Jon Rydberg
CEO – Retail Technology Group, Gearfire Payments and Orchid Advisors


MBA, Corporate Finance
BS, Mechanical Engineering
Secret Clearance

As CEO, Mr. Rydberg oversees the operations of three privately held business entities and consolidating operations in the outdoor sporting goods industry. Currently, he is spearheading the development of omni-channel technologies that will improve industry-wide connectivity between suppliers and consumers. Previously, Mr. Rydberg served as an executive at two publicly traded organizations and two of the world’s largest management consulting firms. Over the last ten years he has been active in M&A and funding in the private equity and public sectors. Mr. Rydberg is an expert in supply chain management, regulated business operations and technology. He has been active in the development and implementation of $50m+ ERP implementations and is now focused on developing an integrated Point of Sale / eCommerce solution for the Shooting Sports industry. Mr. Rydberg has personally launched more than one technology company and is the founder of the largest regulated firearms consulting firm and the Firearms Industry Compliance Conference. He is currently the CEO of the Retail Technology Group, Orchid Advisors and Gearfire Payments. Prior employees include Ernst & Young LLP, United Technologies Corporation, Protiviti Global Consulting and Smith & Wesson.

Practice Specialty

  • Business Strategy and P&L Growth
  • M&A and Debt / Equity Funding
  • New Product Development and Go-To-Market Strategy
  • Supply Chain Management and Operations
  • Retail POS / eCommerce Omni-Channel Technology
  • Manufacturing ERP Technology
  • Finance, Accounting and Internal Control
  • Public and Privately Help Corporations
  • Corporate Governance and Regulatory Compliance

Previous Employment

  • Ernst & Young LLP – Global Consulting Firm
  • Protiviti – Global Consulting Firm
  • Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation
  • Rotational Program, United Technologies Corporation (Pratt & Whitney, Carrier, Sikorsky)
  • Chief Marketing Officer, TicketNetwork (2nd largest ticketing network in US)
  • Program Manager, Ensign Bickford Aerospace & Defense

Notable Accomplishments and Roles

  • AXIAL Top 100 Growth CEO
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Manufacturing Industry Sector Board
  • Executive Committee Member of the DHS Manufacturing Supply Chain Team
  • APICS Supply Chain Board Committee Member
  • IIA Board Committee Member
  • Featured interviews in the Wall Street Journal and CNBC