AFFTA is an exceptionally engaged organization nationally. We rely heavily on our board to provide strategic direction and leadership to ensure we are moving the industry forward. In addition to the Executive Committee that provides overarching leadership to the entire board, our subcommittees specialize in specific areas of focus.
Executive Committee (ExCom)
The charge of ExCom is to develop a strategic plan for AFFTA and to oversee the business and affairs of the Association to accomplish its mission and objectives.
Show & Summit Committee
The focus of the Show and Summit Committee is to work on creating a compelling and profitable industry trade show (IFTD) and to develop an event focused on educational opportunities for retailers (Dealer Summit).
Government Affairs & Alliances (GAA)
GAA is charged with monitoring current and emerging public policies, fostering relationships with members of Congress, other conservation and recreation agencies and organizations, and state and federal government leaders to ensure that fly-fishing interests are represented when public policy decisions are made.
Science & Policy (S&P)
Consisting of scientists and fisheries policy experts, the committee is responsible for reporting quarterly to the AFFTA Board of Directors on environmental and policy issues that affect the fly fishing industry in marine, coastal, and freshwater ecosystems. The Science and Policy Committee monitors current science and national policy initiatives that might threaten natural habitat and fisheries that are critical to sustaining and growing the fly fishing industry. A key responsibility of this committee is to assure these issues are well communicated to the AFFTA board and membership and that the Government Affairs Committee’s objectives are well-aligned with the prevailing science on the matter.
The Finance Committee is charged with overseeing all financial matters of the Association and developing and managing an annual budget. To keep AFFTA Board Members and Officers better informed on the financial condition of the organization, financial analysis and reporting is completed by this committee on a monthly basis. The Finance Committee, in consultation with the President, prepares an annual budget that is approved by the Board prior to the start of each fiscal year.
The Membership Committee is tasked with increasing membership and adding value by developing and offering member benefits that promote the growth and success of member businesses and the industry. Current benefits are reviewed annually and renegotiated if needed. New benefits, or proposed benefits are presented at quarterly board meetings for approval by the board. Implementation of benefits and communication to AFFTA membership is done by the Membership Committee with support from AFFTA staff. The committee reviews and sets membership categories and annual rates annually.
The Nominating Committee is charged with overseeing the nomination process of the Association throughout the calendar year by working to identify qualified individuals to fill upcoming Director vacancies; specifically targeting members to fill the designated member(s) categories with the goal of creating a balanced board reflective of the fly fishing industry as a whole. In addition, the committee helps to facilitate the on-boarding process of new AFFTA board members.
Marketing & Communications (MarComm)
Marketing and Communications is charged with overseeing the marketing function of the association by developing and managing member recruitment programs. This committee is also charged with developing ways to best share news and information and to foster a dialogue on issues important to the fly fishing industry.
The AFFTA Fisheries Fund was established with the main objective of funding organizations and projects focused on fisheries conservation and education. From grassroots projects to national-level organizations, the Fund supports the important work they do to preserve and protect our vital resources and attract more people to fly fishing. The Fisheries Fund is initially seeded with revenue from IFTD but relies on tax-deductible donations from AFFTA members and the general public.