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Board Member
Financial & Marketing Advisor
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Bill Barnes holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Tulsa. For the past 20+ years, he has filled professional roles related to finance, accounting, and general business management. He began his career as a financial auditor, after which he transitioned to cost accounting and economic modeler in the corporate manufacturing sector. Later in his career, he worked as Vice-President of Finance and Accounting for a major national animal feed ingredient and pet food production operation with plants in multiple states, including Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. In addition, he has worked collaboratively on projects with a variety of like professionals from an array of operations. Professionally, Mr. Barnes’ work focuses on creating value and evaluating financial models and general business consulting.

Board Member
Senior Advisor
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Ron was a resident of Central Illinois before attending Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He earned BS and MS degrees majoring in zoology and fisheries management and a minor in statistics. He remained at the University’s Fisheries Department as a researcher at several levels for 20 years. His research included a broad scope of fisheries-related projects ranging from embryology to fish biology and habitat assessments involving an array of fish species in reservoirs, lakes, rivers and streams.  He was involved with several projects involving fish telemetry and worked to establish a 350-plus mile sonic telemetry array in the Mississippi River to study long-range fish movement and passage through dams. He became involved with Invasive carp research at SIU involving habitat use, movement, and recruitment in the Mississippi and Illinois rivers during the early 2000’s.

In 2009, Ron accepted a position with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) as the Fisheries Division Director, and invasive carp was a major focus of his tenure. Ron worked with KDFWR leadership to form an Aquatic Nuisance Species program which included an Ohio River Branch and a Western Kentucky Branch. The Ohio River Branch is tasked with slowing and preventing the expansion of viable invasive carp populations up the river from Louisville, and the Western Branch provides removal efforts and oversight of commercial efforts and several research projects aimed at reducing carp numbers in Kentucky Lake and deterring carp from entering the lakes from the tailwaters. Ron led efforts to create invasive carp harvest regulations and harvest incentive programs to promote commercial harvest of the invasive carp. With support and guidance from KDFWR staff and leadership, the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet, the Governor’s Office, Kentucky Economic Development, county officials, state legislators, and private entities, those efforts facilitated the development of an Invasive carp commercial fishing and processing industry in Kentucky.

Since 2010, Ron also worked as the Chairperson and related roles for multi-agency associations including the Ohio River Fish Management Team (ORFMT), an association of state fisheries agencies of 7 Ohio River mainstem states, and the Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association (MICRA); a fisheries management partnership of 28 Mississippi River basin state fisheries agencies and 3 federal agencies (USFWS provides guidance by providing MICRA Coordinator positions). Invasive carp became a major focus of those associations during that time. After serving as MICRA’s chair, he remained on the Executive Board until he retired.


Ron worked to increase public awareness of invasive carp including presenting their issues to many state and federal committees, and with guidance from MICRA’s USFWS coordinator, participated in several annual MICRA delegations sent to Washington DC since 2011. The delegates educated congressional members and their staff on invasive carp issues throughout the Mississippi River basin. He presented at several congressional briefings and sat on two U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies panels to discuss invasive carp. Those efforts contributed to an increase in funding for federal and state agencies and grants to direct extensive research and removal programs as directed by regional action plans pulled from the 2007 National Invasive Carp Management Plan.

After 10 years with KDFWR, Ron stepped down from his Fisheries Director position but accepted a new position with KDFWR as their Aquatic Nuisance Species Program Director. Ron retired from KDFWR in September 2020. He began assisting the team at Silver Fin Solutions in December 2020 in a volunteer capacity and accepted an offer from SFS to be a full-time partner and board member in May 2021.

Board Member
& Research
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Dr. Douglas B. Noltie serves as Silver Fin Solutions’ Director of Scientific Research, Agency Liaison, and Outreach.

He was educated in Canada and obtained his Ph.D. in 1988 (University of Western Ontario), his M.Sc. in 1983 (UWO), and his B.Sc. in 1980 (Queen’s University). He completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Guelph in 1990, after which he joined the Fisheries and Wildlife faculty in The School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

His retirement as an Associate Professor came after 28 years and 10 months of service, during which he taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses (Ichthyology, Fish Ecology, Techniques for Fisheries Management and Conservation, Contemporary Issues in Aquatic Conservation, Animal Behavior, Vertebrate Behavioral Ecology, Introduction to Genetics and Evolution for Conservation, Ecology and Renewable Resource Management, Professional Development Issues, and Conservation Honors).

Dr. Noltie’s research focused on the ecology and behavior of freshwater fishes, with non-game and endangered species being one emphasis. He supervised several funded graduate and undergraduate research students and is especially proud of how many have become active and contributing professionals in the field of aquatic ecology. He has published almost 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, and numerous agency reports. He was Designated a Certified Fisheries Scientist in 1993 by the Board of Professional Certification of the American Fisheries Society.

His professional service activities include journal editorial and article reviewing duties, and service to numerous disciplinary professional organizations and university committees.

Zach Sanders
Fisheries Biologist, Silver Fin Solutions
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Zach grew up in Kearney, Missouri located north of Kansas City. He is an avid hunter and angler and honed his skills on the Missouri River and various public lands in his home state.


As an outdoors enthusiast, Zach pursued a career similar to his interests by attending Missouri Western State University in Saint Joseph and attained his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Wildlife Conservation and Management. After college, Zach was hired by the Missouri Department of Conservation for a Wildlife and Land Management position, but in 2017, he accepted a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where he learned about innovative fish collecting gears such as the Missouri trawl, Paupier, and dozer trawl used on rivers, backwaters, and reservoirs.


Zach says he was fortunate to learn from excellent researchers like Wyatt Doyle and Jeff Finely who pioneered and designed the gears and they worked together to develop a commercial-grade sonar survey model to estimate and target populations within Missouri tributaries and similar waterways. The outdoors is Zach’s passion, and he feels blessed by Jesus Christ to be able to pursue his passion as a career. Silver Fin Solutions feels similar to having Zach join our team.