2014 Special Guests


Governor Matt Mead
Wyoming Governor

 

Matt Mead was sworn in as Wyoming's 32nd governor on January 3, 2011. Born in Jackson, Wyoming, Governor Mead was raised on the family ranch in Teton County. He has a BA degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and a law degree from the University of Wyoming. After law school, the Governor served as a county and federal prosecutor, practiced in a private firm in Cheyenne with now Attorney General Greg Phillips, and served as United States Attorney for Wyoming from October 2001 to June 2007. After he stepped down as U. S. Attorney, Matt and his wife Carol, the First Lady, returned fulltime to operating their farming and ranching business in southeast Wyoming.

Since taking office, Governor Mead has continued to travel to communities around the state to hear from residents in the places where they live and work. He maintains an open door policy in his office at the Capitol Building.

Representing the interests of the state, the Governor also serves in regional and national leadership roles. He serves on the Council of Governors, a group of 10 governors chosen by the President to advise top federal officials on matters related to the National Guard and civil support missions. In the National Governors Association, he serves as co‐chair of the Special Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety and is a member of the Natural Resources Committee. He is co‐chair of the State and Federal Sage Grouse Task Force, which brings together federal officials and representatives of 11 western states for a regional conservation effort.

Matt and Carol have been married 20 years, with Cheyenne as their home. They have two children, Mary and Pete, who attend Cheyenne public schools.


Dave Freudenthal
Former Wyoming Governor

 

Dave graduated in 1973 from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, with a bachelor's degree in economics. After graduating he joined the Department of Economic Planning and Development as an economist and later became the state planning director for Governor Ed Herschler. Freudenthal entered the University of Wyoming College of Law, receiving his law degree in 1980, and went into private practice. In 1994, he was appointed U.S. Attorney upon the recommendation of then-Governor Mike Sullivan and left the post of U.S. Attorney in May 2001. Dave became the 31st Governor of the State of Wyoming in January 2003 serving two terms, until January 2011.


Scott Talbot
Director
Wyoming Game and Fish

 

Scott was appointed by Governor Matt Mead as the Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Scott began his career with the Department in 1985, became a Game Warden in 1989 and in 2003 promoted to Assistant Chief of the Wildlife Division. Scott hunts and fishes with his two sons, Payden and Luke, enjoys training horses, backpacking in the remote mountains of Wyoming and remains actively involved in the family's ranching operation near Laramie.


Brian Scott
K2 Radio Host

 

Brian Scott is a Wyoming guy. He moved with his family in 1970 to a ranch outside of Medicine Bow then off to Saratoga and landing in Casper in the mid 70's. Elementary school, junior high and high school as well as some time at Casper College, molded the man you know today. After getting started in radio at KTRS in the early 80's Brian had a chance to go to work for CBS records in Chicago. Stints with Polygram And Geffen followed before family and the call of Casper brought him home. Brian took over the K2 Radio morning show almost 20 years ago and remains one of the top rated morning shows in the state. Brian has also had some fun getting close to the music with his midday show on MyCountry 95.5. In the year 2000 Brian was awarded the prestigious Marconi Award for Personality of the Year. Brian has been married almost 25 years, has 3 boys and 3 granddaughters that are the apples of his eye.


Aaron Warbritton

Host and producer of
Cabela's Spring Thunder

 

Aaron Warbritton is the host and producer of Cabela's Spring Thunder.  He is an accomplished turkey hunter whose love for the sport began at a young age.  Aaron's interest in turkeys began in northern Missouri where he grew up, but he now hunts many states each spring in pursuit of toms.  Warbritton has competed in many national calling contests and feels fortunate that he has been able to turn his passion into profession.

The turkey show, Cabela's Spring Thunder, has really taken off this past year.  It's a near real-time show, aimed at helping hunters become better at harvesting turkeys.  Warbritton is excited about the growth of the show and hopes to do his part in furthering the sport through educating seasoned and new turkey hunters. 

     

Corey Cogdell
American trapshooter

 

Corey Cogdell (Born September 2, 1986 in Palmer, Alaska) is a female American trapshooter. She won the bronze medal in the Women's Trap event at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She was also the bronze medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games in the Women's Trap event. Cogdell also competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics
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Corey made the National Development Team in 2006 at Fall Selection when she placed first in the junior women’s trap competition. That same day, she made the National Team when her score also placed her third in the open women’s trap competition. Corey is currently living at the Olympic Training Center as a resident athlete and is currently engaged to Denver Broncos defensive lineman Mitch Unrein, whom she has dated since 2010.

     

Mitch Unrein
#96 Defensive Tackle for
the Denver Broncos
 

Mitch Unrein was born and raised in Eaton Colorado.  He was a named all state in high school football and wrestling, as well as being a State Champion wrestler at 215 lbs. his senior year.  The all-around athlete took his talents to the University of Wyoming where he walked on to the football program with Coach Joe Glenn and earned a spot on the team.  After a red shirt freshman year of  growth and development, Unrein had a successful college career. Unrein was named honorable mention, all conference 3 consecutive years for Wyoming, as well being named the MVP of the New Mexico Bowl.  After college, Unrein became a Houston Texan but was released on the final cut.  In week 7 of the 2010 season Unrein was signed to the practice squad for the Denver Broncos.  The next season He earned a spot on the 53 man Roster and is about to begin his 4th year in the NFL.  Unrein became the first defensive lineman in Denver Broncos history to catch a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning in a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year.  Unrein plays a pivotal role in one of the most successful defenses in the NFL, and there is no sign of slowing down.

     

Austin Wahlert
Singer/Songwriter
 

Austin Wahlert is a singer songwriter originally from Northern Colorado, where he grew up on a family ranch. Wahlert grew up in the world of rodeo participating as a collegiate and professional bull rider who found music along the way. Attending Odessa College in West Texas on a bull riding scholarship, Austin found success in the small bars and honky-tonk’s of Texas playing his music.  Although he is still touring the Midwest and other parts of the country Wahlert has turned his focus to the national stage working as a songwriter in Nashville, Tenn. In a short time Austin has garnered respect, with a who’s who of Music row songwriters and industry executives helping guide his promising career.  His first album is available on Itunes, Amazon, or where ever music is sold; you can also download a free app in either the IPhone or Android app stores (search Austin Wahlert).  On the app you can watch Wahlert's current music Video preview the album or Check for Tour Dates.  Whether you are looking for an upbeat Saturday night good time song, a heartfelt breakup song, or searching the depth of your soul type of life song, it can all be found on his self-titled debut album Austin Wahlert. With a new album due out later this year this rising star has just begun and has a lot to say about life as he’s living it. Expect to hear from this prolific songwriter for a long time to come, you can’t go wrong with Austin Wahlert.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

     

MICHAEL J. SULLIVAN
Former Governor of Wyoming
 

Ambassador Michael Sullivan focuses his law practice in the areas of business counseling, public policy, litigation mediation, arbitration, and international business development with an emphasis on Ireland and Western Europe.

As an accomplished trial lawyer, Mr. Sullivan has practiced before Wyoming district courts, the Wyoming Supreme Court, Federal District Court, and the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Sullivan, who practices out of the firm's Casper and Denver offices, has a rich and varied background of public service. Mr. Sullivan was elected governor of Wyoming in 1986 and reelected in 1990 and recently served as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland under the Clinton and Bush administrations. In 1995, after completing his second term as governor, he held a fellowship at the Institute of Politics, the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Mr. Sullivan will participate in the Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot and serve as Master of Ceremony at the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening.
     

Patrick Flanigan
 

Patrick is currently an eight-time world record holder in Xtreme Sport Shooting and at the very top of the exhibition shooting circuit. Patrick performs dozens of live Xtreme Sport Shooting shows a year and is also the star of numerous television programs such as “Hot Shots” on NBC Sports, “Impossible Shots” on the Outdoor Channel, and Patrick Flanigan’s own “Shell Shocked” on The Sportsman’s Channel. Patrick has also been featured in hundreds of publications including “Outdoor Life”, NRA’s “ In-Sights”, “Pheasants Forever”,” Ducks Unlimited”, and many, many more.  Patrick will give an exhibition at the Turkey Shoot.

     

LtGen Sattler
 

LtGen Sattler served as the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (J5) the Joint Staff from September 2006 until his retirement in August 2008. Prior to joining the Joint Staff, he was the Commanding General of the First Marine Expeditionary Force and Commander, Marine Corps Forces Central Command from September 2004 to August 2006. During this period, he commanded all forces in Al Anbar Provence in Iraq from September 2004 through March 2005. Prior to Commanding I MEF, he was the Director of Operations (J3) for Central Command from August 2003 to July 2004. In November 2002, he stood up and commanded the initial Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and established the Headquarters in the Country of Djibouti. He commanded the Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC prior to sailing to the Horn of Africa.

Since his retirement in 2008, LtGen Sattler has spent over 200 days each year as a senior mentor with both the Marine Corps and Joint Forces Command. In this capacity he taught and coached Commanders, their staffs and students across the USA and around the world; he left the mentoring program in November 2010. In October 2011 LtGen Sattler was selected to serve as the Naval Academy’s 4th Distinguished Chair of Leadership where he will work with the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership-teaching and mentoring midshipmen, staff and faculty, as well as representing the Naval Academy and Stockdale Center at prestigious national and international leadership conferences and events.

     

Chad Belding
 

Chad Belding is synonymous with a passion for the hunt. Born in 1974, Belding’s father was his mentor and inspiration, introducing him to the outdoors at a very young age. In 1995, Belding began hunting predators, followed by waterfowl hunting in 1997. Two years later he became involved in competitive duck and goose calling.

Banded Productions became part of the Banded Nation, which encompasses several of Belding’s other ventures: Banded Gear, Last Call Ringtones, Banded Hunts, Banded Retrievers, Banded University, Banded, and Banded Fusion.

Among Belding’s greatest achievements is hosting The Fowl Life, Dead Dog Walkin’, and Co-Hosting The Syndicate on The Sportsman Channel and WILD TV. The Fowl Life is entering into its fourth season where the philosophy of the show is to hunt hard, stay safe, respect the animals and share hunting lifestyles. The goal of the show is to include heart-pounding action with in-depth instruction. For his efforts on The Fowl Life, Belding was nominated for Best Show Host for the Sportsman Channel’s 2010 Sportsman Choice Awards.

     

Andy Griggs
 

Andy Griggs growing up in Monroe, LA, was raised on Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggert, Waylon, Bill Monroe, hardcore blues, and hardcore rock’n roll, sprinkled with a touch of jazz. He often says, “there is no defining a style of song. As long as there’s soul, it has a place in music.” Andy moved to Nashville in 1995.. His father, died from a brain tumor when Andy was 11 years old. His brother Mason, his only sibling,  took the baton of music and ran with it. Mason died at the early age of 21 from heart complications that he had had since birth. Andy grabbed that same baton and he quotes, “when I jumped into the pool of music, I jumped into the deep end and never came out.” After several years of playing in the blue grass band, ‘Jerry and Tammy Sullivan’ Andy found himself a record deal with RCA and exploded with his first single “You Won’t Ever Be Lonely.” Since them he has had two #1’s, five top 5”s and 4 other top 10’s,

     

Nick Bebout
 

Nick Bebout (Born May 5, 1951 in Riverton, Wyoming), was an American football player who played at offensive tackle for three teams over an 8 year career from 1973 to 1980. Bebout played high school football for Shoshoni, Wyoming, and later went on to play for the University of Wyoming. In his NFL career, he started with the Atlanta Falcons, moved to the Seattle Seahawks in 1976, and ended with the Minnesota Vikings in 1980.

     

Todd Helton
 

Todd Helton is a former American professional baseball first baseman who played his entire 17-year career for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball. He was a five-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, and three-time Gold Glove Award winner.

Helton holds the Colorado Rockies club records for hits (2,519), home runs (369), doubles (592), walks (1,335), runs scored (1,401), RBIs (1,406), games played (2,247), total bases (4,292) and other categories. Helton hit his 2,000th career hit against the Atlanta Braves on May 19, 2009, and his 2,500th against the Cincinnati Reds on September 1, 2013.

     

David Shashy
 

David was born and raised in Ocala Fl. David is a graduate of the University of Florida`s College of Business and he is the President of Southern Comfort Mobile Home Center, Inc. in Ocala Florida, one of Florida's oldest and most successful factory built retail sales centers which he founded in 1984. 

David has hunted big game in five continents and has enjoyed hunting Osceola wild turkeys successfully for 37 consecutive spring seasons at home. David, a traditional southern turkey hunter, and has been fortunate to have hunted and guided for all four North American subspecies of wild turkey that inhabit the lower 48 states for nearly four decades. David has been a Life Member of the NWTF since 1986 and a member Tecomate Pro Staff since 2009. David`s responsibilities as a Tecomate Pro Staffer include writing articles for the Tecomate web site and participating in Tecomate TV Shows, "Bucks of Tecomate" and "Tecomate Whitetail Nation".

     
 

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