Fabulous Guest, Keynote and Featured Speakers

Fabulous Guest, Keynote and Featured Speakers

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 again have very unique and popular speakers on the agenda.

Guest Speaker

Chris Oliver

Chris Oliver

Chris Oliver
Assistant Administrator
NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service

The Texas native assumed his new role on June 19, 2017. Oliver most recently served as Executive Director of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, a position he held for the past 16 years. He has been with the Council since 1990, also serving as a fisheries biologist and then deputy director.

During his tenure, as executive director, he led the way on several cutting-edge management initiatives including development of limited access privilege programs and fishery cooperatives and catch share programs; the North Pacific’s comprehensive onboard observer program; numerous bycatch reduction programs, extensive habitat protection measures, commercial and recreational allocation programs; and coastal community development programs. He was also responsible for all administrative and operational aspects of the Council process, and lead staffer for legislative and international issues.

Originally from Rockport, Texas, Chris was also a Research Associate at Texas A&M University from 1987-1990, working with federal and state agencies on management issues associated with Gulf of Mexico shrimp fisheries, giving him both personal and professional experience with fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico. He holds a BBA in Business Management and a Master's degree in Fisheries Science, both from Texas A&M. Chris enjoys many outdoor activities and is an avid hunter and fisherman.


Our Keynote Speakers

Dustin Garis

Dusting Garis

Dustin Garis
“Chief Troublemaker” – P&G FutureWorks
Global Marketing Innovation – Coca-Cola Co.
CEO of multiple entrepreneurial ventures

Dustin 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

Tim Sanders

Tim Sanders
CEO, Net Minds
Internal and External Relationship Expert
Bestselling Author

Tim 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

Nathan Rigby


Nathan Rigby
Head of Sales and Marketing
One Click Retail

Nathan 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.


Featured Speakers

Dave Chanda

Dave Chanda

Dave Chanda
Vice President, State Agency Engagement
Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation

Dave Chanda is the Vice-President of State Agency Engagement for the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF).

As the former director of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, Dave successfully implemented programs to increase fishing, hunting and wildlife-related recreational opportunities in the most densely populated state in the nation.

He is an accomplished executive and strong public leader with 40 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of state and federal fish and wildlife issues. As RBFF’s State Agency Engagement vice president, Dave works with agency directors and their leadership to enable state agencies to improve the effectiveness of angler recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) efforts.

Dave is also working closely with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia to develop a continuing education training model for R3, marketing and customer service. This continuing education will provide critical support and training for R3 practitioners to ensure they are being provided the information and tools necessary to ensure success.

Chris Willard

Chris Willard


Chris Willard
R3 Coordinator
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Chris Willard is the R3 Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He graduated from Oregon State University with bachelor’s degrees in both wildlife science and business/marketing management, which has served him well in the R3 arena.

Chris developed “The Hunter and Angler Customer Journey” model, which his agency uses to activate R3 strategies that deliver high-value touchpoints that educate customers and keep them engaged. Chris spearheaded the development of the hunter and angler participation scorecards, which states throughout the nation are adopting to track and compare license sales and key customer demographics and purchasing patterns.

He is known for his creative partnerships with industry and NGOs, which strive to take advantage of each partner’s unique competencies and resources.

He served on the workgroups that developed both the “Recommendations and Strategic Tools for Effective Angler Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation (R3) Efforts” and the “National Hunting & Shooting Sports Action Plan.”