Tom Gallagher is the senior director of merchandising for hunting equipment at Cabela’s, and works from the company’s headquarters in Sidney, Nebraska. He has been with Cabela’s 20 years, and said this is his final job in the archery industry before retiring someday.
Gallagher joined the ATA Board in October 2013 when the Board expanded to include large “multi-channel” retailers like Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops. Gallagher also serves as treasurer of the Treestand Manufacturers Association.
Gallagher said everyone at Cabela’s is excited about being on the ATA Board and grateful for the opportunity.
“Cabela’s has always been engaged in growing the archery sports and ensuring their long-term future, because archery has long been a big category for our company,” Gallagher said. “This appointment is a tremendous opportunity. Cabela’s is no longer on the outside looking in. We view this from the perspective of a student, not as a teacher. Now we can learn even more about the archery industry, understand its issues and challenges, and share the work that will keep everyone growing.”
Gallagher said Cabela’s likes being involved in discussions and programs that grow archery and bowhunting. “We’re now in a better position to interpret what we see and hear at the ATA Show because we’re now part of the ATA,” he said. “The candid conversations we have as Board members will help Cabela’s contribute and better understand what the ATA is going through. We want to help any way we can to keep these sports and the archery industry growing.”
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