Forestville, WI –“The planning is done, and the stage is set for an unforgettable NPAA Conference”, said Patrick Neu, NPAA Executive Director.  Neu went on to say that the “Driven by Passion” theme tells the story of the speakers and presenters at this content packed event.  For those who can’t make the event, the NPAA will live stream up to three of the featured speaker sessions on Saturday January 4th via the NPAA’s Facebook page and on the NPAA’s YouTube channel.  Check out the NPAA’s Facebook page on Friday the 3rd to find out which sessions will be streamed.

The NPAA will be awarding noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris with their “Look to the Future” Award at the upcoming conference, an award given to individuals or organizations who have contributed greatly to the future of sportfishing through their efforts surrounding conservation of our aquatic resources, and/or efforts to support growth in angling participation. “The support Johnny Morris and his companies have given to sportfishing’s future is undeniable”, said Brian Bashore, NPAA’s Board President.  “To highlight Johnny’s efforts to grow sportfishing and support conservation by presenting him with this award will be an honor”.

“IKE (Mike Iaconelli) is the poster child for anglers who are “Driven by Passion” both on and off the water,” said Patrick Neu, NPAA’s Executive Director.  “When we were looking for an angler whose personality and efforts off the water were the best fit for this year’s conference theme, IKE’s name was at the top of the list.”  There is no doubt that NPAA Conference attendees can count on a passionate and informative presentation from IKE!

“The featured speakers at the NPAA Conference are really just the tip of the iceberg” commented Pat Neu.  The 2020 Conference will also include: a panel of industry promotional and marketing experts who will answer questions brought forth by conference attendees, breakout sessions hosted by NPAA partner companies, breakout sessions on navigating the complex world of health and casualty insurance, and new this year are two no charge workshops. These two workshops will go into depth on; how members can develop their own website in a session presented by Brain Bashore, or a workshop presented by outdoor communicator Joel Nelson on the business communication skills that are required for professional anglers to succeed.


This year’s breakout session opportunities will also include a “Women Angler Roundtable” targeted at sharing the opportunities that exist for female anglers in the industry and professional angling world.  This session will be hosted by NPAA Members: Barb Carey, Angie Scott and Nancy Koep.  Also on the line up this year are: Lindner Media’s James Lindner, South Dakota Guide/Outfitter Chad Schilling, NPAA’s social media administrator Brenden Kanies, Ali Shakoor one of the foremost experts on the science behind walleyes, and a session for Student Anglers (College/High School) that will be presented by some of the most successful student anglers in the country.

The conference agenda and full conference program can be accessed on the NPAA website conference tab at and don’t forget to check out the NPAA Facebook page on Friday the 3rd for the livestream details. 


 About the National Professional Anglers Association

The National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) is a non-profit, member-based association dedicated to sportfishing.  The NPAA’s membership is composed of professional guides, tournament anglers, angler educators and sportfishing/marine industry professionals who are passionate about the sport.


The NPAA’s mission is: “To increase the professionalism of our members as we work to grow and protect sportfishing.”


The NPAA is proud to have a very substantial list of Partners that support its efforts as an association.  A complete list of those partners can be found on the NPAA Partners Page at


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