2017 Sportfishing Summit Brings Leisure Fishing Trade Leaders Collectively

Trade acknowledges a number of people for his or her excellent management and assist

Alexandria, VA – October 16, 2017 – The American Sportfishing Affiliation’s (ASA) 2017 Sportfishing Summit, the sportfishing business’s premier networking and enterprise administration occasion, was held October 10-13, in Clearwater Seashore, Fla.

This annual fall enterprise assembly introduced collectively greater than 220 fishing and boating business and neighborhood leaders to offer a venue to debate the problems impacting leisure fishing throughout committee conferences, networking occasions, common periods and the affiliation’s board of administrators and committee conferences. For 60 business members; this was their first time attending the Summit.

Kenneth S. Hammond (R) accepts ASA’s Way forward for Fishing Award from Mike Nussman.

Earlier than this 12 months’s Sportfishing Summit, ASA’s President and CEO Mike Nussman introduced his retirement as of March 31, 2018.

“The previous 25 years have actually flown by. It’s been a privilege to steer the American Sportfishing Affiliation, particularly when new pathways for strategic development at the moment are unfolding. The world is altering and our sport and our business are altering together with it,” stated Nussman. “After we stand collectively to advance and defend our shared pursuits, the sportfishing business has far higher affect than would in any other case be attainable. This has at all times been true, and it’s much more consequential at this time.”

Glenn Hughes to Tackle Function of ASA President
In gentle of Nussman’s retirement, the board of administrators, in a unanimous vote, introduced that Glenn Hughes, ASA’s Vice President for Trade Relations, has been employed to tackle the function of President starting April 1, 2018.

“I’m honored that I used to be chosen for this place,” stated Hughes. “I pledge to do my highest to serve the sportfishing business and the broader leisure fishing neighborhood in my new function as ASA’s President.”

Tom Fote (R) accepts ASA’s Conservation Champion Award from Mike Nussman.

Hughes additional stated, “Because of ASA’s President and CEO Mike Nussman, the board of administrators, our committee chairs and members, all our attendees and the ASA workers, this 12 months’s Sportfishing Summit was the biggest and best ever. Every program committee was charged with creating methods to have interaction the business in efforts to get extra individuals into leisure fishing and lots of revolutionary concepts have been generated.”

Connecting the Dots
Over the previous two years, the Sportfishing Summit has centered on introducing and educating attendees concerning the Recreation Boating and Fishing Basis’s “60 in 60” marketing campaign to extend participation in our sport from 46 million anglers yearly to 60 million yearly.

Throughout this 12 months’s Summit, ASA’s program committees and keynote audio system centered on “connecting the dots” between what is occurring now and the way we are able to method the long run.

Considered one of these goals was to get a greater understanding of the “expertise economic system” and what meaning to our business. The opposite was to dive deeper into the sensible steps we are able to take to maneuver the recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) course of ahead.

Board of Administrators Appointments
In the course of the Summit, ASA’s board of administrators appointed Neil Eibeler, CEO, Pure Fishing and Phil Lillo, proprietor, ‎Don Coffey Group, as ex-officio board members. Neil and Phil carry with them a wealth of enterprise and leisure fishing data.

The Affiliation Acknowledges Trade and Conservation Leaders
In the course of the Summit, ASA acknowledged a number of people who’ve given generously of their time and firm assets in assist of the business and fisheries conservation.

Invoice Shedd (R) accepts ASA’s Lifetime Achievement Award from Mike Nussman.

Lifetime Achievement Award
ASA’s most prestigious award was introduced to long-time ASA member and business chief, Invoice Shedd, President, AFTCO Manufacturing Firm, Inc. Invoice was acknowledged for his extraordinary management and lifelong dedication to leisure fishing and the sportfishing business.

Way forward for Fishing Award
ASA’s Way forward for Fishing Award was introduced to Kenneth S. Hammond, CEO of The Hammond Group, for his dedication to leisure fishing’s future although rising participation within the sport and his management within the business’s commerce affiliation.

Conservation Champion Award
This 12 months, ASA introduced a Conservation Champion Award to Thomas Fote, Legislative Chairman for the Jersey Coast Anglers Affiliation, Inc., in recognition of his life-long dedication to fisheries conservation and leisure fishing’s future.

Thanks 2017 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors!
ASA thanks its beneficiant sponsors for serving to to make this 12 months’s assembly a hit.

Premium – Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pure Fishing, Inc. and USDA – Forest Service.

Gold –Bass Professional Retailers, Cabela’s, Costa, Southwick Associates, TakeMeFishing/Vamos A Pescar and Yamaha Motor Company, U.S.A.

Silver – Affiliation of Fish & Wildlife Companies, Middle for Sportfishing Coverage, Coastal Conservation Affiliation, Congressional Sportsmen’s Basis, Engel Coolers, Forbes-Tate Companions, Freeman, Map Your Present, Nationwide Marine Electronics Affiliation, Nationwide Marine Producers Affiliation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Wired2fish, Inc., and Womble Carlyle.

The 2018 Sportfishing Summit is scheduled for October 9-12, on the Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, S.C.

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