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2015 Sportfishing Summit
October 20-22, 2015
Loews Don CeSar Hotel, St. Pete Beach, Florida

The Sportfishing Summit is the one time each year that the sportfishing community comes together to discuss our collective future. This annual business meeting underscores our desire to bring together the association’s members along with others from the sportfishing community to provide a productive meeting that is timely, useful and a good business investment.

The Loews Don CeSar Hotel, known as the “Pink Palace,” is located in St. Pete Beach, Fla. Opened in 1928, it gained renown as a Gulf coast destination during the height of the Jazz Age.

Today, it’s a modern, beautiful and very popular Gulf coast destination. The Loews Don CeSar Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

2015 Sportfishing Summit Overview

Click here for a more detailed agenda, including the board of directors and committee meetings.

Our Keynote Speakers

We have an outstanding agenda in the works! However, you don’t want to the opportunity to hear these two outstanding speakers.

Ken Schmidt

Ken Schmidt- As Corporate Communications Director, Ken helped orchestrate the turnaround that changed Harley Davidson into an international brand.

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Ken Schmidt is speaking during the afternoon general session on Tuesday, October 20.

Ken Schmidt
Corporate Communications Director

Cam Marston Cam Marston- As President of Generational Insight, Cam is a leading expert on generational change and its impact on the marketplace.

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Cam Marston is speaking during the afternoon general session on Wednesday, October 21.
Cam Marston
President of
Generational Insight


Thank You 2015 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors!

The American Sportfishing Association extends its thanks to the following companies and agencies for their generous support of the 2015 Sportfishing Summit.

Click here to go to the Summit sponsor page. For more information on Sportfishing Summit sponsorships, contact Membership Director Jill Calabria, x234.

Premium - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pure Fishing, Inc., USDA Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Gold - Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s Inc., Costa, Southwick Associates, TakeMeFishing/Vamos A Pescar and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

Silver - Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Deloitte Tax LLP, Lopez Negrete Communications, Inc., National Marine Electronics Association, PointsNorth Search Group, and World Fishing Network.

The sponsors are current as of September 14, 2015.

Making Your Hotel Reservations

The ASA room block at the Don Cesar, and the $189 room rate, are no longer available. You may still be able to reserve a room at the Don Cesar but at a higher rate per night.

However, The Hotel Zamora, a beautiful property within walking distance of the Don Cesar, is available. The room rate is $179.00 per night with no resort fee and $10.00 valet fee.

Pedicabs are available for hire to take you to and from the hotel to the Don Cesar.

Please call 1-855-ZAMORA1 (1-855-926-6721) and ask for the American Sportfishing room block, or go online at The Hotel Zamora to make reservations.

Traveling to the Lowes Don Cesar Hotel

The address for the Lowes Don Cesar Hotel is 3400 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, Fla. 33706, (727) 360-1881. The Tampa International Airport is closest to the resort and is a half hour drive from the hotel (28 miles). The hotel doesn’t provide airport shuttle service, however, here are their recommendations: SuperShuttle - $25 per person with multiple stops along the way. Reservations highly recommended,; Taxi - $70+, contact Yellow Cab at (813) 253-0121 or United Cab at (813) 777-777; Luxor Limousine (private car) - $65 - contact Ned Abraham at (727) 442-2992. You are always welcome to arrange for your alternative transportation.

Register Now for the 2015 Sportfishing Summit

We are, once again, offering discounted registration fees for multiple people from the same company or organization. The discounted fee is $100 less per multiple people. For example, the member, pre-registration rate is $350 for the first person. For additional people from the same company, the pre-registration rate is $250 per person.

The pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, September 16.

Click here for the 2015 Sportfishing Summit Registration form. (PDF)

2015 Sportfishing Summit Sponsorships are Available

If you are interested in being a 2015 Sportfishing Summit sponsor, please contact Industry Relations Vice President Glenn Hughes, (703)-519-9691, x245; or Membership Director Jill Calabria, x234.

Click here for the 2015 Sportfishing Summit Sponsorship Brochure.

ASA is Accepting Nominations for Its Achievement Awards

The American Sportfishing Association has two awards - the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Future of Fishing Award - to recognize significant contributions to sportfishing. Click here for the official nomination form. Nominations are due by Wednesday, September 16, to Policy Fellow Melanie Sturm, (703) 519-9691, x244. The awards will be presented on Wednesday evening during the Sportfishing Summit’s annual dinner.

Click here for the 2015 awards’ nominations form.

The Sportfishing Summit features:

Board of Directors and Committee Meetings
All meeting attendees are encouraged to attend the committee and board of directors meetings in order to gain a better understanding of how the association staff and the membership work to help ensure our business future.

General Sessions
Key players in the business world, our industry and fisheries conservation and management and policy discuss the most important issues affecting our livelihood.

Featured Speakers
Special guest keynote speakers provide new ideas and practical information to help guide members’ business ventures.

Social Events and Networking Opportunities
Summit attendees can renew relationships with colleagues and friends in a low-key environment.

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