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Richard A. Pearson
Executive Director
Chatsworth

 

Career Summary:

  • Executive Director – Illinois State Rifle Association, 2004-present

  • Insurance Broker

  • Owner - Shafer-Pearson Insurance Agency, Chatsworth, IL,
    1978-2001

  • Geography Teacher - Bloomington Junior High School,
    Bloomington, IL, 1976-1978

  • Cooperative Work Training Instructor – Bloomington, IL, 1970-1977

  • Teaching Assistant - Department of Geography & Geology, ISU, Normal, IL, 1969-1970

  • Teacher – IL Youth Commission, IL Department of Corrections, Kankakee, IL, 1967-1968

  • Social Studies Teacher – Bradley-Bourbonnais High School,
    Bradley, IL, 1966-1969

Education:

  • Certified Insurance Counselors Degree, 1981

  • M.S. in Ed. – Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 1973

  • B.S. in Ed. – Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 1966

Qualifications:

  • CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month, July 2005

  • Distinguished Pistol Shooter

  • Glock 500 Club (2007 & 2009)

  • Illinois State Free Pistol Record Holder, 1992-1999

  • Pistol – Camp Perry, OH, 1974-1975, 1987-1998

  • Air & Free Pistol – International Shooting Tryouts, Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO; Fort Benning, GA; Prado, CA; Quantico, VA, 1989-1992

  • Air Pistol Champion – Missouri State Standard Pistol Championships, St. Louis, MO, 1990

  • High Power – Camp Perry, OH, 1989-1990

  • Air Pistol Winner – US Grand Prix Championships, Camp Perry, OH, 1989

Shooting Instruction:

  • Distinguished Graduate Front Sight Firearms Training Institute Pistol 2011

  • TCTI Semi-Auto Firearms Instructor, 2010

  • Chief Range Safety Officer, 1998

  • Small Arms Firing School – Pistol – Camp Perry, OH, 1987-1998

  • LFI I & LFI II Graduate, 1997

  • Advanced Rifle & Pistol Coaches College - U.S. Olympic Training Center, 1995

  • Advanced Pistol Graduate, Chapman Academy, 1995

  • NRA Pistol Coaches Class, 1993

  • NRA Rifle Coaches Class, 1991

  • Instruction Classes in Home Safety, Personal Protection, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, 1985-1990

  • Small Arms Firing School – Rifle – Camp Perry, OH, 1987-1988

  • NRA Basic Pistol Instruction Class, 1969

Positions Held In Shooting, Conservation, and Collecting Organizations:

  • President – Illinois State Rifle Association, 1998-2003

  • Treasurer – ISRA PVF – 1998-present

  • Lobbyist – Illinois State Rifle Association, 1998-present

  • Head Coach of the National Jr. Bullseye Camp at Perry, 2008-present

  • Coach – National Coach Development Staff, 1997-present

  • Past Chairman – Friends of NRA Dinner, East Central Illinois FNRA, 1996-present

  • Membership Chairman – Illinois State Rifle Association, 1992-present

  • Delegate – Conservation Congress, 1996-2004

  • Member – DNR, Hunting & Fishing Equipment Committee, 1999

  • 1st VP – Illinois State Rifle Association, 1994-1998

  • Chairman – Whitetails Unlimited Dinner, Chatsworth, IL, 1998-1999

  • Pistol Instructor - Youth Sports Camps, Bloomington, IL, 1997-1998

  • Assistant Instructor – Remington Shotgun School, Bloomington, IL, 1997

  • Instructor – Youth SportsFest, Secor, IL; Shelbyville, IL, 1997

  • Coach – ROTC, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 1996-1997

  • Instructor/Coach – Women’s Shooting Committee Classes, Bloomington, IL, 1992-1997

  • Pistol & Rifle Instructor - NRA Training Counselors Program, 1988-1997

  • Pistol Coach – NRA Pistol Camp, Streator, IL, 1997

  • Pistol Coach – Illinois State Rifle Association Women’s Shooting Committee – Camp Perry, OH, 1996

  • Coach – Women’s International Pistol, 1996

  • Convention Chairman – Illinois State Rifle Association, 1990-1992

  • Pistol Coach – Illinois State Rifle Association National Championships Team, 1988-1992

  • Secretary – Bloomington Rifle & Pistol Club, Bloomington, IL, 1972-1977

Additional Items Related To Shooting:

  • Developed Club-In-A-Box Program

  • Contributing Editor – The Illinois Shooter; Adventure Sports Outdoors

  • Shooting Editor – Adventure Sports Outdoors-TV

  • Radio Host – Adventure Sports Outdoors (WMBD), Peoria, IL

  • Member – Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers

 

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