Mike Ellig is president of Black Gold Inc., and was elected in Spring 2011 to his first three-year term on the ATA Board of Directors. He has worked in the archery industry more than 25 years, including seven years as the owner/operator of a pro shop.
While running his shop, he put his engineering degree to work by easing into the manufacturing side of the industry. As his products gained popularity, Ellig sold his pro shop to concentrate on manufacturing rests, sights, bow quivers and other accessories. Black Gold also builds products for other manufacturers.
Ellig has been a bowhunter education instructor for 30 years. He is a life member of the Montana Bowhunters Association, and a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International, National Rifle Association and several local outdoor groups.
Ellig first became involved in the ATA in 2000 by traveling to Washington, D.C., to lobby for reductions in federal excise taxes on archery accessories. He also took part in Board discussions regarding crossbow use. Ellig says it's important to make sure the excise tax on archery equipment is fair when compared to taxes paid by other shooting sports manufacturers.
"As a Board member, I listen to dealers and manufacturers about their concerns, and try to focus on problems where the ATA can make a difference," Ellig said. "We need to do all we can to grow archery. When our sports grow, everyone wins."
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