ATA Board Elected For 2005
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ATA Board Elected For 2005

By Rich Walton

Apr 18, 2005, 11:09

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2005 Board described as passionate, self-motivated group that?s devoted to growing the industry, archery recreation and bowhunting programs.

Malcolm Snyder – Papes, inc
Marvin Carlston – Gold Tip

Malcolm Snyder of Pape?s Inc. and Marvin Carlston of Gold Tip won election to the 16-member Archery Trade Association board of directors during the recent annual elections, replacing Tom Rowe of Specialty Plastics and Johnny Grace of Parker Compound Bows.

Laverne Woock – Delta Industries
Todd Vaaler – Gateway Feathers

Winning re-election to the board were Laverne Woock, CEO and president of Delta Industries; and Todd Vaaler, director of operations for Gateway Feathers LLC.

Snyder serves as vice president of marketing for Pape?s, where he has worked for 18 years supplying archery products to dealers throughout the United States and around the world. Previously, Snyder served two terms on the Archery Manufacturers and Merchants Organization?s Grants Committee.

As an ATA Board member, Snyder said he will strive to offer advice on how best to use the organization?s money and resources to ensure the growth of archery recreation and bowhunting. He said it?s critical for the ATA Show continues to operate efficiently and profitably to ensure the industry can support archery in the schools programs, while protecting and promoting bowhunting programs nationwide.

Carlston is president and co-founder of Gold Tip, where he has worked 18 years in all aspects of archery development, manufacturing and marketing. He has attended the industry?s trade shows since 1989, and says he has a deep desire ?to contribute and give back to the industry as a whole.?

Carlston said he plans to be highly involved in growing the sport through youth programs such as the National Archery in the Schools Program. ?I?ll use my experience to work with other companies and the ATA staff to make the industry more viable and responsive to consumers,? he said.

Woock started Delta Industries in 1983 and has run the company the past 21 years. He has been a bowhunter and target archer since 1965, and has been on the ATA Board?s Executive Committee two of his three years on the board. He has never missed a board meeting and has attended many special-committee meetings, including the Bowhunting Preservation Alliance and ArrowSport Summit meetings, the Dealer Council and Sales Rep. Committees, the Trade Show Committee and the Professional Wildlife Management Committee. In 2004 Woock was appointed to the joint BPA and ArrowSport Foundation Board. In addition, he has served on the Legislative Committee and traveled to Washington several times to meet key lawmakers on behalf of the industry.

?As a board member, it?s important to take the time and make the effort to stay involved with ATA activities,? Woock said. ?It?s my duty to give something back to an industry that has been good to me. At this point in my life I?m able to take the time required to stay involved.?

Woock also said the ATA has made tremendous progress the past three years to repair and install infrastructures for growing the sport and industry. ?We must capitalize on these efforts and build additional programs so bowhunting and target archery begin growing again,? he said. ?It won?t be easy, but we now have the best opportunity we?ve ever had, and I believe we can do it.?

Vaaler plans to continue his work with other board members and ATA staff in promoting bowhunting and archery in the United States and internationally. ?Although the focus of the ATA staff and Board should be on opportunities in the U.S., there is a world of opportunity in promoting archery globally,? Vaaler said.

?I also plan to stay involved in the archery in the schools program. I?ve watched it develop here in Arizona, and the reactions of educators and students is phenomenal. Funding it for all 50 states will be challenging, but we have already seen some creative ways to pay for the program, and I hope we can help all states find ways to make it work,? Vaaler continued. ?I also know we must stay one step ahead of the anti-hunting community, especially on legislative issues. We must be prepared to respond swiftly to these issues.?

McAninch said he looks forward to continuing his work with the ATA Board. ?Once again the Board includes some of the industry?s most innovative thinkers,? McAninch said.

?They?re people who have no trouble putting aside personal or corporate agendas in order to do what?s best for the future of archery and bowhunting. It?s always a privilege to work with people who never lose their passion for archery and bowhunting. They show up early and stay late to ensure programs stay on track.?

Snyder, Carlston, Woock and Vaaler will serve on the 2005 ATA Board with Erik Watts, Easton Technical Products Inc.; Michele Eichler, Muzzy Products Corp.; Scott Alread, Escalade Sports; Bob Eastman, Eastman Outdoors; Peter Gussie, Midwest Cimmarron Archery; Bruce Hudalla, Hudalla Associates Inc., Chuck Jordan, Bohning Co.; Jeff Poet, Jay?s Sporting Goods Inc.; Pete Shepley, Precision Shooting Equipment; Steven Sims, Sims Vibration Laboratory; Randy Walk, Hoyt USA; and Tim Whiteford, Viking Archery.

Others who ran for the ATA Board in 2004 were Larry Pulkrabek, president of Field Logic; Linda Kistler Burch, president and CEO of WildTech Corp.; Douglas A. Springer, president of Copper John Corp.; Ben Summers, director of marketing for T.R.U. Ball Release Products; Bernie Pellerite, owner and president of Robinhood Video Productions; and Jay M. Bylsma, CEO of Mirtek Inc.

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