Sportfishing Industry Association Appoints New Membership Director

ASA’s new Membership Director has association and fishing experience to spare

Alexandria, VA – April 3, 2018 – The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Kirk Ross, mostly recently with the Arkansas Cattleman’s Association (ACA), is the association’s new Membership Director.

“Kirk has the experience and passion to complement our established ASA team,” said ASA President Glenn Hughes. “He is an avid angler which will serve him well in representing our association, as well as understanding the business needs of our industry.”

“I jumped at the opportunity to join the American Sportfishing Association’s staff,” said Ross. “I’m a lifelong angler and I want to make sure that fishing remains relevant to future generations. To do this it is imperative that the sportfishing industry remain robust as we work to advance our collective interest. I am humbled and honored to work for ASA and I look forward to speaking with and meeting many of our members before and at ICAST.”

Ross began his career with the ACA in 2013 as their Membership Director. The ACA has approximately 8,500 members. He had a wide-range of responsibilities which included developing and implementing member recruitment and retention programs; helping manage the association’s annual area conferences; providing editorial content for the association’s publications and social media; and representing the ACA at state-wide meetings.

Prior to his tenure at the Arkansas Cattleman’s Association, he was a Legislative Assistant with the Association of Arkansas Counties.

Ross has a B.S. in Political Science from the University of the Ozarks. Kirk will work out of ASA’s Alexandria, Va. headquarters, working closely with the ICAST team and other program areas.

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is the sportfishing industry’s trade association committed to representing the interests of the sportfishing and boating industries as well as the entire sportfishing community. We give the industry and anglers a unified voice when emerging laws and policies could significantly affect sportfishing business or sportfishing itself. ASA invests in long-term ventures to ensure the industry will remain strong and prosperous, as well as safeguard and promote the enduring economic, conservation and social values of sportfishing in America. ASA also gives America’s 46 million anglers a voice in policy decisions that affect their ability to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways through Keep America Fishing®, our national angler advocacy campaign. America’s anglers generate more than $48 billion in retail sales with a $115 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for more than 828,000 people.