Ankeny, IA –-(Ammoland.com)- History is in the making at the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) as the new year gets underway. For the first time ever, a woman will lead the association as the board chair. Laurie Aronson, President and CEO of Lipsey’s LLC, was elected as Chairwoman of the Board during the 2018 annual NASGW Expo in Pittsburgh, PA.
Aronson has served as a NASGW board of directors member since 2012, serving as its treasurer, vice chairman, and now chairwoman for a two-year term. She also serves on other national industry boards such as the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the American Suppressor Association, and several other industry committee appointments. Aronson is also the President and CEO of Haspel, LLC.
“I am honored to serve this impactful trade organization,” said Aronson. “We represent 35 distributors in our industry and play a meaningful role in the shooting sports category. My father, Richard Lipsey, also served as the NASGW Chairman several years ago. I am so excited to continue to work with our members to make a difference in our industry.”
“This is an exciting time for NASGW,” said Kenyon Gleason, NASGW President. “Laurie grew up in this industry and she knows the ins and outs while garnering the utmost respect of manufacturers and wholesalers alike. I am excited to work with her as she takes the reigns in 2019.”
Stefanie Zanders, Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer at Zanders Sporting Goods joins Laurie Aronson on the leadership team as NASGW Vice Chair, making their appointments unprecedented in the shooting sports industry. Aronson and Zanders began their 2-year terms on January 1, 2019.
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers is comprised of wholesalers, manufacturers, independent sales reps, media and service providers – both national and international – all of whom are primarily focused on shooting sports equipment and accessories. As a trade association representing the business interests of its members, NASGW’s mission is to bring shooting sports buyers and sellers together. For more information about the NASGW, visit the association’s website at www.nasgw.org.