Ben has been the President and CEO of AFFTA since the spring of 2018, in his tenure the association has grown to record levels. AFFTA members have benefitted greatly from the increase in benefits, educational dealer events, a strong presence on Capitol Hill representing the industry on legislative and advocacy issues that benefit the industry and managing the industry’s annual trade show, IFTD. He has successfully owned and operated businesses in the construction and aviation industry. As a native of New Hampshire, Ben was introduced to fishing at a young age in the ocean, lakes and streams of New England.
Ben studied Biology at Plymouth State University and Engineering at Montana State University. Ben has fished extensively around the world and as a guide in Montana. Ben is an FAA licensed Instrument Pilot and currently volunteers on the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers board, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Policy Council, and the Department of the Interior’s “Made In America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee. He lives in Bozeman, MT with his family.