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Steve Bendzak caught the fly bug growing up in Seattle, and spent his childhood and young adulthood fishing across Washington and British Columbia, spending every summer after college fishing Lake Lenore in eastern Washington. Now residing in Bozeman, Steve is the proud husband to Carrie and father of Bradley, CaSadie and Charles.
Steve’s professional background has revolved around the fishing industry, even as a young man working at the family business, Circle-W Fishing Camp and Archer & Angler retail shop. From there Steve began a 22 year career with ExOfficio, helping start the company as one of the owners and overseeing the brand as both Vice President of Sales and as General Manager. Steve helped steer the company with three owners including Orvis, K2 Inc. and Jarden. He was able to satiate his conservation and philanthropic itch through conservation efforts while at Orvis, as well as Rivers of Recovery.
“I have witnessed many changes within the fly fishing industry as well as the water that I grew up fishing. I believe that we have unique opportunities to build a future that exceeds the ‘glory days’ of the past and AFFTA should lead the way.”