|Brian Stephens Bio:
Brian Stephens is the Co-Founder of Bowhunting Network, LLC.
He was born in Okeechobee, FL where his Dad worked for Lykes Brothers
Ranch. Several years later he and his family moved to Cocoa, Fl where
his Dad worked for Duda and Sons Ranch. As a young boy Brian grew up
riding horses, working cows, building fence and hunting / fishing with
his family. Ever since then he has had a passion for being in the woods
and hunting. A number of years later he moved to Kissimmee, FL due to
his Dad taking a job as Executive Vice President of the Florida
Cattlemen’s Association. There his family continued to manage a small
herd of cattle, and showed 4-H steers. Brian fell in love with archery
at an early age, getting his first Bear Bow at the age of twelve. During
that time Brian met his current business and hunting partner Bill
Lawson. They grew up and have been hunting together for the past 15
years. Brian attended Valencia Community College in Orlando, FL, where
he received his Associates of Arts degree. Brian then attended the
University of Florida where he received a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences
and Biochemistry. After college he joined Johnson & Johnson as a
pharmaceutical sales representative. Over the past twelve years he has
taken on a number of roles in sales, sales management and account
management. Brian has also earned his MBA in marketing and finance.
Over the past ten years he has become an avid bow hunter. “I
enjoy the strategy, planning, challenge and gratification of success
when everything comes together. It is a sport that keeps you humble and
always learning.” He has bow hunted all over the Southeast and parts of
midwest. Brian has harvested some quality deer with his bow over the
past five years. In 2007 he harvested a Pope and Young non-typical buck
that was 186 7/8 inches net score breaking the non-typical record set in
1973. Currently, his buck is the second largest non-typical buck ever
taken with a bow in Georgia. He was featured in North American Whitetail
(August 2008), Woods n Water (September 2008), and Georgia Sportsmen
(October 2008) magazines. Brian has also been involved in fitness and
working out for over twenty years. He also enjoys scuba diving and spear
fishing with his brothers.
||Bill Lawson Bio:
Bill is Co-Founder of Stick'em Archery, LLC. Bill Lawson was born and still resides in Kissimmee Florida. He was raised hunting and fishing on his families 8,000-acre ranch. Bill shot his first buck at age 12 that scored in the mid 130s. Hunting has always been extremely important part of his life. After graduating High School and attending Valencia Community College. He began managing the family ranch. Bill managed the cattle, citrus, and sod operations on the ranch. A tremendous amount of effort and pride went into running their ranch. The quality of cattle, sod and citrus were a reflection of Bill and his Dads attention to detail. Due to the level of nutrition available to their cattle herd there was no shortage of wildlife on the ranch.
At an early age Bill recognized the need to implement some management strategies. He recognized that they had some herd management issues with too many does and not the quality of bucks he hoped to have. After five years of thinning does and culling bucks. Along with focused efforts to provide high protein nutrition for their deer herd. The ranch had begun to achieve their desired buck to doe ratio and the quality bucks (both antler / body size) anyone would be proud to harvest. From 1990 to 1999 an average of 3 to 4 bucks would be harvested a year that would score above 130 Boone and Crockett. This is almost unheard of so far south in Florida, where the average deer weighs 120 lbs. It was not uncommon to see 200lb. deer harvested.
Over the past five years Bill has become an avid bow hunter. He and his business partner, Brian Stephens, have hunted together for many years in the Southeast and parts of midwest. Bill brings a great deal of knowledge to Stick’em Archery through his first hand experience of implementing management strategies, and over twenty years of hunting experience. Bill also has over ten years of experience in the Telecom industry. He has worked with MCI world com, and Embarq managing multiple responsibilities and projects.
|Ron Stephens Bio:
Ron joined Stick'em Archery as the CEO in February 2009. Ron brings over twenty years of business experience in areas of business development, operations, sales, and marketing in the healthcare industry. During this time he has launched a number of new brands and developed new sales teams to pull products through to market. He has a BS degree from University of Florida and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Ron has a proven track record of success and driving results throughout his career.
Ron was born in Killeen, TX, but grew up working cattle, riding horses, hunting, and fishing with his family in Florida during the 60's and 70's. He enjoyed getting into the woods as often as he could. Ron built many lifelong memories with his brothers and family during those years as well as developing a love for the outdoors.
Ron continues to hunt and fish. He especially enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife and sons. "My greatest joy comes from teaching my boys how to be smart, safe, and successful hunters. I want Stick'em Archery to be the primary destination for bow hunters of all levels and ages."
We excited to have Spook Spann as our new spokes person. Spook has also seeing a life long dream of having his own TV Show. Spook Nation TV will be featured on the Pursuit Channel. Spook is becoming recognized as one of the most accomplished bowhunters of today. He has harvested almost every North American Big Game Animal with h is bow. Spook will be sharing his many years of accomplished bowhunting success with StickemArchery.com visitors. "I am excited to be a part of the StickemArchery.com team and look forward to spreading the word about all the Stick'em has to offer. They are changing the way the bowhunter gets information on the web to help them be more productive in the field." - Spook Spann, Spook Nation TV.
|Mark Stephens Bio:
Mark Stephens was born in Central Florida where his family worked for several large cattle ranches (Lykes Brothers and Duda & Sons). During that time Mark spent a great deal of time in the outdoors hunting and fishing. Several years later his family moved to Kissimmee, FL due to his Dad taking a job as the Executive Vice President of Florida Cattlemen’s Association. During this time he and his brothers showed 4-H steers and continued to hunt as much as possible.
After High School Mark Stephens enlisted in the United States Army, where he spent almost 22 years in Special Operations; retiring in 2005. He served with Special Forces (Green Berets) on Operational Detachment Alphas (ODAs) with 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Okinawa, Japan and 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC. In 1991, Mark Stephens joined the Army Special Mission Unit spending almost 14 years as a Special Operations Operator. Mark brings a great deal of tactical expertise to our team and will be an ongoing contributor.
Mark Stephens’ military training and education includes the Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers Course, the Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course, the Operator Training Course, Special Forces Qualifications Course, Special Forces Operations and Intelligence Course, Special Forces Combat Divers Course, Jumpmaster Course, Military Freefall Jumpmaster Course, Special Weapons and Tactics Course, Tactical Pistol and Rifle Training Course, Special Operations Target Interdiction (Sniper) Course, DOD High Risk Survival Course, Marine Reconnaissance School, Advanced Land Navigation, and numerous shooting, driving and hand-to-hand combat courses. Mark also has earned a Masters Degree in Security Management from Almeda University in 2003.
Mark Stephens’ combat deployments include 3 deployments to Iraq for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, 3 deployments to Afghanistan for OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (to include beginning first boots on the ground), to Somalia as part of TASK FORCE RANGER, other significant real world classified operational deployments include Honduras (OPERATION GOLDEN PHEASANT, 1988), in Panama (1989), counter-narcotics operations with the USCG (OPERATION HAT TRICK II, 1991), in the Balkans / Bosnia and Columbia. Numerous other contingency operations around the world.
Mark Stephens’ awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, 5 Bronze Stars for Valor and Combat, 4 Purple Hearts, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, 4 Joint Service Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, 4 Army Achievement Medals, the NATO Medal, the United States Coast Guard Commandant’s Letter of Commendation with “O” device, the United States Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon, 2 Armed Forces Expeditionary medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Ribbon, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge 2nd Award, the Military Freefall Jumpmaster Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Scuba Diver’s Badge, the Guatamalan Parachutist Badge and the Polish Parachutist Badge.