HeadHunters NW, the leading executive recruiting firm specializing in talent acquisition for the international small arms, shooting sports, and defense industries, presents the next episode of the HeadHunters NW Podcast recorded during SHOT Show 2024. Hosted by Shaylene Keiner, President of HeadHunters NW, this timely episode features an enlightening discussion with Jordan Young, CEO of Global Defense, addressing the recent export restrictions impacting U.S. firearms manufacturers and exporters.
Young, a specialist in global product exportation, heads Global Defense, a U.S.-based importer, exporter, and wholesale distributor of firearms, components, accessories, ammunition, and specialized equipment for commercial, military, and law enforcement markets.
Keiner underscores, “With no warning, the U.S. Department of Commerce paused processing commercial export licenses for 90 days in October of 2023. My conversation with Jordan in Episode #26 highlights these regulations' negative impact on the industry’s economy, U.S. exporters, manufacturers, and countries worldwide.”
Keiner explained that foreign trade (exports) of semi-automatic firearms from U.S. manufacturers is essentially shut down. “Consider how detrimental that is for domestic companies, who generate up to 30 percent of their annual revenues from exports. The trickle-down from manufacturers is tremendous and hurts businesses, workers, and local economies. Jordan described rumors that more severe regulations are coming, and even valid, current export licenses will be pulled in addition to requiring end-user passport information.”
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Keiner emphasizes that this issue demands an all-hands-on-deck approach, urging individuals to proactively engage by contacting federal lawmakers and expressing opposition to the Department of Commerce's export restrictions. Leaked documents from the Department of Commerce suggest severe restrictions on the exportation of semi-automatic firearms, compounding the urgency for immediate action. “Please share this episode with folks you know in the industry and Second Amendment community,” she added.
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HeadHunters NW recruits talent for international companies, Fortune 500 corporations, venture, and private equity groups, family-owned and privately held businesses, trade groups, and non-profits while uncovering talent for C-suite roles, vital management positions, board of director opportunities, and senior executives. Through tireless networking and exploring a wide variety of industries, functions, and regions, HeadHunters NW discovers distinguished, effective talent and places them in influential roles in the small arms, shooting sports, and defense industries. We know the people who will drive your objectives to the next level and can secure them swiftly and efficiently. You set the timeframe, and HeadHunters NW delivers the best talent for your team.