This year, our annual business meeting is being held October 10-13, at the Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater Beach, Fla.
Over the past two years, we’ve been focusing on efforts to increase participation in our sport from 46 million annually to 60 million annually. This year, we want to spend time “connecting the dots” between what is happening now and then focus on what more needs to be done.
What’s key in all this is how our industry members can contribute in tangible ways to help move the needle. We know that many of our members are asked to contribute product, money and volunteer help for a variety of fishing events in communities throughout the U.S.
We want to bring to the Summit a range of options for industry participation that help to ensure life-long fishing skills rather than “one day” derbies or other programs that don’t have long-reaching impacts.
Besides attending to the association’s business objectives, we are going to be asking our committees to spend some of their meeting time focusing on industry’s role in the R3 process.
We have engaged keynote speakers who will help set the stage to help us understand what the future may bring and focus on “nuts and bolts” conversations and objectives.
One of these objectives is to get a better understanding of the “experience economy” and what that means to our industry. The other is to dive deeper into the practical steps we can take to move the R3 process forward.
To make reservations at the Opal Sands, please call 855-335-1087 or go to opalsands.com and use group code ASA1017. The $25 daily resort fee is waived. The fee includes access to the fitness center, free guest room and public space WiFi, access to the Business Center, towels for the beach and pool and several other amenities.
The discounted room rate was available only until Friday, Septemeber 8.
Parking at the Opal Sands is valet only and is $25 per night. Self parking is not available. The parking fee is not included in the room fee.
The Opal Sands Resort is located at 430 S Gulfview Blvd., in Clearwater Beach, Fla. The resort is 21 miles from the Tampa airport and can take from 30 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic.
The Opal Sands does not have shuttle service. They recommend Super Shuttle, an Uber or other car service or a cab. If you are interested in Uber’s services, click here to get an estimate based on vehicle choice.
With Clearwater Beach as the backdrop, the Opal Sands Resort and the nearby St. Petersburg/Clearwater area is a beautiful place to enjoy and explore.
Click here for more information about the Spouses and Guests Welcome Breakfast and information on things to do in the area.
We are, once again, offering discounted registration fees for multiple people from the same company or organization. The discounted fee is $100 less per additional person. For example, the member, pre-registration rate is $350 for the first person. Any additional attendees from the same company will pay $250 per person.
Click here for the Registration Form. The pre-registration deadline was Friday, September 8. You may still register for the Sportfishing Summit.
ASA thanks its generous sponsors for helping to make this year's meeting a success.
Silver – Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Center for Sportfishing Policy, Coastal Conservation Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Engel Coolers, Forbes-Tate Partners, Freeman, Map Your Show, National Marine Electronics Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Wired2fish, Inc., and Womble Carlyle.
Last year, the board of directors asked ASA staff to revise the Summit schedule. This year, the general sessions will be held in the morning with the committee meetings being held in the afternoon on Wednesday and Thursday.
Click here for a more detailed, day-by-day agenda.
Click here for the Board of Directors and Committee meetings agenda. (PDF)
Click here for the map of the meeting rooms and event spaces.
Click here for the information on our fabulous Guest, Keynote and Featured Speakers.
Tuesday, October 10
ASA’s board of directors meets from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The 60 in 60 Committee will meet on Tuesday before the board meeting. We will host a welcome reception/happy hour for all attendees and their spouses and guests and to recognize our SportfishingPAC supporters during the Party With a Purpose.
Wednesday, October 11
On Wednesday, our members and guests meet for breakfast and then we move into our general sessions with keynote speakers Dustin Garis and Nathan Rigby. There is also a welcome breakfast for spouses and guests.
We meet for lunch and then move onto our committee meetings. Committees meeting on Wednesday afternoon are:
The evening is capped off with our traditional Welcome Reception where everyone is welcome.
Thursday, October 12
On Thursday, we follow the same general schedule with breakfast followed by general sessions, lunch and then the afternoon committee meetings. Our keynote speaker on Thursday is Tim Sanders.
Committees meeting on Thursday afternoon are:
Friday, October 13 – On the last day of the Summit, the board of directors meets just before our General Membership meeting. At the conclusion of that meeting, the association’s members adjourn for another year.
The annual dinner will be held Thursday evening at the Opal Sands Resort. The dinner is included in your registration. Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m.
Thematically, we want to continue to focus on growing participation in the sport. We need to not just keep the anglers we have, but grow the angling base to help ensure our industry’s future.
|Dustin Garis is a world-renowned brand leader for his innovative approach to brand-building and corporate entrepreneurship at Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gamble (P&G) and other businesses and organizations.
Dustin launched the P&G FutureWorks Emerging Markets division in Singapore, deploying new business models and early-stage technologies across Asia, Africa and Latin America.
He uses his business experience to help organizations embark on the next frontier of innovation by focusing on the rise of the “experience economy” with anecdotes and visuals.
With a particular focus on how brands can enrich lives; Dustin offers examples of brands that are getting it right by “revolting against routine,” and creating memorable experiences to drive engagement among Millennial consumers and employees.
|Tim Sanders has spent most of his career on the cutting edge of innovation and change, being on the ground floor of the tech boom, particularly with Yahoo where he led their ValueLab, which enabled sales teams to close hundreds of millions of dollars of new business through rapid collaboration.
By 2001, he rose to the position of Chief Solutions Officer and later, the company’s Leadership Coach. In 2005, he founded Deeper Media, which provides consulting and training services for leading companies, trade associations and government agencies.
He’s a top-rated speaker on leadership development, sales strategy and human performance. His talks help organizations deal with change, become more agile and dramatically increase their effectiveness. What makes Tim particularly unique is that he works closely with his clients to deliver content that is specific to that business or organization.
Tim was highly recommended to us by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
|Nathan Rigby is the Head of Sales and Marketing at One Click Retail, a market leader in eCommerce data measurement, sales analytics and search optimization for brand manufacturers globally.
The company provides eCommerce sales, market share, SEO, advertising ROI, and more, for more than 100 of the world’s best brands such as Procter & Gamble, Panasonic, Nestle, Hamilton Beach and HP. One Click Retail was recently acquired by Ascential plc, a London-based company that works on a global scale.
Nathan has extensive experience building sales and marketing initiatives for major retailers including Wal-Mart. His proven eCommerce expertise has been paramount for brand manufacturers and retailers alike, specifically his ability to measure sales and share, analyze sales trends, optimize operations, improve search, hone promotions and achieve revenue and profitability objectives.
ASA continues to work to ensure that the Sportfishing Summit is a valuable experience for our members and guests.
Summit sponsors receive quality value for their sponsorship through signage, in our printed materials and onsite mentions for specific events.
Our top sponsors will be promoted during ALL events, from breakfast through dinner, to give more value and ensure that participants know who provided the extra support to make the 2017 Sportfishing Summit even more special.
Please contact Membership Director Jill Calabria for more information.
Click here for a copy of the sponsorship brochure.