At the 2017 Sportfishing Summit, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to long-time ASA member and industry leader, Bill Shedd.
Mr. Shedd has served as President of AFTCO Manufacturing Company, Inc. and has served as Chairman of the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) Government Affairs committee for 25 years.
Shedd was recognized for his extraordinary leadership and lifelong commitment to recreational fishing and the sportfishing industry.
Kenneth S. Hammond
ASA’s Future of Fishing Award was presented to Kenneth S. Hammond, CEO of The Hammond Group, for his commitment to recreational fishing’s future though growing participation in the sport and his leadership in the industry’s trade association.
Ken started out in the sporting goods distribution business after attending Baylor University in Texas and began his training with the world’s largest distributor of outdoor products, both to the retail market and the U.S. Military. He quickly moved through the ranks from sales rep to National Sales Manager and ultimately Vice President General Manager of U.S. Tackle of Chicago, a division of B.C. Recreational Industries.
In the late 1970’s, Ken decided to go into business for himself and joined Doug Gleason & Associates as an independent sales rep. Two years later, he purchased the company. The name changed to The Hammond Group in 1985, at the same time the company moved to a new corporate headquarter facility just outside of Chicago.
While building the business, Ken was also involved as a partner in a number of retail and manufacturer ventures and, at the same time, utilizes his expertise within and outside of the industry as a member of numerous boards of directors and as a business consultant and speaker. Ken has been an active board member of CPC for many years. He also serves on the board of Benchmade Company.
Ken has served two terms as president of T.S.S.A. and is a lifetime member of their board. He has served on product development councils of many manufacturers that THG represented over the years.
RBFF (Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation) recently announced….”Returning to the Board is Ken Hammond of The Hammond Group, an independent sporting goods and outdoor product sales company. Hammond was a member of RBFF’s Board of Directors from 2003 until 2016, when Jeff Marble took over his role as Chairman of the Board. Ken once again brings over 30 years of sales and marketing experience in the fishing and outdoor recreation industry to the table. Through initiatives like “Hook a Kid on Fishing” and others, Hammond has worked to keep youth out of drugs and in school. In addition to RBFF’s Board, Hammond has served on several fishing and boating industry boards, including the American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association (AFTMA), the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Sport Fishing Institute (SFI).”
Ken was inducted into the coveted “Rapala Hall of Fame” in recognition of his many years of service, commitment and unending hardwork for the brand and the outdoor sporting goods industry as a whole.
In 2017, ASA presented a Conservation Champion Award to Thomas Fote, Legislative Chairman for the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Inc. in recognition of his life-long commitment to fisheries conservation and recreational fishing’s future.
Tom Fote has been at the forefront of the fight to bring representation and fairness in fisheries management to recreational fishermen for nearly twenty years. He has been the driving force behind the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, a past president, and their full-time legislative chairman for the past ten years. You’ve seen his name regularly in the Fisherman and in newspapers. During his tenure as a commissioner on the ASMFC, he was responsible for opening what was a closed-door process to participation by all fishermen. He serves on numerous boards and commissions involved with protecting the marine environment where he is a coalition builder bringing environmentalists, commercial and recreational fishermen together to work on issues of mutual concern.