2019 Special Guests

Governor Mark Gordon
Wyoming Governor


Mark Gordon was elected Wyoming's 33rd Governor, on Nov. 6, 2018. He was sworn into office on January 7, 2019.

Growing up on the family ranch in Johnson County, Governor Gordon learned the values of hard work and integrity and the importance of working together. As Governor, he brings those values to the table in pursuing his commitment that Wyoming continues to be a place where its citizens can pursue their dreams while retaining its unique character.  He is a strong believer in Wyoming's ability to chart its own course and a staunch defender of its interests to do so.

Governor Gordon is working on efforts to set Wyoming on a sustainable fiscal path and making government more accessible, productive and efficient.  As part of those efforts, Gordon seeks to refocus government to better assist local communities with the tools and resources needed to thrive and set their own direction. He is also dedicated to ensuring that citizens have access to quality education, including safer schools, advanced degrees, and career and technical education opportunities.

Governor Gordon served as Wyoming State Treasurer from October 2012 until January 2019 when he was sworn in as Governor. As State Treasurer, he led a transformation of the office resulting in improved returns on state investments, better protection of state savings, and increased transparency and access to state financial data for the public. His efforts to improve transparency surrounding the state’s financial portfolio resulted in Wyoming being ranked number one in the United States for transparency and third in the world among all sovereign funds.

Governor Gordon and his wife Jennie have four grown children, Aaron with wife Megan, Bea with fiancé Austen, Anne with partner Bracewell, and Spencer with wife Sarah and their son Everett.

Dave Freudenthal
Former Governor of Wyoming


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.

Michael J. Sullivan
Former Governor of Wyoming


Former 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.

Patrick A. Burns
P.E. (BGen USAF Retired)


Pat Burns was born and raised in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He attended St Cyril & Methodius Catholic School, Rock Springs High School, graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and earned an M.S in Systems Management from USC.

Pat was drafted in 1970 during the Vietnam War, and served four years enlisted duty with the U.S. Air Force Security Service prior to being commissioned at Officer Training School in Dec 1974.  Pat had 21 assignments during his 35 years of military service.  In Dec 1984, he served as an Aide to the First Family for Ronald Reagan’s 1985 Presidential Inauguration.  In Aug 1990, he deployed to Saudi Arabia to bed down the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing in support of Operation Desert Shield.  After the events of Sep 11, 2001, he led his Air Combat Command staff in planning, programming and executing $1.3B in bed down construction at 23 bases in 11 foreign countries in 16 weeks to support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Pat is one of only a handful of military officers to have served in four wars.  

Pat retired from the Air Force as a Brigadier General on Oct 1, 2005 as the Director of Installations, Headquarters Air Combat Command (ACC), Langley Air Force Base, VA.  He assumed that duty in Feb 2001, after having served in the same capacity for Pacific Air Forces Command (PACAF) in charge of engineering support for all Air Force bases in the Pacific from 1999 to 2001.

After retiring from the Air force, Pat joined Mortenson Construction in Oct 2005 as Vice President in their Federal Contracting Group in Washington, DC, developing design-build projects across the U.S.  He co-authored the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) “Building Information Modeling (BIM)” Manual of Practice. Pat retired from Mortenson in Jan 2012, and now serves as a part-time private consultant in the design and construction industry.

Pat’s key awards include “Distinguished Graduate of Officer Training School” in 1974, “Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officer School” in 1980; “Air Force Civil Engineering Military Manager of the Year” in 1983”; “Distinguished Graduate of Air Command & Staff College” in 1988; “Civil Engineering Senior Military Manager of the Year in USAF Europe” in 1989; “DoD Installation Excellence Individual Award” in 1990; “Air Combat Command Civil Engineer Newman Medal Winner” in 1997; “Fellow-Society of American Military Engineers” in 2000; and US Army Corps of Engineers “DeFleury Medal” in 2001, among many other prestigious awards. 

Pat and his wife Diane (Deneley) reside in Cody, WY in the summer and Goodyear, AZ in the winter, enjoying gym workouts, golf, pickleball, fly fishing, and swimming pool time. 

James Schmidt

James Schmidt is a combat wounded soldier from Wyoming. James was raised in Lyman, Wyoming and after college in 1995 commissioned in the US Army as a Field Artillery Officer. James returned home and started a new career in Law Enforcement and the Wyoming Army National Guard on 9/11. James volunteered to deploy as a member of the 4th Infantry Division (ROC) out of Casper, WY and deployed to Iraq in 2003. James was severely wounded by an IED blast on 25 September 2003 that killed his friend CPT Robert Lucero. James returned home and has since returned to duty as a police officer. He is service-connected disabled at 70% but has not let his disabilities define him. James enjoys spending time with his friends and family and finds peace and strength in hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors.

Brian Nesvik
Director, Wyoming Game & Fish Dept.

Brian Nesvik was appointed as Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in 2019. Brian has been with the Department working for Wyoming’s wildlife and serving the people of the state for over 24 years.

Brian grew up in Wyoming and received his bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries biology and management from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree from the United States Army War College in strategic studies.

Brian began his career with the Department in 1995. He has worked in various capacities including game warden where he was stationed in Glendo and Casper before being promoted to patrol the Elk Mountain District. He transferred to the South Pinedale District in May 2005 and was promoted to be the Cody Region’s wildlife supervisor in August 2010. Brian took over as chief game warden in 2011 responsible for all operations of the Department’s wildlife division, including law enforcement, terrestrial game, nongame and habitat management and veterinary services before being appointed by Governor Mark Gordon as director.

Brian also serves as brigadier general in the Wyoming Army National Guard and is responsible for the readiness, training, leadership and strategic planning for the more than 1,500 soldiers. He has also served two combat tours in Iraq and Kuwait.

Brian is an avid outdoorsman who loves Wyoming and its natural resources. He and his wife, Penny, have three children: Brittany, Rudy and Aspen.

Allen Treadwell

Allen Treadwell grew up in the Missouri Ozarks where hunting and fishing is the chosen lifestyle for most residents of the area, especially the Treadwell's. Following in the footsteps of both his parents and grandparents, Allen literally cut his teeth on shotgun shells and trotlines.  Naturally,  Allen soon progressed from the tag-a-long kid to the one pulling the trigger.  It soon became apparent he was something of a child shooting prodigy.  As an early teen, Allen began competing, and winning, locally  in all kinds of shooting matches including archery, centerfire rifle, muzzleloader, and shotgun.  Although skillful in every discipline, his shot gunning talent  soon outpaced the others.

  Allen's competitive spirit grew and his winning streaks broadened.  He earned a spot on the All-American team in sporting clays, achieving  the master class level (the highest class possible) at 16-yrs of age.  At that point he was invited to try out for the Jr. Olympic Team.   Allen's success in International Skeet is nothing short of phenomenal with a 3-time National record holder, 3-time World Championship Team member, 10-time World Cup team member, and the 2004 Olympic Team alternate.   This laid-back country boy literally shot his way around the world. He broke clays in China, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Finland, Croatia, Australia, Spain, Brazil, the Dominican Republic  in addition to hundreds of ranges in North America.

   The traveling and winning were certainly a dream come true but Allen began to yearn for the woods and waters of his roots.  Bass Pro Shops had been a sponsor of Allen' competitive shooting tours and he hoped that relationship would somehow continue past his choice to leave the shooting circuit.  In 2003 Allen was invited to join the prestigious Bass Pro Shop, Redhead Pro Hunting Team.   Since that time he has been a co-host of the 100% Real Hunting and Bass Pro King of Buck show on The Outdoor Channel. Allen has proven himself in the hunting world just as he did in the shooting world.  For the past 3 years he has co-hosted the Winchester Whitetail Revolution program on Verses and can be seen regularly on Hunters Specialties, Primetime Bucks and their Cuttin & Struttin DVD's. and  Newly Winchester Rack Masters on the Outdoor Channel

It is no wonder that some of the top names in the outdoor industry have chosen Allen Treadwell to endorse and represent their products. His sponsors include; Bass Pro Shops, Winchester Ammunition, Hunters Specialties, Connecticut Valley Arms, Hi-Viz Sights, Outdoor Edge Knives, and Mossy Oak.

Allen continues to reside near his childhood home, with his wife Lexa, where  hunting and fishing are his chosen lifestyle.  

Adam Weatherby

Like his Father, Adam Weatherby grew up surrounded by the legacy of the Weatherby name and all that it represents in firearm excellence, cartridge innovation, hunting passion and conservation commitment.  Officially appointed as CEO in 2017, Adam is passionate about seeing the Weatherby legacy continue into the future. 

Weatherby’s recent move to Wyoming is part of the plan toward future growth and innovation.  “This move represents more than just a geographic relocation.  It allows Weatherby Inc. to unleash its potential in the shooting and hunting industry” says Weatherby.  With a new team in place, a brand new facility and a promising road map for the future, Adam is positioning the family brand for success.

Adam has been married to his high school sweetheart, Brenda, since 1996 and they together have two teenage children. As a family, they have a genuine love for the outdoors and often adventure together in God’s beautiful creation. Brenda is also a full-time employee of Weatherby, Inc. and they together lead the family business in their newly built facility in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Brenda Weatherby

Brenda Weatherby grew up in a non-hunting and shooting family.  Earlier in life, she was an avid athlete including basketball, volleyball, pole vaulting, and waterskiing.   Adam and Brenda met at church early on in high school and started dating.  They were inseparable and Adam was always introducing new adventures to Brenda.  Brenda began going along on the family’s annual dove hunt.  However, it was many years later until Brenda hunted for herself.  Dana, Brenda’s daughter wanted to get her hunter safety license and mom decided to help her out and begin hunting mom and daughter.  Simultaneously, Weatherby Inc. was introducing a new women’s rifle.  The rifle, the Camilla, allowed Brenda to refine her hunting journey with endless opportunities and time with female mentors. 

Now, Brenda continues to promote the women’s firearms that Weatherby produces and looks to the development of new offerings that are specific to women.  Brenda also works at the company as the Director of People & Culture, handling the segments of human resources, compliance, safety and professional development.  Adam and Brenda lead the family company together and enjoy it all.  From hunting together in the Big Horn Mountains to solving everyday business issues, they count life as a blessing.

Preston Pittman

Born November 28, 1953, some say Preston Pittman was hatched on Thanksgiving Day.

Pittman can’t remember the first time he was introduced to the great outdoors; but he can remember the tale “that at the age of four months, on a creek bank, they flipped a water snake out of the makeshift apple crate bed.” He was raised in the woods hunting and fishing, and still looks forward to every outing.

At 16, Pittman won his first turkey calling championship. When asked, “How did this affect you,” he commented, “I was small growing up, had asthma and chronic nose bleeds; so I couldn’t compete in most sports. I fell in love with God’s greatest gift, the outdoors. When I won that first contest, it did something to me. Not only was I good at it, but I fell in love with a sport that was right up my alley – turkey calling.”

Pittman continued to win and place in so many contests that it’s hard to remember them all. Some include: The World Turkey Calling Contest, The World Natural Voice Turkey Calling Contest, World Two Man Team Turkey Calling Contest, The World Gobbling Turkey Calling Contest, and The World All Call Turkey Calling Contest. He is the only person to hold five different world titles. Other wins include: seven National Championships, nine National Champ of Champs, U.S. Gobbling Champion, Grand National Gobbling Champion and Grand National Champ of Champs.

He has been featured in outdoor hunting magazines including Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, Sports Afield, Southern Outdoors, Turkey Call, Peterson’s Hunting, Turkey and Turkey Hunting, Buckmaster, Deer and Deer Hunting, and many more. He has also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, David Letterman, The Daily Show, Regis and Kelly, Country Fried Videos, TNN Celebrity Outdoors, America’s Funniest People, Real People, Hunting the Country TNN, Remington Country, Mississippi Outdoors, Magnolia Adventures, Adventure Boundand Point Blank. Pittman is also currently appearing, dressed in Longleaf Camo, in advertisements on the Versa channel.