Ben leaves AFFTA president’s role after eight years

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) has been left shocked following the resignation of Ben Bulis, its president for the past eight years.

Ben joined AFFTA in April 2012 as an interim general manager and quickly moved into the role of president, where he has been a key figure in growing the organisation into a larger trade association with a strong voice in trade and conservation issues.

His incredible passion for the industry of fly fishing and the fly fishing community has resulted in effective programs, from successful annual trade shows to connections with state and federal legislators in pursuit of trade and conservation policies that are important to AFFTA membership.

“I’m sure I’m joined by all prior AFFTA chairmen and chairwomen, board directors past and present and our greater membership in thanking Ben for his efforts on behalf of AFFTA and the fly fishing community,” said Jim Bartschi, AFFTA board chair.

“Ben has been a great leader of our association and leaves AFFTA in a far better place than when he joined us in 2012. His passion for our industry and our members will be missed. I’m sure we’ll have a chance to continue our relationship with Ben in the places we hold most dear, on the water.”

Ben added: “I’ve enjoyed every moment I’ve had at AFFTA and know the relationships I’ve forged over almost a decade leading this organisation will be with me for the rest of my life.

“We’ve done some incredible work together over the years and grown into a significant voice that has helped all our members be more successful.”

He will be working closely with the board during this transition, helping to ensure the important work AFFTA does on behalf of its members and the fly fishing community continues uninterrupted.