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Workshops for Guides, Captains, Anglers


The upcoming 2024 “Passion to Profession” NPAA Conference in Fort Myers, Florida, to be held Jan. 5-7, 2024, promises to provide attendees with incredible “can’t miss” career-building, educational, and networking opportunities, many of them in small breakout sessions and educational workshops throughout the course of each day. Conducted in classroom-style hotel meeting rooms, attendees will have the chance to get the answers to hard-to-answer questions during sessions given by top professionals. Attendees will leave with the knowledge (and personal connections) gained during this unique event.

The conference’s diverse workshops and educational sessions have been scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 5-6. Conference attendees will have the chance to pick educational breakout topics best suited to their individual career paths.

In that light, an attendee of the 2023 conference shared the following: “I just wanted to reach out and tell you how inspired and proud the conference sent me home feeling. I never really knew what my purpose was as a member, but I do now. This was my first conference, and I plan to attend them all from here on out. The board, partners, and volunteers did an amazing job, and I cannot even imagine the work, effort, and time that goes into something of this magnitude. I am feeling charged up and ready to put some real effort and focus into my guide business as well as tournaments this season. I also realized how important it is to give back to the sport in the way of youth events and get people excited and involved with the sport I love. Thanks again to the NPAA for hosting such a great event.”

“Our goal at NPAA is to provide conference attendees with the information they need to run a successful business as an angling professional, whether full- or part-time, and to offer them an opportunity to get involved in helping to ‘Grow and Protect’ the sport they love,” said Pat Neu, NPAA president. “All the sessions offered at this one-of-a-kind event align with this mission.”

2024 NPAA Conference Agenda Highlights

Friday, Jan. 5: Educational Workshops, 12-2:30 p.m.

  • Women Anglers Taking Their Passion to a Profession: Join the Workshop Discussion — Led by Capt. Angie Scott, Capt. Debbie Hanson, Leiza Fitzgerald, Marianne Huskey, BeBe Harrison, and Gabriella McGrath
  • Crafting Impactful 1-Minute Videos: A Hands-on Workshop for Industry Professionals — Led by EJ Saunders (Blaze Media) and Austin Sherwood (Pro Fishing Media/NPAA)

Saturday, Jan. 6: Three Educational Breakout Sessions, 3-5:30 p.m.

  • Taxes Done Right — Led by Froehling Anderson CPA’s Specializing in Tax Prep for Anglers
  • Maximizing Customer Acquisition & Retention: Mastering the 5-Level Framework in the Angling Industry — Led by EJ Saunders (Blaze Media)
  • Passion Drives Professionalism as a Guide — Led by Capt. Ray Van Horn
  • How To Gain and Retain Sponsorships — Led by Dan Dannenmueller
  • Batteries Wet, AGM, Lithium, and Why — Led by James Holst from NORSK Lithium
  • Boating Safety: A Life Saving Measure — Led by Hunter Bland from Yamaha
  • Boat Financing in Today’s Market — Led by Shirley Hetrick from Adventure Recreational Finance

Attend the Conference Affordably!

Register for the 2024 “Passion to Profession” conference now and save! The NPAA is offering a 40 percent discount on conference registrations with a Cyber Monday promotion. Go to https://www.npaa.net/conference and enter code CYBER40 at checkout to register and save big. Hurry, this offer will end soon, and capacity is limited.

The NPAA has secured a special room rate of $169/night (double occupancy) at the 5 star-rated Gulf Coast Crowne Plaza in Fort Myers, Florida, also home to the entire conference. The room rate is available for three days on either side of the event (pending availability), so come early and stay late to enjoy the beautiful southwest Florida weather. Book your room today at: NPAA Conference at Crowne Plaza Ft. Myers Gulf Coast.

Airfare rates on airlines like Sun Country, Frontier, Spirit, Southwest, and Allegiant can run well under $300 round-trip. The conference hotel is only five minutes from the Southwest Florida Regional Airport. Book your airline tickets early to receive the lowest rates!