Austin Sheridan has been dedicated to the American firearms industry since he began working at Lyman Products in 1972. As he learned the proud history and traditions of firearms in America from business owners and customers, the dreams he had of the American West as a small boy growing up in Ireland came to life. He has promoted and protected the industry, its community, and its products ever since.
Through his career, Austin Sheridan was Vice President of domestic and international sales for Lyman Products, Director of domestic and OEM sales for Shrade Cutlery/Camillus Knives, and Director of the lead shot and OEM division of National Lead/NL Industries. These positions gave Austin knowledge of domestic and international markets and introduced him to a trusted network of distributors around the world.
In 1990 Austin and Phyllis Sheridan formed Austin Sheridan USA, Inc., a company dedicated to international sales and marketing for US firearms and ammunition manufacturers. At this time, the value of the global market was unrecognized, and Austin Sheridan USA was one of the first sales representative groups to see the potential in the export market.
To build awareness and cooperation between US manufacturers and established international distributors, Austin created sales and marketing programs that broke through the financial and communication barriers of the time. To complete the sales, Austin formed a second company, Caliber Inc., to provide licensing and logistics services, opening the door for international commerce. In 1991 Austin Sheridan USA was one of the founders of the Bianchi Cup International, an event that continues to offer competition and camaraderie to shooters from many countries.
Austin Sheridan USA is one of the original members of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the organizers of SHOT Show, and Austin has attended SHOT Show since 1976. In a unique business model, Austin Sheridan USA is the only sales representative agency to present a full exhibit at trade shows. The company has had exhibitions every year at SHOT Show since 1990 and at IWA in Germany since 1989.
Austin Sheridan USA has been a member of NASGW since 1990. Austin is a member of the National Rifle Association.
Austin is proud to hold both US and European Community citizenship. He lived and was educated in Ireland until his pre-teens, when his family moved to the USA. He and Phyllis lived in Italy for three years in early 2000. His US education includes a bachelor degree from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.
In 1990, when Austin and Phyllis Sheridan incorporated the international sales and marketing company Austin Sheridan USA, Austin did the travelling and Phyllis managed the office administration and imports. Variations of that formula have worked successfully to the present day. Through her years in the business, Phyllis has served as financial manager, sales and marketing agent, trade show coordinator and licensing officer of the ITAR logistics company Caliber Inc.
In 1994 Phyllis applied what she had learned about starting a business to a new venture. With three other area residents she started the Town Times, a local ad-based newspaper for the communities of Durham and Middlefield Connecticut. She was an editor, writer, photographer, business manager and advertising manager during her eight years at the paper.
In 2002, after the Town Times was sold to Record Journal Publications, Austin and Phyllis moved to Italy for three years to work more closely with their international clients. In 2006 the office was moved to its present location in Middletown Connecticut.
In 2008 Amanda Sheridan Bowen and Phyllis Sheridan formed Apex International LLC to offer a platform for Amanda to develop as she joined the family business. Apex provides all the licensing, logistics and import services to the firearms industry previously performed by Caliber Inc.
Currently, Phyllis provides administrative support to Austin Sheridan USA and Apex International and will continue as trade show coordinator for SHOT Show and IWA exhibitions.
Amanda started her corporate career at Home Box Office (HBO) TV and movie entertainment group in Manhattan, NY in 2004. She spent two years in the Marketing Research and Development Department. In addition to this experience, Amanda also worked with smaller, grassroots marketing groups in Manhattan. After graduating with honors from Baruch College in NYC, Amanda decided to join the family business.
Amanda’s involvement with Austin Sheridan USA began in 1990 when her father, Austin, founded the company. In the beginning, it was a family affair with cross-country trips to SHOT Show, building booths, and learning the importance of hard work and dedication. Now, at 37 years old, Amanda has had a lifetime of training in the family business.
Since joining Apex in a full time capacity in 2009, Amanda has helped to streamline the company and build an import business in addition to continuing to support Austin Sheridan USA’s exports. Amanda worked alongside of her mother Phyllis learning the many nuisances of the business. Amanda has been certified in IATA, IMDG, and DOT. She also attends multiple BATF, DDTC, and DOC conferences and seminars yearly to stay current on all rules and regulations.
Amanda enjoys international travel and the experience of working with people from all over the world. Apex is now primed to grow and expand over the next few years under Amanda’s leadership. It is her mission to create a diverse product group and build APEX’s import and export clientele. This is an exciting time for APEX’s management and staff; they are all looking forward to the challenges and success of the future!
Amanda lives with her husband, child, and dogs (Apex’s highly trained security team) in Connecticut.
Wendy began her career as an administrator at Canberra Industries of Connecticut in 1984. Canberra is a nuclear technology company that specializes in measurement solutions for nuclear safety security and the environment. After excelling in administrative roles, she was promoted to International Traffic Coordinator where she learned her foundation in licensing and logistics. Wendy took time off to raise her family and then joined the workforce again as Office Manager for a local newspaper in her hometown. When the Sheridans moved Austin Sheridan USA overseas for 3 years, they asked Wendy to manage the domestic Austin Sheridan USA office in CT.
In 2010, a logistics position at Apex International opened up that was a combination of Wendy’s skill set from Canberra and her office management experience. Wendy has enjoyed learning all the specifics of importing and exporting ITAR products and has made worldwide shipping of this challenging commodity look easy. She has been certified in IATA, IMDG, and DOT twice. She has also attended the Annual Import/Export Conference held by the NSSF, along with BATF, DDTC, and DOC. Wendy has also enjoyed attending SHOT Show in Las Vegas and the IWA Fair in Germany.
Wendy’s attention to detail and mastery of the international shipping regulations allows her to provide superior service to all of Apex’s clientele.