Three new members appointed to RFA’s board of directors

NEW GRETNA, N.J. – The Recreational Fishing Alliance announced three new members to its board of directors, effective immediately. All are leaders in the marine and sport fishing industries and will be valuable additions to the board, which now numbers 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 distributer of Diamond and MoMoi monofilament and braided fishing line, terminal tackle and equipment for catching swordfish and tunas. He spent 13 years as a partner and operations director of the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) as well as the American Striper Association and the Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour, producing 70 tournaments per year from Maine to Texas. Flocken has been active with RFA since 2009 and has helped organize rallies and worked on other important RFA projects.

Jeff Gabriel is legislative counsel to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the nation's leading recreational marine industry trade association. He has degrees in political science and international affairs, received a Juris Doctor from George Mason University, spent two decades as a government relations professional and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. A longtime avid hunter and fishermen, 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 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 currently serves as director of sales & marketing. Stewart has had the opportunity to fish all over the country, competitively and for pleasure, and recognizes the importance of the nation's fisheries and the importance of protecting them for future generations.

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