LAST CALL: AFFTA seeking nominations for Board of Directors


AFFTA Board of Directors Nominations
Now Open
Let your voice be heard!

Board positions open to all AFFTA members

Dear AFFTA Member:

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. We are looking for members who are passionate about the fly fishing industry, conservation, and the recruitment of new fly fishing participants. If this is you, we encourage you to submit your bio today and help lead our industry into the future!

Submissions will be accepted through Friday, August 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm MTN.

The AFFTA Board consists of no fewer than eleven (11), but as many as fifteen (15) elected Members and the President as an Ex-Officio Member. The desired make-up of the Board shall consist of:
(A) No fewer than five (5) Members representing Manufacturers, Manufacturers’ Representatives
(B) No fewer than four (4) Members representing Retailers
(C) No fewer than two (2) Members representing Media, Public Relations, Marketing, Associations, Government, Education
(D) No fewer than two (2) Members representing Travel, Guides, Lodges, Outfitters

Currently, our board make-up consists of four (4) Retailers, seven (7) Manufacturers, three (3) Travel/Guides/Lodge/Outfitters, and one (1) Media representative. Based on the 2019 board term expirations, there are currently four Board of Director seats to be filled with this election: Manufacturer or Manufacturer’s Representative, Retailer, and Media, Public Relations, Marketing, Associations, Government, or Education.

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
► There are four quarterly board meetings per year. Board members are required to attend at least three board meetings per year and cannot miss two consecutive board meetings in a row.
► 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 Friday, August 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm MTN. The email address is [email protected].

Again, we are currently seeking candidates who are:
• Manufacturers or Manufacturers’ Representatives
• Retailers
• Media, Public Relations, Marketing, Association, Government, or Education

 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 October 1, 2019. Voting must be completed on or before October 9, 2019 and will be tallied on October 10, 2019. A broadcast email to announce the newly elected directors will be sent to all AFFTA members once the election is certified.

AFFTA Election Timetable
► July 1, 2019 – Nominations Process Begins
► August 30, 2019 – Candidate Bios due
► September 28, 2019 – Candidate Bios Emailed to Membership
► October 1, 2019 – Ballots Emailed to Membership and AFFTA General Election Opens
► On or before Oct 17, 2019 – New AFFTA Board Members Notified
► On or before October 17, 2019 – New Board Member Announcement to Membership and Public
► 1st Quarter 2020 – Newly Elected Board Members take office

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

Thank you,

Jen Ripple
Nominating Committee Chair
[email protected]

Colby Trow – [email protected]
Brent Bauer – [email protected]
Lucas Bissett – [email protected]
Ben Bulis – [email protected]
Andy Dunn – [email protected]
Tag Kleiner – [email protected]
Joel La Follette – [email protected]
Tom Melvin – [email protected]

AFFTA President
Ben BulisAFFTA Staff
Regan Nelson, Conservation Director
Matt Smythe, Communications & Membership Director
Cari Endres, Finance Director

AFFTA Board Members
Colby Trow, Mossy Creek Fly Fishing | Chair
Brent Bauer, Umpqua Feather Merchants | Vice-Chair
Lucas Bissett, Low Tide Charters | Secretary
Tag Kleiner, Far Bank Enterprises | Treasurer
Lise Lozelle, Maven Fly & Casting for Recovery
Jennifer Lavigne, Waterworks-Lamson
Jen Ripple, Fly Squared Media
Tom Melvin, Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures
Jesse Haller, Orvis
Andy Dunn, Anglers All
Ben Kurtz, Fishpond
Joel La Follette, Royal Treatment Fly Fishing
Russ Coburn, JANS
Hogan Brown, HGB Fly Fishing
Jim Bartschi, Scott Fly Rods

AFFTA Ex-Officio Board Members
Steve Bendzak
Art Webb


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