Over the last few weeks we’ve been highlighting members of our Board of Directors who are seeking re-election, or will be continuing their current term after the 2018 election this October 12th. If you are a current AFFTA member and want to join other industry leaders in shaping the future of fly fishing for generations to come, consider running for the AFFTA Board. Submit your bio before Friday, September 21st. All details can be found here.
Rob is the Stream Access Coordinator for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Originally from Connecticut, Rob retired from customer service and production management in the printing industry in order to fulfill his desire to try and make a living in the fly fishing industry. After working in the “biz” in several different roles, Rob felt that he wanted to be more connected to the industry by participating in its growth and sustainability. After three years on the board, including sitting on the Executive Committee as Treasurer, he is excited to run again and work for the successful future of all AFFTA members.
Rob currently lives in Victor, Idaho with his lovely, and understanding wife, Pam, and two Labradors, York and Holt. When not working or fishing, Rob is chasing elk with his bow, trying to cast his spey pole more that 50 feet and attempting to unravel the mysteries of using a whip finish tool.
Why is AFFTA Board service important to you (personally and professionally)?
Being able to make a living, and life, in the fly fishing industry is a dream come true! Everyone that I have had the fortune to meet and work with while on the board, I consider family, and feel honored to be able to put in the hard work to ensure that we are all able to continue working in a healthy and sustainable industry.
My AFFTA Board service has been tremendous for both personal and professional growth, and giving back to the industry is my thank you to all the members that have made it happen.
What work is AFFTA doing as an organization that gets you excited?
The biggest, and most exciting, decision the AFFTA board has made recently is bring IFTD back to Denver in the Fall. Also, our increasing commitment to conservation and public lands and waters will be bring tremendous value to the industry. Without access to clean and healthy fisheries, we do not have a industry.
I am looking forward to working on the boards efforts to increase the visibility of the sport and recruitment of new fly anglers. The group of diverse industry members serving the on the board will allow us to come up with fresh ideas and increase participation.