The National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) announced today that back-to-back Bassmaster Classic champion (2017 and 2018) and Mossy Oak Fishing Team member, Jordan Lee will be speaking at the 2019 NPAA Annual Conference. Next year’s conference theme is “Make Waves Not Ripples.” The conference will be held January 4 – 6, 2019 in Minneapolis at the DoubleTree Convention Center Southwest.
The NPAA Annual Conference gives anglers the opportunity to learn about the business side of the sport and network with pro anglers like Lee and others, who have been successful on and off the water. Lee is one of only three pro anglers to win back-to-back Classic championships. At just 27, Lee has already amassed a handful big name sponsors and over $1 million in career earnings giving him a wealth of experience in navigating sponsorship relations, taxes and a relatively quick rise to prominence in the Elite Series Tournament Trail.
“The annual conference consists of educational breakout sessions on topics like taxes, insurance, social media trends and sponsor relations, with up-to-date, in-depth looks into each,” said Patrick Neu, NPAA Executive Director. “Combine these educational opportunities with the ability to network with fishing industry executives and anglers like Jordan Lee, you’re getting an event that is unmatched in the fishing business.”
Last year the featured speakers included two-time Bassmaster Champion, Kevin VanDam discussing “The Journey to Professional = Hard Work and Dedication” and Angling Edge and Fishing Edge co-host, Al Linder as well as “Spinner Guru” walleye angler, John Gillman.
Representatives from partner motor companies, boat companies, and other NPAA sponsors will also host breakout seminars throughout the weekend. The “Meet/Greet Party” and a Spouse Networking event will be held Friday night.On Saturday night, the NPAA will host the 7th Annual Future Angler Foundation Fundraiser Banquet presented by Yamaha Outboards and Skeeter Boats admission to the banquet is included in the conference fee.
The NPAA Annual Conference is open to NPAA members and the general public. NPAA members receive discounted registration fee for the conference. For those interested in joining the NPAA, beginning Aug. 1 and running throughSept. 30, the NPAA will be running a New Member Incentive Program. Any new Pro or Student Angler Member paying for their 2019 member fee during that period will receive a free membership for the remainder of 2018.
Conference registration options include NPAA Member Registration, $150; NPAA Student Angler or Future Pro Registration, $75.00; Non-Member Registration, $200 if registered prior to December 15.
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 http://npaa.net/partners/
More NPAA partner, member and industry news can be viewed at www.npaa.net.