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NSSF Names Schilling Director of Exhibitions & Conferences

The Nation­al Shoot­ing Sports Foun­da­tion® (NSSF®) has announced that Melis­sa Schilling has been pro­mot­ed to the posi­tion of Direc­tor, Exhi­bi­tions & Con­fer­ences. Schilling’s most recent posi­tion with the orga­ni­za­tion has been Direc­tor, Recruit­ment & Reten­tion, a title she’s held since 2012.

Schilling brings a wealth of tal­ent to this new posi­tion, which includes devel­op­ment and orga­ni­za­tion of NSSF’s many con­fer­ences and shows, includ­ing its annu­al Indus­try Sum­mit, Con­gres­sion­al Fly-In and the SHOT Show, one of the country’s largest trade exhi­bi­tions, attend­ed annu­al­ly by more than 65,000 firearms indus­try pro­fes­sion­als from all 50 states and more than 100 coun­tries.

Melis­sa has risen steadi­ly over the course of her career with NSSF,” said Chris Dol­nack, NSSF Senior Vice Pres­i­dent and Chief Mar­ket­ing Offi­cer. “She has a proven track record of man­ag­ing for results and is well respect­ed by every­one she works with. Melis­sa has a remark­able abil­i­ty to build and main­tain strong pro­fes­sion­al rela­tion­ships and I’m con­fi­dent that she will be very suc­cess­ful as our Direc­tor of Exhi­bi­tions & Con­fer­ences.”

Schilling began her career with NSSF in 2003, first work­ing in pub­lic rela­tions before pro­gress­ing to her posi­tion in Recruit­ment & Reten­tion, where she worked close­ly with the Amer­i­can con­ser­va­tion com­mu­ni­ty of fish and wildlife agency pro­fes­sion­als and hunter edu­ca­tion instruc­tors. High­lights of her tenure with NSSF have includ­ed man­ag­ing the organization’s Range Part­ner­ship and Hunt­ing Her­itage Part­ner­ship grant pro­grams and the very suc­cess­ful, nation­al STEP OUTSIDE pro­gram, as well as the Fam­i­lies Afield and Explore Wing­shoot­ing ini­tia­tives, which encour­age men­tor­ing and increased par­tic­i­pa­tion afield by hunters. Schilling also over­saw NSSF’s flag­ship firearms intro­duc­to­ry pro­gram, First Shots.

I am excit­ed to take on the new chal­lenges this pro­mo­tion will offer,” said Schilling. “I’ve enjoyed more than a decade of ser­vice to the NSSF and the many, many peo­ple who ensure, year after year, that our indus­try sees con­tin­u­ous growth and par­tic­i­pa­tion in hunt­ing and the shoot­ing sports, and all with a lev­el of unri­valed safe­ty. It is with great antic­i­pa­tion and enthu­si­asm that I’ll con­tin­ue to serve our indus­try as a whole, and NSSF’s mem­bers in par­tic­u­lar, in this new role.”


About NSSF
The Nation­al Shoot­ing Sports Foun­da­tion is the trade asso­ci­a­tion for the firearms indus­try. Its mis­sion is to pro­mote, pro­tect and pre­serve hunt­ing and the shoot­ing sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a mem­ber­ship of more than 11,000 man­u­fac­tur­ers, dis­trib­u­tors, firearms retail­ers, shoot­ing ranges, sportsmen’s orga­ni­za­tions and pub­lish­ers. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it

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NSSF Names Schilling Direc­tor of Exhi­bi­tions & Con­fer­ences
NSSF Names Schilling Direc­tor of Exhi­bi­tions & Con­fer­ences

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