IT ALL STARTED WITH A PASSION FOR PRECISION.
AMMO INCORPORATED® is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative ammunition products, in the sporting industry. To maintain the strength of our brands and drive strong revenue growth, we invest in product innovation and technology to improve product performance, quality and affordability while providing great support to our retail partners and our consumers.
We pride ourselves in our American heritage. We proudly use the finest American made components, manufacture our products in Payson, Arizona and every round is meticulously inspected by US Citizens; we set out to create jobs for Americans. The ammunition we build performs like high end custom hand loaded ammunition, but is sold at competitive prices. We strive to be the leading innovator of center-fire ammunition for military, law enforcement, and civilians. Every load is developed for a specific purpose with a focus on consistency, accuracy, and even, in some cases, felt recoil. Each round is designed, manufactured, inspected and packaged to bring a superior shooting experience to our end consumer.
We believe we can never stop improving and innovating our products, service and marketing efforts. Safety, consistency, and precision are of paramount importance throughout our manufacturing processes. Every round is chamber gauged and hand inspected, with redundant quality control checks. We want to make sure that every round of our ammunition has been carefully inspected and delivers the quality and performance that is expected from our brands.
Every load we make is carefully designed and engineered for a specific purpose. Our development team determines the optimum balance of velocity, accuracy and recoil for each load. Rather than just push “hot loads” that travel faster, but generally at the expense of accuracy and hand comfort, our load specific development team carefully analyzes every load and ballisticians work toward a specific outcome.
Our HyperClean technology allows our consumers to shoot more and clean less. We want to make sure our customers have the ultimate shooting experience and not suffer the tedious aftermath of residual residue over load.
We utilize the some of latest and best technology in the industry. Our manufacturing facility and our processes meets all SAAMI and Mil Spec. All production is carefully run by highly trained ammunition technicians and seasoned quality control inspectors which hand inspect each and every round prior to packaging.
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman
Fred Wagenhals first founded Action Performance Companies Inc. in 1992 with a vision of creating a Franklin Mint-like company that would merchandise replica die-cast race car collectibles and other motorsports memorabilia. Wagenhals’ company quickly eclipsed his original vision and turned into a one-stop source for motorsports-related consumer merchandise.
A native of Marion, Ohio, Wagenhals was Action’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, who, for more than 20 years, has distinguished himself as an accomplished inventor and entrepreneur. By the age of 21, Wagenhals established his reputation as an innovator with the various inventions he designed, built and patented. Those inventions included a two-man, jet-pumped boat design used in jet ski watercrafts; 1:3-scale, gas-powered mini-cars used in various television shows and films; and, a computerized motor that powered the mechanical bulls popularized by the 1980 move Urban Cowboy.
Through his business acumen, Wagenhals became a major force in motorsports. He is widely recognized as one of the industry’s most influential personalities. At Action Performance, he shaped the company by negotiating long-term, exclusive licenses with motorsports’ most popular drivers and teams; by using diverse distribution channels and disciplined branding; and, by maintaining an outstanding reputation for creativity, quality and authenticity.
In those 12 years Action Performance embodies Wagenhals’ entrepreneurial drive and innovative spirit. Over those 12 years Action Performance Companies product sales grew to over $400 million dollars in sales per year. Action was sold in 2005 for $245 million dollars.
Wagenhals is a 1997 Arizona Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipient for the Retail/Wholesale Category. He also was honored as the Anheuser Busch Entrepreneur in Residence for 1997 – 98 at the University of Arizona College of Business and Public Administration.
In 2010 Wagenhals was inducted into The Die-Cast Hall of Fame. In 2011 Wagenhals was named Professor of the Year for teaching a sports entrepreneurship class at the University of Arizona. Recently, Wagenhals has been involved in numerous projects ranging from real estate development to global digital print service for turnkey technical companies.
Chief Financial Officer
Rob Wiley was promoted to Chief Financial Officer on January 14, 2019.
Mr. Wiley previously served as the Controller of the Company since May 2018 and was responsible for the accounting department, including external financing reporting, compliance, accounting policy, and tax accounting.
Previously, Mr. Wiley was a Corporate Tax Accountant at Moss Adams, LLP from June 2015 through April 2018. Mr. Wiley earned his Master of Taxation at Arizona State University. Mr. Wiley also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. Mr. Wiley is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Arizona.
Chief Operating Officer
Steven Hilko, 61, brings 30 years of executive experience building companies — most notably serving as Vice President of Design and Production at Action Performance Companies for eight years. There, he managed 85 employees in nine departments domestically and internationally and had P&L responsibility for over $200 million revenue of licensed/promotional products for delivery timed to specific sport events.
Mr. Hilko’s track record includes successful tours at major consumer products companies such as Mattel, Hasbro and Lionel. His international background includes multi-site operational programs in Asia, the EU, India, and North America.
On a personal note, Steven is an avid gun collector and excited to be able to combine his passion for shooting with his career at AMMO, Inc.
President of Global Commercial Sales and Marketing
Mark Hanish joins AMMO, Inc. with over twenty years of experience in the firearms industry.
Mr. Hanish most recently served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Surefire, LLC, overseeing the sale of suppressors, illumination devices, and hearing protection covering the U.S. Commercial, Law Enforcement and International Military markets. Prior to that, he spent the previous six years at FN America as Senior Director of Commercial Sales, where he orchestrated most aspects of the commercial business for U.S. Operations. Mr. Hanish was also heavily involved with product development at FN America for Commercial and Law Enforcement sales. Additionally, he was one of the founding members of the Scottsdale Gun Club, which was the largest and most luxurious public indoor shooting range in the country. Per the New York Times, it set the standard for high end shooting facilities.
Mr. Hanish is one of the fastest professional shooters in the world and has been a sponsored professional shooter since college. He earned his B.S. in Small Business Management from the W.P. Carey School of Business and Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University.
Board of Directors
Daniel P. O’Connor, Board Member
Daniel P. O’Connor has been a director of our company since October 2018. Mr. O’Connor is the Chief Financial Officer of ARS Recycling Systems, LLC, a capital equipment manufacturer, and is also a Board Member and the Audit Committee Chairman for America’s Rehab Campuses. Mr. O’Connor was a Partner of Finance & Operations at TechCXO, LLC, an executive consulting and advisory firm from 2016 to 2018; Business Strategy & Analytics Associate Partner of IBM Global Business Services from 2013 to 2015; Finance & Accounting Transformation Practice Head for Wipro Consulting Services of Wipro Technologies from 2012 to 2013; Senior Vice President of Finance & Accounting Sales of WNS Global Services from 2010 to 2012; Principal of Business Process Outsourcing Solutions at Tata Consultancy Services from 2008 to 2010. Mr. O’Connor served as Chief Financial Officer of Accenture Profit Recovery Analytics at Accenture, LLP from 2006 to 2008; Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Advantum, Inc., a business processing outsourcing and consulting firm, from 1999 to 2006; Chief Financial Officer of Taylor Companies, an integrated furniture manufacturer from 1986 to 1999. Prior to joining Taylor Companies, Mr. O’Connor held several positions with KMPG through 1986, most recently as a Senior Manager of Tax and M&A Advisory.
Randy Luth, Board Member
Randy Luth has been a director of our company since November 2017. Mr. Luth founded and has served as the president of Luth-AR-LLC, a producer of products for the AR-15 Market, since 2013. Mr. Luth was the Chief Executive Officer of DPMS Panther Arms, a producer of AR-15 firearms and firearm components, from 1986 until its sale in December 2007 to the Freedom Group.
Harry S. Markley, Board Member
Harry S. Markley has been a director of our company since March 2018. Mr. Markley served with the Phoenix Police Department for more than 30 years, most recently as Assistant Chief of the Patrol Division from 2013 through 2017 and Commander of the Family Investigations Bureau from 2002 to 2013. Mr. Markley currently serves as the Law Enforcement Senior Advisor for the United States of America Department of Commerce.
Russell William “Rusty” Wallace, Jr., Board Member
Russell William “Rusty” Wallace, Jr. has been a director of our company since June 2017. Mr. Wallace is the principal shareholder of the Rusty Wallace Automotive Group, a group of eight automotive dealerships located in Eastern Tennessee, and owns Rusty Wallace Racing, which has fielded entrees in the NASCAR Cup Series. Mr. Wallace competed in NASCAR races for more than 16 years and had 55 victories prior to his retirement in 2005. Mr. Wallace serves as an analyst for ABC and ESPN. He is a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the International Motorsports, Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame, and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
Thomas M. Jagemann, Board Member
Thomas M. Jagemann currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Jagemann Stamping Company. Mr. Jagemann started his manufacturing career full time in 1974 as one of the third generations at Jagemann Stamping. Mr. Jagemann has worked in all aspects of Jagemann Stamping Company including tool and die work, tool design and leading manufacturing operations. In the mid 1990’s he took over leadership of the company as the CEO and lead the company from a small niche supplier of automotive parts and battery cans to a worldwide supplier of deep drawn stamped parts, fine blanking and plastic injection moldings serving a variety of industries. During the great recession of 2008-09, he got the company involved in the ammunition business as a new market potential and as a diversification from automotive, Mr. Jagemann used the same passion and drive to build the brass casings division that he had used previously. Since then, Jagemann has been regarded as a quality producer of brass casings, gun components and magazines. Mr. Jagemann has also supported the youth apprenticeship programs and STEM (Science, Technogym, Engineering, Math) as a way to keep youth interested in the manufacturing area. Mr. Jagemann is on the board of directors for the Lakeshore First Robotics he has also served on the Precision Metalforming Association board and other local groups and organizations.
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