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Top bass fishing pro joins NPAA Board and pledges to help it grow

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Mike ‘Ike’ Iaconelli, who has become a member of the NPAA Board, was a speaker at its annual conference in January.

One of North America’s top bass fishing professionals and a leading figure in the industry has joined the Board of the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA).

Mike ‘Ike’ Iaconelli has joined the five elected Board members and an additional appointee that will work to create a strategy going forward for the association which represents over 1,300 part and full-time anglers across Canada and the US.

“Ike’s passion for the sport and his desire to see it continue to grow makes him the perfect candidate for our Board,” said Patrick Neu, Executive Director of the NPAA. “He is acutely tuned into the need for professional anglers to join an organisation that represents them and is there to support the members as they grow their knowledge of angling as a career.”

Iaconelli was one of the keynote speakers at the NPAA’s Conference in early January this year and was impressed with the organisation. “The conference opened my eyes to what it is doing to grow and protect the sport that has been so good to me,” he said. “Its mission and structure align with my belief that this sport needs a body to represent the anglers within the industry. I believe that the NPAA is an organisation that pros at all levels should be supporting.”

NPAA Board Chairman Brian Bashore is looking forward to the opportunity to work with Iaconelli during his term on the Board. “Ike understands the importance of creating a unique brand and the necessity for pro-anglers to add value to the partnerships they have developed with their sponsors.  

“The anglers’ understanding of all the aspects of professional angling are critical to their success. We are looking forward to having Ike work with our team to help us create a strategy to expose the NPAA and our mission to a much larger audience.”

“The NPAA has made a great start and the association has grown, but in reality it has only just begun to reach the broad demographic of anglers who should/could become members,” said Iaconelli. “It will be a challenge to get anglers to understand the importance of becoming part of something that is bigger than them, but I am up for the challenge!”

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