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President & Board Members

Ben Bulis – President and CEO
Ben was the founding partner of Rocky Mountain Aviation which designed and developed executive class hangars… Read more >>

 

Jim Bartschi - Chair
Jim has spent his entire career in the fly fishing industry, with over 25 years at Scott Fly Rods in Montrose, CO... Read More >>



 

Brent Bauer - Vice Chair
Employed at Umpqua for the last 16 of their 45 year history, Brent helps retailers succeed through better products... Read more >>

 

 

 

Lucas Bissett - Secretary
Captain Lucas Bissett is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide from Louisiana. Growing up in the Sportsmen’s Paradise... Read more >>

 

 

Tag Kleiner - Treasurer
Tag Kleiner is the Vice President of Marketing for Far Bank Enterprises after almost 20 years at Smith Optics... Read more >>

 

Ben Kurtz 
As a Colorado native, Ben gained an appreciation for fly fishing at an early age. Starting as a guide in the Vail Valley... Read more >>

 

Jen Ripple
Jen grew up on a small private lake in Wisconsin. Spending her formative years diving the waters of the Midwest... Read more >>

 

Tom Melvin
Tom is the Director of Sales and Program Manager for Bozeman, Montana-based Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures... Read more >>

 

 

 

Corinne Doctor 
Corinne was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado in a typical outdoorsy family from the western US.... Read more >>

 

Jesse Haller
A native of southwestern Wisconsin, Jesse Haller started fly fishing at nine years old in the Driftless... Read More>>


Hogan Brown
Growing up on the Lower Yuba River in Northern CA, Hogan was an only child who really liked catching fish... Read More >>

 

Joel La Follette
Joel is a 6th generation Oregonian living and working a long double-haul cast from the end of the Oregon Trail... Read More >>

 

 

Russ Coburn
Russ Coburn was bitten by the fly-fishing bug in the 1980s as banker for Jans Mountain Outfitters in Park City... Read More >>

 



 

Tim Volk
Tim works for Waterworks-Lamson at their production facility in Boise, Idaho, who he's been with the past 11 years... Read more >>

 

 

 

Toby Swank
Representing our Retail cohort Toby has owned and operated Fins & Feathers of Bozeman since its inception...Read More >>

 

 

 

Rachel Leinweber
Rachel Leinweber grew up in a family-owned fly shop, Angler’s Covey, located in Colorado Springs.... Read More >>






Ex-Officio Board Members

Steve Bendzak
Steve Bendzak caught the fly bug growing up in Seattle, and spent his youth fishing across Washington and B.C....Read more >>



Staff

Regan Nelson - Conservation Director
Regan leads AFFTA's program for sustainability, conservation, and access to U.S. saltwater fisheries... Read more >>

 

 

Matt Smythe - Communications & Membership Director
A freelance writer, Matt has worked in marketing since 2004 from business development to creative direction... Read more >>

 

Cari Endres - Finance Director