Joe – Special Contributor

Having grown up in rural North Carolina and attending Western Carolina University, I have gotten accustomed to enjoying the outdoors.  I was raised in an Army family with my dad […]

Having grown up in rural North Carolina and attending Western Carolina University, I have gotten accustomed to enjoying the outdoors.  I was raised in an Army family with my dad being a career Master Sergeant, my uncle a retired Lt. Colonel and my cousin currently a Lt. Colonel attending the War College.  Though I did not serve, I have the utmost respect for those that have and of course the cool toys they got to play with occasionally.  

My interests range from mountain biking, hiking, camping, car and truck builds and repair and of course shooting.  I have also been known to shoot in the mid to low eighties at golf when challenged as well. While at Western I received my Bachelors in Parks and Recreation Management and my Masters in Business Administration.  I was also a member of the track and field team, competing in the pole vault and the decathlon.  My current athletic feats involve wrangling five kids, two cats and two basset hounds.  

We all have hobbies and one of mine has been car and truck builds. I have had several fun ones and some not so fun.  My current vehicle, the mighty M35A2, will be the biggest one to date though.  With plans for a quad cab, upsized wheels and tires, and accessories galore, it should be exciting for all.

About the Author

Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits. A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management. Jeff founded and manages Cress Sales & Marketing LLC, offering online sales and marketing consulting and services to online merchants and service providers.