AFFTA Board of Directors Nominations Now Open


From AFFTA, April 29th, 2011

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting submissions for open Board of Director positions. AFFTA seeks to maintain a strong, balanced, strategic-thinking Board that accurately represents the varied businesses in the fly fishing industry. As a member-driven organization, AFFTA solicits candidates each year to fill open seats on the Board of Directors to represent the interests of the fly fishing industry and all AFFTA members. Submissions will be accepted through Tuesday June 7, 2011.

Do you want to be a leader in the fly fishing industry and help make decisions that will shape the future of fly fishing for years to come? Are you passionate about the fly fishing industry, conservation and the recruitment of new fly fishing participants? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we encourage you to submit your bio today and help lead our industry into the future!

Board Member Requirements
The requirements to serve as an AFFTA Board Member are as follows:
► Be an AFFTA member in good standing
► Participation in at least one sub-committee
► Attend three board meetings per year (August in New Orleans – IFTD Show, and 2 more dates to be announced)
► Travel, lodging, phone and most food expenses associated with AFFTA events/meetings; expenses are not covered by AFFTA and are the responsibility of the Member
► Support AFFTA’s mission of promoting the sustained growth of the fly fishing industry
► Help develop and guide the association’s actions with respect to organizational priorities and strategic planning by staying informed about AFFTA matters, preparing in advance for meetings, reviewing and commenting on documents and reporting on issues of concern to the association in a professional and timely manner
► Three year board term

Bio Submission
To be considered for a Board position, your bio must be emailed to the AFFTA Corporate Office no later than June 7, 2011. The email address is [email protected]


► Complete contact information
► Personal background information to support your bid for an AFFTA board position
► A summary of why you are interested in serving the fly fishing trade

All Board Member nominees’ bios and a voting ballot will be emailed to the AFFTA membership by June 15th 2011. Ballots must be completed on or before July 6th, 2011. Votes will be tallied on July 8th, 2011. The top vote recipients will be contacted that day to inform them that they have become the newest AFFTA Board Members. A broadcast email will be sent to all AFFTA members on July 11th, 2011 to announce the results.

New Board Members take office at the Board of Directors meeting held at the 2011 International Fly Tackle Dealer Show in New Orleans LA. on  August 17th  2011 ,9am.

AFFTA Election Timetable
► May 1st, 2011 – Nominations Process Begins
► June 7th, 2011 Bios due
► June 15th, 2011 –Bios and Ballots Emailed to Membership
► July 6th, 2011– Return Ballot Deadline
► July 8th, 2011 – Votes Tallied and New AFFTA Board Members Notified
► July 11th, 2011– New Board Member Announcement Membership and Public
► August 17th, 2011 – AFFTA Board Meeting at IFTD New Orleans LA

Board Diversity
The AFFTA Board of Directors consists of fifteen elected members and one ex-officio Member. The desired make-up of the Board consists of no fewer than two Members representing each category of the industry; manufacturers, retailers, industry representatives, media, and travel/guides. To maintain this diversity, elections will first focus on the appointment of Members to support the two member category representation. If candidate resources do not support this effort, Board positions will then be filled with Members who receive the highest number of votes.

Based on the current board term expirations, there are currently two Board of Director seats to be filled with this election. To maintain the diversity of the board as outlined in the AFFTA bylaws, the association is strongly searching out at least 1 Media/ PR/Mrktg/Associations/Government/Educational and 1 at large open seat.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Randi Swisher, AFFTA President, at 303.690.6504 or [email protected]

Please note our new address below.

Mischa Jones
Office Manager
American Fly Fishing Trade Association
9975 Wadsworth Pkwy, Unit K2
PMB 416
Westminster, CO 80021


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