Robert Ramsey Resigns from AFFTA

Robert Ramsey will step down from the leadership role at the American Fly Fishing Trade Association on March 30, 2008, according to a press release we received this morning.
Read the extended entry for the full press release.


January 25, 2008
Robert Ramsay Resigns from the American Fly Fishing Trade Association
The American Fly Fishing Trade Association’s Board of Directors announced today that it has respectfully accepted the resignation of President Robert Ramsay, effective March 30, 2008. Ramsay and the Board are working together to ensure a seamless transition before Ramsay pursues his plans to fulfill other career ventures.
“I’ve considered it a privilege to lead AFFTA during a period of tremendous building and progress,” Ramsay said. “The fly fishing industry has just begun to see what’s really possible from this organization. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together and heartened by the potential that is clearly unfolding. So much of that is due to a higher level of member activism and optimism that has brought vitality to AFFTA’s ranks.”
Over the last two years, the association has been focused on membership and related services, which has resulted in a revenue increase of more than 60 percent and 17 percent growth in membership. Improved coordination with the owners of the FlyFishing Retailer World Trade Expo has led to several show enhancements and business benefits that bring more value to AFFTA members. AFFTA successfully launched its first-ever consumer show, spearheading a new era of growth in the sport and profitability for fly fishing businesses. AFFTA’s annual “National Casting Call” event in Washington, DC, has become a showcase for fish habitat conservation advocacy.
“Robert should be proud of all that he has contributed to the fly fishing industry,” said Alan Gnann, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Much of the progress we’ve made under his leadership has helped form a firm foundation for AFFTA’s growth far into the future.”
The American Fly Fishing Trade Association is the only organization established for the sole purpose of representing and advocating for the shared interests of fly fishing businesses. Its mission is to promote the sustained growth of the fly fishing industry.
AFFTA has nearly 500 members nationwide, including manufacturers, retailers, distributors, sales reps, guides and outfitters, travel companies, and outdoor media representatives. For more information, visit www.affta.com or call (706) 355-3804.

For more info contact Alan Gnann (860) 749-3476 x209 or cell (860) 214-2490

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