About Us

ABOUT US

We are an extraordinary campus, curated by our elite leadership team, where Special Operations-Inspired challenges unfold through our TRIAD: Fundamentals Matter, Gunslinger Challenges and Beyond the Gun. We harness the potential of teamwork, embrace camaraderie, elevate leadership, and build ultimate trust, creating The Best Day of Shooting of Your Life.

Our Goal

PrairieFire is a magnificent destination just outside Las Vegas surrounded by mountain peaks, providing unique Special Operations-Inspired challenges for our members and visitors. Your experience will be full of fun and smiles, but more importantly, our goal is to elevate bonds of friendship, the power of teamwork, discovery of leadership, and the strength of extreme trust, which is the foundation of the American idea.

The PrairieFire Method offers our guests an unparalleled level of training tailored to their individual needs and goals. From the beginner to the expert, the team at PrairieFire is ready to help take you to the next level. We want to invest in you so that you leave PrairieFire a better version of yourself.

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Meet The Team

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Scott Miller

General (Ret.)

Executive Chairman

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Mark O’Neil

Major General (Ret.)

Chief Executive Officer

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Levi Rogers

SVP Revenue & Hospitality

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Chad Brown

Chief Marketing Officer

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Hans Hansen

Master Chief (Ret.)

Chief Training Officer

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Lanny Barnes

3 x USA Olympian

Chief Experience Officer

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Kasia Kwiatkowska

VP of Memberships

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Jennifer Williams

VP of Engagement

Why the name PrairieFire?

The words “Prairie Fire” encompasses multiple meanings. Primarily, it evokes the image of fire engulfing open grasslands, swiftly spreading and transforming the landscape it touches. Beyond its literal connotation, the term symbolizes the notion of cleansing through fire, a process of burning down the old to make way for new beginnings and fresh perspectives. Additionally, it harkens back to a chapter in history, serving as the codename for a series of highly classified, multi-service United States special operations patrols during the Vietnam War.

How can we ignite the flame inside of you?

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Scott Miller
General (Ret.)
Executive Chairman

General Austin "Scott" Miller, assuming the role of Executive Chairman for Prairie Fire Nevada in January 2023, boasts a distinguished career spanning over 38 years in uniform. Graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1983, he retired from active duty in 2021, leaving an indelible mark on some of the world's most complex geopolitical landscapes.

Throughout his tenure, General Miller, an Airborne-Ranger and Infantry officer, commanded at various levels, from leading a company in Korea to spearheading the TF Ranger assault force in Mogadishu during the infamous "Blackhawk Down" incident. His leadership extended to commanding the Joint Special Operations Command and culminated in serving as the final commander of NATO's Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces Afghanistan.

A stalwart figure in the Global War on Terror, General Miller distinguished himself as one of the earliest Americans to engage in the pursuit of Usama Bin Laden and other high-value targets. His extensive combat experience includes commanding multiple Special Operation Task Forces across the Middle East and South Asia.

Notably, as commanding general of the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning in 2014, General Miller led efforts to integrate women into the prestigious U.S. Army Ranger School, a pivotal step forward in gender equality within the military.

General Miller's accolades include two Combat Infantryman Badges, two Purple Hearts, the Silver Star and a remarkable 20 Overseas Service Bars, underscoring his unparalleled dedication with over a decade spent in combat zones.

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Mark O’Neil
Major General (Ret.)
Chief Executive Officer

Major General (Retired) Mark O'Neil dedicated 33 years of service to the U.S. Army, excelling in diverse combat leadership roles. Commencing his journey in the Army Special Operations Command, he ascended to the esteemed position of Commanding General of the United States Army Alaska. Throughout his tenure, O'Neil’s leadership ethos centered on mentorship, strategic planning, and fostering partnerships, principles he refined during his impactful 16-year tenure with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

In addition to his military contributions, O'Neil extends his expertise to assist organizations in talent assessment and leadership development initiatives. He advocates for simplifying complexity to maintain mission focus, a philosophy he actively applies at PrairieFire, where he contributes to guest program development.

O'Neil’s distinguished career is underscored by numerous accolades, including the prestigious Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, and an impressive 12 Overseas Service Bars, testament to his unwavering dedication and exemplary service. O'Neil and his wife Wendy take immense pride in their children, Taylor O'Neil, pursuing a career as a cameraman in LA, and Staff Sergeant Riley O'Neil, currently serving as an Airborne Ranger, reflecting a legacy of commitment to duty and excellence.

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LEVI ROGERS
Senior Vice President

Levi Rogers is a seasoned executive with a proven track record in leadership and operations management. Currently serving as the Senior Vice President at PrairieFire, Levi oversees the development and execution of state-of-the-art adventure experiences and shooting ranges in Nevada.

Rogers’ extensive background includes roles such as Director of Operations at The Mansion at MGM Grand and COO/CFO at Spring Mountain Medical. With over two decades of experience in various industries including hospitality, medical services and cycling, Levi brings a unique blend of strategic vision and operational expertise to every role he undertakes. His passion for adventure and community building drives him to create immersive experiences that leave a lasting impact on participants. Rogers’ is known for his C-level leadership skills, which have been instrumental in driving growth and success across diverse business environments.

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CHAD BROWN
Chief Marketing Officer

Chad Brown boasts over two decades of extensive experience in advertising and marketing, spanning various roles and industries. He commenced his marketing career as a Graphic Production Artist at the Las Vegas Review Journal newspaper, later serving as an Armor Crewman in the United States Army. After completing his military service, Brown contributed four years to Coin Machine Services, Inc., a leading casino gaming manufacturer in Las Vegas.

His professional journey culminated in a distinguished 15-year tenure at MGM Resorts International, where he ascended to the role of Corporate Vice President of Marketing Operations. During his tenure, Brown orchestrated numerous successful national brand campaigns, managed multimillion-dollar marketing budgets and pioneered the integration of innovative technologies such as mobile check-in and digital key.

Transitioning to JC Hospitality LLC, Brown assumed the role of Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing the marketing and advertising strategies for Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Under his leadership, the first licensed and fully integrated Virgin Hotels resort brand was successfully launched worldwide through a nationwide omnichannel advertising campaign.

Furthering his impact, Chad assumed the mantle of Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer at The Brennan Entities, where he led partnership, sponsorship, advertising and marketing strategies for Dollar Loan Center. Additionally, he provided strategic insights, supported new market evaluations and contributed to business development initiatives.

In his current position as Chief Marketing Officer at PrairieFire Nevada, Chad is entrusted with comprehensive oversight of brand marketing and advertising strategies. His responsibilities include MarTech implementation, campaign development, traditional and digital marketing, social media management, web development and direct communications. Key objectives include fostering robust brand recognition, driving visitation and enhancing membership conversions.

Brown holds an AA in Liberal Arts from Barstow City College, a BS in Marketing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He graduated from the MGM Resorts International Executive Leadership Institute and actively contributes to various community and professional organizations, emphasizing his commitment to personal and community development.

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Hans Hansen
Master Chief (Ret.)
Chief Training Officer

Hans Hansen took on the role as Chief Experience Officer of PrairieFire, in September of 2023 after a distinguished 21-year career in the US Navy. Master Chief Hans Hansen transitioned into a second career dedicated to leadership and professional development. Since retiring in 2009, he has been instrumental in shaping the capabilities of military personnel and private sector professionals alike. With expertise in instructor development and curriculum design, he offers invaluable insights to enhance training programs. Beyond that, he consults on organizational design and change management initiatives for diverse clientele.

Aside from his professional pursuits, Hansen finds fulfillment in his hobbies as an avid shooter, skier, and photographer. He channels his passion for marksmanship into coaching both novice and seasoned shooters, sharing his wealth of experience and expertise.

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LANNY BARNES
Chief Experience Officer

Lanny Barnes took on the role of Chief Experience Officer in May of 2022. Barnes is a three-time Olympian in Biathlon, boasting world and national championships in diverse shooting disciplines. With over 20 years of instructional experience, she specializes in maximizing the physiological and psychological performance of military, law enforcement and competitive shooters. Barnes' coaching extends across Nordic skiing, biking, marathons, triathlons and all shooting disciplines, showcasing her versatile training approach.

In addition to her athletic achievements, Barnes is an accomplished artist, crafting expressive works since 2000, featured at www.theolympianartist.com. Alongside her twin sister, she shares Olympic experiences and dedicates free time to mentorship programs in schools, 4-H clubs, Boys & Girls Clubs and Boys & Girls Scouts. Their advocacy emphasizes the importance of pursuing dreams, setting goals and leading a healthy, active lifestyle.

Beyond mentorship, Barnes and her sister channel their compassion by guiding terminally ill children and wounded veterans on unforgettable hunting and outdoor adventures, embodying a spirit of empathy and service.

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Kasia Kwiatkowska
VP of Membership

Kasia Kwiatkowska, hailing from Poland, completed her Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Affairs in 2005, graduating with distinction from both the University of Warsaw and the London School of Diplomacy, Westminster University. In 2005, she made the transition to the United States and achieved American citizenship in 2017, proudly holding dual citizenship in Poland and the USA.

Drawing on her academic background, Kwiatkowska has forged a successful career centered around the establishment and management of cohesive, loyal member-based communities across the United States. With over a decade of experience at Invited Clubs, she has played a pivotal role in driving Member enrollment, expanding into new markets, ensuring robust member retention, facilitating effective communication among stakeholders and members, launching innovative products, and offering strategic guidance to Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees.

Kwiatkowska's expertise extends to the revitalization and acquisition of business clubs, with a primary focus on enhancing club visibility, accelerating enrollments, and bolstering retention rates. She excels in cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships within the community, resulting in increased usage and heightened client engagement for the clubs under her purview. Kwiatkowska's unwavering commitment to excellence and her dedication to building thriving member communities continue to drive her impactful contributions to the field of club management and community development.

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JENNIFER WILLIAMS
VP of Engagement

Jennifer Williams serves as the Vice President of Engagement at PrairieFire Nevada, leveraging her extensive background in journalism, television production, and digital media. Recognized for her exceptional news judgment and innovative content strategies, she has made significant contributions to various media platforms. Jennifer played a pivotal role in shaping Facebook's news products during critical moments such as the COVID-19 crisis, the George Floyd protests, and the 2020 presidential election, driving substantial growth and delivering high-quality content to millions worldwide.

Prior to her role at Facebook, Jennifer excelled as an Executive Producer at Fox News Channel, overseeing the development and launch of successful daily live news programs. Her expertise extends to acclaimed projects with Zero Point Zero Production, demonstrating her commitment to excellence across various media formats. Committed to community engagement, Jennifer volunteers with Canine Companions and remains active in her Seneca community, reflecting her passion for storytelling and media advocacy.

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Kasia Kwiatkowska
VP of Membership

Kasia Kwiatkowska was born and raised in Poland. Graduated with a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Affairs in 2005 and holds a dual degree from the University of Warsaw and the London School of Diplomacy, Westminster University. Kasia moved to the United States in 2005 and became a naturalised United States citizen in 2017, which makes her a dual citizen of both Poland and the USA. Her educational background has paved the way for the successful creation of coherent and loyal member based communities across the country. Her 10+ years at Invited Clubs included driving Member enrollment, identifying and penetrating new markets, assuring members’ retention and longevity, promoting effective communication between all stakeholders and members, developing and launching new products, as well as collaborating and guiding Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees.

Kasia has extensive experience with business clubs’ re-invention and acquisitions, with the primary focus of driving club awareness, leading to accelerated enrollments and increased retention. She is adept at building mutually beneficial community partnerships that yield increased usage and client engagement.

Currently, Kasia resides in Las Vegas and enjoys spending her free time weight training, mountain biking, and caring for her two kittens, Zoey and Zara.

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Kasia Kwiatkowska
VP of Membership

Kasia Kwiatkowska was born and raised in Poland. Graduated with a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Affairs in 2005 and holds a dual degree from the University of Warsaw and the London School of Diplomacy, Westminster University. Kasia moved to the United States in 2005 and became a naturalised United States citizen in 2017, which makes her a dual citizen of both Poland and the USA. Her educational background has paved the way for the successful creation of coherent and loyal member based communities across the country. Her 10+ years at Invited Clubs included driving Member enrollment, identifying and penetrating new markets, assuring members’ retention and longevity, promoting effective communication between all stakeholders and members, developing and launching new products, as well as collaborating and guiding Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees.

Kasia has extensive experience with business clubs’ re-invention and acquisitions, with the primary focus of driving club awareness, leading to accelerated enrollments and increased retention. She is adept at building mutually beneficial community partnerships that yield increased usage and client engagement.

Currently, Kasia resides in Las Vegas and enjoys spending her free time weight training, mountain biking, and caring for her two kittens, Zoey and Zara.

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Hans Hansen

Chief Training Officer

Retired Master Chief Hans Hansen served in multiple operational leadership roles in the US Navy. He deployed numerous times during his 21 years of service. After retiring in 2009, he started a second career focused on leadership and professional development training for the US military and private sector.  Hans specialises in instructor development and curriculum design. He provides consulting services on organisational design and change management programmes for multiple clients. He is an avid shooter, skier, and photographer. Hans’ passion is coaching new and experienced shooters.

 

 

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Mark O’Neil
Maj. Gen. (Ret.)
Chief Executive Officer

Major General (Retired) Mark O’Neil is a distinguished leader and soldier who served for 33 years in the U.S. Army. Mark served in multiple combat leadership positions and is highly decorated. From the start of his military career in the Army Special Operations Command to becoming the Commanding General of the United State Army Alaska, his passion has always been mentoring people at all levels. In his 16 years with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Mark became adept at managing ambiguity in decision-making, strategic planning, and building partnerships across conventional, inter-agency, and special operations portfolios.
Mark helps private and public organizations assess potential, select leaders, and develop enduring leadership and programs. His warm, humble, and approachable style of leadership helps organizations develop teams and align with culture, mission and purpose.  He believes that simplifying complexity to focus on the mission is a universal competency that can be adopted by any organization.
Mark’s deep experience in the assessment, selection, and training of the US military’s most elite special operations soldiers is now applied to helping PrairieFire build programs for our guests. Mark believes that chemistry moves mountains, not physics, and that building relationships based on trust and performance yields lasting improvements.
His awards include the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, and 12 Overseas Service Bars. Mark and his wife Wendy are the proud parents of Taylor O’Neil, who works as a cameraman in LA, and Staff Sergeant Riley O’Neil, who is currently serving as an Airborne Ranger.

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Lanny Barnes
Chief Experience Officer

Lanny Barnes is a three-time Olympian in the sport of Biathlon, and a world and national champion in several other shooting disciplines. Lanny teaches military, law enforcement, and competitive shooters how to maximise their physiological and psychological performance. Lanny has been an instructor for more than 20 years and trains athletes in Nordic skiing, biking, marathons, triathlons, and all shooting disciplines. Lanny is the consummate athlete, coach, and competitor and she brings unique approaches to our training and competition programmes.

Lanny is an accomplished artist and has been creating art since 2000. Her work can be viewed at www.theolympianartist.com. Lanny and her twin sister have competed together in multiple Olympics and spend their free time mentoring at schools, 4-H clubs, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Boys & Girls Scouts on the importance of following their dreams, setting goals, and leading a healthy active lifestyle. Lanny and her sister guide terminally ill children and wounded veterans on hunting and outdoor adventures.

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Scott Miller
General (Ret.)
Executive Chairman

General Austin “Scott” Miller assumed responsibilities as the Executive Chairman for Prairie Fire Nevada in January 2023. Scott spent over 38 years in uniform, graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1983 and retiring from active duty in 2021. His career took him to the far reaches of conflict in complex geopolitical regions, including the Indo-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.An Airborne-Ranger, Infantry officer, he commanded at every grade, including a company in Korea, the TF Ranger assault force in Mogadishu during “Blackhawk Down,” the Joint Special Operations Command, and as the final commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces Afghanistan.Likely the most deployed leader throughout the Global War on Terror, from 2001 until 2021, he was one of the early Americans on the ground to commence the hunt for Usama Bin Laden and other high-value targets. Through the years, he commanded multiple Special Operation Task Forces in combat throughout the Middle East and South Asia, culminating in his assignment as the final commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces Afghanistan from September 2, 2018, through July 12, 2021.

In 2014, as commanding general of the United States Army Manoeuver Centre of Excellence at Fort Benning, he led the initiative to integrate women into the prestigious U.S. Army Ranger School a significant advancement that laid the foundation for women to pursue top positions across the Army. His awards include two awards of the coveted Combat Infantryman Badge, two Purple Hearts, the Silver Star, and an unprecedented 20 Overseas Service Bars, denoting in excess of ten full years in combat zones.

Gen. (Ret.) Scott Miller

PrairieFire Executive Chairman

General Austin “Scott” Miller assumed responsibilities as the Executive Chairman for Prairie Fire Nevada in January 2023.  Scott spent over 38 years in uniform, graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1983 and retiring from active duty in 2021. His career took him to the far reaches of conflict in complex geopolitical regions, including the Indo-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. 

An Airborne-Ranger, Infantry officer, he commanded at every grade, including a company in Korea, the TF Ranger assault force in Mogadishu during “Blackhawk Down,” the Joint Special Operations Command, and as the final commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces Afghanistan. 

Likely the most deployed leader throughout the Global War on Terror, from 2001 until 2021, he was one of the early Americans on the ground to commence the hunt for Usama Bin Laden and other high-value targets. Through the years, he commanded multiple Special Operation Task Forces in combat throughout the Middle East and South Asia, culminating in his assignment as the final commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces Afghanistan from September 2, 2018, through July 12, 2021.

In 2014, as commanding general of the United States Army Manoeuver Centre of Excellence at Fort Benning, he led the initiative to integrate women into the prestigious U.S. Army Ranger School a significant advancement that laid the foundation for women to pursue top positions across the Army.

His awards include two awards of the coveted Combat Infantryman Badge, two Purple Hearts, the Silver Star, and an unprecedented 20 Overseas Service Bars, denoting in excess of ten full years in combat zones.