Jeff Adee is president of Headhunter Bow Strings, which has facilities in Milton, Wisconsin, and Meeker, Colorado. He and his brothers Brad and Brian bought the 20-year-old company in 2011. Adee was elected to the ATA Board in April 2014 and his term ends March 31, 2017.
Adee said he plans to use his 30-plus years of business experience to ensure ATA members are prepared to handle “the ever-growing business climate we’re experiencing.” He wants to capitalize on the high-profile media attention archery has received recently in movies and on TV, and to reduce the amount of industry-related work now conducted off-shore.
“This is an exciting time to be on the ATA Board,” Adee said. “The ATA has faced down some tough issues the past 10 years, and now it has the time and resources to do some strategic planning to help the industry move forward the next five to 10 years.”
Adee has a degree in statistics and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, which helps him use his statistics expertise to help companies solve problems and run more efficiently by improving yields, reducing waste, and satisfying customers while minimizing mistakes.
“The ATA is doing some amazing things to get kids into archery and make the sport more accessible to everyone,” Adee said. “I’m really impressed with the ATA’s outreach programs. I also think I have some skill sets that are different from most of the Board members. I hope to find ways to help that they haven’t had before. Serving on the Board is a great way to jump into this industry with both feet while also helping out wherever I can.”
Adee was a schoolteacher early in his career, and his family has always been active in organizations like 4H-Club and the Boy Scouts to help youths stay active outdoors. “My family is very passionate about archery and making kids part of our sport,” he said. “That’s just something we do.”
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The ATA developed an Archery Park Guide for parks and recreation agencies anxious to build archery parks in their communities. State agencies can offer this guide as a tool to infuse neighborhoods with archery and bowhunting opportunities.