FMG Publications announces Russ Thurman, Shooting Industry magazine publisher, will retire effective Dec. 31, 2018. Thurman will complete nearly 25 years with the company.
“Russ has been instrumental in the continued growth of all our brands,” said Randy Molde, FMG vice president of business development. “His unwavering leadership, sweat equity and unquestionable integrity in every aspect of his approach to business and life are truly inspirational. Fortunately for us, he’s built a strong team to help grow the next generation of gun business professionals. It’s been an honor and privilege to work with him.”
Thurman joined FMG in March 1994 as editor of Shooting Industry. In 2008, he also became the magazine’s publisher and in 2015 he relinquished his editor title.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity FMG has given me for more than two decades. Professionally, it’s been tremendously rewarding to be part of this company and this industry. On a personal level, I place the highest value on my career at FMG and greatly appreciate the company’s trust and confidence in my abilities. I consider my FMG career as being part of a family. That in itself is a significant reward,” Thurman said.
In addition to his duties with Shooting Industry magazine, Thurman was intimately involved with FMG’s Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence and was the match director of the Shooting Industry Masters, which raised $338,600 for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) from 2008 to 2015.
He has served on NSSF’s Board of Governors since 2011 and as an advisor to the board of directors of Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) since 2008.
“It has been a distinct honor to be associated with these industry organizations. Once again, I thank FMG for its support, which is another reflection of the company’s unwavering commitment to the firearms industry,” Thurman said.
A retired Marine, Thurman saw combat in Vietnam and participated in military operations throughout the world during his 21-year Marine Corps career. He is looking forward to the next chapter of his life spending time with his wife Debbie, their children and grandchildren.