AFFTA has a big job to do. 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.
AFFTA Trade Show Committee
The International Fly Tackle Dealer show is the biggest industry trade show in the fishing industry. AFFTA’s recent co-locating with ICAST has provided greater exposure and media opportunities for our industry as a whole. Our show committee provides guidance regarding show planning and preparation.
AFFTA Government Affairs & Alliances
Together as an industry, we have a loud voice! One of AFFTA’s biggest missions is advocating for the fly fishing industry with our elected officials. Whether we are supporting legislation that protects and preserves our fisheries, or speaking out on behalf of our small business members, we do so collectively and strategically.
Our Finance committee steers AFFTA’s monetary goals and revenue, ensuring a healthy organization so that we can continue to do good work for our industry for many years to come.
AFFTA Membership Recruitment
With the recent addition of new member benefits such as guide and outfitter insurance and UPS discounts, our guide/outfitter and retailer membership has grown steadily. Our Membership committee spreads AFFTA’s benefits and successes, increasing our total membership and the overall strength of our organization.
AFFTA Marketing & Communication
AFFTA recently hired a Communications Director, and thus is investing in increased communication and exposure with not just our members, but potential members and also to those outside of the fishing industry. Our Marketing & Communications team help to steer those efforts.
AFFTA Grant Committee – AFFTA Fisheries Fund
One of the biggest, most exciting projects AFFTA has spearheaded is the Fisheries Fund, a granting mechanism to help fund grassroots efforts to grow new anglers, promote fisheries conservation and protect wildlife health. The Fisheries Fund is the result of revenue dollars from the IFTD show, as well as individual donations.