Our annual fall meeting – the Sportfishing Summit - is our strongest networking event and our main venue for addressing the most relevant issues to the future of fishing and our members’ businesses. Our aim during the Summit is to bring business and policy leaders together with members of the industry on issues important to sportfishing.
The 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.
For more information about the American Sportfishing Association and the 2014 Sportfishing Summit, please contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson, (703) 519-9691, x227.
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This year, our annual business meeting is being held October 15-17, at the Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas. Second only to Florida, Texans are some of the nation’s most avid anglers. For more information about the San Antonio area, visit http://visitsanantonio.com/meeting.
You can make your hotel reservations directly with the Hotel Contessa. Click here for the link to online hotel reservations.
City View Room - $149.00, plus tax
River View Room - $169.00, plus tax
The amenity fee is waived for Summit attendees. Available for guests are: business center services, airline ticket printing, USA Today on weekdays, fitness center usage, pool access and free local and 800 calls.
In addition to association business, we also bring in speakers who provide unique perspectives on current events or business practices that our members can take back to their respective places of business.
This year we have two very unique and popular speakers on the agenda.
Charlie Cook – Political Pundit Extraordinaire
When Charlie Cook makes a pronouncement based on his analysis of the political scene in America, people who want to be “in the know” sit up and listen. For more than two decades he has been Washington’s most trusted – and most accurate – voice on all things political, whether it’s the outcome of a Congressional, gubernatorial, or presidential election.
As the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and a political analyst for the National Journal Group, his prodigious writing is a direct line to the heart of politics. He writes weekly for National Journal magazine and National Journal Daily, and he also pens a regular column for The Washington Quarterly.
Jack Uldrich – Renowned Global Futurist
Jack Uldrich is a renowned global futurist, independent scholar, sought-after business speaker, and best-selling author. Uldrich is the founder and “Chief Unlearning Officer” of The School of Unlearning—an international consultancy designed to assist organizations succeed tomorrow by unlearning today.
Uldrich’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, the Futurist, Future Quarterly Research, the Wall Street Reporter, Leader to Leader, Management Quarterly, and hundreds of other newspapers and publications around the country.
He is also a recurrent guest of the media worldwide, having appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio on numerous occasions.
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.
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.
Key players in the business world, our industry and fisheries conservation and management and policy discuss the most important issues affecting our livelihood.
Special guest 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.