The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearms industry trade association, announced that NSSF’s board of governors has voted to add the title and duties of chief executive officer to Joseph Bartozzi’s current and ongoing responsibilities as the association’s president. The change became effective on January 1, 2020.

Bartozzi joined NSSF as president on September 10, 2018, and since his arrival had worked closely with former NSSF CEO Steve Sanetti, who retired December 31, 2019.

Bartozzi spent the majority of his long career in the firearms industry with Mossberg, joining the company in July 1986. His time with Mossberg included a wide variety of positions, including quality engineer, quality manager, product service manager, director of technical services, director of manufacturing operations, corporate attorney, and executive vice president and general counsel.

Before becoming NSSF President, Bartozzi was chairman of the board of directors of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) and treasurer and member of NSSF’s Board of Governors. He is a board member and chairman of the governance committee of the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports (CAHSS), committee member for the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), and technical advisor to the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE). He is also certified as a Range Safety Officer (RSO) by the National Rifle Association. Bartozzi was nominated for the 2013 “Person of the Year” by SHOT Business magazine, a nomination reprised in 2014.

In 2015, Bartozzi was admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. A member of the Connecticut and Maine State Bar Associations. He holds three professional certifications from the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and he is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).