Bill Wilson serves as CEO of PrairieFire. He previously served 28 years in the US Navy as a SEAL Officer retiring as a Captain in 2014. He served as a Platoon Commander at SEAL Teams One and Three, BUD/S 3rd Phase Officer, Element and Team Leader at Naval Special Warfare Development Group, multiple tours as an Operations Officer in Joint and Combined Task Forces, and served as Commanding Officer at SEAL Team One, Naval Special Warfare Center and Special Operations Task Groups in the Middle East.
After retiring from the Navy in 2014, Bill started a second career in the software industry. In 2017 he co-founded Alchemy, a software services company targeted to higher education institutions.
Bill and Craig Kozeniesky served together in Iraq at multiple Special Operations Task Forces prior to their respective retirements. Today, Bill finds deep purpose in building teams and helping individuals achieve their potential. He is an avid shooter and hunter.
Craig Kozeniesky served 28 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as a Colonel and as Deputy Commander of MARSOC. Throughout his career, he served in the USMC infantry, reconnaissance, and joint special operations assignments. He served as a foreign exchange officer with the British Royal Marine Commandos, as well as the Norwegian Army. He is a plank owner of the USMC Initial Force Contribution to U.S. Special Operations Command, Marine Corps SOCOM Detachment ONE (Det ONE), leading ‘Task Unit Raider’ under Naval Special Warfare Task Group-Arabian Peninsula. He commanded 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, deploying to the western Pacific and to Ar Ramadi, Iraq for OIF during the ‘Anbar Awakening’.
As Commanding Officer of Camp Fuji, Japan, he led ‘Task Force Fuji’ in disaster relief operations at the Sendai Airport as part of Operation Tomodachi from March-April 2011 in response to the earthquake and tsunami disaster. He served with a joint special operations task force based in Ft. Bragg, NC, deploying to Afghanistan.
Following his military career, Craig worked in the private sector and government contracting, as well as for the Nevada Secretary of State Office. He has been an avid outdoorsman and shooting practitioner his whole life. He and his wife are proud parents of two sons – one of whom served as a Marine infantryman. The other is a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center, an Olympic Silver Medalist, a member of the US national rifle team, and a passionate supporter of USA shooting sports.
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. His passion is helping organizations assess potential, select leaders, and mentoring people and private-sector organizations develop enduring leadership and develop programs that can be applied to modern businesses.
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 PraireFire build programs for our customers. His warm, humble and approachable style of leadership helps organizations develop teams aligned with culture mission and purpose.
Mark believes that chemistry moves mountains, not physics and building relationships based on trust and performance yields lasting improvements. 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. He believes that simplifying complexity to focus on the mission is a universal competency that can be adopted by any organization. Mark and his wife Wendy are the proud parents of Taylor O’Neil (29) and SGT Riley O’Neil (25), currently serving as an Airborne Ranger.
Commanding General, United States Army Alaska: July 2017 – July 2019
Chief of Staff, United States Army Pacific: May 2016 – June 2017
Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center: March 2015 – May 2016
Deputy Commanding General (Operations), 10th Mountain Division: December 2012 – January 2015
Senior Military Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Army: August 2011 – December 2012
Command & Key Staff Positions, United States Army Special Operations Command: June 1994 – August 2011
Lanny Barnes is a three-time Olympian in the sport of Biathlon, World & National Champion in several other shooting disciplines. Lanny teaches military, law enforcement and competitive shooters how to maximize 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 programs.
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, 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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Todd Jarrett is a 16-time US National Champion, 4-time World Champion, and holds hundreds of regional, state, and area championships in USPSA, 3 Gun, Steel Challenge, and IDPA. Todd is the only USPSA Triple Crown Winner winning the Open Nationals, Limited Nationals, and World Championship in the same year.
With his 38 years on the range and banging out over 6 million rounds, it only made sense to communicate and get involved with the firearms Industry. Working with some of the biggest named companies in the industry has led to hundreds of new product designs over the years from firearms, firearms parts, ammunition, holsters, slings, pouches, targets systems, lasers, scopes, red dots, and range development. Many of those developments and designs are still currently used in law enforcement, military, and by civilians today. Todd was the one of the pioneers of the practical application of the red dot training in military, law enforcement and civilian customers.
Throughout Todd’s years of experience, he has been involved in television, sales, marketing, and training of dealers and distributors worldwide. Firearms training has been a passion of his, and he is constantly adapting and advancing training techniques. For decades, Todd has worked with law enforcement, elite military units, government agencies, and civilians.
Christina Rhine has an accomplished career in the firearms industry and community, representing numerous companies and organizations since 2016. Her interests are firearms training, competitive shooting and product development. She is a proven industry leader in business development and marketing alignment for the Safariland Group and Bianchi Leather companies. Christina establishes authentic connections with end users to build better products and applications.
In her free time Christina enjoys introducing new enthusiasts to our sport, firearms instruction and hunting.
Retired Master Sergeant Eric Eckhardt is a veteran of 23 years of active service in the U.S. Army. Beginning his career as a Heavy Weapons Infantryman in an Airborne unit, Eric went on to serve 20 years in Special Operations. He has deployed to combat multiple times, serving as a Medical Sergeant, Assaulter, Sniper and Reconnaissance Team Sergeant. Eric has extensive experience planning and conducting dynamic, high-risk training at home and abroad. He has helped create programs of instruction as diverse as Urban Combat, Long Range Interdiction, Military Freefall Infiltration, Austere Medicine and Trauma Management, Combat Mobility, Counter IED Tactics, and Operational Planning.
Eric has been an avid competitive shooter since his early life. As a civilian he competed in Trap, Skeet, Archery, and Muzzleloading before joining the Army. During his military career, he moved to practical shooting, where he competed in IDPA, USPSA, several multi-gun disciplines, and precision rifle. Eric’s competitive accomplishments include a Grand Master rating in USPSA, 3-Gun Nation qualifier champion, and 1st Place USASOC Sniper Competition 2017.
Eric has served as Range Master and/or Match Director at some of the Nation’s highest profile benefit matches, including Task Force Dagger 3-Gun, Duskin 3-Gun and Memorial 3-Gun (Current Range Master for this event). His leadership ensures that matches are safe, fair, fun and honor the causes they celebrate. Eric is passionate about non-profits that support military and law enforcement causes. Eric brings tremendous experience and skill to PrairieFire’s Training and Competition programs, and he most enjoys introducing new enthusiasts to the joy of competing.
Heather Miller was born and raised in South Texas. Mentored by her father, a Navy veteran and career Law Enforcement professional, she began shooting at age 4. Along the way, she has become one of the nation’s top female shooters, competing across the country and worldwide.
For more than 13 years, Heather has been active in multiple competitive disciplines, including USPSA, IPSC, IDPA, Steel Challenge, 3-Gun, tactical challenges, and precision rifle events. She consistently earns top finishes in several sports. Heather was selected to represent the United States in the IPSC World Rifle Championships in Sweden, and the IPSC World Shotgun Championship in France, where she and her team won the Silver Medal in 2018.
In addition to her competitive endeavors, Heather has trained with and carried firearms for defense for 14 years. She regularly uses her experience to give back to the community by hosting firearms and concealed-carry clinics and staying active in local and national Second Amendment advocacy efforts.
With 8 years of experience in the firearms industry, Heather is already one of the country’s most accomplished Business Development, Sales, and Marketing professionals. She made use of her industry knowledge to provide vital support to non-profit organizations such as the DC Project Foundation, Task Force Dagger Foundation, Duskin Stephens Foundation, PS Charities, and the Memorial 3-Gun Foundation. When she isn’t working, competing, or teaching, you can find her in the mountains with her husband, staying sharp with her other shooting hobby: photography.
Heather is a true Professional Shooter who travels far and wide to compete, learn, teach and share her passion for shooting and the shooting community.
Mike Benbow recently retired from the United States Marshals Service as the Tactical Operations Commander for their Special Operations Group (SOG). Mike spent 25 years in the Marshals and 21 years in SOG. During his tenure as SOG Cadre, Mike was responsible for the shooting and entry programs as well as overseeing Tactical Operations. He participated in missions across the United States and its territories as well as several overseas deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other counties abroad.
Prior to his time in the US Marshals, Mike served as a uniformed Sheriff’s Deputy, a Narcotics Detective, and a United States Border Patrol Agent. Mike’s passion for all shooting disciplines carried throughout his career and continues today.