SHERIDAN — As Weatherby adds staff for its future Sheridan location, its leaders have demanded two things from executives: proven expertise in the firearm industry and a personal passion for shooting sports.

“By assembling a group that embraces hunting and shooting, at work and at home, we ensure that Weatherby’s mission is in very good hands,” Adam Weatherby explained.

Luke Thorkildsen and Justin Clark recently joined the firearm and ammunition company in executive roles. Thorkildsen and Clark are both avid big game hunting enthusiasts.

They’re both accomplished long-range shooters, and each brings a wealth of professional firearm industry experience to Weatherby.

Thorkildsen is Weatherby’s new vice president of sales, marketing and product development. He previously represented Walther Arms in the same capacity. Clark, Weatherby’s newly-appointed director of sales and customer service, joined the company after serving as the director of sales at Gunwerks in Cody.

“Luke and I bring unique yet complimentary business perspectives to the company as we embark on an amazing next chapter for Weatherby,” Clark said.

“We’re building a roadmap that combines exciting innovations in product development, along with authentic marketing and a dynamic sales network strategy that will put more hard-hitting, flat-shooting Weatherby rifles into the hands of hunters and shooters worldwide,” Thorkildsen added.

Weatherby’s roadmap includes the recruitment of additional firearm and hunting experts who will join the Weatherby team.

“Our move to Wyoming is more than a geographic relocation,” Weatherby said. “It’s a company-wide revitalization. Here we will not only build the finest rifles to ever bear the Weatherby name, but we’re also amassing the most talented and passionate group of professionals ever assembled in the shooting sports industry. The next decade will engrain our name as deeply in rifle innovation as my ‘Wildcatter’ Grandfather Roy Weatherby did back in the 1940s.”