A life-long enthusiast of the great outdoors, Mike Lane has always loved to fish and hunt. After serving as general manager of a Metairie-based computer firm for several years, Lane envisioned a way to combine both of his passions into a successful business – Rodnreel.com. Today, he is at the helm of one of the most popular sources of outdoors information in the country. In the last year Lane has expanded the business to include a sister site – RodnGun.com, which reaches thousands of readers across the Gulf States. In addition to his publishing, writing and speaking duties, Lane is active in the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA), the Southeast Outdoor Press Association, and manages a team of writers, programmers, and page designers from his Metairie headquarters.
Born and raised in New Orleans. Graduated from Delgado Community College with an Associates Degree in Electronics Servicing Technology and attained just under 100 hours in Electrical Engineering at the University of New Orleans. Ermlich worked for McCann Electronics, a local electronics sales and repair company, for five years where he serviced home electronics, installed and serviced satellite TV systems. At this point he began his long journey working with computers. He worked at GE Computer Service for another five years performing service and support for clients such as Chevron, American Airlines, Compaq, and Packard Bell. After leaving GE, Helmut went to work for AccessCom, a local Internet Service Provider, where met his future partner, Mike Lane. Being a long time outdoor enthusiast with a life long love of fishing, I jumped at every chance to fish with Mike. I later joined Mike as his partner in November of 1997 to help build and operate the technical aspects of Rodnreel.com and now Rodngun.com.
With 34 million anglers, a lot more than fish is being netted!
Try something small say, ice. How much do you figure fishermen spend on it per year?
Try $290,917,000. When you add it all up, for items big and small, the total comes to a staggering $36 billion annually.
Dave believes it’s all about streams, fishing or revenue, he gets just as excited at either one. A veteran of the Dot Com bust he has learned the hard way what tomorrow money meant. Dave left Seattle for the silicon bayou after his company was delisted from Nasdaq and his wife Connie wanted to go home. A survivor, Dave has 1st hand knowledge of how bigger fish feed on the smaller ones and the value of sweat equity as he positioned his last company to be acquired by Hotels.com. Now Dave spends his days stalking and enjoying the outdoor recreation market.
Bill Healy Web Designer, Programmer, Killer of Ducks
Bill is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys all types of hunting, fishing, and photography in the marshes, swamps and woods of Louisiana as well as the Gulf of Mexico. He was born in Anchorage Alaska and has lived all over the world taking his love for fishing with him at every location. His background is in network administration, programming, and database development. Bill is a former member of the Army Reserves where he served as a computer operator. He began his relationship with Rodnreel.com in 2000 in answering what his wife called a dream ad for "a web site designer who loves to hunt and fish". He is married and has four children who have also begun developing a love of the outdoors.
Al Rogers, another long-time outdoors enthusiasts, brings an extensive background in features, news writing, and photography to Rodnreel.com. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1984, he attended graduate school for a semester before being hired as crime reporter the Daily Leader in Brookhaven, Miss. He later worked for a succession of daily newspapers in Tupelo, Miss., Hammond, La., and Baton Rouge, La. In 1995 he accepted an offer from the St. Charles Herald Guide in Boutte, and was eventually was promoted to managing editor. Shortly afterwards he was hired as staff writer and photographer for Louisiana Publications to produce four outdoor magazines, including Louisiana Sportsman. Rogers is an award-winning journalist and photographer with numerous awards to his credit including Associated Press, Mississippi Press Association, Louisiana Press Association, and Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association. His work has been featured in magazines such as Outdoor Life, North Carolina Sportsman, Gulf Coast Boating, Mississippi Woods and Water, Louisiana Sportsman, Fin, Fur and Feathers, Louisiana Outdoors, and many others.