The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers was organized in 1953 and incorporated in 1954. The Association was originally identified as the Sporting Goods Jobbers Association. In 1962 the name was officially changed, and manufacturers and reps were invited to join as Associate members. The NASGW is the organizer and sponsor of the industry's former Hunting Show, now known as the NASGW Annual Meeting/Expo Event. This annual event provides an unmatched educational, marketing and communications opportunity for the hunting and shooting sports wholesaler, manufacturer and sales professional.
The NASGW annually recognizes manufacturers with Manufacturer of the Year Awards, and in 2005 initiated a special industry leadership award as well. The criteria for the awards are based on areas of the manufacturer's performance which enable the wholesaler to provide efficient and effective service in the marketplace.
The NASGW serves as a liaison with other sporting goods associations, including the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation(CSF), The National Rifle Association (NRA), The National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses, and is also a member of The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW). NASGW members receive a discount on all NAW Publications.
The objectives of NASGW include:
Promoting the common interest of the sporting goods industry.
Encouraging the highest standards of merchandising practices.
Maintaining an active liaison with the trade associations of all other segments of the industry.
Collecting and distributing information as to all matters or things pertaining to sporting goods wholesalers.
Conducting and participating in sporting goods shows and exhibitions.