Lake Wales, Fla. — A Band of Anglers, Inc., the parent company of Engage, Hyperlastics, Ocean Born, Spooltek, and Up ‘N’ Down as well as the distributor of Xorus products in the Americas, has promoted Barry Stockhaus from the position of General Sales Manager to Executive Vice President of Sales, effective January 1, 2022. Stockhaus is a highly respected, longtime industry pro and has been leading ABOA’s sales efforts since September 2020.
“Barry has done a spectacular job for us,” said ABOA founder and legendary tackle designer Patrick Sébile. “He’s been instrumental in navigating the unprecedented marketing and logistical issues that our industry has been facing during the global pandemic. Barry met every challenge, and I’ve been extremely proud to work alongside him.”
Stockhaus will continue to lead ABOA sales efforts across all brands with a focus on strengthening efforts with retailers, rep agencies and other stakeholders. He will also manage warehouse and shipping operations to ensure that ABOA products reach retailers and wholesalers as quickly as possible.
“Patrick and I first worked together over 25 years ago at Mepps and Mister Twister,” Stockhaus said. “Our goals of getting quality products into the hands of dealers and anglers is the same now as it was then, but the challenges are very different. I’m excited about my new position and looking forward to meeting those challenges as the Executive Vice President of Sales. Our creative and innovative products give us a real edge with consumers, and we want to make sure that our dealer and distributor partners realize those benefits.”
A Band of Anglers, Inc., is the parent company of several fishing tackle brands, including Engage, Hyperlastics, Ocean Born, Spooltek, and Up ‘N’ Down. It is the brainchild of legendary international tackle designer and manufacturer Patrick Sébile, winner of dozens of national and international design awards and the only person ever to sweep the Best Hard Lure and Best Soft Lure categories in the same year at ICAST (2009). A Band of Anglers’ products are designed and developed by Sébile and his team of talented and innovative anglers from around the world. A Band of Anglers takes its tagline — Authentic. Passionate. Real. — from its commitment to bring the best fishing products to the marketplace at a fair price and a great value.