2018 Sportfishing Summit

2018 Sportfishing Summit

The Sportfishing Summit – ASA's Premier Networking Event

Please mark your calendar now for the 2018 Sportfishing Summit being held Tuesday, October 9, through Friday, October 12, at the Wild Dunes/Isle of Palms, located just outside Charleston, S.C.

Click here for a map of the Wild Dunes Resort and the Sweetgrass Pavillion.

Registration and Lodging

Register for the 2018 Sportfishing Summit and book your hotel reservations. The September 7, pre-registration and housing block deadlines have now passed. You can still register for the Summit – we have room for you! – and inquire about housing. The registration form and housing information are here.

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UPDATE – Housing Reservations at Wild Dunes – UPDATE

We have a full house this year at the Wild Dunes which means that the room block at the Boardwalk Inn is limited.

However, there is still housing available on the resort property. Please contact Brent Hill with Wild Dunes who can assist you with the best option available. He can be reached directly at 843-886-2232. You can also contact the Reservation Department at 877-624-3654.

The Wild Dunes has easy-to-use shuttle service for Summit attendees staying on property who are not within easy walking distance. Simply dial 0 from your room and the shuttle will arrive within 10 minutes.

Keynote Speakers

Jonah Berger and Marcus Sheridan are this year's keynote speakers. Jonah will share tools for being more persuasive, driving customer growth and being more influential. In 2017, Forbes named Marcus one of the 20 “Speakers You Don’t Want to Miss.”

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Jonah Berger – Social Influence Expert

Jonah Berger – Social Influence Expert

Jonah Berger

Dr. Jonah Berger is a professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a world-renowned expert on decision-making, social influence, culture change, innovation, word of mouth and the science behind why certain products, ideas and behaviors become popular.

Consider these burning questions: What makes things popular? Why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? Why are some stories and behaviors more infectious? Jonah spent more than a decade answering these questions, explaining why certain products get more word of mouth than others and why certain companies have an easier time breeding an innovative culture, reputation and product line than others.

Jonah has spent more than 15 years studying judgment and decision-making and consulting for Fortune 500 companies. He looks at how organizations can sway behavior and describes how to prevent consumers from getting mired in “decision-making quicksand.”

He also shows leaders how to avoid the “curse of knowledge” and communicate change in ways that encourages buy-in. Jonah will share tools for shaping the choice context, being more persuasive, driving customer growth and being more influential.

Marcus Sheridan – The Sales Lion

Marcus Sheridan – The Sales Lion

Marcus Sheridan

Marcus Sheridan is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker known for his unique ability to excite, engage and motivate audiences. In 2017 Forbes named Marcus one of the 20 “Speakers You Don’t Want to Miss.” He has been dubbed a “Web Marketing Guru” by the New York Times and has been featured in Inc., The Globe and Mail, Forbes and more.

As founder and president of The Sales Lion, which merged with IMPACT in 2018, Marcus has established one of the most successful digital sales and marketing agencies in the country. Within his speaking company, Marcus Sheridan International, Inc., he gives over 70 global keynotes annually where he inspires audiences in the areas of sales, marketing, leadership and communication.

It all started with his blog for River Pools and Spas in which he simply started answering all his customers questions. Today, River Pools and Spas website gets the most traffic of any pool company in the world. Digital expert, Jay Baer, former Summer and ICAST keynote speaker, uses Marcus and River Pools as a digital success story. Marcus is a frequent speaker for the National Marine Manufacturers Association and will be speaking at the next IBEX.

 

2018 Sportfishing Summit Schedule

For 2018, we are jam-packed with fantastic events and networking opportunities.

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Current as of September 11, 2018 – The agenda is subject to change

General Summit Schedule

Tuesday, October 9

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.Registration/Hospitality Suite – Billy G’s Smokehouse
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.ASA Board of Directors Meeting – Palms 1,2 and 3
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.60 in 60 Committee – Palms 4 and 5
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Newcomers Meet and Greet –Billy G’s Smokehouse
All Summit attendees are invited to stop by the Hospitality Suite and welcome our first-time attendees.
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Party With a Purpose! – Grand Pavilion North and Gazebo
Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to learn more about ASA’s SportfishingPAC. All Summit attendees and guests are welcome to attend.


Wednesday, October 10

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.Registration/Hospitality Suite – Billy G’s Smokehouse
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.2018 Sportfishing Summit Breakfast – Palmetto Hall
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Spouses and Guests Welcome Breakfast – Boardwalk Inn Club Room


General Sessions
All sessions are held in the Tides Ballroom in the Sweetgrass Pavilion
The morning break is from 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Welcome to the 2018 Sportfishing Summit
ASA President Glenn Hughes and Board of Directors Chairman Chris Megan will officially open the 2018 Sportfishing Summit.
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.The Changing Buyer Dynamic
Presented by Marcus Sheridan
Over the past 20 years, buyers have evolved more than in any period in the history of the world. In this dynamic keynote session, you will discover the critical trends that are changing buyer behavior as we know it and learn exactly what you need to do to be prepared for the coming decade.
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Break – Foyer
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.What Does It Mean to Reach 60 million Anglers?
Facilitated by Matt Harlow, D.J. Case & Associates
We’re seeing growth in recreational fishing participation. Do you realize how continuing this trend impacts your business and our industry as a whole? How far can we go, and what can we do to keep the positive momentum going?During this interactive session, we’re going to explore your knowledge about fishing trends and other information. At the end, we’ll go into a short-term discussion to set the stage for the long-term strategies about what can we do collectively as an industry.
Noon – 1:00 p.m.Summit Networking Lunch – Palmetto Hall


Committee Meetings

The afternoon break is from 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Advocacy – Palms 2
Communications – Palms 1
Data and Statistics – Palms 3
Trade Show – Palms 8
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.Full Government Affairs – Palms 4 and 5
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Break – Foyer
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Saltwater Subcommittee: East – Palms 4 and 5
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Saltwater Subcommittee: West – Palms 6 and 7
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Welcome Reception – Grand Pavilion North and Gazebo
All Summit attendees and guests are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception held in one of the most beautiful locations in the resort.For Summit attendees who would like a change of scenery, we are providing transportation to and from the adjacent Sullivan’s Island which has other restaurants and other venues for dinner.


Thursday, October 11

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.Registration/Hospitality Suite – Billy G’s Smokehouse
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.2018 Sportfishing Summit Breakfast – Palmetto Hall

 

Morning General Sessions
All sessions are held in the Tides Ballroom in the Sweetgrass Pavillion
Morning breaks are from 9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.Your Government Affairs Team – Addressing Current Needs with an Eye to the Future
Despite the tumultuous political dynamics, the recreational fishing industry is seeing positive progress on many policy issues. Yet many challenges remain. ASA’s Government Affairs team will describe the changing political landscape, our key issue areas and how we are positioned to influence policy decisions that impact the industry.
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Break – Foyer
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Growing the Sport – It Will Always Be a Team Effort
Presented by ASA, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and Southwick Associates

During this session, you’ll hear the up-to-date statistics and data regarding recreational fishing – we’re trending up! You’ll also hear about what’s happening on the national, state and industry fronts that are impacting this trend. We have momentum! Let’s all get in there and Move. Those. Numbers.
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Break – Foyer
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior
Presented by Jonah Berger, Ph.D.
Dr. Jonah Berger is a professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a world-renowned expert on decision-making, social influence, culture change, innovation, word of mouth and the science behind why certain products, ideas and behaviors become popular. With this presentation, Dr. Berger will show us how to, as Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh put it, “influence others, make smarter decisions, or just better understand the mystery that is human behavior.” A speech brimming with ideas that will provoke deep reflection, Dr. Berger gives audiences the tools they need to capitalize on invisible influences.
Noon – 1:00 p.m.Summit Networking Lunch – Palmetto Hall
Guest speaker – Paul Rauch, Assistant Director, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
He will provide an update about the program and show a short video produced by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.


Committee Meetings
The afternoon break is from 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Consumer Shows – Palms 2
Finance – Palms 8
Membership – Palms 6 and 7
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.Freshwater Subcommittee – Palms 4 and 5
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.Trade & Commerce Subcommittee – Palms 1
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Break – Foyer
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Full Government Affairs – Palms 4 and 5
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.2018 Sportfishing Summit Reception and Awards Dinner – Citadel Beach House
All Summit attendees and guests are welcome to attend the reception and the annual awards dinner being held at the beautiful Citadel Beach House which is a short ride from the Boardwalk Inn. Transportation will be provided.


Friday, October 12

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.Board of Directors Meeting – Palms 4 and 5
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Breakfast Buffet – Tidewater Ballroom
All attendees are invited to enjoy a buffet breakfast.
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.General Membership Meeting – Tides Ballroom
Your attendance is very important. This is where our committee chairs will report on their committee’s deliberations and actions taken. You’ll also hear from our board of directors’ Chairman what actions the board took during its business meetings.

*The Registration Desk and the Hospitality Suite are closed on Friday.

 

The 2018 Sportfishing Summit Registration Desk and Hospitality Suite

The Hospitality Suite and Registration Desk are co-located in Billy G’s Smokehouse. During peak season, Billy G’s Smokehouse is one of the resort’s favorite restaurants.

Since it is closed for the season, we were able to use this popular destination for the Sportfishing Summit’s Hospitality Suite and Registration Desk.

The Salty Goat bar, adjacent to Billy G’s Smokehouse, will open each day at 5:00.

Sportfishing Summit Hospitality Suite and Registration Desk are open the following days and times:

Tuesday, October 9 – 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 10 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 12 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Hospitality Suite and Registration Desk are closed on Friday, October 12.

2018 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors

ASA thanks its 2018 Sportfishing Summit sponsors for their generous support.

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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 2018 Sportfishing Summit even more special.

Please contact Membership Director Kirk Ross for more information.

Click here to download the sponsorship brochure.

ASA thanks its generous members and supporters for helping make the 2018 Sportfishing Summit a success.

Contact Information

For more information about the 2018 Sportfishing Summit, please contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson or (703) 519-9691, x227.