Fish Guardian, LLC is owned and operated by Rodney and Jamie Hairgrove a husband/wife team with a love of the outdoors. Rodney has been self employed as a full-time professional fishing guide on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes for the past 20 years (http://www.kylakefishingguide.com/). Rodney is originally from Lubbock, Texas and his passion from a young age was catching large and small mouth bass in fisheries around Texas. He was an avid tournament fisherman in Texas and continues to participate in tournaments when possible in Kentucky.
After just a few short months of staying at home, she was approached about working for a new company named Professional Anglers Association. PAA decided to move their office to Benton and they needed an Operations Manager. Jamie knew most of the players involved in the organization and because she is always up for a challenge and missed working in the fishing industry, she accepted the position in October of 2007. Jamie worked at PAA until January of 2010 when she left to pursue her own business working with her husband on an invention that she knew would be a huge assistance to anglers, conservation and the fishing industry as a whole. This invention is now known as the Fish Guardian.
Jamie started her career in Human Resources & Education at Lourdes Hospital in August of 2000. From there she moved from the health industry into the food/drink distribution industry at Coca Cola of Paducah/Hopkinsville as a Human Resources Generalist in September of 2004. After tiring of the stress of Human Resources, she moved to Mid-Continent University in October of 2005 to become an adjunct professor for the Adult Learning Program. She taught courses for adults already in careers looking to finish their education. She also developed and taught Mid-Continent's first on-line course in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
While she was at Mid-Continent she was asked of her interest in working for FLW Outdoors in a newly created Operations Manager position. Jamie had always enjoyed fishing as a child and was well versed in the industry from the anglers' perspective due to Rodney's career and so she accepted the challenge. Jamie worked as Operations Manager for FLW Outdoors from April of 2006 until July of 2007 when she decided to take some time off from her busy career life to become more of a stay-at-home Mom with her daughter Savannah who was about to enter Kindergarten at that time.
Jamie Hinkle Hairgrove is originally from Paducah, KY and took a more business direction in her career which led her into the business operations of the fishing industry. She graduated from Paducah Tilghman High School in 1992 and then moved to Lexington, KY to attend the University of Kentucky where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1996. She then moved to Greenville, NC to pursue her Master of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. While she was attending East Carolina University she was involved in a Graduate Assistantship in Training and Development at the headquarters of Hardee's in Rocky Mount, NC where she developed a safe handling food service test for her Master's Thesis. When she graduated in 2000, she moved to Barlow, KY to look for a full time job with her degree.
Rodney and Jamie are excited about this product because they believe that it will benefit anglers, promote conservation, and benefit the sport as a whole. They are excited to be able to put their knowledge, skills and abilities to work in a product that can benefit so many.
Matthew 4:19: And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
Rodney had the skills of an entrepreneur at a young age. He often was approached to install radios, fix automobiles, and started his own rod and reel repair and lure manufacturing company in Texas. Due to his entrepreneurial skills and love of fishing, Rodney moved to Benton, Kentucky to start a Bass Pro Shop in Draffenville, KY with a friend from Texas in his early 20's. This store is now the Fisherman's Headquarters still housed in the same location.
Rodney worked at the Bass Pro Shop and also began his own rod and reel repair inside the store and fished on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes as much as he could. He got involved in guiding after meeting people in the Bass Pro Shop that wanted information about the lake and hot spots. This soon turned into a full time career. Currently Rodney continues to guide full time out of Big Bear Resort (www.bigbearkentuckylake.com).