Alread, product manager at Bear Archery, was elected to his second
three-year term on the 15-member ATA Board during this winter?s
elections, and he will be joined by three new directors: Peter
Crawford, G5 Outdoors? national sales manager; Ben Summers, T.R.U. Ball
Release Product?s director of marketing; and Paul Vaicunas, Horton
Manufacturing?s vice-president of sales and marketing.
The terms for all four directors begin April 1 and expire March 31, 2009.
The board?s fourth new member is Randy Phillips of Archery Headquarters
Inc. in Chandler, Ariz., who won the Board seat with his election as
chair of the ATA?s Dealers? Council.
Stepping down from the ATA Board on Friday, March 31, are Erik Watts,
CEO of Easton-Hoyt LLC; Steven Sims, president/CEO of Sims Vibration
Laboratory; and Randy Walk, president of Hoyt Inc.
Other candidates taking part in the ATA Board election were David
Coldwell, vice president of sales and marketing for Grim Reaper
Broadheads Inc.; Bob Eastman, president of Gorilla Inc.; Bernie
Pellerite, president of Robinhood Video Productions; and Douglas
Springer, president of Copper John Corp.
?The ATA Board lost the services of three great leaders in Erik
Watts, Steve Sims and Randy Walk, and we?ll miss their valuable help
and input,? said Jay McAninch, CEO/president of the Archery Trade
Association. ?This election, though, shows the depth and talent of the
archery industry. We?re pleased and feel fortunate to welcome back
Scott Alread, and we?re looking forward to working with Peter Crawford,
Ben Summers and Paul Vaicunas. They?re dedicated people whose hearts,
minds and backbones are committed to growing archery and making it a
mainstream sport in the United States.?
Scott Alread stresses the importance of getting more youths active in
archery. ?To do that, we must increase our involvement community by
community,? he said. ?Our sport?s survival rests on the shoulders of
our youths, dealers and distributors. We can grow if we work together
to involve all parties in community programs dedicated to youth
archery. We must also grow bowhunting, which means educating the public
about our sport.?
Crawford shares those goals, and wants to promote dialogue between all
companies to reduce the fights and lawsuits plaguing the industry. ?I
want to provide a fresh, new look at some existing challenges as well
as unforeseen challenges to come,? he said. ?I want bowhunting and
target shooting to be fun and exciting for everyone. We need to recruit
new archers, maintain current archers, reduce lawsuits within the
industry, and reasonably protect all people and manufacturers who want
to participate in archery business.?
Summers wants the industry to expand school-archery programs, and find
more ways to recruit young adults and experienced gun hunters into
archery. ?I?d also like to seek formal partnerships with groups like
the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International to expand
our hunting rights and influence in Congress and at the state level,?
he said. ?We must also continue to oppose animal rights organizations
at the federal and state levels and in the courtroom.?
Vaicunas said the industry must find ways to provide more access to
shooting ranges and quality archery instruction in urban areas. ?Access
to archery must be an industry priority,? he said. ?The ATA can?t do it
alone. Our industry needs to explore new marketing partnerships,
possibly with companies like Ford, Chevy and Pennzoil.?
Phillips said it?s important for dealers to get more involved in their
communities. ?Growing archery requires everyone to be involved, which
means dealers too,? he said. ?Whether it?s volunteering at nearby
schools, 4-H clubs or city rec programs, archery dealers must make
themselves known to their neighbors. The better we?re known, the more
likely people will try archery and make it a lifelong activity. Once
they start, and they know where to find an archery shop, we can convert
them into long-term customers.?
The ATA Board will vote April 5 to elect its executive committee,
which consists of a chair and two vice-chairs. The results will be
announced April 18. Watts served the past year as chair, and his
vice-chairs were Laverne Woock, president/CEO of Delta Industries; and
Todd Vaaler, director of operations at Gateway Feathers.