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Pro Tournament Fishing Team

Our team consists of four committed individuals with unique skill sets coming together to provide a best in class tournament series.

KENT HICKMAN, SR. - PRESIDENT / TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR

Kent Hickman, the fearless leader and Lakeland, Florida native, grew up fishing the saltwater flats and the countless lakes in the area. An avid fisherman, outdoor enthusiast and professional redfish tournament angler for over 20 years, Hickman brings a plethora of fishing knowledge, tournament expertise and professional experience to the table. He created the West Coast Pro Redfish Tour in 2010 in response to the need for an organized redfish tournament in the Tampa Bay area. Around the same time, he formed GILLZ LLC creating a fishing apparel product line to keep outdoors men cool, comfortable and protected from the sun. Today his apparel line is currently found in bodies of water and anywhere outdoor enthusiasts need cool comfortable sun protection all over the world. While growing his product line, he also continues to grow the tournament series which is now the Pro Fishing Tournament Series covering the redfish scene in the southeast. Kent Hickman Contact Info: phone: 863.286.5386 email: kent@protournamentfishing.com

 

LORI GOSEWISCH - VICE PRESIDENT / TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATOR

Serving as the vice president of Florida Pro Redfish Series since 2012 and now serving as vice president of Pro Tournament Fishing Corp, Lori Gosewisch has been an influential and key contributor to the success and growth of the organization. Gosewisch oversees sponsorship, creative development, digital engagement and communications as well as marketing and strategic planning for the organization. Gosewisch also manages the day-to-day operations maximizing activation and exposure for the organization and its partners. She continues to provide prestigious, well-organized tournaments of which participants, fans and sponsors are proud to be a part. Fishing has been a major component of Gosewisch’s personal and professional life. She grew up in central Florida, where fishing is a way of life, and she has fi shed in and played a pivotal role in numerous tournaments. Her alma mater is Florida Southern College where she started out as a biology major with a strong interest in marine biology. She changed paths and received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration majoring in finance, marketing and economics and Masters of Business Administration. Lori Gosewisch Contact Info: phone: 813.731.2587 email: lori@protournamentfishing.com

BUTCH NEWELL - MULTI MEDIA SPECIALIST

For the last 2 years Newell Productions, LLC, Butch Newell, has provided content and imagery for the series. Butch has become an essential member of the Pro Tournament Fishing Corp team providing high resolution photography and aerial video. Utilizing his drone, he is able to capture the tournament from a unique perspective and highlight the tournament sponsors as well. Not only does his work masterfully capture the events, it also highlights every detail focusing on the venue, communities in which the anglers fish, sponsors and anglers. Butch creates videos that tell the story about each tournament stop. This year Butch is bringing a new perspective to the tournament. He will utilize a studio in the tournament trailer, where he will be able to conduct interviews, provide live updates on the anglers, weather/tides and tournament information in a professional setting. Butch Newell Contact Info:  email: butch@protournamentfishing.com

LAUREN GOSEWISCH - SOCIAL MEDIA | ADMINISTRATION

While most teenagers are still sleeping in on the weekend, Lauren is out on the docks on tournament day lending a hand. She assists with scoring and manages the release of the redfish on tournament day. An honor roll student at Lakeland Christian School, in between her studies, she also manages the social media accounts for the organization. Her passion for the environment, especially marine ecosystems, has motivated her involvement the with series. Lauren aspires to study Emergency Medicine in her college studies. Lauren Gosewisch Contact Info: phone: 772.530.8926 email: lauren@protournamentfishing.com