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Jim Chandley

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Direct Phone: 817-605-2209
Extension: 209

I began my sporting goods career in 1978 with Ohio based Koenig Sporting Goods. Shortly after I started working at the Erie, Pa. location, Koenig’s joined NBS and I started to attend the Semi-Annual Markets as a buyer.  During my 15 years as an NBS Member, I learned a lot about the NBS organization, so I was happy to accept the opportunity to join the NBS team in 1997 as Vice President, Merchandising.

As a new NBS Member in 1982, I recall my first Market being surrounded by powerhouse independent store owners, with retailers like Galyan’s, Gart Brothers, Hibbett, Modell’s, Agler-Davidson, and Allied Sporting Goods being heavily involved. Claude Manning was still active in the organization and Larry Newell was the president. NBS had 157 Members in 1982, and a lot has changed in the last 35 years.

Today, NBS has grown to 365 Members and I have been privileged to witness and be part of the growth. In 2004, I was given the opportunity to lead the organization as President, and I sincerely enjoy seeing our Members succeed and watching the NBS employees grow in their careers. While the retail environment has certainly changed, the NBS Mission remains the same – to provide the independent dealer the ability to not only be competitive, but to thrive in today’s marketplace. 

Outside of NBS, my hobbies include trap and skeet shooting, golf, fishing, and cycling. I am blessed with two grandchildren and I am enjoying watching them grow up.