2006 Springfield, Mo.
POMA Executive Assistant, Shelly Moore, marvels at a $5,000, jeweled MacDaddy's Fishing Lure during Field Day.
New POMA President, J. Wayne Fears, presents POMA's first president, Betty Lou Fegely, with flowers at the opening night event sponsored by Springfield and Bass Pro Shops.
Featured speaker Kelly James-Enger and founding board member Tony Mandile enjoy the family-like camaraderie that made the conference so special.
"The family is back, stronger than ever and ready to take outdoor communications to a new level. I am so proud to be a part of this movement and look forward to helping ensure the future for both POMA and the next generation of hunters, anglers and trappers. May we never forget the lessons we have learned. We must also remember, "Who dares, wins."
"The good old days are back! What a fantastic family we have. There's no stopping us now. I'm proud to be along for this great ride."
"Will wonders never cease?"
"A fabulous blending of media and industry. Overall a wonderful first conference and a great beginning."
The quality of seminars and POMA members are true benefits of conference attendance.
"From the pre-conference materials to the 'Big Show' itself, this has been an outstanding start for what is already a top-notch organization."
"It's been a great conference for an outstanding new group. I see a bright future ahead."
"In a previous life, as executive director of a 5000-member group called Investigative Reporters & Editors, I had to plan national conferences. So I know all the ways to screw up. Your conference, and specifically the panel that included me, ran perfectly as far as I could tell. Thank you for your efficiency and courtesy and professionalism."
"Great business sessions. Great contacts. Great service, POMA. Thanks for everything."
"Outstanding conference. The coordination and content were not only excellent but relevant and timely. This feels like family -- the 'good' family you want to be around."
"A great beginning POMA. Looking forward to future adventures."
"What a wonderful conference. It exceeded all my expectations, which were elevated already. I'm so happy to be a new member of your family. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
THE POMA CONFERENCE -- WHAT A HOOT!!
Photographs (c) 2006: Russ Bailey & Laurie Lee Dovey