Ken Jorgensen retired after nearly 25 years in the firearms industry. Throughout his career Ken was involved in marketing, media relations, advertising, product development, the shooting sports. He was instrumental in the creation of Ruger Rimfire and the author of the first rulebook.
He has competed in Rimfire Challenge events at all levels, the IRC, IDPA Nationals, Bianchi Cup, Team Challenge and other competitive events. He has participated in training by Thunder Ranch, Gunsite, FTW SAAM, S&W Academy and other nationally recognized individuals and organizations. Ken also served on the Board of USA Shooting, the governing body for shooting sports and the Olympic Shooting Team.
Throughout his career Ken has, with the backing of his industry employers Smith & Wesson and Ruger, been a supporter and promoter of many shooting sports. He provided significant support to ICORE during early years, was part of the team that created the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals, and has provided sponsorships for local, regional and national shooting competitions.
Michael Bane is the most successful producer of outdoors/firearms programming ever. He currently has four series running on OUTDOOR CHANNEL, including his landmark SHOOTING GALLERY, now in its 18th season and the top show on OC, GUN STORIES WITH JOE MANTEGNA. Bane has long been active in practical shooting competition, having been involved in the start-ups of USPSA and IDPA, as well as being one of the 3 original founders of the RIMFIRE CHALLENGE.”
Mark Passamaneck is a Forensic Engineer from Colorado who has been involved in all aspects of the shooting sports for his entire adult life. An accomplished shooter in several disciplines and an avid hunter, he has also consulted for firearms manufacturers, trained 1,000s of shooters and been involved in starting and running clubs and major matches across the United States. Mark has a passion for sharing his love of the shooting sports with those new to shooting competition.
Heather Martin is relatively new to competitive shooting. After an invite from a friend she attended her first rimfire event in 2013 (then known as Ruger Rimfire). Heather enjoyed the event so much she convinced her husband, Eric, to come with her the next time. That was all it took, they were both hooked.
Heather now travels, with her husband, to participate in shooting events. She participates in different type of events but is most active in Rimfire Challenge and Steel Challenge.
On top of competing, Heather has volunteered her time at several rimfire and steel matches. She has provided support as a scoring/safety officer up to assistant match director. Along with her husband, Heather provides support and sponsorship to local youth shooting programs. She can often be seen working with new shooters at her backyard gun range.
Heather brings with her active corporate business experience in the areas of policy management, vendor sourcing and management, event planning, training and in IT.
Tim Norris first shot a gun at age 5 and was forever hooked. He spent his youth hunting upland birds and plinking. During six years on active duty in the United States Navy he had the opportunity to fire many different firearms from the 1911 to the M2.
The Action Shooting Sports, then known as Combat Pistol, was in its infancy when Tim left the service. He started shooting club level competition in 1988 and shot his first tournament level match in 1991. In 2010 he realized a life long goal by becoming a sponsored shooter.
Tim has participated in many different types of competition but is most active in Rimfire Challenge and USPSA Pistol and Rifle competition. He has served as a Board Member for several shooting clubs and has been a Rimfire Challenge consultant to both Ruger Rimfire and NSSF Rimfire Challenge.
Tim says he loves to compete because it pushes him to improve and he gets to hang out with some of the greatest people around.