Nussman and Dammrich receive top ASA honour
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A former President and CEO of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) was one of two people to be recognised by the organisation with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mike Nussman, and Thom Dammrich, President Emeritus of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) were honoured at this month’s ASA Summit.
Nussman, who retired from the ASA in April last year, was awarded the association’s highest accolade for his ‘extraordinary’ leadership and lifelong commitment to advocating for recreational fishing and the sportfishing industry.
The award was presented to Nussman by Glenn Hughes, the current ASA President. He said: “Mike has always been a great leader and thinker. He has an amazingly thoughtful approach to things and listens intently to what you have to say. He has always had the best interests of the industry, our anglers and the resource at heart. And managed to balance all three.”
Dammrich was recognised for his ‘extraordinary’ leadership and lifelong commitment to the recreational boating and fishing industries. Presenting the award, Hughes said: “Words like leadership, commitment and dedication are thrown around a lot, yet they are forever appropriate when I think of all you’ve done for me and the thousands of businesses associated with outdoor recreation.”
The late Donn Schaible, former President of the Wright & McGill Company and a former ASA Treasurer, was recognised with the Outstanding Industry Leader Award. Mike Jackson, who succeeded Schaible as President, accepted the award.
The Fisheries Conservation Achievement Award was presented to Martin Peters, Yamaha Marine Division Manager for Government Relations. ASA Government Affairs Vice President Mike Leonard said that under Peters’s leadership, his company has been a model of conservation advocacy within the industry, including being a champion for removing plastics from waterways and spearheading efforts to increase survival of released fish.
The first ASA Angling Awareness Award Grand Prize recipient was veteran outdoor writer, Kenneth L. Kieser.