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Shimano America President Receives United Anglers' Highest Honor
by Jim Hendricks
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United Anglers Of Southern California
United Anglers board members Bart Hall (left) and Breck Furnish (right) present the Bill Ray Memorial Award to Shimano America President Dave Pfeiffer at Shimano's U.S. headquarters in Irvine, California.

President of Shimano America Dave Pfeiffer has been recognized by United Anglers of Southern California with the group’s highest honor, the Bill Ray Memorial Award. The award was presented to Pfeiffer at Shimano’s U.S. headquarters in Irvine, California, by UASC board members Breck Furnish and Bart Hall.

The Bill Ray Memorial Award, named in honor of the late co-founder of UASC, spotlights exemplary individuals who, through their lives and angling passion, promote marine conservation and the spirit of recreational fishing, the basis upon which UASC was established in 1988.

“Dave’s counsel and his financial support for local and national conservation groups trying to fend off the insanity of the implementation of California’s Marine Life Protection Act have been monumental,” said Bart Hall of the American Sportfishing Association and a Bill Ray Memorial Award recipient himself. “Sitting in his Shimano seat, Dave’s conservation concerns are national, but his heart and his home are local.”

Pfeiffer has been with Shimano for 25 years. He ascended to president in 2006, and today he oversees both the fishing and cycling divisions of Shimano America. Pfeiffer is also an avid angler, and has consistently supported programs aimed at marine conservation and building opportunities for recreational fishing.

“His support of UASC underscores his dedication,” said Furnish in presenting the award.