Ed Small – CEO
Ed received his B.S.B.A. in marketing and international trade from Appalachian State in 1986. Before joining Big Rock, he was a Senior Operating Advisor for JP Morgan Partners, assisting with the evaluation of current and potential investments from an operating perspective. In addition, Ed was the Chairman of the Board for SiTeco Lighting, a JPMP portfolio company in Germany that provides lighting solutions. Ed joined Big Rock in 2005 as President, taking over his current CEO duties in March of 2006. Ed and his wife Faith live on a horse farm near Big Rock’s headquarters in central North Carolina.
Jay Samuels – Chief People Officer
Prior to joining Big Rock Sports in 2005, Jay served in human resource leadership positions for Classic Leather, Inc., Corning Cable Systems and RSI Home Products. He is a native of North Carolina and graduated from Appalachian State University. After graduation, Jay served four years as a Captain in the US Army.
Patrick Harvey – CFO, SVP of Finance
Pat joined Big Rock Sports in 2013. He has a BS in Accounting from Northern Illinois University and a Masters from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is a CPA. Pat has over 18 years of experience as a CFO of manufacturing and distribution companies, mostly in the consumer products industry, such as Newell Rubbermaid, Mother’s Cookies, United Technologies and NASCAR. Pat and his wife Georgia have three children and live in central North Carolina near Big Rock’s headquarters.
Brian Phillips – Senior Vice President, Sales
Prior to becoming Senior Vice President of Sales, Brian Phillips led the Business Development team. Previously, he worked in the consumer goods industry at the Jarden Corporation, United Technologies and Kidde PLC. Brian was recently named to the SGB Top 40 Under 40 list, and he currently lives in central North Carolina with his wife and two sons.
Since its inception in 1996, Big Rock Sports has grown at an extraordinary rate, and Big Rock’s leadership team is a big part of the reason why. They work to ensure that everyone—vendors, retailers and employees—benefits from our growth. Because of their guidance, Big Rock is one of the largest distributors of firearms and fishing gear in all of North America.