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Senior professional hunter and coordinator for mountain operations in Russia and Central Asia for The Hunting Consortium Ltd. , Sergey has been involved in professional hunting since 1978 and in hunting tourism since 1991. Sergey has a degree from the prestigious All-Russia Institute for Scientific Research in Kirov, majoring in professional hunting and fur farming. He has explored throughout Russia and the various republics of the former Soviet Union. He is perhaps the most experienced professional hunter in Russia today and well-known for the articles he writes for various Russian hunting publications. He manages our spring brown bear hunting program in Kamchatka and our mountain hunt programs throughout Russia and Central Asia. Sergey is best known for helping develop the Marco Polo sheep hunting program in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan in the early 1990s. He accompanies clients in the field throughout Russia and Central Asia and is continuously developing new programs and scouting new areas in Russia.
Languages: Russian, English
Administrator and logistical specialist, as well as Team Chief in Moscow, for The Hunting Consortium’s Russian operations, Oleg Stupar has a Master’s degree in philosophy from Moscow State University. He has been involved in hunting tourism since Russia opened to foreign sportsmen in the 1980s. Oleg accompanied Bob Kern on many of the early regional explorations in Russia and Central Asia after the fall of communism and has exceptional knowledge of the hunting areas there. He handles the myriad of administrative tasks necessary to create smooth running travel itineraries under often very difficult conditions. He coordinates services from other service providers and provides interface with Russian government agencies. Oleg also accompanies clients acting as interpreter escort and supervises the preparations and execution of our hunting programs in Russia. He is responsible for all customer service in Russia, including subcontractor negotiations, area access, local transportation, and field equipment distribution.
Languages: Russian, English
Amelia “Amy” Proffitt
Administrative manager, travel specialist, and customer service coordinator, at the Hunting Consortium headquarters office. Amy Proffitt has worked for The Hunting Consortium for 16 years and is an expert at managing travel itineraries, handling visa and firearm permit applications, and a myriad of other administrative tasks associated with hunting travel. Amy also assists our clients with travel insurance issues, trophy importation questions, firearm and hunting regulation questions, and coordinates the activities of other service providers and government agencies for the smooth execution of the often complex itineraries of our clients. She also supervises and trains our office staff at the headquarters office in Virginia.
Vice President of the Hunting Consortium, Ltd., Margarete Kern has been involved in the hunting industry for over 30 years and in the hunting travel business for 28 years. She has managed a retail outdoor sporting goods store and accompanied Bob Kern to many remote areas of the world, evaluating operators and helping set up programs for the Hunting Consortium. Margarete supervises all travel arrangements and the construction of travel itineraries. As Chief Financial Officer for the corporation, she is responsible overseeing all financial risks and assets and is acting comptroller and paymaster. Additional tasks include preparing the operating budget for the firm. She is an avid angler, having traveled extensively in pursuit of big game fish and often accompanies Bob Kern on hunting trips. Margarete Kern constructs most photo safari and sightseeing itineraries.
Languages: English, German
Whitney J. Kern
Administrative assistant for the headquarters office of the Hunting Consortium, Whitney Kern received her master’s degree from James Madison University in 2010. Whitney joined the firm in 2011. She is in charge of the administrative action flow calendar, ensuring that all permit and visa applications are processed in a timely manner and that clients receive their travel packets and other documents on schedule. Whit also updates foreign country information for ever-changing situations and conditions and informs clients of changes in travel regulations and other news which may affect their trips. She handles routine correspondence, as well as making hotel reservations and other coordination necessary to the creation of smooth running, complex travel itineraries.
Christina L. Schwarz
Office Manager for the European office of the Hunting Consortium, Ltd. located in Schwabach (Nürnberg), Germany, Christina Schwarz handles some correspondence for European customers, as well as coordinating customer service issues in Europe. “Nina” attends to visa applications and firearm permits, hotel reservations and plans sightseeing excursions, as well as itinerary adjustments, whenever necessary, for our customers traveling in Europe. She also assists with the firm’s exhibitions at trade shows in Europe. She has traveled widely in Europe, North America and Africa and is a highly competent travel specialist.
Languages: English, German, Spanish, French
Robert “Bob” P. Kern
President and founder of The Hunting Consortium, Ltd. , Bob Kern has been involved in hunting for 50 years and in the hunting travel business for 33 years. Bob has hunted extensively on 6 continents taking more than 170 species of big game. He travels continuously throughout the year visiting operators we represent and supervising our field staff. Bob is recognized as one of the most experienced and respected names in the hunt consulting industry. Bob Kern served in Vietnam as a combat helicopter pilot with the 101st Airborne Division and also flew missions for 5th Group Special Forces in Laos. Bob Kern has explored the remotest regions of Russia and the various republics of the former Soviet Union and developed dozens of new hunting tourism programs in that part of the world. Bob reopened Romania to hunting tourism in 1990 and Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in 1992. Bob Kern was the leading explorer for new hunting areas in western and northern China in the late 1990's and is currently involved in opening new hunting areas around the world, including in Uganda, Paraguay, and in the Congo. Bob Kern is a life member of Safari Club International (SCI) has served as an International Director and as the Sub-chair for Asia on the Conservation Committee of SCI. Bob also served as the Sub-chair for Asia on the Trophy Records Committee. Bob Kern is a life member of the International Professional Hunters Association, International Sheep Hunters Association, Wild Sheep Foundation, Grand Slam Club - Ovis, Dallas Safari Club, Houston Safari Club, the National Rifle Association, as well as a member of the Alaska Professional Hunters Association, and the American Association of International Professional Hunting & Fishing Consultants (AAIPHFC).
Languages: English, German
Administrator and logistics specialist for The Hunting Consortium’s programs in Central Asia and Team Chief in Tajikistan, Eldar Shafiev obtained his law degree from Moscow Humanitarian-Economic Institute. Before coming to work for the Hunting Consortium, Eldar was the Deputy Director, for National Projects and Administrator for Contractual and Environmental Law for the EU Project: Environmental Strategies for Sustainable Development in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. Eldar also served as the Head of the Tourism, Recreation, and International Affairs Division of the State Department for the Republic of Tajikistan. Eldar is a highly qualified administrator who handles the myriad of administrative tasks necessary to create smooth running travel itineraries under very difficult conditions. He provides interface with government agencies in the several republics of Central Asia, procuring the necessary hunting permits for our clients and insuring access to the finest hunting areas in Asia. He also accompanies clients and supervises the preparations and execution of our hunting programs in Tajikistan and other Central Asian countries. Eldar Shafiev is responsible for visas, area permits, firearm permits, local transportation, and field equipment distribution. He is a master “fixer” no matter what the challenge.
Languages: English, Russian, Tajik, Turkish
Associate hunting consultant for The Hunting Consortium Ltd. , Corey Knowlton is a highly experienced international hunter who has worked in the hunting tourism industry for more than a decade and is considered one of this industry's rising stars. Corey Knowlton has hunted widely on 6 continents taking more than 120 species, including a Super Slam of wild sheep and the big five in Africa. Corey has worked for the Hunting Consortium for three years as a client consultant in Texas and the greater Southwest region as well as our broadcast media specialist. Corey is well-known for his work on the successful television series The Professionals, which he co-hosts and co-produces, with Jim Shockey. Corey Knowlton is especially experienced in North American big game hunting, having taken almost all of the North American 29 big game species. Corey travels constantly throughout the year exploring new areas and helping develop new hunting programs for the Hunting Consortium. He also occasionally guides our clients in South Texas and elsewhere.
Languages: English, Spanish
Anton "Tony" Tonchev
Director of operations in Europe & Armenia for The Hunting Consortium Ltd. , Tony Tonchev is a highly skilled & competent professional hunter who received his degree as a hunting specialist at Macedonia’s Forestry University, Saints Cyril & Methodius University of Skopje. Tony was a logistics specialist for the United Nations in Turkmenistan and in Afghanistan, before he decided to become a hunting professional. He has been hunting professionally for more than 15 years. He coordinates the activities the Hunting Consortium throughout Europe & in Armenia. He also accompanies our clients frequently in the field, acting as professional hunter, interpreter, and camp manager for our hunts in Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden, Poland, & Russia. He also provides assistance to our local team chief in Tajikistan & Kazakhstan. An avid hunter & adventure traveler himself, Tony has hunted on 4 continents & explored countless wilderness areas for the Hunting Consortium.
Languages: Bulgarian, Serbo-Croation, Macedonian, English, Russian
Regional Service Representative in Romania and Hungary for The Hunting Consortium Ltd. , Adrian Bulbescu has been in the tourism industry for more that 20 years. He is a highly skilled travel specialist who came to us from the Romanian Forestry Department just days after the Romanian revolution in 1989. He assisted the Hunting Consortium in the re-opening of Romania to hunting tourism and now coordinates all of the Hunting Consortium’s activities in Romania and Hungary. Adrian was also the comptroller with our company in Tanzania. Adrian Bulbescu is an experienced guide and accompanies clients in the field in Romania from arrival until departure. Adrian is recognized as Romania’s leading hunting travel specialist.
Languages: English, Hungarian, Romanian, German
Robert “Rob” K. Kern
Marketing and advertising manager for theHunting Consortium, as well as electronic media manager for social networking and website development, Rob Kern has a degree in Global Affairs from George Mason University. He has traveled the world with Bob and Margarete Kern since childhood and has hunted on 4 continents and fished several of the premier big game fishing locations around the world. Rob spends several weeks each year in training and strategy sessions provided by leading professionals in the hunting, fishing, and travel industry. He also assists with logistics and preparations for the several trade shows at which the firm participates each year in America and in Europe. When not attending to his responsibilities at the headquarters in Virginia, Rob is traveling around the world visiting operators the Hunting Consortium represents, or exploring new areas being considered for new programs.
Languages: English, German