Jason Barnes

After experiencing the loss of two friends in the military within a year, Jason Barnes wanted to give back to families who sacrificed so much. With an Associate’s Degree from SUNY Broome, Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Carson-Newman University, and Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Tennessee, Jason applied his education as a teacher, soccer coach, and Assistant Principal from 2003-2011. In 2011, Jason took on a leadership role as the Franchisee of Chick-fil-A Haygood in Virginia Beach where he runs a successful franchise. Married to Breyene Barnes for 10 years, Jason resides in Virginia Beach with his wife, 7 year old son, and 5 year old daughter.

Tommy Thacker

As an accomplished executive leader, Tommy Thacker brings more than 20 years of firearms industry experience to our team. He is a veteran of the 3GN Pro tour and former 3 Gun Nation Champion. He is currently the President and CEO of Devil Dog Arms, LLC. and resides in Geneseo, IL with his family. He understands and respects the value of our service men and women; the sacrifices of the fallen, the needs for those affected and is dedicated to raising awareness for this community.

Ellen Sanders Pelstring

Ellen is President of The BOW Group, a full-service Business Development, Marketing and Communications consulting firm serving the A/E/C (Architecture/Engineering/Construction) industry. As an Industry leader, her creative and big picture thinking, ability to forge relationships and build opportunities across boundaries that aren’t frequently bridged, fueled her desire to dedicate her expertise and passion to the Industry as a whole.

A former Division One Athlete, two time team Captain for The University of Alabama’s Women’s Soccer Team, Ellen Sanders Pelstring is no stranger to creating a winning tradition.

Ellen is a proud Navy Spouse and currently resides in Norfolk Va, with her two boys and husband.

John Weiss

As a veteran of USN’s Nuclear Power Pipeline, John Weiss felt called to serve our nation’s veterans and Co-Founded The 31Heroes Project. After the Navy, John obtained his B.S. in MET from Old Dominion University. Alongside working for Instron ITW as a Senior Service Engineer, John owns and operates CrossFit 757 of Norfolk, VA, and is a 3-Gun athlete. His love of God, Family, and Country set him apart as a leader in the athletic community.