The Center for Sportfishing Policy board of directors bestowed its Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award to past chairman Bob Hayes during its annual meeting.
Hayes, an International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame inductee, has been a champion for marine conservation and public access for nearly four decades, holding leadership positions at Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and other organizations.
CSP said in a statement that it had awarded Hayes for his “dedication to the recreational fishing and boating industry and his commitment to angler access and marine conservation.”
“Bob Hayes has been involved in the politics of fish for almost 50 years and devoted his career to advancing marine conservation across the country,” said CSP president Jeff Angers. “Although Bob is not a manufacturer, he conceived the idea of CSP and charted the course for our organization to unite anglers and the industry to engage in political advocacy in Washington, D.C.”
The award is named after Grady-White Boats owner and CEO Eddie Smith. Past recipients include Bass Pro Shops’ Johnny Morris, Maverick Boats’ Scott Deal, Shimano USA’s Dave Pfeiffer and Yamaha’s Ben Speciale.
CSP also elected the following members to three-year terms on its board of directors:
• Matt Bridgewater, CEO, Gemlux
• Aine Denari, president, Brunswick Boat Group
• Dave Dunn, director of sales and marketing, Garmin
• Tommy Hancock, president, Sportsman Boats
• Guy Harvey, chairman, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation
• Glenn Hughes, president, American Sportfishing Foundation
• Mike Nussman, former president (retired), American Sportfishing Foundation
• Dave Pfeiffer, president, Shimano North America Fishing
The following were elected to one-year terms:
• annual member director: Chris Butler, president, Butler Marine
• corporate member director: John Brownlee, marketing vice president, Yellowfin
• corporate member director: Mike Dixon, vice president, Engel Coolers
• life member director: Mitch Brownlee