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Plano, IL (May 19, 2015) – Plano Synergy, parent company to the time-trusted Plano and Frabill fishing tackle brands, is proud to announce the addition of retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major Jamey Caldwell to their Pro Staff.

“Jamey exudes excellence and honor in his personal life, his accomplished military career, and in his fishing,” says Plano Synergy Marketing and Pro Staff Coordinator, Justina Whalen.  “We appreciate those attributes and are thrilled to be partnering with Jamey in his new career as a professional angler.”

A resident of Carthage, North Carolina, Caldwell is beginning a new chapter in his life as a tournament bass angler after retiring in December of 2014 from 21 years of service to our country; the first seven as a U.S. Army Ranger, and the last 14 in an Elite Special Operations unit at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.  Caldwell has been deployed 14 times for combat operations throughout his distinguished military career and has been honored with eight Bronze Stars (two with Valor), three Defense Meritorious Service Medals, one Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals (one with Valor), 16 other medals and 11 other awards.

“Jamey’s training and work experience in conditions that are unimaginable to us as civilians make him uniquely qualified to succeed in any environment he chooses to work,” says Plano Synergy Director of Marketing, Ben Rand, who has the greatest confidence in Caldwell’s ability to win while serving as an inspirational ambassador for the Plano and Frabill brands.

“We’re really excited about helping to support Jamey and his dream of competing as a professional angler,” adds Rand.  “In addition to being a great guy, few other competitive anglers have the unique combination of ingenuity, drive and commitment that Jamey possesses.”

Caldwell humbly acknowledges that his hard-earned skill set will be a major plus on the water.  “While serving in Special Operations, I was placed into situations few others would ever want to be in,” says Caldwell, who has been trained to excel in bad conditions and points to his mental toughness as a likely key to success in his professional fishing career.  “I was also given the best possible tools to do my job,” he adds.  “Now, Plano and Frabill will be giving me the effective and functional tools I’ll need to stay organized and efficient on the water.  I can’t think of another company I’d rather be working with.”

Caldwell will help spread the word about Plano and Frabill products while on tour this season, as well as through his extensive social media reach.  He is fishing the BASS Southern and Northern Opens this season with the primary goal of qualifying for 2016 BASS Elite Series and will also appear at the Plano / Frabill booth at the upcoming 2015 ICAST Show, July 15-17 in Orlando, Florida.

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