the sales and marketing teams his strategies resulted in a decade of year-after-year growth. These actions helped drive solid topline increases and positioned the company among North America’s top three airgun manufacturers.
Turner also played an instrumental role in leading the recently announced brand additions of Optical Dynamics long distance lights and Axeon Optics, which expand the company’s brand offerings and portfolio into the sport optic and lighting industries.
“Throughout the first decade, Richard built an impressive track record of strategic sales and marketing accomplishments,” said Adam Blalock, Chief Executive Officer. “He has proven to be a successful and trusted leader with the drive, determination, work ethic and strategic vision to lead our North American operations as we continue to expand our product offering and identify acquisition opportunities. Richard understands our business and the markets we compete in and has a drive to succeed, motivated by his passion and appreciation for the skills and abilities of everyone in our work family. I could not be more pleased about his appointment to this critical role.”
As President of Umarex USA, Turner will begin to assume responsibilities for the full scope of company operations. He will continue to report to Adam Blalock who remains Chief Executive Officer of Umarex USA, Inc. The company’s Chief Financial Officer, James Sheffield and John Miller, Vice President of Operations will begin reporting to Turner on all matters related to Umarex USA. Blalock continues to remain serving as CEO and President of both Walther Arms, Inc. and Walther Manufacturing, Inc., both of which share a business complex with Umarex USA.
“I am excited and honored to take on this role and look forward to working closely with our talented people to deliver on our current and long term visions and help accelerate the strategic actions we’ve set into motion that will grow our company,” said Turner.
About Richard Turner
Turner, a 1993 graduate of Birmingham Southern College, also earned his MBA from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. His professional career has focused largely in consumer product and sporting goods industries where he has held various sales and marketing leadership roles including: Marketing Research Manager for Russell Corporation, Director of Marketing for Kinescope, an internet consulting and development company, Director of Sales & Marketing and then General Manager for PRADCO Outdoor Brands Hunting Division, which included the Knight & Hale, Code Blue and Carry Lite brands. Richard also served as National Sales Manager for Mossy Oak Apparel. He is a lifelong hunter, shooter and outdoorsman.
About Umarex USA
Umarex USA, Incorporated is one of North America’s fastest growing outdoor sport and recreation companies. Umarex USA innovates, develops and markets products under brands owned or licensed by its parent company, Umarex Sportwaffen GmbH & Co. KG. Such brands include Axeon Optics, Beretta®, Browning®, Colt®, Elite Force®, Heckler & Koch®, Hornady®, IWI®, Optical Dynamics™, Ruger®, RWS®, Smith & Wesson®, Umarex®, Walther®and others. For additional information regarding Umarex USA visit www.UmarexUSA.com. Follow Umarex USA on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and sign up for email notifications at UmarexUSA.com.