Impact Pyro's Team of Fireworks Professionals - Here to Serve You
Joey L. Bassham
Joey’s passion for fireworks began at a very young age. Each July 4, his grandfather would take him to watch the local town show held near his home just outside of Nashville. Together they sat on the front steps of a local church, directly across the street from the shoot site, and watched the modest display that ended with a large set piece that formed an American Flag. Afterwards, Joey would shoot consumer fireworks with his family and friends. When older, Joey began doing small shows for his church’s July 4 celebration (something he still does today) and this eventually led him to pursue fireworks at the professional level.
After working in the fireworks industry for many years, Joey formed Impact Pyro, along with co-owner Jeff Collins, with the vision of bringing higher quality shows, more creativity, and better overall service to the pyrotechnics market. In addition to designing and performing countless displays, Joey has worked to train other pyro professionals and even government officials about fireworks and fireworks safety. Joey also works in conjunction with the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office to prepare and teach continuing education classes to state licensed display operators.
A life-long resident of Middle Tennessee, Joey lives just outside of Nashville with his wife and son. Aside from fireworks, Joey has a background in engineering technology. He also holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis and serves as a ministry director, teacher, and lay elder in his church.
Jeff S. Collins
Jeff, originally from Chicago, moved to Tennessee in 2004. Like many in the fireworks business, Jeff’s interest in pyro began as a child. Every July 4, he would attend the stock car races in Sycamore, Illinois with his family. Around 9:00pm, the racing would stop for about fifteen minutes of fireworks. From his seat, Jeff watched as the pyro crew used flares to light lance, spinning wheels, and small shells, and Jeff wanted to be down there with them! Something about fireworks consumed him, hooking him from that point forward.
Upon coming to Tennessee, Jeff brought his passion for fireworks and began shooting professionally. Seeking to get more involved in the pyro business and having the same shared vision of bringing more creativity and better quality to the fireworks market, Jeff teamed up with Joey to form Impact Pyro.
In addition to pyrotechnics, Jeff is one of the premier voice-over talents in the country (if you ever watch television or go to the movies, you have almost certainly heard his work). Along with his responsibilities as company president, Jeff brings his golden voice, creativity, and audio skills to Impact’s accompanying music tracks, making them the very best in the pyro business. When not working with pyro and sound, Jeff enjoys working at his farm. Jeff is also an avid boater, golfer, and loves spending time with his wife of twenty plus years and four beautiful daughters.
Impact's team of licensed pyrotechnicians combines outstanding technical skills and years of professional experience (along with a lifetime of personal experience) to offer some of the best service available in the fireworks industry. And don’t be fooled by appearances; these are the nicest guys you’ll ever meet! - Photo courtesy of Rick Murray