Our Team

Kutlay Kaya
CEO/Chairman of the Board

Kutlay has 26 years of combined professional experience in government and business, and he has served as an international business consultant and broker on five continents. He is a tireless networker, team builder, and entrepreneur who employs his talents to meet the needs of commercial and government customers in his chosen business sectors. Kutlay’s current geographic areas of focus are the United States, Turkey, Europe, and the Middle East.

In 1996 Kutlay earned an engineering bachelor’s degree from 19 Mayis University in Samsun, Turkey, and in 1998 he moved to the U.S., where he continued his studies and was employed as a consultant and director for two nonprofit, humanitarian organizations. In 2003 Kutlay earned a master’s degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

In 2005 Kutlay founded Zenith Quest Corporation (ZQC), headquartered in Virginia, to help Turkish producers of consumer goods, and to foster improved trade relations between Turkey and the United States. Today ZQC is a multinational corporation that has imported and distributed more than $200 million in ammunition and firearms to U.S. customers through its subsidiaries ZQI Ammunition and Zenith Firearms. In 2015 Kutlay founded ZNT Global (ZNT), headquartered in Ankara, Turkey, to provide select defense, cybersecurity, and IT products and services to customers in Turkey and the Middle East region.

Mr. Kaya travels internationally regularly to develop and oversee his businesses, and to meet and network with leaders in commerce and government.

staff_hanriHanri Kaya
Chief Financial Officer

Hanri worked as both a registered nurse and a part-time business manager for eight years, before transitioning in 2014 to full-time work in various executive roles for Zenith Quest Corporation and its subsidiaries, including Zenith Firearms. She currently serves as the chief executive officer, a position from which she shapes the company’s vision and strives to set a high standard for the staff by her examples of dedication and integrity in the pursuit of excellence. Hanri has earned a bachelor’s degree (2005), and an MBA with international concentration (2014), from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

During her tenure as chief executive, Hanri has overseen the company’s successful execution of a $54 million ammunition contract with Walmart Inc., and presided over Zenith Firearms’ ascendance in the U.S. roller-delayed blowback firearms market. She is currently spearheading the company’s execution of a multi-year asset acquisition plan that will transform Zenith Firearms from being primarily a U.S. importer and distributor of firearms, to being a full-service U.S. manufacturer.

As CEO, Hanri also undertakes administrative, contractual, financial, and regulatory responsibilities across the spectrum of ZQC’s international operations in the firearms, defense, cybersecurity, unmanned aerial systems, and energy industries.

staff_robRob Moses
General Manager

Even though Rob grew up in one of the least gun-friendly states, he has always loved firearms and shooting sports. After completing an associate’s degree, Rob spent a semester studying in South America. While there, he met his future wife, who happened to be from Central Virginia. He moved to the East Coast soon after returning to the U.S., and worked as a crisis intervention counselor for many years before landing a job at Zenith Firearms.

As Zenith’s Armory Manager, Rob assists in shipping and receiving, maintenance, repairs and customization, and inventory management. Over the last couple of years, he has gained a strong understanding of the roller-delayed blowback platform by working closely with Zenith’s gunsmiths.

Rob and his wife are the proud parents of two beautiful children. Rob enjoys spending his days off with his family, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, working on cars, and shooting with friends.

Marci Malinowski
Marketing Director

Marci is an award winning graphic designer who has been part of the Zenith marketing team since 2015. Originally the graphic design and digital media manager, her role has since expanded to include planning, coordination and direction of the company’s marketing efforts. She has served in leading design roles for more than twenty years, creating compelling designs for clients in diverse markets. She previously held the position of Art Director for Key Communications in Stafford, Virginia where she earned best new publication awards from the American Society of Business Press Editors.

She received her BFA in graphic design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Her professional work is focused on creating enriching design experiences in print and on the web.

She is fully-immersed in the chaos of raising three daughters while trying to maintain her sanity. In addition to her full-time job at Zenith, she is also fully committed to her second full-time job as a soccer mom. She enjoys walks with her Great Dane, Lucy, time with friends, seeing new places and is a life-long lover of the arts.

Danielle Yancey
Compliance Officer

Born and raised in the Shenandoah valley, Danielle has worked in the firearms and hunting industry for the past 12 years. She began right after high school as a front desk cashier at a local gun and hunting shop, and worked through college, accruing experience in various departments, to eventually become a manager.

Danielle joined Zenith Firearms in June 2017 as the company’s compliance officer. In addition to her primary duties, Danielle also handles many of Zenith’s warranty-related customer service calls.

Danielle has an associate’s degree in business management from Blue Ridge Community College. She still lives in the Shenandoah Valley, now with her husband and son, and she is expecting a daughter in November. She enjoys spending time with her family and, most of all, being a mom!

staff_jrJR Pannell
Master Gunsmith

JR has lived in Nelson County, Virginia for almost all of his life. He grew up hunting and fishing, and has had the privilege of doing both in many places, including Africa. He has always loved firearms, and has been shooting competitively since he was 21 years old. A former volunteer firefighter and a 35-year veteran of the United Parcel Service, JR transitioned to work as a full-time gunsmith, and served as the head gunsmith at a nearby firearm and outdoor sporting goods store before Zenith recruited him in August 2016. 

JR loves God, his family and friends, and working at Zenith Firearms. He and his wife of 33 years have two children and six grandchildren.


staff_deD.E. Williams

As a young man, D.E. worked as a professional musician, a truck driver and a private investigator, before beginning a career in law enforcement and accepting a job with the Charlottesville Police Department. He retired from the Charlottesville PD with 25 years of service (27 total as an LEO), and joined Zenith Firearms as a gunsmith in 2015.

Firearms are D.E.’s passion, and over the course of his career he has acquired substantial training and experience in their employment and repair. D.E. has been a DCJS certified firearms instructor, a special weapons instructor, a SWAT officer and a counter sniper, and has received training as an armorer or gunsmith from local, state, and federal government entities, as well as from companies such as H&K, Glock, Remington, S&W and the American Gunsmithing Institute.

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