AFFTA Board of Directors Nominations Now Open



As you know, Angling Trade is an independent entity, not tied to the American Fly Fishing Trade Association. When AFFTA does something great, we pat them on the back, and when they goof, we call them on it.  But it’s not cool to criticize AFFTA if a) you don’t bother to be a member, and b) you don’t involve yourself, or advocate for someone you respect, to play a role on the AFFTA board.  So this is your chance.


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 Friday July 22, 2016.

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 two sub-committees
  • Attend three board meetings per year.
  • 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 22, 2016. 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 July 29, 2016. Voting must be completed on or before August 13, 2016. Votes will be tallied on August 15, 2016. 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 August 17, 2016 to announce the newly elected directors.

New Board Members will take office at the Board of Directors meeting held at the October 16, 2016 Board Meeting in Bozeman, Montana.

AFFTA Election Timetable
► June 13, 2016 – Nominations Process Begins
July 22, 2016 Candidate Bios due
July 29, 2016 – Candidate Bios and Ballots Emailed to Membership
August 13, 2016 – Return Ballot Deadline
August 15, 2016 – Votes Tallied and New AFFTA Board Members Notified
August 17, 2016 – New Board Member Announcement Membership and Public
October 16, 2016 – Newly Elected Board Members take office

Board Diversity
The AFFTA Board of Directors consists of up to fifteen elected members. The desired make-up of the Board consists of no fewer than two Members representing each category of the industry; manufacturers, retailers, sales 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 five 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 searching out at least one Media/PR/Mrktg/Associations/Government/Educational, one Manufacturer, one Travel/Guide/Lodge/Outfitter and two Retailers.

If you have any questions about running for the AFFTA Board of Directors please feel free to contact any of the Nominating Committee Members listed below or the AFFTA office at 406-522-1556.

Rob Parkins – [email protected] – Chairman
Michael White – [email protected]
Jen Lavigne – [email protected]
Steve Bendzak – [email protected]
Mark Harbaugh – [email protected]
Tom Sadler – [email protected]
Riley Cotter – [email protected]
Ben Bulis –


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