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Announcement: AFFTA Board of Directors nominations now open

Thursday, August 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Smythe
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Let your voice be heard!
Board positions open to all AFFTA members

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting submissions for open Board of Director positions. AFFTA seeks to maintain a strong, balanced, strategic-thinking Board that accurately represents the varied businesses in the fly fishing industry. As a member-driven organization, AFFTA solicits candidates each year to fill open seats on the Board of Directors to represent the interests of the fly fishing industry and all AFFTA members. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, September 21, 2018.

Do you want to be a leader in the fly fishing industry and help make decisions that will shape the future of fly fishing for years to come? Are you passionate about the fly fishing industry, conservation and the recruitment of new fly fishing participants? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we encourage you to submit your bio today and help lead our industry into the future!

Board Member Requirements
The requirements to serve as an AFFTA Board Member are as follows:
► Be an AFFTA member in good standing
► Participation in at least two sub-committees
► Attend three board meetings per year
► Travel, lodging, phone and most food expenses associated with AFFTA events/meetings; expenses are not covered by AFFTA and are the responsibility of the member
► Support AFFTA’s mission of promoting the sustained growth of the fly fishing industry
► Help develop and guide the association’s actions with respect to organizational priorities and strategic planning by staying informed about AFFTA matters, preparing in advance for meetings, reviewing and commenting on documents and reporting on issue of concern to the association in a professional and timely manner
► Three-year board term

Bio Submission
To be considered for a Board position, your bio must be emailed to the AFFTA Corporate Office no later than Friday, September 21, 2018. The email address is

Your one-page bio should include the following information:
 Complete contact information
 Personal background information to support your bid for an AFFTA board position
 A summary of why you are interested in serving the fly fishing trade

All Board Member nominees’ bios and a voting ballot will be emailed to the AFFTA membership by October 1, 2018. Voting must be completed on or before October 12, 2018. A broadcast email will be sent to all AFFTA members to announce the newly elected directors.

AFFTA Election Timetable
► August 3, 2018 – Nominations Process Begins
► September 21, 2018 – Candidate Bios due
► September 28, 2018 – Candidate Bios Emailed to Membership
► October 1, 2018 – Ballots Emailed to Membership and AFFTA General Election Opens
► October 12, 2018 – Close of AFFTA General Election, Return Ballot Deadline
► October 15, 2018 – Elected Board Members Seated at the 4th Quarter Board Meeting

Board Diversity
The AFFTA Board of Directors consists of up to fifteen elected members. The desired make-up of the Board consists of no fewer than two Members representing each category of the industry; manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, media, and travel/guides. To maintain this diversity, elections will first focus on the appointment of Members to support the two member category representation. If candidate resources do not support this effort, Board positions will then be filled with Members who receive the highest number of votes.

Based on the current board term expirations, there are currently seven Board of Director seats to be filled with this election.

If you have any questions about running for the AFFTA Board of Directors please feel free to contact any of the Nominating Committee Members listed below or the AFFTA office at 406-522-1556

Tucker Ladd – – Chairman
Tom Sadler –
Tom Melvin –
Rob Parkins –
Jen Ripple –
Ben Bulis –