Eliason, previously with Bushmaster and Windham Weaponry, brings 34 years of executive-level sales experience to Hydra Weaponry.
Hermon, Maine (December 2023) – Hydra Weaponry, Maine’s largest firearms employer, designers, and manufacturers of the truly modular MARCK-15 Hydra® Weapon System, announce industry executive, Mark Eliason, has joined Hydra Weaponry as the new vice president of sales and marketing.
Eliason began his career in the firearms industry at Bushmaster. When CEO Richard Dyke sold Bushmaster to Cerberus Group in 2006, the company was moved out of Maine. Dyke reopened the Bushmaster facility under the new name Windham Weaponry and Eliason became VP of Sales and Marketing for the new company.
Ironic as it may seem, Hydra Weaponry is a return home for Eliason. His former boss Dyke purchased a small Maine-based firearms company called Gwinn Firearms, founded by Mack Gwinn Jr, a Vietnam Special Forces officer turned firearms designer and manufacturer. This company became known as Bushmaster. Gwinn developed the first Bushmaster pistol and rifle. Eliason recalls his first job putting together guns in Dyke’s basement in high school.
“There is a minimal learning curve for me in joining Hydra Weaponry since I have been working with variants of the original Bushmaster and modular rifles with Windham,” Eliason said. “I am looking forward to this new adventure working with Hydra Weaponry, a Maine company that manufactures innovative and versatile firearms products.”
Eliason will be drawing on his 34 years of experience in sales and marketing to increase brand awareness among distributors and dealers, as well as, create sales and marketing programs for the growing line of Hydra Weaponry firearms.
“We are very excited to have Mark on our team,” Mack Gwinn III stated. “He has the experience and relationships already built within our industry to help give our brand access to critical sales channels.
Mark Eliason will be attending the SHOT Show at the Hydra Weaponry booth 40420 and will be taking appointments. Contact [email protected] to set up an appointment.
For more information on Hydra Weaponry, visit the new website at www.hydraweaponry.com.
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