Team Members

  • PRESIDENT

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  • <b>Chris Means</b> Chris Means
    President

    A life member of the NRA, I’m passionate about shooting, hunting and fishing. I’ve had the great fortune of spending an entire career (31 years) in shooting sports distribution, which has given me incredible insight into the wild fluctuations of demand in our industry and how best to take advantage of the peaks while preparing for the inevitable slow down. 

    Nine years in outdoor retail prior to that led to the “gut feel” I get for new products and a strong understanding and appreciation for brick and mortar retailers, the backbone of our industry.  I hope to serve those retailers well at Tactical Gear Distributors.

    When not in the office, in the woods or on the water, I can be found at the gym or in the garden.

     

  • SALES & MARKETING

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  • <b>Matt Hodges</b> Matt Hodges
    Vice-President National Sales

    I really enjoy supporting the four Exchange Systems and making them successful by providing superior tactical and shooting sports products and military targeted marketing programs my personal priority. I am always focused on each customer and the varied needs of AAFES,NEXCOM, MCX and CGX stores, and want to increase the value they provide to the Military Exchange Customer, to whom I have devoted my entire career to.

    I began my work with TGD in 2005 with over 23 years of experience as a buyer and manager in the Marine Corps Exchanges. I use the professional skills gained through this experience to deliver superior service in managing TGD's Military Exchange relationships and helping them all meet their business goals. In my free time, I am an avid Deer and Turkey hunter and enjoy driving Dodge muscle cars through the country roads of North Carolina!

     

  • <b>Lynne Peterson</b> Lynne Peterson
    Marketing Services Manager

    Lynne provides creative services and is responsible for supporting our Tactical Zone® marketing program.

    She has over 20 years graphic design experience and uses her knowledge to effectively support the marketing teams goals and strategies by communicating and creating impactful designs.

    In her free time, Lynne enjoys spending her time as a Dog Trainer for Puppy Kindergarten and Handling Classes and showing her Labradors in conformation.

     

  • <b>Kendel Sorrell</b> Kendel Sorrell
    Key Account Service

    Kendel is a Key Account Service Representative supporting our Military Exchange Markets, Base Supply Stores and National Accounts.

      She ensures that customers are provided with exceptional service through building strong relationships and understanding customer needs.

    She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in International Relations.

    In her spare time, Kendel enjoys Baking and traveling.

     

  • RETAIL SERVICES

    The field merchandising team is the first line of contact with the exchange service retail stores.

    Their primary responsibilities are to ensure brand presentation, product stocking and placement as well as interacting with store management, department management and all retail personnel to ensure optimal product and sales presentation is achieved. They also aid in product demonstrations and manage and coordinate store events to
    further promote TGDs product offerings.

  • <b>Pam Reed</b> Pam Reed
    National Retail Services Manager

    As TGD’s National Retail Services Manager, Pam manages TGD’s strategic accounts with the U.S. Navy Exchange (NEX) and U.S. Coast Guard Exchange (CGX) Headquarters, and supervises TGD's Field Merchandising Team to provide on-site support to Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard exchanges at locations throughout the continental United States, Hawaii and Japan.  

    As TGD’s primary point of contact to NEX and CGX account managers, Pam introduces new product lines, sets product assortments, schedules special events, and ensures the timely and successful delivery of TGD products and services according to customer needs and objectives.

    The Retail Services Team is TGD’s first line of contact with exchange service retail stores to ensure maximum product sales are achieved through effective brand presentation, placement, and product stocking.  Pam works directly with her team of on-site staff to rapidly coordinate a TGD response to emergent store needs, whenever and wherever they occur.  The local face-to-face service provided by our professional Retail Services Team ensures that TGD remains the vendor of choice for tactical gear departments throughout the MCX, NEX, and CGX systems.

    Pam joined TGD in 2006 and has over 18 years of experience supporting military exchange systems. As a 24-yr Marine spouse and now a Marine Mom, Pam is committed to delivering superior products and services to our service members.

  • <b>Priscilla Hamilton</b> Priscilla Hamilton
    Regional Retail Services Manager

    Priscilla manages our Western Merchandising Team and is one of TGD's top merchandising experts! She works closely with her team to support the needs of our Warfighters and Military Retailers.

    Priscilla loves the interaction with the military and takes great pride in the fact that we supply proven gear and tactical apparel to service members to help improve their jobs while defending our country.

  • MERCHANDISING

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  • <b>Sharif Mathews</b> Sharif Mathews
    Purchasing Manager

    Sharif manages our purchasing department with a focus on high quality merchandise selections that meets the needs of our customers.

    His vast experience with quality merchandise came from his days in retail management with the Marine Corp Exchange at Camp LeJuene. Sharif has a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and focuses on purchasing process improvement while achieving our 95% fill rate goal. Managing strategic relationships with suppliers provides profit producing opportunities for TGD customers.

  • <b>Carmelia Hernandez</b> Carmelia Hernandez
    Buyer

    Carmelia is a buyer for TGD and she supports our customers through high fill rates and great customer services on all orders.

     

    She comes to TGD with a BA in Criminal Justice and a certification in Basic Law Enforcement Training. As a buyer, she is always working on building strong relationships with our vendors, while improving the purchasing process with our team.  

    In her spare time, Carmelia enjoys reading and working on DIY craft projects. 

     

  • OPERATIONAL

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  • <b>Kermit Lewis</b> Kermit Lewis
    Operations/IT Director

    Kermit directs our Operations including Distribution, Order Fulfillment, Inventory Management, and Information Technology.

    Kermit has over twenty years experience implementing technology and operational solutions to support and exceed customer’s expectations. He has a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems. Kermit enjoys spending time with his family boating and supporting the many activities of his two children. He also enjoys riding his Harley with his motorcycle group.

     

  • <b>Du-Vale Dalton</b> Du-Vale Dalton
    Distribution Manager

    Du-Vale brings many years of distribution leadership while focusing on superior customer service.

    He leads our Distribution Team with enthusiasm to ensure accurate and timely shipments to TGD's customers. His experience with advanced e-commerce shipping provides market leading distribution.

    We thank Du-Vale for his years of Navy Service.

  • FINANCE

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  • <b>Ariel Stone</b> Ariel Stone
    Accountant

    Ariel supports our finance department with accounts payable and general accounting functions.

    She ensures our vendors are provided with timely and accurate service, while maintaining strong business relationships between TGD and our vendors.

    She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has over a decade of experience in the field of finance and accounting, which she uses to provide accurate financial information and strengthen the finance department.

    In her free time Ariel enjoys cooking, reading, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

     

  • COMMERCIAL SALES

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  • <b>Lisa Johnson</b> Lisa Johnson
    Account Representative

    Lisa is a 20 year customer service veteran that supports our customers success with professional and consistent service.

    Service and follow through are critical skills for her customers. 

    One of her favorite things about supporting our retailers is helping their business's grow and growing with them.

  • <b>Pam Phillips</b> Pam Phillips
    Account Representative

    Pam supports our customers by providing exceptional service and solutions that meet the needs of our retailers nationwide.

      As a 20 year veteran of the customer service and sales field, she brings strong communication and relationship building skills to the team and strives to provide excellent service and solutions that meet the needs of our customers.

    Pam loves to travel and spend time with her 3 kids and yellow lab.

     

  • <b>Russ Young</b> Russ Young
    Account Representative

    Russ has 30+ years experience in the shooting sports industry and sales management.

    His experience provides him with the knowledge to build relationships and create business solutions to fit our customers’ needs.

    In his free time he enjoys Bass and inshore saltwater fishing throughout the south Florida Area.

  • <b>Amber Shepard</b> Amber Shepard
    Account Representative

    Amber brings over 11 years of Law Enforcement experience to TGD, along with years of customer service experience.

    She enjoys helping others succeed and looks forward to providing World Class Customer Service to all of her customers.

    Her primary goal is to build a loyal base of customers, that are consistently happy with the product and service that she provides.

    In her  free time, she enjoys extreme couponing and spending time with her two sons and their activities which include many hours on the baseball field.

Contact Us

  • Toll Free Number: 866-529-5575
  • Local Number: 910-944-8700
  • FAX Number: 910-401-1046

Postal Address

Tactical Gear Distributors
9750 Aberdeen Road
Aberdeen, NC 28315

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