The Center for Sportfishing Policy announced that Thom Dammrich has been elected as its new chairman of the board of directors, succeeding Robert “Bob” Hayes in the role following the advocacy group’s Dec. 3 fall board meeting.
The board also elected Dave Pfeiffer, president of Shimano North America Fishing, to lead its Management Committee as chairman.
“Thom Dammrich is a visionary founder of CSP who saw the opportunity to unite the recreational fishing and boating industries through our organization 15 years ago, and he has been our biggest cheerleader,” said CSP president Jeff Angers in a statement. “He’s also been the field commander helping deliver wins for anglers across the country. We are lucky to have such strong leaders from the recreational fishing and boating industries and look to even brighter days ahead under Thom’s leadership.”
Hayes is retiring after a 30-plus-year career of advocating for saltwater recreational fishermen nationally and internationally. He is credited with playing a key role in some of the most significant marine conservation victories during that period; those include net bans, red drum recovery, and billfish conservation.
“Bob Hayes took CSP to new heights over the last three years, and we thank him for his devotion to marine conservation and protecting recreational fishing access,” said Angers. “Bob’s tremendous breadth of experience in fisheries management and his knack for thinking outside the box has made CSP a stronger voice for anglers in Washington, D.C.”
Hayes served as an attorney for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Service, and he also served two terms as the U.S. Recreational Fisheries Commissioner to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.
Along with CSP, Hayes has been affiliated with the American Sportfishing Association and Coastal Conservation Association for many decades. He received the Walter Fondren and Norville Prosser awards for his work in conservation and was selected as the Conservationist of the Year in 2006 by Outdoor Life.
In 2019, the International Game Fish Association inducted Hayes into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame.
Dammrich retired in September 2019 after 20 years as president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. He serves on the boards of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and CSP. He formerly served on the boards of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations, ASA and the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable — of which he was also a founding Board member.
During Dammrich’s time at NMMA, his mission to see recreational boating and fishing represented at every venue where decisions about the recreations are made.
In 2018, Dammrich was inducted into the NMMA Hall of Fame, and in 2019, he received CSP’s Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award for his dedication to the recreational boating industry and his commitment to angler access and marine conservation.
In 2019, he was also inducted into the ASA Hall of Fame, and the Boating Safety Hall of Fame.
Pfeiffer is president and CEO of Shimano North America Fishing and has been with the company for more than 30 years.
“Dave Pfeiffer is an avid angler who enjoys fishing all over America, and he’s also an experienced, savvy industry leader,” said Angers. “With decades of successful leadership in the recreational fishing industry, we are excited to have Dave lead our Management Committee as chairman.”
Pfeiffer, who is passionate about ensuring the fishing lifestyle thrives for future generations, has served as chairman of the board for ASA, and he is the founding board vice chair of CCA California and the Jose Wejebe Spanish Fly Memorial Foundation. In 2017, he was named CSP’s Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year.