For Immediate Release
Contact: Chris Arechaederra
SAN DIEGO, CA — The Coastal Conservation Association of California (CCA CAL) has added six new board members in 2019. Paul Byrd, Marty Firestein, Jim Hendricks, Charles Schoemaker, Greg Stotesbury, and Daniel Tabor will now serve on the CCA CAL State Board of Directors. All six new board members have a vast range of experience from a wide spectrum of industries.
Paul Byrd is the President of Argos Xtreme Gear, Past President and member of the Long Beach Neptunes (the oldest Spearfishing Club in the U.S.) and a Vice President of Investments for Wells Fargo Advisors. Paul is an outdoor enthusiast at heart and is a staple in the Spearfishing industry. Through Argos, Paul has designed and marketed a number of very successful products for the Spearfishing and Outdoor Adventure Market. He has been an advocate for fishing and spearfishing rights and is looking to continue that with CCA CAL. Paul will also serve on the Government Relations Committee.
Marty Firestein is a representative for the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), and also serves as a partner at Firestein & Firestein. Firestein will serve on the Government Relations Committee.
Jim Hendricks is the West Coast editor for Salt Water Sportsman, Sport Fishing Magazine and Boating Magazine and has built a 35-year career in the marine and sportfishing industries in capacities that have ranged from advertising and public relations, to magazine editor and publisher. He was involved in the group that placed the Proposition 132 initiative on the 1990 state ballot, which led to the phase-out of set gillnets in state waters. Jim is also a founding member of United Anglers of Southern California and has served on its Board of Directors. In 2003, Hendricks received the Moulton H. “Monk” Farnham Award for Excellence in Editorial Commentary from the BoatUS Foundation for probing and provocative editorial work while editor at Trailer Boats Magazine. Hendricks will be involved on both the Government Relations Committee and the Marketing Committee.
Charles Schoemaker is a past President of the Los Angeles Rod and Reel Club and a past Chairman of the Los Angeles Rod and Reel Club Foundation. Schoemaker is also an attorney and mediator, who has a long history of conflict resolution, working within many complex situations throughout his career. As a past LARRC president and chairman, Charles has demonstrated a keen interest in the future of recreational angling in California. Schoemaker is also a life member of CCA California. Schoemaker will also serve on the Government Relations Committee.
Greg Stotesbury has served the past 29 years as Sales Manager for AFTCO in Santa Ana, CA. Stotesbury is a past president of the Balboa Angling Club and a current member of the Avalon Tuna Club. He is a current life member of CCA CAL and previously served on the board of United Anglers of Southern California. Greg has been instrumental in preventing a directed offshore longline fishery from being created off the California coast. Stotesbury will also serve on the Government Relations Committee for CCA CAL.
Daniel Tabor has served as the elected Mayor of the City of Inglewood, and was also a four-term city councilmember, representing the 1st Council District. Tabor was also the Southern California Liaison in the Office of the Secretary, United States Department of Commerce for Secretary Ronald H. Brown. After his federal service, Daniel managed the Los Angeles County Child Care Facility Finance Program of the County of Los Angeles. In the Private sector, Tabor was a Managing Director at Rideau-Lyons Securities and has operated his management consulting business for education, healthcare, community development, and political clients. Currently, Daniel is pursuing an Education Doctorate degree (ED.D) in Educational Leadership at California State University Long Beach. He is also a member of the CCA LA Chapter. A saltwater angler, Tabor will serve on the Government Relations committee.
Both Stotesbury and Firestein were voted on and added to the board back in March during the first board meeting of 2019. Byrd, Hendricks, Schoemaker and Tabor were all voted on and elected this past November.
The CCA CAL Executive Committee nominates and vets new members throughout the year and requires a vote by the entire state board to approve such appointments.
For more information on the CCA CAL State Board of Directors, please visit www.ccacalifornia.org
The Coastal Conservation Association of California (CCA CAL) was created in 2015 when recreational anglers and outdoor enthusiasts came together to work for the conservation and enhancement of our marine resources and coastal environments.
Today, we are working to protect not only the health, habitat and sustainability of our marine resources, but also the interests of recreational saltwater anglers and their access to the resources they cherish and use on a daily basis. CCA CAL currently consists of 2,500 members spread across 6 local chapters in Southern California, and is working to expand in Central and Northern California.