Ellison joined the PAA in late 2004, and in just less than 3 years, used his leadership and business talents to â€œjump startâ€ this newly formed players association. Ellison worked tirelessly alongside professional angler Mike Auten to create the design of the very successful PAA Toyota Texas Bass Classic in 2006. This creative and innovative event has been very positively received over the past few years.
During his acceptance talk, Ellison stated, â€œI am truly humbled, honored and flattered by this award, and hope that during the years ahead, we can all continue to work together to grow fishingâ€¦ America’s favorite family sport.â€ Ellison encouraged corporate sponsors as well as professional anglers to continue to promote conservation and develop our country’s youth. In addition, Ellison share some funny stories about his experiences as the PAA’s Executive Director during a 5 minute talk.
This past tournament season, Ellison has been busy competing in 28 events around New England as well as nationally. In addition, he has participated in over a dozen children’s events, introducing kids to fishing and conservation. â€œMy goal is to put the first fishing rod into the hands of 1 million kids. It’s an ambitious goal, but I am in the habit of making no small plans,â€ stated Ellison recently. â€œThe PAA has developed beautifully over the past four years and presently has great enthusiasm and leadership. I think the future of the PAA looks very bright.â€