Dale Pancake was born in Amarillo, Texas. Dale Pancake has been in law enforcement and private security for 38 years. He eventually became a member of the Potter County Texas TRT. In the years after Dale left law enforcement, he created his own security company that provided various security operations across America. He also spent several of those years consulting on Homeland Security and Anti-Terrorist issues. In 2007 he sold his businesses and was hired by Hi-Plains Hull Company as the Company’s President. Dale is also a certified hand gun, advanced defensive pistol, long rifle and shotgun instructor. He has his MBA and a PHD in Security Management.
Johnny Williams was born in Detroit, Michigan. Johnny Williams has over 40 years of military and law enforcement experience. Johnny was in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1977. In 1975 Johnny earned the coveted “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge”, considered one of the highest honors in the Army with fewer than 20% of all volunteers being accepted for training and of those only 20% passing the training and examination. Before joining Republic Forge, for 33 years he was a federal law enforcement employee. He performed various law enforcement duties while working in federal law enforcement. Johnny is a Federal Firearms Instructor.
Benny Deal is a native of Perryton, Texas, having graduated in 1982 from Texas Tech University with a degree in Accounting. He subsequently worked for Price Waterhouse in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1998, he moved back to Perryton and bought Hi-Plains Hull Company with his brother John Deal. Since then he has helped to start Vermejo Energy Services, Professional Mud Transportation, Deal Sisters Company, as well as started retail stores in Denver, Colorado. Benny Deal lives in Perryton, TX with his wife Gina. Benny and Gina have three daughters. Benny and Gina also are engaged in commercial real estate and in farming and ranching operations in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles. He has always had a passion for 1911s, along with American made and high quality craftsmanship in guns. Benny is an avid outdoorsman, sports fan, a staunch 2nd Amendment supporter and proud member of the National Rifle Association. These things drove him to start Republic Forge, as he saw a need in the handgun industry for a 100% American made 1911 handgun.
Jeff Meister was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Jeff Meister’s passion for 1911s spans over three decades. He first started customizing and repairing 1911s in 1983. He has done almost everything possible as far as customizing goes without any mills or high tech machines. Almost all of his repairs and modifications have been done with hand tools only. In 2009, Jeff attended Cylinder and Slide’s Custom 1911 Class, as well as Cylinder and Slide’s Match Grade Barrel Fitting Class. From 2010-2013 he was the sole manufacturer and designer for another custom 1911 manufacturer. He was responsible for all facets of the manufacturing process. Jeff was responsible from the initial consultation with the customer to ordering all the parts, as well as the complete hand assembly of the 1911 handgun assuring all pieces fit as they were meant to. Over the years Jeff has built hundreds of 1911s for satisfied customers throughout the country. His customers include Law Enforcement, Competition Shooters, and Recreational Shooters. Jeff’s philosophy is that the shooter should be confident in the handgun’s dependability, reliability and accuracy.
Charles Steinman was born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania but lived around the U.S., Europe and Middle East. He put himself through college, earning a double major in General Finance and Quantitative Management. His Alma Mater is University of Memphis. He was a Logistics Site Manager, Life Cycle Cost Analyst, Operations Research Analyst, Strategic Planner, Lobbyist, Marketing Manager, Independent Consultant and Business Owner. Companies he has worked for included Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, General Atomics, General Dynamics and Eclipse Space Launch Services and various other companies. He has consulted with over 100 different small businesses located in the United States and Canada. In 2010, entered into a business relationship with Benny and John Deal. Charles has a few clients that he advises and consults with but his work with Benny and John Deal are his main focus.