Board of Directors
Fred was introduced to hunting at an early age and started Bowhunting in 1969. He is the owner and CEO of Pape’s Inc, an archery equipment and sporting goods distributing company. Fred was a member of the initial board of directors of KyNASP as well as S3DA and current national board member of QDMA and former board member of The Archery Trade Assn. He is a life member of NRA, SCI, QDMA and the Ky League of Sportsmen.
Dirk Dieterich is a 1978 Graduate Texas Tech University- Rawls College of Business with BBA in Finance, where he was a member of the Rawls College Advisory Council from 2014-2015. Using his business knowledge, he has founded or acquired over 20 companies.
Dirk has been a member of many different organizations, as well as a board member for these organizations. He was the Vice President of the Frisco Creek Wildlife Rehab and Hospital from 1979-2003, which is a federal & state licensed wildlife rehab & hospital, where he handled the reintroduction of Lynx back into Colorado. He has been a Pope & Young Club member since 1989, holding different board positions, including Treasurer from 2005-2006, as well as Director from 2012-2015. Dirk has also been a member of the Colorado Traditional Archers Society since 2002, as well as being a board member since 2013, a member of the Colorado Bowhunters Association member since 2002. Dirk is the current vice president of Scholastic Archery Association Corporation (S3DA).
Steve Dalp is the Bear Archery Product Manager and is responsible for the strategic plan, product line, and brand growth and management for the adult archery compound, traditional, and youth bow lines. Steve graduated from the University of Southern Indiana, where he received a BS in Marketing.
Steve worked for Bristol-Meyers Squibb and Mead Johnson Nutrition for a total of 28 years. He gained experience in both Pharmaceutical Sales, Infant Formula Sales, and Marketing. Steve also worked in the Gas and Electric Utility Industry in Marketing for 3 years.
Steve has been an avid archery enthusiast for over 25 years, and enjoys hunting large game and turkeys with both compound and traditional bows. He lives in Evansville, IN with his wife, two children, two horses, and two dogs. He enjoys running, hiking, biking, camping, and everything outdoors! He is actively involved with the Washington Avenue Church of Christ, where he serves as an Elder and President of the Board of Trustees.
JR Neidlinger is the customer service supervisor for Bear Archery and has been with the company for 13 years. He has also served as the shooting staff manager for the past 6 years. JR graduated from the University of Southern Indiana, where he received a BS in Secondary Education. He also served 6 years in the Indiana National Guard.
JR has been an outdoor enthusiast since a young age and enjoys hunting whitetails with his bow. Other hobbies include bowfishing, woodworking, coaching baseball, and working out. JR is married and has two children along with two Labrador Retrievers. His family also enjoys camping.
Rick Mowery began bowhunting at 14, spent 8 years serving his country in the U.S.A.F and for the past 19 years he has been intimately involved in the archery industry. He has bowhunted throughout the United States, a few provinces in Canada and South Africa.
Previously, Rick spent 17 years as the Advertising Director for an archery manufacturer and is currently the Communications/Marketing Manager for the Pope & Young Club. He has established long term friendships and extensive contacts in every archery/bowhunting media venue, including television, internet and print.
His experience permeates every aspect of archery, from active participation in the sport of bowhunting, 3D and Indoor competitions, to working booths at trade shows, buying group shows, IBO and ASA competitions.
He has promoted products at consumer shows like the Eastern Outdoor Sports Show in Harrisburg, PA., taught classes at the Pope & Young convention and Gander Mountain University.
Rick’s passion for archery has also manifested itself in product concepts that have changed the face of archery. He believes that to know this market, you must live it.
John D. “Jack” Frost killed his first animal with a bow at age 7 in 1952. He is the first archer to have taken and recorded in the Pope and Young records at least one of all 29 species recognized by Pope and Young. In 1985, he was the first bowhunter to take all four species of North American wild sheep and in 2014 completed his second Grand Slam with a California Bighorn Sheep in British Columbia, Canada. Also in 1985, he killed an Alaskan Brown Bear that was the Pope and Young record for 18 years. Internationally he has hunted all of the continents except Antarctica and taken many additional species. He is an orthopedic surgeon and private pilot who lives in Alaska. He has served on the NBEF board for over ten years. He has also served on the Pope and Young Club Board of Directors as an elected Director and as Conservation Chairman. He is the Legislative Vice President for the Alaskan Bowhunters Association. He has been an instructor of the IBEP Course in Alaska for over 20 years. He has written stories and articles for bowhunting publications. He has been seminar speaker at many state bowhunting conventions. He supports many hunting organizations with his memberships, donations, and time.
Mark Whitt began his career in the archery field in 1984 as an employee of Sportsman Center Archery Supplies in Ashland, KY. Then in 1989, he became the CEO of Mark’s Archery, Inc. where he worked for 10 years. As his career developed, he became the CEO of Extreme Archery Products, Inc. in 1999.
As an avid bowhunter since the age of 15, Mark has a passion for archery. He began shooting 3D and Target archery in 1975, and has been an avid competitive archer ever since, having won many state and national titles. His love for competitive archery led him to become active in teaching youth archery. In 2012, Mark was a coach and mentor for Boyd County’s initial 3D archery team, and since that time he has been coaching Boyd County’s S3DA program, leading them to be four-time defending Kentucky State Champions and three-time defending National Champions.
Bob DeLaney is an avid bowhunter, USAA Archery Level II Instructor, Treasurer of Cos Cob Archers, Inc. and the Trust Officer for the P0pe & Young Club. Bob resides in Greenwich, Connecticut.