NSSF Hall of Fame
We are pleased to announce the first class of inductees to the NSSF Hall of Fame, recognizing the outstanding contributions of these six past leaders for their efforts in creating NSSF and the industry’s blockbuster trade show, the SHOT Show.
Warren Kemptor “Lefty” Page (1910-1977)
Succeeding Charles Dickey to become NSSF®’s third President in 1972, Warren Page was committed to the promotion and preservation of hunting and the shooting sports so that others could enjoy them for generations to come. As the Shooting Editor for “Field & Stream,” a position he’d held since 1947, he spearheaded the First National Conference on the Shooting Sports, a gathering of industry and shooting sports organization leaders, in 1960. Well educated and a dedicated shotgun shooter, rifleman and hunter whose tales of worldwide travel and adventure kept a generation of “Field & Stream” readers glued to the magazine’s pages, Page was instrumental in increasing the public’s understanding of the role hunters play in conservation.
Harmon Williams (1914–2006)
Harmon Williams joined Browning Arms Company in 1952. It was a choice that became a career in the firearms industry of more than 30 years, with Williams serving as the company’s President from 1976-1981 and then a transition to CEO of Ektelon, a Browning subsidiary, until 1983. He was a key member of NSSF®’s first Board of Governors. A dedicated outdoorsman who leant his passion to the company he ran, Williams was a well-respected and deeply involved leader not just with NSSF, but also with SAAMI®, the Sport Fishing Institute, NRA and conservation organizations. He is one of the original committee members who helped develop the SHOT Show®.
Charlie Dickey (1921 – 1988)
One of NSSF®’s earliest leaders, Charlie Dickey assumed the association’s Executive Director position in 1964, just three years after its founding. A warmly regarded writer penning articles on everything from fly fishing to the pursuit of whitetails, he was noted for a style that was both humorous and dear to the heart. Bird hunting was his passion, particularly quail, for which he penned a number of books, and something he neglected only to serve as a pilot during the Korean War, where he earned several awards of distinction, including the Navy Cross. After the war, he spent time working for Winchester and then SAAMI®, before giving NSSF nearly a decade of time. He retired in 1972, returning to his first loves of hunting, writing and photography.
A.H. “Rocky” Rohlfing (1921-2010)
Having served in executive roles with both Winchester and Sturm, Ruger, A.H. “Rocky” Rohlfing took the helm as NSSF®’s Executive Director in 1976. Three years later, he oversaw the launch of the first Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show®—SHOT Show®. When the doors opened on that first show, Rohlfing said, “Well, boys, I hope somebody shows up!” Show up they did, and today the SHOT Show continually ranks as one of the largest trade shows in the U.S.
Bill Talley (1915 - 1995)
As chairman of the NSSF® Board of Governors from 1972 to 1981 and Senior Vice President of Winchester, Bill Talley played a major role in creating the first SHOT Show® and growing NSSF into what it is today. Talley once summed up NSSF’s inclusiveness as the industry’s trade association by remarking, “The entire shooting-associated industry, from gun maker to boot maker, should speak with one voice.” Such unity is a hallmark of present-day NSSF. At the opening ceremonies for the first SHOT Show in 1979, Talley remarked, “This show, soon to open, is the realization of a dream of many years. We’ve long wanted a forum for products allied with hunting and shooting, and now we have it. The support and enthusiasm you have all displayed has been extremely encouraging, and we know that this will be an important beginning for an annual event of growing influence.” Prophetic words, indeed.
Ted Rowe (b. 1934)
When a still young NSSF® brainstormed the idea of an industry trade show, it was Ted Rowe, President of Harrington & Richardson Arms, who spearheaded the committee to develop the idea. He was also the man who named the SHOT Show®. It was just one part of the industry his expertise touched and led to success. Through the decades, Rowe has leant his talents to SAAMI®, NSSF’s Board of Governors in the Chairman role, SIG Sauer as its President, and as President of the World Forum on Shooting Activities. Rowe is a recipient of NSSF’s Ken Sedlecky Lifetime Achievement Award.