Schedule

Focus on shaping our vision of the future

As an ASA member, this is your opportunity to attend the sportfishing industry’s most important business event. We have a full agenda that includes general sessions with keynote speakers and other information, board of directors meetings, committee meetings and plenty of networking opportunities.

All times are in Eastern Time. The schedule is subject to change.

Schedule is current as of August 4, 2021.

Noon – 5 PM

Registration Desk – Royal Palm Foyer

 

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Refreshments are available in the foyer.

1 – 4 PM

ASA Board of Directors Meeting  – Acacia 1-3

4:30 – 5:30 PM

SportfishingPAC Committee – Banyan 1-2

5 – 6 PM

Newcomers Meet and Greet – Royal Palm Foyer

All Summit attendees are invited to welcome our first-time attendees.

6 – 8 PM

2021 Sportfishing Summit Welcome Reception – Palm Terrace Pool

All Summit attendees are welcome to attend.

8 AM- 5 PM

Registration Desk – Royal Palm Foyer

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Refreshments are available in the foyer.

8 – 8:45 AM

2021 Sportfishing Summit Welcome Breakfast – Sunset Veranda          

All registered Summit attendees are welcome.

8:30 – 9:30 AM

Guests’ Welcome Breakfast – Chill Out Lounge

All registered Summit attendees’ guests are welcome to attend the Wednesday morning meet-and-greet breakfast.

General Sessions

The morning sessions are held in the Royal Palm 4-5 Ballroom.

9 – 9:15 AM

Welcome to the 2021 Sportfishing Summit

ASA board of directors Chairman Jesse Simpkins and ASA President Glenn Hughes will officially open the 2021 Sportfishing Summit.

9:15 – 9:45 AM

Looking Towards the Future

Over the past 18 months, the board of directors and ASA staff, guided by McKinley Advisors, have been developing a strategic plan for the association. Glenn Hughes will provide an overview of the strategic direction and plans for the future.

9:45 – 10 AM

Break – Royal Palm Foyer

10 – 10:45 AM

An Overview of Government Affairs

Government Affairs Vice President Mike Leonard and the GA team will address the progress and challenges in the policy arena that directly impact our industry and recreational fishing.

10:45 – 11 AM

Break – Royal Palm Foyer         

11 – 11:45 AM

Keynote Speaker Joey Coleman – Never Lose a Customer Again

Joey is a recognized expert in designing the customer experience to dramatically increase your customer retention and your bottom line.

Noon – 1 PM

Networking Lunch – Sunset Veranda

Committee Meetings

1:30 – 4:30 PM

R3 – Acacia 1–3
Membership – Royal Palm 7-8
Market Insights – Royal Palm 6
PR/Media – Royal Palm 1

 

2:45 – 3 PM

Afternoon Break – Royal Palm Foyer

Government Affairs Committee Meetings

The Government Affairs meetings will take place in Royal Palm 2-3.

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Full Government Affairs

2:45 – 3:45 PM

Trade & Commerce Subcommittee

4 – 5 PM

Saltwater Subcommittee: West

 

6 – 8 PM

An Evening in Naples– Sunset Veranda and Terrace 

 

All Summit attendees and guests are welcome to attend the reception.

8 AM – 6 PM

Registration  Desk – Royal Palm Foyer   

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Refreshments are available in the foyer.

8:30 – 9:15 AM

Breakfast –   Sunset Veranda

General Sessions

The morning sessions are held in the Royal Palm 4-5 Ballroom.

 

9:30 – 10:30 AM

Keeping Our New Anglers on the Water – Where Do We Go from Here?

Speakers: Stephanie Vatalaro, Senior Vice President, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation; Rob Southwick, President, Southwick Associates; Travis Owens, Vice President, NA Customer Experience, GM Fin-Nor/Van Staal, Pure Fishing, Inc.; and Jeff Kolodzinski, Fishing Content Brand Manager, Johnson Outdoors.

The motivations to fish came together perfectly in 2020 to create a record-breaking year for fishing tackle sales. RBFF will share key insights from their comprehensive study of America’s new anglers and provide you with tools and resources your company can use to create positive experiences in your stores, online and on the water. Select fishing industry members will provide examples of what they are doing to accomplish this.

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Break – Royal Palm Foyer

 

10:45 – 11:30 AM

Keynote Speaker Ken Schmidt – Keep Customers Active

Ken Schmidt is a speaker, author, former Harley-Davidson executive and an avid angler. Ken is also one of our most popular keynote speakers having provided insight into building a fanatically vocal fan base during the 2015 Sportfishing Summit. We are happy to welcome him back in 2021

 

Noon – 1 PM

Networking Lunch – Sunset Veranda

Committee Meetings

 

1:30 – 4:30 PM

Marketing  – Royal Palm 7          

1:30 – 2:45 PM

Trade and Consumer Shows – Acacia 1-3

 

2:45 – 3 PM

Afternoon Break – Royal Palm Foyer

3 – 4:30 PM

Retailer – Royal Palm 8
Finance – Banyan 1-2

 

Government Affairs Committee Meetings

The Government Affairs Committee meetings will take place in Royal Palm 2-3.

 

 

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Saltwater Subcommittee: East

 

2:45 – 3:45 PM

Freshwater Subcommittee

 

4 – 5 PM

Full Government Affairs

 

6:30 – 9:30 PM

Sportfishing Summit Reception and Awards Dinner – Vista Ballroom

 

Everyone is welcome to attend the annual reception and awards dinner.

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Reception – Sunset Veranda and Vista Terrace

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  Awards Dinner – Vista Ballroom

8 – 9:30 AM

Board of Directors Meeting – Acacia 1-3

9 – 10 AM

General Membership Meeting Breakfast – Royal Palm 4-5

All attendees are invited to enjoy breakfast.

10 – 11:30 AM

General Membership Meeting – Royal Palm 4-5

Your attendance is very important. This is where our committee chairs will report on their committee’s deliberations and actions taken.

You’ll also hear from our board of directors’ Chairman what actions the board took during its business meetings.

The 2021 Sportfishing Summit Registration Desk

The Registration Desk is located in the Royal Palm Foyer. Refreshments will be served in the foyer from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.

 

The Sportfishing Summit Registration Desk is open the following days and times:  

Tuesday, October 5 – Noon – 5:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. –Refreshments are available

Wednesday, October 6 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Refreshments are available

Thursday, October 7 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Refreshments are available

*The Registration Desk is closed on Friday, October 8.