About Walk The Talk America

Mission Statement

Reduce incidents of suicide by firearms, gun negligence through education and proactive programs that identify risks, raise awareness, and provide solutions to those who choose to own firearms responsibly and the public at large.

Goals

Our goal is to raise awareness and create a change in the misunderstandings regarding mental illness and firearms by bringing together industry leaders to reduce gun violence, negligence, suicide and the trauma created by these events. Develop programs for suicide prevention, firearms negligence, trauma mitigation, and child safety.

Vision For The Future

Eradicating the prejudice that both the firearms and mental health industries face while reducing the number of tragedies and deaths that have occurred over the years since the US has had a decline in mental health funding and education (*).  Creating an organization that is solely focused on making change and is made up of experts from different fields and all walks of life that is not corrupted by politics, the media, or personal prejudices.  We will seek out input opportunities to further enhance communication, compassion, calls to action, and education.

Our Plan

We have created alliances between the leading experts and organizations in the Firearms and Mental Health Industries.  They have the knowledge and proper call to action to reach those who may want the help but have either been ignored or simply have been too afraid to seek help because of the misconceptions that come with mental illness.  We have also established commitments from several experienced and concerned colleagues in the firearm industry that are willing to donate their time, resources, and money to help.  Historically, both industries have cared deeply about this issue but have never been connected.  WalktheTalkAmerica.org is a way to bring people together.  The professionals and academics from both industries are moving forward with combining efforts, information, and resources to achieve our vision for the future.

“One good conversation can shift the direction of change forever.”

– Linda Lambert

Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

We have the honor of having our board full of industry leaders and experts. Each one of our our members brings years of experience and knowledge, which is one major reason WTTA will be successful. 

Our Leader: Michael Sodini

Our Leader: Michael Sodini

Chairman of the Board and CEO

Michael Sodini is a 3rd generation firearm industry professional, and known by many as the “most un-gun, gun guy.”

After graduating from ASU in 1998 with a degree in communication, Michael spent a few years working as a fashion model, traveling the world, and garnering respect from some of the leading names within the niche. He left the fashion industry in 2001, and went into real estate marketing for five years, before he went on to work for the family business, Eagle Imports Inc., in 2006.

Maria Kernasovic

Maria Kernasovic

Vice Chair of the Board / Co-Secretary / Treasurer

Suzanne Lewis

Suzanne Lewis

Co-Secretary / Treasurer

Rob Pincus

Rob Pincus

Trustee

Colion Noir

Colion Noir

Trustee

Kenyon Gleason

Kenyon Gleason

Trustee

John Renzulli

John Renzulli

General Counsel