ASA elects Board of Directors
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Six members of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) have been elected or re-elected to fill three regional seats and three at-large seats on the Board of Directors. Their terms begin on October 1st and they will serve two-year terms.
The regional seats went to:
- South Central Region – Jeff Pontius, President, ZEBCO Brands (re-elected);
- Southeast Region – Aledia Hunt Tush, President, CB’s Saltwater Outfitters (re-elected);
- West Region – Ken Elie, President, Outdoor Pro Shops, Inc. (new board member).
At-large seats went to:
- Peter Foley, President, Boone Bait Company, Inc. (re-elected);
- Paul Schluter, President, St. Croix Rods (re-elected);
- Gary Zurn, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, Big Rock Sports (re-elected).
“We’ve got a great mix of talent, experience and perspective with the new and re-elected Board of Directors who will complement an already impressive group of individuals,” said Mike Nussman, ASA President and CEO. “The members of the ASA will be well-served by these dynamic leaders, industry veterans and steadfast advocates for the sportfishing industry. I look forward to working with everyone and thank them for their time and support.
“I also want to thank Nick Wiley, Executive Director for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for his service and counsel as a board member,” noted Nussman. “We look forward to working with Dave Chanda, Director of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, who will represent the state fish and wildlife agencies on our board.”
Jeff Pontius, a current ASA Board member and former Board Chairman, was re-elected to serve his second, two-year term. A long-time ASA supporter, he plans to bring his knowledge and experience to the Board and the association to help increase the trade show’s momentum and champion fishing against those who threaten the sport.
Aledia Hunt Tush, a current ASA Board member, was re-elected to serve her third, two-year term. As a retail member, she has a particular interest in ensuring healthy fisheries and growing the sport.
Ken Elie, who owns a West Coast retail business, is an active ASA member and trade show supporter. He wants to bring his experience to the board so ‘my grandkids have the same opportunities to become avid anglers as I had growing up’.
Peter Foley, who served numerous terms on ASA’s Board, including Chairman of the Board (1984-1986) and many years as Treasurer, was elected to serve another two-year term. His company, Boone Bait Company, has been an association member for 63 years.
He has a keen interest in ensuring the association’s fiscal health as the ASA continues its work on behalf of the industry.
Paul Schluter was re-elected to his third two-year term. He wants to continue to see the trade show grow and do what he can to preserve anglers’ rights to sustainably fish on the nation’s public waterways.
Gary Zurn was re-elected to his third ttwo-year term. In his 12 years with the association, Zurn has served on the Board and Executive Committee and has served on or chaired numerous ASA committees. Overall, he wants to help ensure the association’s financial and professional growth and to help protect the industry and recreational fishing from unwarranted closures and restrictions.
The current members of the Board of Directors are: Dave Bulthuis, Costa, Chairman; Gregg Wollner, Rapala, Immediate Past Chairman; Kirk Immens, Sportco Marketing, Vice Chairman; Donn Schaible, Wright & McGill, Treasurer; Louis Chemi, Navico, Secretary; Terry Pederson, Daiwa Corporation. At-large: Thom Dammrich, National Marine Manufacturers Association; Martin MacDonald, Bass Pro Shops; Chris Megan, On the Water, LLC; Dave Pfeiffer, Shimano American Corporation; Jeff Pontius, ZEBCO Brands; Gary Remensnyder, Lew’s Fishing Tackle; Paul Schluter, St. Croix Rods; Aledia Hunt Tush, CB’s Saltwater Outfitters; K. C. Walsh, Simms Fishing Products; Dave Chanda, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and Gary Zurn, Big Rock Sports, LLC. Ex-officio members are: Peter Foley, Boone Bait Company; Kenneth Hammond, The Hammond Group; Tom Rolls, Cabela’s.