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The Board

Donald Howell : President

Donald Howell


Howell, a native of Brewton, Alabama, is a partner at Lovoy, Summerville & Shelton, P.C. and a graduate of Auburn University. During his career, he's served organizations and companies with both domestic and international operations. He's been fishing since the age of 3, has taught fishing classes to youth groups and is a member of a number of outdoor organizations.

Dave Precht : Vice President

Dave Precht

Vice President

Dave Precht is a 30-plus-year veteran of outdoor writing and a lifelong angler. He's senior director of publications for B.A.S.S. in Orlando, Florida. He began his career as outdoor editor of the Houston Post in 1976 and joined B.A.S.S. in 1979 as staff writer and director of the B.A.S.S. News Service. He served as editor of Bassmaster Magazine from 1984 until 2003, when he was named editor-in-chief.

Bill Fletcher : Treasurer, Co-Founder

Bill Fletcher

Treasurer, Co-Founder

Bill Fletcher is a co-founder of the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. He is a professional engineer and co-founded B&F Engineering, Inc. in 1972. He served as president of the firm from 1981 through 1997 and is currently chairman of the board. B&F boasts a staff of over 40 full-time technical employees. Fletcher makes his home in Hot Springs, Arkansas.


Hobson Bryan, Jr. : Board Member

Hobson Bryan, Jr.

Board Member

Hobson is a University of Alabama professor specializing in environmental policy. Much of his research and consulting is within the fishing industry.  He served two terms as a member of the BASS Advisory Board, is an avid bass tournament angler and fly fishes for trout and bonefish all over the world. He makes his home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Guy Eaker, Sr. : Board Member

Guy Eaker, Sr.

Board Member

Eaker is a professional fisherman & noted fishing instructor. Across his career, he won the 1994 BASS Texas Invitational, qualified for 10 Bassmaster Classics and pocketed over $1 million in career winnings. He makes his home in Cherryville, N.C. and is on a leave of absence from the board for the 2013 calendar year.

John Mazurkiewicz : Board Member

John Mazurkiewicz

Board Member

Mazurkiewicz has been involved in the business side of bass fishing for more than 25 years, handling media relations and marketing communications projects for major companies. He serves as chairman for the American Sportfishing Association's Communications and Marketing committee and is a member of the International Game Fish Association, Trout Unlimited, Federation of Fly Fishers, National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and the American Fly Fishing Manufacturers Association. He lives in South Bend, Indiana.

Tim Carini : Board Member

Tim Carini

Board Member

Tim is one of the fast-growing group of young professional bass anglers in America. He's successfully competed on a number of the national tournament circuits, and also serves as the national advertising account executive for InterMedia Outdoors in Marietta, Ga. In this capacity, he's responsible for advertising sales for and Game & Fish magazines. He's also charged with helping InterMedia grow its brand awareness throughout the fishing and hunting markets. Carini’s experience in social and digital media make him a great addition to the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame board as the Hall continues to grow its exposure in these fields.

Jeff Pontius : Boardmember

Jeff Pontius


Pontius has been president of Zebco Brands since 1998 – a company that serves all types of anglers, from beginners to experts, with products under the brands of Zebco, Rhino, Quantum, Fin-Nor, Van Staal, Cajun and William Joseph. He's active in a number of industry associations and currently serves on the boards of the American Sportfishing Association and Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. He previously served as chairman of both boards. He resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Steve Bowman : Board Member

Steve Bowman

Board Member

Steve Bowman is a 27-year veteran of outdoor writing. He's a lifelong angler and hunter. Formerly the outdoor editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and executive editor of, Bowman now serves as the tournament editor for and executive editor for

Mandy Murski : Board Member

Mandy Murski

Board Member

Mandy Murski was appointed to the board in 2011 to fill the vacancy left by the unexpected death of her husband, Ray, a Hall inductee (2005).  Mandy is the owner of the prestigious Murski Breeding Sales Co. of Dallas, Texas. The group currently employs 50 sales representatives and support personnel representing major hunting and fishing-tackle companies in 37 states and territories. In 1995, Ray Murski bought Strike King Lure Co. and today Strike King is one of the leading lure companies in the world.

Gary Clouse : Board Member

Gary Clouse

Board Member

Gary Clouse is president and founder of Phoenix Boat Company in Winchester, Tenn. Clouse started fishing in his teens, competed on the Bassmaster Tour in the 1980s and claims more than 30 years of experience in the bass-fishing and boating industries. He currently fishes the Bassmaster Opens and Professional Anglers Association tournaments and was the 2012 PAA Angler of the Year. He makes his home in Nashville, Tenn.

Dr. David B. Rouse : Board Member

Dr. David B. Rouse

Board Member

David Rouse has worked in the field of fisheries for 40 years.  He received his B.S. and M. S. from Auburn University and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.  He worked as a biologist for the State of Alabama for 6 years and for Auburn University as a researcher, educator and administer for 32 years.  His experience includes research in aquatic ecology, management and aquaculture.  He has worked with a variety of fish, shrimp and shellfish species.  His professional travels have taken him to over 25 countries around the world.  He is well published and has served on numerous boards and editorships for professional organizations.  He served 12 years as head of the fisheries department at Auburn University before retiring in 2013 as director of the newly established School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences at Auburn University.

Clifton Rutledge : Board Member

Clifton Rutledge

Board Member

Clifton Rutledge serves as President and CEO of Bojangles’ Restaurants, Inc., the rapidly-growing Charlotte, N.C.-based quick service restaurant chain. A restaurant industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Clifton was recruited by Bojangles’ in January, 2014 to lead the company into its next phase of growth.


Timothy R. Hemphill : Board Member

Timothy R. Hemphill

Board Member

As Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center , Hemphill is charged with strategic planning and oversight of the sales, marketing and communications initiatives for the Center. A Certified Destination Marketing Executive, Hemphill has served over 25 years in the meeting, convention and travel industry that included the involvement with various types of destinations and the design and management of several public meeting facilities.

Gene Gilliland : Board Member

Gene Gilliland

Board Member

Gene Gilliland, a widely respected bass biologist and conservation advocate spent 32 years as a bass research biologist and eventually Assistant Chief of Fisheries for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.  Now as B.A.S.S. National Conservation Director, he represents America’s bass anglers on national boards and councils involved in resource conservation.  In addition, he advises and mentors the 47 B.A.S.S. Nation state conservation directors and works to build solid relationships with state fishery management agencies.  Having authored “Keeping Bass Alive, a Guidebook for Tournament Anglers and Organizers,” he is also responsible for maintaining and improving fish care practices on each of the Bassmaster tournament circuits.

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