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Larry R Knesek II

President/CEO at Knesek Guns, Inc.

Van Buren, Arkansas
Import and Export
  1. Itaska Group, LLC.,
  3. Knesek Group, Inc.
  1. University of Arkansas
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Itaska Group, LLC.

Itaska Group, LLC.


– Present

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During my years in executive leadership, I have dealt with a variety of budgets and conducted market research while handling numerous administrative duties. Leading a high-level company in the defense industry from conception onward has given me invaluable global strategy experience.

I offer a comprehensive knowledge of the defense industry in whole, including extensive experience in the fields of ITAR compliance and global supply. My professional experience, combined with my dedication and enthusiasm, should enable me to make an immediate and valuable impact in working with your organization.



Itaska Group, LLC.
– Present (1 year 2 months)Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

The Itaska Group, LLC., a leading firearms and defense industry manufacturing, sales, marketing and distribution firm serving clients from the fields of hunting, shooting sports, law enforcement and government markets.

In today’s society it has become an apparent need for advanced security procedures in order to properly deter adverse incidents. In the event of an incident, it is imperative to be able to respond professionally to resolve the situation in the most efficient and effective manner.

We at the Itaska Group, LLC. are prepared to handle modern security in a way that no other is capable of doing. The Itaska Group is a multi-faceted organization who works diligently with modern weapon platforms development and production, equipment distribution, research and development and logistics & supply chain support.

Our model at the Itaska Group has been designed to meet and exceed the needs of our clientele, both domestic and abroad. Additionally we carry a staff of caring, professional individuals who are goal oriented and seek longevity and close client relations.

The operating locations of the Itaska Group are centrally located in the United States, which makes our facilities easily accessible from anywhere around the globe. Our facilities are located is within ten minutes’ drive of their respective airports and we welcome visitors regularly.

The Itaska Group plans to maintain a clear level of notoriety within the defense industry. Through carefully adapted plans, it is our firm belief that our goals can always be reached and often times exceeded. Given adequate support to facilitate our progress, standard timelines can be drastically shortened and productivity increased immensely. The Itaska Group is prepared to meet the needs of our clients and partners with promptness and professionalism.


– Present (2 years 9 months)Van Buren, AR, USA / Moscow, Russia

President / CEO

Knesek Group, Inc.
– Present (2 years 11 months)Van Buren, Arkansas


THOR Global Defense Group
– Present (11 years 8 months)

THOR Global Defense Group was founded with the intention of providing quality support as a security & consulting firm and has grown into a diverse mutli-faceted organization offering many products and services.

I play a primary role alongside my senior staff in the development of the THOR vision and have more recently directly managed the implimentation of our franchise locations.


Knesek Guns, Inc.
– Present (11 years 8 months)Van Buren, Arkansas

Through my career as the founder, President and CEO of Knesek Guns, Inc., I have provided leadership and guidance for my staff in all aspects of our business. I prefer a hands-on approach when possible and enjoy providing direct support and service as often as I can.

My responsibilities within the office include policy and financial oversight as well as implimentation of new business practice to further the KGI platform as a lead supplier in retail and wholesale in the global marketplace. I regularly meet with my senior staff regarding new projects and potential business strategy development. I regularly attend field demonstrations of our products and enjoy spending time with potential customers discussing the advantages of specific weapons and associated components.

In my years spent growing KGI I have learned many tough lessons, but feel it has allowed me a better perspective with which to operate the business and offer clients the best experience possible through corporate integrity and trust.

Honors & Awards

President's "E" Award for U.S. Exporters

U.S. Department of Commerce / Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

The President's "E" Award was created by Executive Order of the President on December 5, 1961, to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports.

The President's "E Star" Award, which was authorized by the Secretary of Commerce on August 4, 1969, affords continuing recognition of noteworthy export promotion efforts.

During World War II, more than 4,000 "E Pennants" were presented to war plants in recognition of production excellence. The famous flag with the big "E" emblazoned on it became a badge of patriotism in action.

President Kennedy revived the World War II "E" symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. Thus, the "E" Award Program was established by Executive Order 10978 on December 5, 1961. The "E Star" was authorized in l969 to recognize "E" Award winners for continued efforts in export expansion.

Additional Honors & Awards

2005 Businessman of the Year - National Republican Congressional Committee


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