Meet the Team

Office Staff

Sharon Barreto, Director of Corporate Operations

Sharon is a native of Southern California who moved from the Inland Empire to Orange County when she started attending the University of California Irvine. After graduating, she decided to stay in Orange County, and eventually got a job working for Sports Afield. Upon Sports Afield's acquisition of the Trophy Properties program, Sharon took charge of administrative duties from organizing contracts to coordinating marking efforts.In her free time Sharon likes to try complicated cooking experiments, eat at fancy restaurants, and do all sorts of crafty projects from sewing to home improvement.

Jerry Gutierrez, Art Director

Born in California, the son of Mexican immigrants, Jerry Gutierrez worked hard to get his Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Cal State University of Los Angeles. He battled the odds becoming a Middle School Computer Science/Math teacher, later working for a major Computer Software Company as a Graphic Designer/Photographer/Media expert in their Marketing Dept. Jerry has experience in all design software for print, web and multimedia. He has edited short films and trailers, and has had his art/designs included in commercials and media. He is currently working as senior graphic designer and art director for Sports Afield magazine; he designs printed materials for Sports Afield Trophy Properties and he also provides IT support for their internal work network. He has been married to his wife, Abigail, for 10 years and has two children, Maria and Alex. In his spare time, he enjoys building and fixing computers, along with playing Lego video games with his 8 year old son, Alex.

Jim Landis, Accountant

Jim is an experienced accountant with a work history that includes both large and small companies including Hyundai Motor America. This experience has provided Jim the foundation to adapt to the ever changing needs of a growing company like SATP.He holds a BS in Accounting from Cal Poly, Pomona and a MBA from the University of Phoenix . Jim has extensive "hands-on" experience including everything from controller and manager duties to being the backup responsible for accounts payable and credit and collections. Born in Inglewood, he is a native Californian. He lives with his wife of 40 plus years and enjoys softball and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Annette Patterson, Graphic Designer

Annette Patterson has been with the company for about three years. She has a Bachelor of Art degree from Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee and graduated right after the dawn of computerized graphics. After graduation she started her graphics career with a two year assignment in Ghana, West Africa, preparing Sunday School books for printing on mimeograph machines. She worked for many years in newspaper graphics before coming to SATP. Annette is married with two stepsons, one with autism. She likes to draw and paint in her spare time, does face painting for charity, and enjoys listening to Weird Al Yankovic.

James Reed, Director of Sales and Marketing

James Reed grew up in the Midwest, farming and working at his family owned farm implement dealership and hunting whitetails whenever possible. James moved west to the mountains of Idaho in search of more hunting opportunities and the solitude of the Rockies. In 2008 James brought his many years of hunting, guiding and sales experience to Sports Afield when he joined our team. James is now the Director of Sales of Sports Afield and Sports Afield Trophy Properties. As anyone who knows James can attest, hunting is not just his job-it is a huge part of his life. James lives in the mountains of Idaho with his wife and five of his children, all of whom hunt, fish and embrace the outdoor lifestyle. A veteran of the industry, James incorporates 35 plus years of sales experience with 45 years of hunting experience. He has hunted in 10 countries on four continents and is a veteran of 12 African safaris.

Deetra Tsakrios, Field Manager

Deetra is a native Idahoan. She has enjoyed time spent on the family ranch as a child and adult,recreating, working and hunting. Her parents were professionals in the fields of Education, Banking, Investment Management and Financial Planning, which guided her into her lifework in Bank Marketing, Real Estate Lending, Real Estate Title work and 1031 exchanges. She has worked extensively with realtors, brokers, and recreational property developers in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Deetra’s outdoor activities include raising beef cattle for friends and family, golfing, fly fishing, archery hunting, skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. She is also a certified ski instructor in Idaho. She is an avid professional football fan and takes great pleasure in time spent with family and friends on weekends and holidays cheering for her favorite team. She cherishes time spent with her daughter. As an active parent she knows strength and determination are keys to success in life. She practices those skills as a parent, in her career, and in the field when she is on the trail of big game. She has a deep love of hunting and fishing in her native Idaho, especially in the beauty of the mountains and valleys of the Lost River Range, where you might find her enjoying cool evenings around a camp fire with friends and family.

Carrie Zrelak, Office Manager

Carrie Zrelak has been with Sports Afield for 13 years. Ms. Zrelak is a California native who has taken her love of the outdoors into her professional life. As office manager, her passion for quality customer service extends from a belief in team building and service to our clients and customers. Ms. Zrelak enjoys oil painting, her family, and spending time in the out of doors.

Ludo Wurfbain, CEO

Ludo came to the USA in 1979 and attended Marshall Business School at the University of Southern California (USC). He is married to Dr. Jacque Neufeld, a native of Cincinnati, and they have a son, Rory. Ludo and Jacque started book-publishing company Safari Press in 1984. In 2002 Ludo was one of the founders of Field Sports Publishing Inc., which purchased Sports Afield from Robert E. Peterson (who had bought the magazine from The Hearst Corporation a few years earlier). In 2014 Sports Afield purchased Cabela's Trophy Properties and renamed it Sports Afield Trophy Properties. When not working, Ludo enjoys downhill skiing, hunting, and motorcycle road racing (as a spectator only), and spending time with his family both in the USA and in Holland.

Key Non-Staff Team Members

Tim Danklef, Safari Classics Productions

Tim's background in marketing and business management has been an integral part of the growth and success of Safari Classics Productions, which produces World of Sports Afield TV. His love of hunting, shooting, and fine double guns eventually led him to Africa, starting a love affair that has only gotten stronger since he first set foot on The Dark Continent over twenty years ago. Tim has hunted and filmed in most of Africa's premier hunting fields and has taken the majority of the recognized dangerous game. Tim has spent a great deal of his professional life on African soil in the capacity of producer and videographer for his company's numerous television and DVD projects and his work has long been enjoyed by sportsmen who see Africa as the ultimate hunting destination. Tim splits his stateside time between the business end of the TV and production division and his African safari booking business.

Dave Fulson, Safari Classics Productions

Dave's has been a life entirely dedicated to his passion for the outdoors. His love for adventure and big game hunting has allowed him to travel the globe in several capacities ranging from guide, outdoor writer, videographer, and producer and television personality. Dave has hunted on four continents and taken over 75 species of big game, but his heart and professional career are most notably linked to Africa. Dave spends a great deal of the safari season on location in Africa filming, hunting, and working with the outfitters Safari Classics represents. When not in Africa, he is in the Dallas office assisting safari clients or overseeing the production of Safari Classics television and DVD projects.

Christy Funke, Safari Classics Productions

Christy is Safari Classics production manager. Overseeing all areas of video production in the Dallas office, her talent as an editor, combined with her creative eye, is a driving force behind the success of Safari Classics Productions and World of Sports Afield TV. Seeing Africa every day through her computer, and having been on safari herself, enables Christy to capture the mood and unforgettable moments of a particular story or safari. Christy is truly one of the top editors and production specialists in the entire world of outdoor production, making her a key member of the Safari Classics team.

John Hayter, Thought Mechanics

John Hayter, born and raised on a large West Texas Ranch, has been involved with the Farm and Ranch industry his entire life, either managing ranches or working in the Farm and Ranch real estate industry. As an owner and founder of Thought Mechanics, John provides support for the Farm and Ranch real estate community through his web design and development companies. John has worked with brokers across the country, building an extensive network of relationships in many facets of the farm and ranch real estate niche. John works to continually innovate and lead the industry in providing services that allow his clients to set themselves apart.