The Recreational Fishing Alliance announced three new board members, bringing the total to 17.
Bob Flocken lives in St. Augustine, Fla., and is employed at Hi-Liner Fishing Gear and Tackle in Green Cove Springs, an importer and distributor of Diamond and MoMoi monofilament and braided fishing line, terminal tackle and equipment for catching swordfish and tunas.
Flocken spent 13 years as a partner and operations director of the Southern Kingfish Association, as well as the American Striper Association and the Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour, producing 70 tournaments a year from Maine to Texas. He has been active with the RFA since 2009 and has helped organize rallies.
Jeff Gabriel is legislative counsel to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. He has degrees in political science and international affairs, received a law degree from George Mason University, spent two decades as a government relations professional and is a member of the District of Columbia bar. A longtime hunter and fisherman, Gabriel lives in Virginia with his wife, Naomi, and two young children, Jeffrey III and Liesel, who he says are "a new generation of hunting and angling enthusiasts."
Les Stewart Jr. is originally from Philadelphia, and he spent summers in Brigantine, N.J., where he developed a love of fishing. He moved to South Florida in 2006 to work for Contender Boats, where he is director of sales and marketing.