Advisory Council

The members of Vanishing Paradise’s Advisory Council all have a real passion for the outdoors and for passing on our nation’s conservation legacy. These individuals are working to enhance and expand Vanishing Paradise’s reach so sportsmen and women across the country are aware of the Mississippi River Delta’s importance to fish and waterfowl—and become inspired to take action to protect this great American landscape.

Brad Downey

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Brad Downey

Brad Downey is the Owner/Partner of Frontier Sales & Marketing Group – a Sales Agency based in Katy, Texas. Brad began his career in the outdoor industry while attending Texas A&M University. He put himself through school as a full-time duck & goose hunting guide for Larry Gore’s Eagle Lake & Katy Prairie Outfitters-the largest Waterfowl Outfitter in North America. It was here he met his business partner, Dennis Clark, and formed Frontier Sales in 1998.

Brad is an active outdoor enthusiast and worked with countless organizations to promote the sports of hunting and fishing. He has donated resources to conservation efforts as well as cultivating new participants into this arena. His belief is that all “Outdoorsman” are by default “Environmentalists” whose responsibilities are to preserve natural habitats and teach stewardship to the generations that follow.

David Dellucci

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David Dellucci

David Dellucci is a retired Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Baltimore Orioles, the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees, the Texas Rangers, and the Philadelphia Phillies. Dellucci, a Louisiana native, is a lifelong outdoorsman and a passionate conservationist.

Eric Cosby

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Eric Cosby

Eric Cosby began fishing the marshes south of New Orleans in the early 1990s. In 1998, Eric started the Marsh Madness media event based out of Venice, Louisiana. Marsh Madness is an annual event created to promote sponsors products and to introduce the outdoor media to the challenges facing the Mississippi River Delta.

Eric is the Vice President of CEMCO, Inc./Top Brass Tackle, a fishing tackle manufacturer specializing in terminal tackle for the bass market. Eric received his BS in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University in 1990.

Gabe Galster

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Gabe Galster

Gabe Galster Sr. turned his childhood hunting and fishing experiences with his father into a lifelong obsession. Gabe is CEO of Arkansas based New Hope Prosthetic and Orthotic Services, Inc. but spends an enviable amount of time on his fishing boat in Venice, Louisiana. While Gabe is an avid duck and deer hunter in his native state, the waters off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi run thick in his blood. With a background in biology and passion for the Gulf, Gabe continues to learn more ways to contribute to its protection and repair. Gabe is a Coast Guard Licensed Captain, a master diver, and an airplane pilot. He shares his enthusiasm for life and the outdoors with his two sons and wife.

Hal Herring

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Hal Herring

Hal Herring grew up in rural north Alabama in a family of voracious readers, fishing, hunting, digging ginseng, running trotlines. It was a life mostly spent outside, but his heroes were always writers, from Guy De Maupassant to Peter Matthiessen, Dostoyevsky to Jim Harrison. Publishing his first fiction and essays in his mid-twenties, Hal moved to nonfiction and journalism in his early thirties.

He is a contributing editor at Field and Stream magazine and writes the F&S Conservationist blog on their website. At Field and Stream he has covered everything from bear poaching gangs to caviar crime rings, wetlands destruction to energy politics. His story about an elk hunter’s terrible misadventure with a grizzly bear was a Finalist for a National Magazine Award.

For several years, Hal served as an editor at large for the online newsmagazine New West, where his first story exploring the background of a truly odd Montana criminal case, won a 2006 Online News Award for Enterprise Journalism.

Additional publications include stories in the High Country News, the Atlantic Monthly, the Economist, and more. His passion as a writer and storyteller lie where they always have—“in exploring humankind’s evolving relationship to the natural world, and all the failures, successes and deep tensions inherent in that relationship”.

Jared Mott

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Jared Mott

Jared Mott grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The son of professional wildlife biologists, he was quickly exposed to wildlife, hunting, and fishing. They quickly became his passions and after completing college and law school, he decided to make conservation a career and left the Magnolia State for Washington, DC. After living and working in DC for a couple years, Jared met his wife Michelle, an exiled Cajun also working in government relations. They still live in Washington, where Jared is the Policy Director for the Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance. But they travel back to Louisiana and Mississippi frequently, never letting the call of their homelands go unanswered for too long.

Mark Hilzim

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Mark Hilzim

Mark, a native New Orleanian, has spent a lifetime hunting and fishing. Mark graduated from the University of New Orleans. His professional career includes stints as the first Executive Director of the Louisiana Chapter of the Gulf Coast Conservation Association and as the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Since 1997, Mark has worked at Louisiana Publishing which publishes Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina Sportsman Magazines and produces both SPORTSMAN TV and the annual Louisiana Sportsman Show in Gonzales, LA. He currently holds the position of Executive Vice-President.

If he had his choice, he would be standing in the surf at Grand Isle fishing for speckled trout or prowling the Venice marsh for red fish.

Noel Vick

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Noel Vick

Noel Vick is the owner and president of Traditions Media, LLC, a fishing-focused PR and marketing group. The company’s clients include MarCum Technologies, Lund Boats, Aquateko, St. Croix Rods, Rapala Brands, Rippin’ Lips and StrikeMaster Augers. He lives in Mendota Heights, Minnesota.

Ryan Lambert

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Ryan Lambert

Captain Ryan Lambert, President of Cajun Fishing Adventures, Inc., is a successful entrepreneur in southeast Louisiana and a professional angler for more than 31 years. Launched in 1994, Cajun Fishing Adventures, Inc. has a renowned reputation in the sports fishing and hunting industry which have led to hosting large corporate events for ESPN, southeast Louisiana fishing tournaments and annual area events. Ryan has been featured in sports shows with Outdoor Channel, Verses, ESPN, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Garden and Gun, Louisiana Sportsman Magazines, and local media shows in radio and TV in the greater New Orleans area.

Captain Lambert has been an active spokesperson for coastal restoration as a contributor to the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan Framework Development Team.

In addition, he is the current Vice‐President of the Louisiana Charter Boat Association, an organization that seeks to protect and promote the development and preservation of the fishing guide industry in Louisiana. As a LCBA member, Captain Lambert has spoken to congressional leaders in Washington DC on Louisiana’s coastal environmental issues. His business experience brings qualitative value to federal, state, and local agencies on restoration projects and the preservation of Louisiana wetlands.

Steve Bowman

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Steve Bowman

Steve Bowman is the Executive Editor of OutdoorChannel.com and Tournament editor for Bassmaster.com. He is a lifelong hunter and fisherman. His work in editorial includes serving as the Outdoor Editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Executive Editor of ESPN Outdoors. He has authored three books, two on waterfowling and one on bass fishing. His writings are often centered on conservation issues and how they impact hunters and fishermen. He is an active supporter of multiple conservation groups around the country.

He is a frequent speaker to men’s groups in churches and in his spare time he serves as a Pulaski County Sheriff Deputy in his home state of Arkansas.

Steve Rampy

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Steve Rampy

Steve Rampy was born and raised in Middle Tennessee and was immersed in the great outdoors at a very early age. After attending Auburn University, Steve served in the United States Air Force. He was following the footsteps of his father in both cases. Working as a Software Developer for over twenty years, Steve is presently a Principle with an engineering firm based in the Nashville, TN area and is the Managing Editor and Owner of several large outdoors web sites.

Steve’s father was not only his role model in education and sense of duty to country; he was also the one who introduced him to the great outdoors, conservation, and hunting. His earliest memories involve tagging along with his father in the woods, on the water, and assisting in the training and handling of sport dogs. He now spends each Fall traveling up and down the Mississippi Flyway and cherishes the time it allows him to spend with his father, his son, and his close friends. Not taking our natural resources for granted and making the commitment to do his part in making a difference is also something that was instilled in Steve by his father.

Teeg Stouffer

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Teeg Stouffer

Teeg Stouffer is a life-long angler, passionate about the sport of fishing and the resource on the whole. “I came from a fishing family, both on my mom’s side and my dad’s side. We grew up fishing, I had a rod in my hand at age three, and I don’t think I ever put it down.”

Hailing from the Midwest, Teeg started his career in the media working in radio, then in event marketing. “I got my first radio show when I was 14 years old, and I was working for world famous WHO Radio – where Ronald Reagan got his start – by the time I was 16.” Since then, he’s worked in radio both in the US and Great Britain, before moving to the event marketing industry. Stouffer has toured on national tours and developed large-scale events and promotional tours inside and outside the outdoor industry. His passion for stewardship of creation, motivated by an under-lying faith, together with his experience in media, marketing and management give him a unique skill set to cultivate and steer RecycledFish.