The executive board of the Recreational Fishing Alliance appointed seven new members to begin three-year terms, effective immediately.
"These are difficult times for our recreational fishing industry, and the folks now assembled at the RFA's national advisory level truly understand today's challenges," RFA executive director Jim Donofrio said.
The seven newest members of the RFA executive board are international fishing personality Tred Barta of "The Best and Worst of Tred Barta" on Versus; Nick Cicero, sales manager at Folsom Corp.; Robert Healey Jr., assistant to the chairman for the Viking Group; Jack Holmes, executive director of the Southern Kingfish Association; Tom Putnam, owner of Half Hitch Tackle in Panama City, Fla.; Norm Schultz, contributor to Soundings Trade Only Today; and Capt. Bob Zales II, president of the National Association of Charterboat Owners and Operators.
The newest RFA directors at large join an RFA board that also includes Ken Ehlers, Northeast representative for Lamiglas and Wizard Lures; Peter Harper, business solutions manager at GE Capital; RFA co-founder Bob Healey, chairman and CEO of Viking Yacht Co.; Patrick Healey, executive vice president of Viking Yachts; Phil Keeter, president of the Marine Retailers Association of America; Mike Leech, director of the World Cup Blue Marlin Tournament; Jim Motsko, White Marlin Open; Joey Prochazka, director, Saltwater Division, for Z-Man Fishing; Jim Simons, World Billfish Series; Jerry Straub Sr., chief financial officer of Viking Yachts; William "Jamie" Wilkinson, senior director of event operations at ESPN Outdoors; and Dick Wood, president of Wood Advertising.