“Dirty Jobs” Mike Rowe to Headline State of the Industry Dinner

Every year NSSF strives to provide the best in entertainment for the finale of the annual State of the Industry Dinner—and this year we think we've outdone ourselves. Gracing the stage will be one of America's favorite television hosts, entertainer Mike Rowe.

Mike Rowe is best known as the "dirtiest man on TV," a title he earned on the hit TV series Dirty Jobs, in which he completed 300 different jobs traversing all 50 states and transformed cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, and coal mines. He has narrated hundreds of documentaries about space, nature, dinosaurs, serial killers, and how stuff works. Most recently, Rowe launched "The Way I Heard It," a weekly five-­minute podcast of mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span. He has also forged a handful of partnerships with iconic brands and filmed a boatload of Ford commercials.

As CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, Rowe speaks regularly about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path to take for most people. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to people getting training for skilled jobs that are in demand. Through scholarship programs, like the Work Ethic Scholarship Program, the Foundation has helped grant more than $3 million in technical and/or vocational education for trade schools across the country.

NSSF's State of the Industry Dinner hosts more than 2,400 guests and always sells out. The event will take place on the first evening of SHOT Show, January 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and will include presentations by NSSF's President and CEO Steve Sanetti and the presentation of the annual POMA-NSSF Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Award. This event is nearing sell-out as this issue of SHOT Business goes to press, so NSSF encourages everyone who wishes to attend to purchase tickets now.

Individual tickets to the State of the Industry Dinner are $125 for NSSF members and $145 for non-members. Tables of 10 can be purchased for $1,150 by NSSF members and $1,350 by non-members. For more information, visit shotshow.org.