JANE ANNE SHIMIZU – Director of Marketing, Gunsite Academy, Inc.
Shimizu joined the Gunsite staff as the Marketing Director in 1999. Her primary duties are advertising, social media relations, maintenance of the websites and Staff Photographer. She is active in the Prescott Chamber of Commerce and Prescott Sunup Rotary (Past President). She has been involved in the shooting sports and the firearms industry for over 20 years.
Shimizu often carried a gun as a young mother living in an isolated Arizona forest near Flagstaff. However, her formal training began at Gunsite Academy where she took her 250 Pistol Course in 1995. Her future husband promised to take her to Hawaii if she took a class at Gunsite, and after her 250 class she was more interested in continuing her firearms education than sitting on a beach.
Shimizu can operate almost all the small arms offered in Gunsite classes. She’s taken all levels of pistol classes as well as shotgun, general rifle and carbine. Jane Anne has also been a nationally ranked competitive shooter, involved in putting on local IDPA pistol matches and attending the national IDPA Championships. Stay tuned for “The Well-Armed Woman of Gunsite Chapter” coming October 14.
Shimizu is a certified NRA Instructor and an early proponent of the growing movement among women who have armed themselves responsibly. A favorite aphorism is, “The modern lady arranges herself so that she is never surprised” These words define the ethic of the armed and prepared woman.
Shimizu is the wife of local businessman Bob Shimizu, mother of two daughters and grandmother of four. She lives in Prescott, AZ and commutes daily to the Gunsite Campus. She can be reached at email@example.com.