STEVE BULLOCK MIKE COONEY GOVERNOR LT. GOVERNOR
STATE CAPITOL • P.O. BOX 200801 • HELENA, MONTANA 59620-0801 TELEPHONE: 406-444-3111 • FAX: 406-444-5529 • WEBSITE: WWW.MT.GOV
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR STATE OF MONTANA
August 7, 2017
Jim Solomon Montana Outdoor Recreation Expo 1309 E Broadway A310 Missoula, MT 59802
I want to thank you for inviting me to cut the ribbon and attend the Montana Outdoor Recreation Expo at the Missoula County Fairgrounds this year. I had a blast kayaking across “Glacier Lake” and getting to meet with folks from all around Montana who came out to see all the exciting things going on in our outdoor economy.
Here in Montana, we’re blessed to be surrounded by so many natural treasures from our majestic mountains and forests to our rivers and creeks to our vast plains. Access to these public lands is a blessing and a birthright we all share. Our kids and grandkids, regardless of who they are or where they come from, have an equal right to fish in our streams or hike on the trails crisscrossing our state and national parks.
These amazing natural spaces and the access we enjoy to them have given Montana a thriving outdoor recreation industry, responsible for more than 64,000 jobs and has brought nearly $6 billion a year into our economy, especially those of our small towns and gateway communities. The Montana Outdoor Recreation Expo gave myself and many others the chance to see this industry’s growth and to help promote it for the future.
I hope you will have the opportunity to hold this Expo again next year and for years to come. Together, we can protect our public lands and grow our outdoor economy not only for ourselves, but for generations to come.
MIKE COONEY Lieutenant Governor
THE STATE OF ARIZONA
GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT
2221 WEST GREENWAY ROAD PHOENIX, AZ 85023-4399
(602) 942-3000 WWW. AZGFD .GOV
I wanted you to know that Jim Solomon has demonstrated true professionalism in all he does in support of wildlife conservation and education efforts in Arizona . Jim's vast experience includes hosting Xplor the Outdoors, an Outdoor Radio Show, service as a board member/executive for the Arizona Wildlife Federation, and Vice President of the Arizona Wildlife Foundation, the educational branch of the federation.
Jim teaches beginning and advanced outdoor classes for the "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" program in Arizona. In 2005 he began what was the first Outdoor Education Day for the homeless children in the Thomas J. Pappas School in downtown Phoenix, (200-300 kids). Another first came in 2006 with Jim taking the homeless children of the Tempe Pappas School (85 kids) on their very first fishing field trip to Tempe Town Lake, which in 2007 grew to 135 kids. Jim will be the first to admit that none of this would have been possible without the help and support of some of the wildlife organizations, his close personal friends and family, and the state, federal and local parks and agencies.
Because of Jim's vast knowledge of outdoor sports he became an outdoor radio broadcaster nine years ago, where he began broadcasting live, the first ever, poaching report titled "The Bad Boys Report" which later became "The Poacher Chronicles" (listing the guilty parties by name, residence, violation and fines), as well as organizing an outreach with the Arizona Food banks across the state where hunters can donate excess game meat to soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
Jim was instrumental in the passing of House Bill 2129, a bill which increased the fines and revocation penalties for poaching in the State of Arizona . The bill was signed into law on May 2, 2006 . Jim was instrumental in benchmarking and working with legislators in the process of making this important bill a law.
Jim has worked alongside the Arizona Game and Fish Department on Commission issues and outdoor expos. An example of Jim's work was his partnership with Department Fisheries
Branch personnel to supply fishing tackle and experts at the semi-annual Tempe Town Lake/ Thomas J. Pappas School for homeless kids, fishing events.
In 2000 and again in 2004 Jim won the Arizona Game and Fish Commission's Media of the Year award. In March of 2007 Jim Solomon was nominated for the Legislative Advocacy Champion Award through the Arizona Wildlife Federation . On March 4, 2007 the President of the NRA, Sandra Froman, flew in to co-host "Xplor the Southwest outdoor radio show with Jim at the new Cabela's store in Glendale Arizona. Also in March 2007, Jim was voted back in as the Vice President of the Arizona Wildlife Foundation .
As you can see, Jim Solomon has been a tireless advocate for Arizona's outdoors and wildlife. I can personally attest to his commitment, dedication and boundless energy . Jim's personal efforts have made a difference for the citizens and wildlife of Arizona .
Duane L . Shroufe
I have had the pleasure of working with Jim Solomon for the past 10+ years. During that time I have found him to be very professional in his actions and activities. He consistently demonstrates his passion for all things out of doors. A perfect example is his attending and teaching at the annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman classes. He led the class on how to pitch a tent with extreme patience – and just the right touch of humor.
His work with youth hunters and anti-poaching groups is exemplary. During the time I have known him, he has used his radio show, Xplor the Outdoors, to reach thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, with the outdoor conservation message.
It gives me great pleasure to recommend Jim for your organization. I know he will be a positive force for good of the organization.
AZ Wildlife Views Television
AZ Game & Fish Department
5000 W. Carefree Hwy
Phoenix, AZ 85086
Personal References and Inputs for James L. Solomon
National Wild Turkey Federation : Outstanding performance as the banquet MC at events from 1995 – 2006. During this period he helped promote both the chapter banquets and turkey hunting safety seminars by allowing the chapter access to air-time on his “Explore The Outdoors” radio program. He is extremely knowledgeable and familiar with products associated with the sport of turkey hunting and promoted interest to the membership at both events, as he has participated in numerous bird hunts in the past allowing him to speak with some authority on the subject. We found him very personable and easy to work with. Everett J Sherwood; Ph.# 480-396-4681
Merlin Nielsen; Ph.# 623-925-2478
Valley Long Beard Chapter & Arizona Desert Gobblers Chapter, Committee Members
Mule Deer Foundation : Acted as the banquet MC at the Windermere Hotel in East Mesa since the chapter organized in 2006. Very good at directing attendee’s attention toward raffle prizes and raffle ticket sales for banquet activities, which helped to increase the events bottom-line profitability during the fund raising event. Well acquainted with the mule deer hunting culture and its associated products to make another or new hunter, successful. He commands a clear speaking voice during his verbal communications with microphone and is very comfortable in speaking to large groups of people. ArtCraker; PH# 480-396-3258 email email@example.com
State & East Valley Chapter President
Everett J Sherwood; PH 480-396-4681
To Whom It May Concern
I have known and worked with Jim Solomon for more than a decade.
As host of a radio show, Jim helped promote our sportsman expo, on-air and with a booth at the event. I was impressed with Jim’s connections to and reputation with state-based enthusiast groups, and the number of contacts in the outdoor industry.
I have great respect and admiration for Jim’s long-running efforts to assist youth, and to urge ethical practices in the outdoors by being among the first in the industry to spotlight game wardens in a positive light and abusers as criminals.
Please contact me if you wish to discuss these or other matters in additional detail.
John Kirk Director of Communications
Re: LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION, JIM SOLOMON
To Whom It May Concern:
I would like to take this opportunity to offer a Letter of Recommendation for Jim Solomon. I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing Mr. Solomon both as a personal friend, but more so as a professional constituent of mine during the last 10 years of my career with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
I was a proud employee of the Arizona Game and Fish Department for over 35 years, with 31 of those years serving as a law enforcement officer and supervisor. I met Mr. Solomon when he invited me to be a guest on his "Outdoors Arizona" radio show. As the Program Supervisor for the Department's Operation Game Thief Program he asked if I could talk about some of the problems the state encounters with unlawful hunting activities, primarily poaching. This initial visit told me a lot about what this man was all about in regards to his love and devotion to the outdoors. Together we developed an idea to have me become a regular guest on his show where we informed his audience of the seriousness of poaching and other wildlife related crimes that were going on in Arizona. This segment was called the "Bad Boys Poaching Report", and we did this segment for several years. Later Mr. Solomon changed the format somewhat to expand on the poaching problem that goes on not only in Arizona, but throughout North America, calling this show segment the "Poacher Chronicles". We did this segment on a regular basis until my retirement in 2006. The enthusiasm that he displayed for his work during the long tenure we had together was second to none. He continually was coming up with new and innovative ideas on how to promote wildlife conservation and not just in the law enforcement arena.
During my long career with the Arizona Game and Fish Department I had the opportunity to meet and often work with many individuals who are dedicated to the wildlife resource in our great state, but I can truthfully say that I have never met anyone more dedicated to it than Jim Solomon. His work not only with educating and informing the public to the reality of poaching and other wildlife related crimes, but perhaps even more importantly his dedication to working with the women and children of Arizona to have them become involved in the Great Outdoors is exemplary.
If you will provide Mr. Solomon the opportunity you will see for yourself the kind of man he truly is. His passion for what he believes in is very obvious from your first encounter with him.
Arizona Game and Fish Department (Retired)
In the course of my work as a video producer for the Arizona Game and Fish Department I have had the pleasure of working with Jim Solomon on several occasions. While I was video taping a segment on Becoming an Outdoor Woman, Jim was one of the instructors schooling a group of women on basic camping techniques. He demonstrated not only great professional skills for the task at hand, but did it in such a charming and fun way that he not only put the participants at ease, but gave them real life camping skills they could use.
On another occasion, while he was the host of a radio show called Xplor the Outdoors on Fan AM 1060,
Jim invited me to be a live guest on his show to discuss the upcoming season of Arizona Wildlife Views television show. While I am not comfortable speaking in public, I felt it would be good publicity for the show so I agreed to do it. Jim made me feel completely at ease during the interview and I was very impressed with his knowledge of the show as he led me through a series of informative questions. The time flew by and he made the event painless.
In all of my dealings with Jim, he has shown himself to be knowledgeable, engaging and hard working. He is an experienced communicator having been both a television and radio show host. I think he would be a valuable addition to any staff where knowledge of the outdoors, outdoor recreation and communication skills are required.
Arizona Game and Fish Department