ASA names Blake Swango as new ICAST Trade Director
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The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) has appointed Blake Swango as the new Trade Show Director for ICAST. He replaces Kenneth Andres, who resigned earlier this year.
“Blake has the experience and education that fits perfectly with the goals and objectives our Board and Show Committee have set for 2017 and beyond,” said Mike Nussman, ASA President and CEO. “We are confident that his experience working for one of the country’s largest trade shows will help us take ICAST to the next level and be the key destination for the world’s recreational fishing industry.”
Swango began his career in 2004, working for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). In 2006 he was promoted to Account Manager, selling exhibition space for the NAHB International Builder’s Show and later became Senior Accounts Manager where he honed his experience and expertise in the trade show industry.
“Fishing has always been part of my life,” said Swango. “I remember being a young boy standing on a dock in Wisconsin, my family packed and ready to leave our annual vacation, and I begged for just one more cast. Not much has changed since then.
“I am still that boy at heart, still looking to make the next cast, especially in my professional career. I look forward to bringing more than a decade of my experience in the trade show industry to ICAST’s ongoing success.”
Glenn Hughes, the ASA’s Industry Relations Vice President, added: “The trade show director is obviously a critical role for the association and its members. Blake is the best person at the right time to continue ICAST’s growth for both exhibitors and attendees.”
This year more than 14,000 people from 80 countries attended ICAST, further establishing its position as a cornerstone of the sport fishing industry.
Next year’s show – the 59th in its history – takes place at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, from July 11th to 14th.