Jon Rydberg,
Chief Executive Officer


MBA, Corporate Finance, Rensselaer
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Bucknell University
Secret Clearance

CEO of Orchid Advisors and former Ernst & Young executive, Mr. Rydberg has been a strategic advisor to Fortune 500s ($50b+) and small private businesses. An Axial Top 100 Growth CEO, he has been a driving force of change, focused on winning strategies for manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

For 20+ years, he has worked with owners and CEOs to improve financial, operational and regulatory performance.
• $45m EBITDA growth through effective Operations Management and Cost Optimization, finding financial losses and controlling rapid turnarounds through executive restructuring, performance measures and focused initiatives.
• Vertical and horizontal supply chain consolidation and inventory control systems for a $9b manufacturer and a 1,000 store retailer. Due diligence for mega $bb retailers.
• Lead ATF recall-level remediation for large firearms licensees, digital analysis of 40m+ records and 1000x reduction in inventory loss.
• Transform of manufacturing, distribution and retail operations with SAP, Epicor, Oracle, and others. Designer of the modern e-A&D book and ATF compliance technology.
• Remediation of DOJ-SEC investigations, financial restatements and 20+ Sarbanes-Oxley material weaknesses.

Mr. Rydberg’s clients manufacture and distribute approximately 80% of US firearms. Selected companies served by Orchid or Rydberg: Remington, Smith & Wesson, Colt, Mossberg, Maverick, Vista, Savage Arms, SilencerCo, Bass Pro, Cabela’s, EZCORP, Big Rock Sports, Davidson’s, Century Arms, Sportsman’s Guide, LL Bean, Raytheon, Petco, Mazda, Mitsubishi, 99c Only Stores, and hundreds of FFLs.

Mr. Rydberg has 20+ years of inventory management and complex reconciliation experience. He has been involved with mega ATF inspections with 150,000+ serial numbers, 100+ staff, 15+ ATF IOIs and has worked with the ATF’s Major Inspection Team. Mr. Rydberg is a five-time author, an expert in ATF compliance and he works closely with NSSF, NASGW and ATF.Practice Specialty

  • Executive business and regulatory strategy
  • Business transformation and turnaround management
  • Firearms operations and supply chain management
  • Firearms technology (ERP, WMS, POS)
  • Electronic A&D design, analysis and implementation
  • Firearm facility relocations and M&A / Due diligence
  • FFL Launch and Protection Services
  • ATF and import compliance and inspections
  • ATF and import regulatory compliance training
  • Electronic A&D design, analysis and implementation

Firearm Regulatory Expertise

  • Gun Control Act (GCA)
  • National Firearms Act (NFA)
  • Arms Export Control Act (ACA)
  • ATF Rulings and Open Letters

Previous Employment

  • Chief Compliance Officer and VP, Internal Audit, Smith & Wesson
  • Managing Director and Global Aerospace Co-Lead, Protiviti Consulting
  • Supply Chain Consulting Co-Lead, Protiviti Consulting
  • Chief Marketing Officer, TicketNetwork
  • Group Manager, Ernst & Young
  • Rotational Program, United Technologies Corporation
  • Program Manager, Ensign Bickford Aerospace & Defense

Notable Accomplishments and Roles

  • Author: Firearms Compliance Guide 2014 Retail
  • Author: Firearms Compliance Guide 2014 Volume I & II
  • Author: The Four Pillars of Firearm Compliance
  • Author: Global Anti-Corruption & Anti-Bribery Leadership: Practical FCPA and U.K. Bribery Compliance Concepts for the Corporate Board Member, C-Suite Executive and General Counsel
  • Co-managed the firearm industry’s largest DOJ-SEC led FCPA matter
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Manufacturing Industry Sector Board
  • Executive Committee Member of the DHS Manufacturing Supply Chain Team
  • APICS Board Committee Member
  • IIA Board Committee Member
  • Featured interviews in the Wall Street Journal and CNBC