Newcomers Rob Kaufhold, president of Lancaster Archery Supply Inc., and Jeff Adee, president of Headhunter Bow Strings were elected to the ATA Board of Directors during the organization’s annual balloting earlier this month.
Winning re-election to the Board were Greg Easton, president of Jas. D. Easton Inc., and Ben Summers, director of operations for T.R.U. Ball Release Aids and AXCEL Sights.
Departing the Board on March 31 are David White, president/CEO of Hot Shot Manufacturing, and Mike Ellig, president of Black Gold.
In addition, the ATA Board of Directors elected its Executive Committee last week. Scott Schultz, president/owner of Robinson Outdoor Products LLC, will serve as chair, while Easton and Summers will be co-vice chairs.
Easton has served on the ATA Board since April 2008, including the past two years as Board chair. He has also served three times as the Executive Committee’s co-vice chair. Shultz was elected to the ATA Board of Directors in March 2012 to serve his first three-year term. Soon after, the Board elected him as one of its two vice chairs.
“Once again the Board’s annual elections demonstrate the depth of talent and leadership we’ve come to expect from the archery/bowhunting industry,” said Jay McAninch, ATA CEO/president. “This industry employs many great thinkers and statesmen who are committed to creating a strong future for our sports.”
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 in movies and on TV, and to reduce the amount of industry-related work now conducted off-shore.
Kaufhold said he plans to work with McAninch, ATA staff and other ATA Board members to raise awareness and participation in “Archery as a Sport.” He said many potential customers are still waiting to discover archery, but he also wants more people in the industry to realize the growth opportunities available through target and recreational archery. Kaufhold believes his team at Lancaster Archery can benefit the ATA in those efforts.
Adee, Kaufhold, Easton and Summers begin their three-year terms on the ATA’s 18-member Board on April 1, and will serve through March 31, 2017.
About the ATA: Since 1953 ATA has been the trade association for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, sales representatives and others working in the archery and bowhunting industry. ATA is dedicated to making the industry profitable by decreasing business overhead, and reducing taxes and government regulation while increasing participation in archery and bowhunting. ATA owns and manages the ATA Trade Show, the archery and bowhunting industry’s largest and longest running trade show worldwide.