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.
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 and was co-producer and co-host of Ruger television programs. He was instrumental in the creation of Ruger Rimfire and the author of the first rulebook.
He has competed in Rimfire Challenge at all levels, the IRC, IDPA, 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 Directors 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 and was part of the team that created the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals. Through the support and generosity of Smith & Wesson and Ruger, Ken has provided sponsorships for numerous local, regional and national shooting competitions to grow interest and participation in the shooting sports.
Paul Dandini started competitive shooting in 1998. To date Paul has shot matches in over 30 US States. Events included Rimfire Challenge, Steel Challenge, USPSA, Smallbore Rifle, CMP and NRA High Power Rifle, Bowling Pins, Pro-Am Shooting and Sportsmen’s Team Challenge. Paul has won many State and Area Division Championships including 1st Limited at the 2016 NSSF Rimfire Challenge World Championship.
Paul served as a Director at a local gun club for five years, as a Match Director for approximately 8 years and as an adviser for the Scholastic Action Pistol Program when the program began.
Pete Swenson has been involved in competitive NRA smallbore rifle shooting as both a competitor and Match Director for much of his life. Realizing that conventional NRA smallbore was losing popularity, he started researching other shooting sports activities and discovered the NSSF Rimfire Challenge program. His home club, Michigan City Rifle Club, of which he is President – invested in the program to bring affordable competitive shooting activities to the club. It soon became one of its most popular activities.
Pete is an NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer and NRA Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Personal Protection in the Home and Outside the Home Instructor. He brings a strong background in running and managing various competitive shooting sports programs. Additionally, he has helped develop and organize youth shooting camps.
Professionally, Pete spent most of his career in International Sales and Marketing management for the machine tool industry.