POMA continues to offer quality speakers to help meet, and exceed, what our members have let us know they need. So far, this year’s schedule includes editors, a wild game chef and social media influencer to offer industry insight. Don’t miss your chance to interact with and learn from them at conference. Here is the first round of confirmed speakers, and what they’ll be covering.
Breakout Session Speakers
Breakout Session Topic: The Reality of Hunting in the Media Landscape
Joe Genzel has been a writer, editor, photographer, and media strategist for over 15 years. He grew up chasing mallards and Canada geese in the Illinois River Valley with his father and continues to pursue his hunting passions as an editor for Outdoor Life.
Jacki Billings and Kevin Michalowski
Breakout Session Topic: Writing for a Tactical Audience
Kevin Michalowski is executive editor of
Concealed Carry Magazine and a fully certified law enforcement officer working part time in rural Wisconsin. He is a USCCA- and NRA-Certified Trainer. Kevin has participated in training across the U.S. as both a student and an instructor in multiple disciplines. These specialties include pistol, rifle, shotgun, empty-hand defense and rapid response to the active shooter. Kevin is passionate about the concealed carry lifestyle, studying the legal, ethical and moral aspects of the use of force in self-defense. He is a graduate of the Force Science Institute Certification Course and has worked as a professional witness and consultant on matters concerning the judicious use of deadly force and deadly force decision-making. He has been an active member of the outdoor media since 1993 when he first joined the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers.
Jacki Billings is a journalist and editor at Guns.com.
Leveraging her decades worth of journalism experience, she has brought news, features and reviews to readers in the gun industry for the past five years. She has previously provided freelance content to Guns.com, RECOIL, Shooting Sports USA, ConcealedCarry.com and Concealed Carry Magazine. As an editor at Guns.com, she now manages freelance content and serves as the publication’s chief copy editor. In addition to writing, Jacki is an NRA certified instructor and BLS instructor for the American Heart Association. She also holds a black belt in Yongmudo.
Breakout Session Topic: Should Have
My name is Jeremiah Doughty, I am a wild game chef from Southern California. My passion for the outdoors started at a very young age, but my love for it started many years later. In 2010 I found out I was allergic to bovine fats (BEEF) and other processed meats. This allergy forced my hand into living without store bought red meats, but I chose to take a stand against it and do my own research. Through my study of food, nutrition and allergies I found that large wild game did not hold the allergic trade within its meats. This realization brought me into the large mammal hunting world and I harvested my first antelope in 2011. I quickly found out that it was harder than I had thought, and taking my meat to the butcher was out of the question because they used beef fats in many of their machines. I struggled to find people to help me and shape me within the industry. I struggled to make the meat taste good along with trying to butcher and hunt. After understanding the basics of wild game meat, I quickly found myself as one of the guys people looked up to for simple & easy wild game recipes.
In 2016 I founded From Field To Plate as a tool for others to use and learn from. I did not have anyone there to help me when I first started in the outdoors and did not want anyone else to have that struggle. So I founded a blog with stories and recipes. In 2017 I started a hands on 4 day hunting, butchering & cooking school in South Texas. The classes have been mentioned in Outdoor life, NTWF, Mossy oak and other magazines. I have since taken over 300 new and veterans hunters into the field and kitchen. I have evolved my business into a thriving social media outlet, passion projects, recipes and soon launching my first cookbook. My passion for the outdoors grows every day and cant wait to change the Hunting Industry with a fork and a knife.