NSSF, the trade association for the firearms industry, offers federally licensed firearms retailers (FFLs) the opportunity to work with experienced advisors who, as former ATF officials and industry compliance experts, understand what it takes to stay compliant with ATF rules and regulations.
Meet the Team:
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.
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.
Mr. Krupinski has over 20 years’ experience in recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace safety and health hazards. He’s worked tirelessly with the shooting range industry to assess OSHA compliance and workplace exposures to airborne lead dust, noise, and other related hazards over the last 10 years. Dale has previously worked for OSHA as a Compliance Safety and Health Officer and as an industrial hygienist at OSHA’s National Office. Dale is a board-certified industrial hygienist and safety professional, as well as an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer. He created On Target Safety Academy to provide training and technical occupational safety and health assistance to the shooting range industry either onsite or remotely.
Judyth LeDoux served as the Director, Industry Operations of the Columbus Field Division for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) since July 2013, overseeing ATF regulatory enforcement operations in the states of Ohio and Indiana.
Ms. LeDoux began her ATF career in 1999. She previously served as Area Supervisor for the Columbus Field Division’s Cleveland III (IO) Field Office from May 2011 to July 2013. Prior to that, she held the position of Branch Chief, ATF Industry Operations Training Branch in Washington, DC, from April 2009 to May 2011. Ms. LeDoux was the Program Manager responsible for ATF IO Advanced Explosives Training programs from September 2004 to April 2009. She served as the Special Operations Officer for the Baltimore Field Division from March 2004 to September 2004, and was an Inspector in the field in Tallahassee, Florida and St. Louis, Missouri from August 1999 to September 2004.
Originally from Orlando, Florida, Ms. LeDoux began her government career in 1988 with the Naval Investigative Service, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. From 1991-1998 she worked for the Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996 from the University of Central Florida, graduating summa cum laude with a major in legal studies and a minor in criminal justice.
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.
Patricia I. Smith
Patricia has over 16 years of firearm industry experience as an Investigative Assistant and as an Industry Operations Inspector/Investigator with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). During her career she conducted over 700 inspections of Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) and worked as the Acting Area Supervisor for the Birmingham and Mobile Field Offices in the Nashville Field Division. In addition, Patricia trained several new Industry Operations Inspectors/Investigators as an On the Job Trainer (OJT) and served as an Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).
During her career, Patricia received numerous awards for outstanding performance and served as president of the New Inspector Training Class. She received the Larry N. Shoemaker Memorial Award for Leadership during New Inspector Training.
Since Patricia’s retirement in 2014, she has worked as an FFL compliance consultant; an expert witness representing a large FFL in a firearms litigation; and, is presently conducting mock inspections and firearms seminars for a local FFL.