EUFAULA, AL. – It was with a great deal of humility and grace that Humminbird pro Tom Neustrom was recently inducted into Minnesota’s Fishing Hall of Fame. Concurrent with the Northwest Sportshow at the Minneapolis Convention Center, industry peers, friends and family packed the ceremony to recognize Tom’s vast contributions to the sport of fishing.
With hallmark traits like integrity, hard work and honesty, Tom Neustrom has been a stand-out in the fishing industry for years – as a fishing guide, promotional angler and outdoors communicator. Although Tom’s character was formed long ago in an era when these traits were the norm, Tom has found ways to remain at the top of the modern-day media marketing game.
At heart, Tom is a brand ambassador. He’s has been the subject of countless articles, videos, photos and radio interviews for the brands he has represented over the years — and those brands have all benefitted from his tireless promotional efforts.
Humminbird Brand Manager Jeff “Kolo” Kolodzinski has worked extensively with Tom over the past couple decades on different projects – and looks forward to more collaboration in the near future. “What I love about Tom is that he is an incredible mix of things old and new, and he’s still having fun after all these years. And he’s tireless in pursuit of working toward the betterment of the sport. He jumps at any chance to educate other anglers and also works at the political level to ensure anglers’ voices are heard. And on a product level, he is exactly the kind of angler we hope for in promotional terms. Not only is he a fantastic Humminbird ambassador, he provides valuable R&D feedback to make our products even better.”
Kolodzinski continues: “On behalf of a grateful Johnson Outdoors team of Humminbird, Minn Kota and Cannon, it’s my great pleasure to congratulate Tom on his achievement of being inducted into the The Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota. After all, halls of fame are filled with people who make you want to follow their example, and Tom Neustrom is certainly someone we would all do well to follow.”
With regards to his induction and over 12 years with the Humminbird brand, Tom Neustrom says it’s been “a fantastic experience.”
“It’s been an absolute honor to work with a cutting-edge company that continues to push the envelope, providing anglers with technologies that maximize our time on the water and catch more fish. Humminbird is all about great products and great people. To be part of a brand designed by fishermen for fishermen has been great.”
Tom’s recent induction into The Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota on March 28, 2015, follows 2009 induction into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.