Staff



Founder & President

[Contact for: KBF TV, Marketing, Promotions] ♦ Chad Hoover Hendersonville, TN KBF Founder & President Chad “Knot Right” Hoover grew up hunting, fishing and exploring the backwoods and backwaters of rural Louisiana and Georgia. After finishing high school, he joined the Navy and set out in search of adventure. In September 2012, Chad retired after over […]

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COO, Managing Director/Partner

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[Contact for: Web design & maintenance issues, AOY Program, Graphics Design, Branding] ♦ Haubenreich serves as the Chief Operations Officer and Managing Director/Partner at Kayak Bass Fishing and had already been paddling and fishing for twenty years when Chad Hoover was just learning to say “pwiddy fishy.” After fourteen years as President of Secret Weapon Lures, he […]

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Director of Partner & Sponsor Relations

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[Contact for: KBF Partner Program, Sponsor relationship management, bookkeeping & accounting, scheduling, KBF TRAIL Series coordination] ♦ Kristie oversees KBF’s administration, billing, bookkeeping and invoicing. Kristie does all of this while helping build strong ties between KBF and kayak fishing vendors, community event planners, tournament directors, club & circuit leaders and tourism bureaus. Kristie works closely with Chad […]

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Director of Operations

[Contact for: Rules revision process & compliance, Judge training & certification, Dispute escalations] ♦ Richard oversees the operations for all Kayak Bass Fishing competitive series or events. He is a 27-year Navy Veteran, currently serving as Command Master Chief at Assault Craft Unit 5 in Oceanside, California. At KBF, Richard’s responsibilities include overseeing rules development, updates and compliance. In […]

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Media Director / Editor in Chief

[Contact for: Kayak Fishing Blog • Kayak Bass Fishing Magazine] ♦ Heading up KBF media is Chris Payne of Temple, Texas. In addition to owning the kayak fishing community’s premiere blog, Payne serves KBF as Tournament Director for major events. Payne has been fishing Texas waters for over three decades, the last dozen of so from kayaks. […]

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Lead Tournament Director / Senior Advisor

[Contact for: KBF OPEN and Championship event planning and direction] ♦ KBF calls Nik Brown our Lead Tournament Director and Senior Advisor for good reason; he has had a hand in almost every aspect of kayak fishing since the beginning of KBF. He is the guy that many call on for advice, and he is always happy […]

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Admin Assistant

Mary Cook gets our first-time and renewing members squared away, plugged in, and decal’ed up. She and her family make their home in west Nashville, just a few blocks from the Harpeth River where she sometimes escapes to paddle and put life back in perspective.

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