Welcome to TroutRoutes. Our team is made up of avid and passionate anglers and entrepreneurs. Our mission is to leverage technology and data to create an enhanced angling experience.
CEO / Founder
Zachary Pope is an avid angler, engineer and entrepreneur. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Management of Technology, both from the University of Minnesota. He has held various engineering and management roles, primarily in the medical device space in Minnesota, with his most recent role prior to TroutRoutes as Director of Engineering.
Zachary started Trout Insights, Inc. in 2017, with a broad goal of leveraging technology to improve the fishing experience for anglers. Today, Zachary is acting full-time CEO of TroutRoutes, focusing on business operations, marketing, and most extensively on the product management and expansion into new regions. Zachary is also passionate about conservation of cold water fisheries and the outdoor environment, and is actively involved with Trout Unlimited.
Marketing / Content
Jake Dahlke is a dedicated outdoorsmen with a strong passion for trout fishing, hunting, and conservation. Jake has held various roles in digital marketing, content creation, and social media management and holds a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Brent Wilson is an accomplished finance professional with banking and private equity experience. His career focus has been on acquisition, growth, and sale of companies in the consumer and retail space. Brent has a bachelors degree from DePaul University and an M.B.A from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.
Strategy / Business Development
Charlie Pope grew up fishing on Lake 26 in Danbury, WI. He now combines his love for the outdoors with deep expertise in business strategy and operations to advise TroutRoutes on go-to-market strategy, product positioning, and operations. As an experienced operator and consultant to major technology players, Charlie has guided software companies from the initial ideation stage to Fortune 100 enterprises.