AFFTA Board of Directors Nominations Now Open



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 Wednesday July 17, 2013.

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 (2014 IFTD Show, and 3 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 issue 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 July 17, 2013. 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 August 1, 2013. Voting must be completed on or before September 10, 2013,. Votes will be tallied on September 12, 2013. 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 September 17, 2013 to announce the results.

New Board Members will take office at the Board of Directors meeting held at the fall 2013 Board Meeting October 16-17, 2013 Location TBD.

AFFTA Election Timetable
June 19, 2013 – Nominations Process Begins
July 17, 2013 Bios due
August 1, 2013 – Bios and Ballots Emailed to Membership
September 10, 2013, Return Ballot Deadline
September 12, 2013, Votes Tallied and New AFFTA Board Members Notified
September 17, 2013, New Board Member Announcement Membership and Public
October 16-17, 2013, Fall Board Meeting Location TBD

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 seven 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, 2 Sales Representative, 1 Retailer, and 3 at large open seats.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Ben Bulis, AFFTA President, at 406-580-6887 or [email protected]


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