Glenn Hughes has been hired as the new president of the American Sportfishing Association, taking over for Mike Nussman, who plans to retire in 2018.
Hughes currently serves as the association’s industry relations vice president.
“On behalf of the board of directors and ASA’s members and staff, I’m pleased to say that it was a unanimous vote to hire Glenn as ASA’s next president,” said ASA board chairman and Sportco Marketing Inc. president Kirk Immens in a statement.
“Over the past four years Glenn has demonstrated that he has the skills and abilities required to lead our association,” Immens said. “Glenn brought a strong industry background to ASA and is now very familiar with how our trade association functions, which makes him uniquely qualified to address the economic and environmental issues that are impacting our industry.”
“I am honored that I was selected for this position,” Hughes said. “I pledge to do my very best to serve the sportfishing industry and the broader recreational fishing community in my new role as ASA’s president. Fishing has brought so much joy to my life, and I will do my best to help the association improve our nation’s fisheries, increase participation in our sport and increase the bottom line for our members.”
“The board of directors has made an excellent selection,” said Nussman, who is also the ASA’s CEO. “From fisheries management to excise taxes to access to our nation’s public lands and waters, for more than eight decades ASA has worked to ensure that our industry’s voice is heard when decisions are being made. With his passion for the sport and his industry background, Glenn is the right guy to lead the association forward.”
Last week Nussman announced that he will retire from both positions on March 31.