2018 Sportfishing Summit Overview

2018 Sportfishing Summit Overview

This annual fall business meeting brought together more than 200 fishing and boating industry and community leaders to provide a venue to discuss the issues impacting recreational fishing during committee meetings, networking events, general sessions and the association’s board of directors meetings.

Board of Directors Appoints Executive Committee
During the Summit, the following individuals joined Chris Megan, publisher, On the Water, LLC, Chairman; and Kirk Immens, president, Sportco Marketing Group, Immediate Past Chairman, on ASA’s Executive Committee. The board of directors appointed Zack Swanson, general manager and vice president of Sales, Rapala, as Vice Chairman; Dan McDonald, president, Yakima Bait Company, as Treasurer; Louis Chemi, COO, Freedom Boat Club, as Secretary; and Jessie Simpkins, director of Marketing, St. Croix Rods, as At-large member.

Dave Bulthuis, vice president, Government Affairs and Industry Relations, Costa; Neil Eibeler, CEO, Pure Fishing; Carey Graves, vice president of Sales, Daiwa Corporation; Kenneth S. Hammond, CEO, The Hammond Group; and Phil Lillo, owner, ‎Don Coffey Group, were appointed as ex-officio board members.

Foley Appointed ASA Lifetime Board Member
Peter Foley, president of Boone Bait Company, was unanimously appointed a life-time board of directors member.

Foley has devoted decades of his time and experience to the association, having served numerous terms as a board member, Executive Committee member and board Chairman from 1985 – 1986. He also holds the title of Treasurer Emeritus.

The Sportfishing Industry Recognized Three Industry and Conservation Leaders

During the Summit, ASA recognized three individuals who have given generously of their time and company resources in support of the industry with the association’s highest awards.

Lifetime Achievement Award

ASA’s most prestigious award was presented to long-time ASA member and industry leader, Dave Bulthuis, vice president, Industry Relations and Government Affairs for Costa. Bulthuis was recognized for his extraordinary leadership and lifelong commitment to recreational fishing and the sportfishing industry.

L – R: ASA President Glenn Hughes, Dave Bulthuis and Chris Megan, Publisher, On the Water LLC, ASA board chairman

Future of Fishing Award

ASA’s Future of Fishing Award was presented to long-time ASA member, Jeff Pontius, recently retired from his role as President and CEO for ZEBCO Brands. He was presented this award for his commitment to recreational fishing’s future through growing participation in the sport and his leadership in the industry’s trade association.

L – R: ASA President Glenn Hughes, Jeff Pontius and Chris Megan, Publisher, On the Water LLC, ASA board chairman

Legislative Champion Award

This year, ASA presented a Legislative Champion Award to California state Sen. Ben Allen (26th District) in recognition of his commitment to fisheries conservation and recreational fishing’s future.

Senator Ben Allen

Thank You 2018 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors!
The American Sportfishing Association extends its thanks to the following companies and agencies for their generous support of the 2018 Sportfishing Summit.

Premium – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pure Fishing, Inc. and USDA – Forest Service.

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

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.

The 2019 Sportfishing Summit Location
The 2019 Sportfishing Summit is scheduled for October 8-11, at Skamania Lodge located on the Columbia River Gorge, in Stevenson, Wash.

Contact Information
For more information about the Sportfishing Summit, please contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson or (703) 519-9691, x227.