Judy Bender joined ATF in 1973 in Chicago, IL, just a year after it became a Bureau. She was hired as a Clerk-Stenographer, then later an Investigative Analyst, and worked with ATF’s special agents, including a year in ATF Headquarters. After 27 years, Judy became an ATF inspector/investigator. Over the next 15 years, she conducted hundreds of inspections of firearms and explosive licensees and qualified many applicants for firearms and explosive licenses. She also taught and developed practical exercises at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. During her career, Judy was the training instructor for several new investigators and supervised the Downers Grove, IL for an extended period of time. Judy retired from ATF with over 42 years of Government service.
Bob Berthold began his career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as an officer in 1993. He joined the California Department of Justice in Sacramento in 1994, serving in several capacities, including work with the Criminal Intelligence in the Violent Crimes Unit. In 2005, Berthold was promoted to Field Representative/Inspector with the California Department of Justice Firearms Unit. His duties included inspecting firearm dealers for compliance with state firearm laws and assisting the Department of Justice Firearm Enforcement section in investigating criminal activities relating to firearms. He has since trained and educated California law enforcement agencies on firearm laws and illegal firearms, and he’s served as the trainer for new inspectors.
John Bocker is founder and CEO of JB Group, LLC, a Denver-based risk management and security consulting firm. Throughout his career, Bocker has been successful in building strong teams that are committed to the organization’s risk success and consistently exceeding expectations and financial plans. He attributes his success to focusing on evaluating empirical data to determine impact of resources, a collaborative team approach, treating individuals with respect, setting clear objectives, managing execution, and prioritizing team goals, integrity and safety. Bocker’s specialties include strategic planning, statistical analysis, change management, operational and compliance auditing, complex investigations and leadership development. He optimized his executive leadership experience in various senior Risk Management and Operational roles at Circuit City, Galyan’s, OfficeMax, Smashburger Restaurants and Vail Resorts.
John Clark is the Principal of PCI Services, LLC. PCI Services is a business consultancy firm specializing in bringing innovative ideas to fruition, driving operational effectiveness and developing solutions for growth for its Customers. The company’s Customer base includes individuals, small to mid-size businesses, faith based organizations and institutions of learning. PCI Services other areas of expertise include loss and risk mitigation, business development and strategic decisioning as well as the development and implementation of business control programs, which enhance stability & strengthen operational and financial performance.
Fred joined the ATF in 1975 as a compliance inspector. He was promoted to supervisory ATF compliance inspector for 10 years where he supervised and monitored inspections. Fred received a promotion to work as the ATF representative to FBI/NICS until his retirement in 2011.
Renee Lewis recently retired from Department of Justice after 36 years. During that time she worked in a variety of positions including criminal investigations for the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement as a certified Criminal Intelligence Analyst. For the past 13 years Renee worked as a Field Representative/Inspector for the Bureau of Firearms (BOF). Her duties included inspecting California firearm dealers for compliance with state firearm laws, assisting BOF special agents in enforcement activities relating to firearms, and training hundreds of firearm dealers, professional organizations, community college students, mental health facilities, superior and juvenile court personnel, and state, federal, and local law enforcement officers and non-sworn personnel.
Harry retired from ATF June 30, 2012, after more than 36 years of service. He began his career as an Inspector in Raleigh, NC; and he conducted numerous firearms and explosives inspections in both North and South Carolina until being transferred to Bureau Headquarters in 1983. During his career, Harry was Area Supervisor in Detroit and a branch chief in Headquarters. In 1998, he became Director, Industry Operations of the Nashville Field Division where, for 12 years he directed all of the firearms inspection activities in Tennessee and Alabama. During that 12-year period, Harry oversaw more than 5,000 firearms qualification and compliance inspections and conducted approximately 50 firearms industry educational seminars. In 2010, Harry became Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations where he was responsible for the entire firearms regulatory policy and inspection program nationwide.
Bill has over thirty years’ experience in retail loss prevention passionately serving others in leadership roles such as site manager, corporate manager and director. Businesses have included small and growing retail chains as well as a Fortune 1000 company. For over 18 of those years Bill has been in the retail outdoor arena with responsibility for ATF compliance and firearms related investigations. Bill is a guest speaker at groups such as National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) SHOT Show, National Retail Federation (NRF), Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Retail Technology (RETECH), ASIS International and The Loss Prevention Foundation. Bill has appeared in various retail related magazine interviews and articles on such topics as emerging security technology, return fraud, physical security and leadership. Bill served over twenty years in municipal law enforcement as a uniform patrol officer, detective and supervisor where he specialized in impaired driving enforcement with the drug recognition expert program. In addition Bill was a state certified law enforcement instructor. Bill volunteers as a Hunter Education instructor in Nebraska, serves on the ASIS Retail Loss Prevention Council and is a member of the Subject Matter Expert Committee. Bill is also on the board of directors for The Loss Prevention Foundation.
Wally is a retired ATF Deputy Assistant Director with 30+ years of ATF experience. As DAD, he directed all regulatory firearms programs including: The development and monitoring of firearms inspection programs, licensing, NFA, imports, tracing and regulations, as well as the firearms technology branch. He retired from ATF in October 2005. For the last 6 years, Wally has brought his expertise in firearms laws and regulations to firearms industry members as a private consultant. As a consultant he has conducted FFL site visits to review required records and sample firearms inventories. He has also, provided employee training, helped to develop compliance plans and assisted FFLs of all types and sizes with ATF compliance and licensing issues.
Jean Zabel joined ATF in 1988 in Charlotte, NC as an Inspector and conducted firearms inspections throughout North and South Carolina. She was promoted to Special Operations Inspector and was responsible for the firearms and explosives programs in the Charlotte Field Division. In January, 2000, Jean became the Program Manager at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia where she was responsible for the ATF Investigator training program. She later transferred to Tampa, Florida as a Senior Operations Officer for the Tampa Field Division and was later promoted to Area Supervisor. As the Area Supervisor, Jean selected the firearms licensees to be inspected, oversaw the inspection process and reviewed the results of each inspection. Also while in Tampa, she served as a hearing officer for firearms adverse action cases. She retired from ATF in November 2011.