Board of Directors

Tommy Jackson

I started shooting NSCA events in our area in 2014 and immediately became addicted to the sport. I was having such a great time shooting Sporting Clays, and wanted to do more to promote our sport. In 2016, I decided to run for the Texas Sporting Clays Association Board, and served as a director for two years. It was during this time that the fit on TSCA, while gratifying, was not exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to do something more, something a little more hands-on.

I had met several shooters, that are now friends, at different events who encouraged me to join the 1 In 100 Gun Club. I joined in 2017, and in 2018 was elected to the Board of Directors, and now currently serve as the Vice-President. I also am a NSCA Level 1 Shooting Instructor and Certified Referee. I thoroughly enjoy spending time at our club shooting clays and working in various capacities around the property. I am proud to be a part of this club and look forward to our continued progress in the future.

To support my habit, I have been working in the natural gas industry for 25 years, and for the past 15 years, as a Measurement Technician for Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Pipeline.

Kyle Knupple
Vice President

I was the co-founder and co-owner of a successful ambulance company here in Southeast Texas when I caught the “flying bug” and my life was forever changed.

In 2004, I had the opportunity to start flying through business activities associated with the ambulance company as we became the largest privately owned Emergency Service Ambulance operator in the great State of Texas. I combined this newfound love of aviation along with my customer service background and founded KUSA Aviation, a full-service company serving the general aviation community at Jack Brooks Regional Airport.

KUSA Aviation strives to provide the best customer service experience to anyone that walks through our doors or taxis to our ramp, treating each customer with the utmost respect. Whether you are a student pilot or multinational corporation basing one of your aircraft with us, you will receive the same outstanding, unbeatable service. The basic underlying principles that guide our firm and all our successes as individuals, where it may be found, is not rocket science. “Service is cheap,” it is the smallest details that matter—a firm handshake, being willing to assist—we are more than happy to be of service.  

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors here at our great gun club. I joined the club in 2010, after like many, having participated in a charity event. As a result, I connected with those I already knew while meeting countless additional people from the immediate and surrounding area, forging new relationships.  I joined the board as Secretary in 2019 and now serve as Director at Large. I am elated to work with the Board as we all share common goals being members. We strive to provide exceptional 5-star service to our membership, our guests and to continually operate and grow, bettering our facilities through a structured and organized business approach.

John Johnson

I have been a member of the 1 In 100 Gun Club since the late 1990s. I joined the club after being conscripted to join my coworkers on a team for the Shoot for the Heart charity event. I was so bad and had so much fun that I had to buy a gun and become a member.  Over 20 years later (and lots of new guns and spent ammo), I am a life member of the NSCA with over 100,000 registered targets, having competed in events all over the country and having been a member of 6 NSCA Subguage All-American teams.

This is my second stint on the Club’s Board of Directors.  Many of you may remember me as one of the cooks for the Club’s NSCA tournaments, serving the club and its members in that capacity for over 15 years.  The greatest benefits that I received from my membership are the people that I met and the great friendships that I have made over the years.  This club is a part of the community in many ways.  We host and assist with many community events each year.  I have seen this club survive through hurricanes and floods due to the hard work of members and staff to become one of the best member-run non-profit gun clubs in this country. I am proud to be a part of our club. 

I am a native of southeast Louisiana.  I moved to Texas in 1981 (as fast as I could) after graduating from LSU with an accounting degree (Geaux Tigahs!).  After being accepted in Texas, I was allowed to attend the University of Texas (Hook Em Horns!).  I moved to Beaumont in 1988 and have been here ever since.  Somewhere along the way, I got another degree from another football powerhouse, the University of Alabama (I am not allowed to say that one).  When not standing around talking at the gun club, I can usually be found in my office in Beaumont where I practice commercial law in my firm, Creighton, Fox, Johnson & Mills.

Ruth Newton

I have always had a passion for the outdoors. Throughout my school years, and young adulthood, I played various sports. I am a true competitor, especially against myself. I enjoy working in my yard nurturing my plants, flowers, and breathing in mother nature; the beauty of life that gives me peace and tranquility.

I began shooting in the 80’s, mostly skeet. At the time, sporting clays seemed to be a bit intimidating to me. I was wrong. This sport allowed me to compete against myself, always striving to be better. Devoting the time and effort into this sport has been so rewarding, I fell in love with it. I never fully understood the rush that always came over me shooting a shotgun during competition, but the desire to shoot the best I can is still within me today.

I joined the 1 In 100 Gun Club in 1996. Shooting as often as I possibly could, with much help from Alvin (I’m sure many of you can remember his uncontrolled need to explain to me every little thing I was doing, was not the right way, and a couple of times, he was actually right! ha-ha). I also volunteered, as many others did, to help with the registered and charity events. The club couldn’t pay for help like we can today, it mostly operated on an all-volunteer basis (we still have members that serve this club with such gracious hearts). The club has come a long way with the leadership we have now and in the past.

In 2001, I was asked to maintain the bookkeeping for the membership dues. I continue with the bookkeeping to this day, except on a much larger scale. Working with many great managers, employees, board members, and volunteers through the years, I am proud to be a small part of the best gun club in Southeast Texas and the surrounding area. I consider the gun club as my extended family, and I am thankful for the friends I have made.

Since 1992, I have worked at Newton Cabinet Works, Inc. in Beaumont. I manager the office and financials, serving as Secretary/Treasurer.

It is an honor to fill the unexpired term of Alvin K. Newton, Board of Directors, Treasurer position.

Chad Blanchard

I was born on December 6th, 1971 in Beaumont, Texas. I am 7th generation Texan from descendants of John J. French. I attended Hamshire-Fannett ISD and graduated in 1990. I attended Stephen F. Austin State University and graduated in 1995 with Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics. I also graduated with Master of Science with emphasis on aquatics in 1999. While compiling and defending my theses, I managed to be promoted to Environmental Manager for Chromium Corporation RECD and CCD Divisions. In 1999, there was an opportunity to move back to Beaumont and go to work for Munro’s Uniform Services. When I returned, I began as General Manager and worked successfully and grew the Munro business threefold as President. During my career there, I was President of Textile Maintenance Association of Texas for 2005-2007, Graduate of Leadership Beaumont 2001, Advisory board 2001-2005, Facilitator 2005, Vice Chair 2011, Chairman 40th Anniversary 2012, Rotarian at Beaumont Club from 2002 to present, where I served as numerous committee chairs and board director from 2008-2011, Vice President 2011-2012, President Elect 2012-2013 and will service as the 101st President in 2013-2014 Rotary year. After 17 years at Munro’s, I left to start a new business venture in the industrial construction sector. I have served as Vice President of Industrial Speed Group from 2016 to present. As an entrepreneur, I have grown the new business to a successful and competitive service company. I am also a long-standing member of the Young Men’s Business League, Knights of Columbus, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. I have been married to my best friend Chelle for over 26 years, and we have two children, Beau an Katie. I enjoy volunteering and helping the youth in the community through YMBL, Jefferson County 4H Shotgun Shooting Sports and the Hamshire-Fannett School Board. I am currently serving my 8th year of my second term and will be elected this year for a third 4-year term. I have served as President of the Hamshire-Fannett Board of Trustees for the past 3 years. My hobbies include hunting, fishing, shooting and being in the outdoors. 

Mike Griffin

I have been a member of the 1 In 100 Gun Club for 20+ years. I am 66 years old, and have been working in the oilfield construction business for Tanner Services as a General Manager for 14 years. I have been on the gun club Board of Directors for 3 years now, and I am over the Rifle, Pistol & Rimfire Committee.

Ed Vogel
board member

I am 81 years old, and am a retired maintenance supervisor from GoodYear Chemicals. I joined the gun club in 1979, after a visit with a friend. I previously served as a director for 19 years in several capacities, including grounds keeper, President, and interim club manager. In 23 years of retirement, I have worked on numerous projects to improve our gun club with other club members willing to devote their time and resources to better our club. I hope to stay involved and help when called upon.

Steve Wilson
Board member

I have been a member of the 1 In 100 Gun Club since about 2010. I became a member when a client of mine asked me to shoot on his team in the LIT Charity Shoot. I went to the club and inquired about sporting clays because I wanted to know a little more about what to expect. I didn’t realize how addicting the smell of gun powder is!!! I began to make friends, which led me to the weekly shooting, and a group of people I consider family.

I served 3-4 terms on the board of directors, and then was elected President, going on for 3 years now. We have an awesome facility that we can all be proud of, and a sport we can enjoy with a diverse group of individuals that all have a common interest. A sport that requires discipline and practice, and is something we can enjoy our entire life. I felt it was important to be involved. I personally enjoy shooting waterfowl and game birds, and have traveled to several different countries in pursuit. I enjoy sport fishing offshore and wade fishing for trout, along with redfish.

At 68, I am still working to support my hobbies. I have worked the last 20+ years selling commercial LED lighting and controls. I represent about 50+ lighting factories, and support architects, engineers, and electrical contractors with products and designs.

I appreciate the opportunity to serve as your president, and if I haven’t met you, I hope I get the chance soon! Thank you, and be safe!!

Ronnie Anderson
Board member

My name is Ronnie Anderson, owner of Anderson Construction Company established in 1946. We are custom home builders and real-estate developers, primarily in the Beaumont area.

I have always had an interest in the gun club since I was a sub-junior shooting skeet starting in the 50’s. I now enjoy shooting sporting clays when I can get away from work.

I am proud to have served on the gun club Board of Directors for the past 15+ years, and have watched it turn into the nicest gun club in Texas.