The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) membership recently completed a board voting cycle to elect four new industry professionals onto the vibrant board of directors. Each elected board member will serve a three-year term, and also be available and active on the board sub-committees.
After the results were tallied Larry Barrett of Farbank (Sage, Redington, RIO), Ben Kurtz of Fishpond, Michael White of Blue Ribbon Reps and Shawn Combs of Orvis were elected to the board. Barrett, Kurtz and White have all previously sat on the board and were seeking re-election; Combs is new to the AFFTA board. AFFTA board chairman Tucker Ladd remarked, “We are pleased to have Shawn’s wealth of industry experience and passion for the sport. Welcome aboard!”
AFFTA president Ben Bulis stated, “We were excited to see our membership so active in the voting process this year, and are keen to welcome our new board members. We just came off of a great IFTD show, eager for the new Dealer Summit and to continue to move the sport of fly fishing forward with our new board.”
The AFFTA board of directors convenes four times annually, the next board meeting will be in Aspen on October 20 immediately preceding the inaugural Aspen Dealer Summit.
AFFTA advocates for and promotes the sustained growth of the fly fishing industry. By igniting consumer demand for products and services, providing businesses the tools to be successful, and advocating for access, protection and restoration of fishing waters, we will continue to enhance the passion and profitability of the sport of fly fishing.