California State Board of Directors
Bill Shedd – CEO – AFTCO
Bill Shedd serves as CCA CAL’s Chairman of our state board of directors. He is also the current CEO of AFTCO located in Santa Ana, CA. He first joined AFTCO in 1974 as Sales Manager and moved all the way up to CEO in time. Shedd’s parents, Milt and Peggie, were the founders of the Mission Bay Research Foundation, later renamed the Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute. Along with CCA CAL, he also serves as a board member of Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, the International Game Fish Association, the Center for Coastal Conservation and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, and chairs the American Sportfishing Association’s Government Affairs Committee. In 2017, Shedd was the recipient of ASA’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifelong leadership and commitment to recreational fishing.
Dave Pfeiffer – President – Shimano, North America
Dave Pfeiffer serves as President of Shimano North America in Irvine, CA, and is also Vice Chairman of CCA CAL. Pfeiffer has spent nearly three decades moving up the ranks at Shimano holding leadership positions in almost every facet of the business. By combining hard-won business success with volunteer board positions across a variety of organizations, Dave has the honor of being highly recognized throughout the industry as a leader and innovator with a well-marked path of successful team-building and solid, proven results. Before joining CCA CAL, Pfeiffer received the Billy Ray Memorial Award from United Anglers of Southern California.
Ali Hussainy – CEO – BD Outdoors
Ali Hussainy is the current President of BD Outdoors, and also Co-Hosts and produces Local Knowledge, an outdoors fishing show on Destination America. After spending time in the tech field, Hussainy created Bloodydecks.com, an online forum and grew to be the largest sportfishing website in the world. Ali also serves as the secretary for CCA CAL’s state board of directors.
Bart Hall – Producer – Fred Hall Shows
Bart Hall is the producer for the world-famous Fred Hall Shows that are held yearly in Bakersfield, Long Beach and San Diego. His father, Fred Hall, helped start the annual show in 1945, and which has grown to draw millions of people each year at all three events. He also serves as a member of the state board of directors for CCA CAL. Along with the shows, Hall has long raised money to fight the MLPA Process and its pressures to enact marine closures on sportfishing areas. Bart was honored in 2008 by United Anglers of Southern California with their most prestigious Bill Ray Memorial Award at their Annual Fundraising dinner, and it was presented by current Chairman Bill Shedd of AFTCO.
Mike Lum – General Manager – Fred Hall Shows
Mike Lum also comes to CCA CAL from the Fred Hall Shows. He also currently serves as a member on the state board as well. In addition, Lum also plays a big part in Captain Rollo’s Kids at Sea, which organizes marine-awareness fishing trips for children who might not otherwise have such an opportunity to witness the beauty and splendor of being on the ocean.
John Ballotti – Member
John is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) California Board of Directors and Executive Committee, president of the Los Angeles chapter of CCA California, and a member of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Rod and Reel Club. He was a member of the South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group during the California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) implementation process.
Bill Varney Jr. – Owner – Fishthesurf.com
Bill Varney is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) California Board and is responsible for marketing and promotion for the association. As a fourth generation Californian Bill runs a mortgage brokerage company, has published more than 200 articles and is the author of Surf Fishing, The Light-Line Revolution. You may recognize his work each year on the CCA Sportfishing Calendar which helps provide fundraising support and promote association events
Harold Davis – Owner/President – Davis Boats
Harold Davis is owner and president of Davis Boats in Paso Robles, which started in 1990. For almost 30 years, Davis has built one of the finest fishing boats in the entire fishing industry, and are known to be innovative with each customer’s wants and needs in mind. He also serves as the President of Captain Rollo’s Kids At Sea Fishing Program, which supports and encourages marine conservation by providing hands-on fishing and learning opportunities to kids. Since 1999, Captain Rollo’s Kids At Sea has taken over 120,000 youth fishing, many of which are disadvantaged, physically challenged, or at-risk.
Bob Hoose – Costa Sunglasses
Bob Hoose manages his own marketing company – Hoose Fishing LLC. Hoose represents Costa Sunglasses, Seeker Rods, and Mold Craft Lures on the west coast. His passion for sportfishing is why he is involved with CCA CAL, as he feel that it is a very important part in supporting the angling community in California. Hoose has work in the fishing industry for 25 years and also writes as a freelance editor for many west coast fishing publications. Hoose also serves on angling club boards including the Los Pescadores, BAC, and Tuna Club of Avalon.
The rest of our board…
Jock Albright – Retired
David Bacon – Owner, Wavewalker Charters
Bill Boyce – Host, World Fishing Network
David Chavez – President, CCA San Diego Chapter
Bill DePriest – Publisher, Pacific Coast Sportfishing Magazine
Dave Elm – AFTCO
Robby Gant – Sales Manager, Shimano
Marc Gorelnik – Owner, Law Offices of Marc Gorelnik
Pete Gray – Host and Creator, Let’s Talk Hookup
Donna Kalez – General Manager, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching
Bob Kurz – Southern California Representative, International Game Fish Association
Tim Manaka – Founder/President, FIA Insurance
Merit McCrea – Writer, Western Outdoor News
Doug Lasko – President, Okuma Fishing
Steve Pinard – Owner, Dana Landing & East County Bait & Tackle
Wendy Tochihara – National Sales Manager, Izorline
Tiffany Vague – CCA Santa Barbara Chapter President