American Sportfishing Association names VP for government affairs

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The American Sportfishing Association said Scott Gudes, a bipartisan government affairs expert and lifelong angler and boater, has been named the ASA’s vice president of government affairs.

Gudes brings 30 years of experience in the federal executive and legislative branches.

Immediately prior to joining ASA, Gudes was vice president of legislative affairs for space systems and missile defense for Lockheed Martin.

Prior to that he was vice president for government relations, with responsibility for legislative, regulatory, state/local and political action committee issues, for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the trade association representing 1,700 recreational boat manufacturing companies.

“Scott’s congressional, federal agency and association experience is an immense asset for ASA and for the recreational fishing industry,” ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman said in a statement. “The depth and breadth of his experience will help ASA do an even better job of serving our members as our industry adapts to the economic and environmental changes that are impacting recreational fishing. Having worked with Scott for many years on numerous issues that impact fisheries conservation; his knowledge of and passion for our sport is second to none and we will be the better for it.”

Gudes’ legislative branch experience includes 16 years with the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives as a committee professional staff member.

He earned a reputation for bipartisanship, having served both Democratic and Republican chairmen.

Gudes’ executive branch experience includes serving as the deputy undersecretary, the chief operating officer and senior career officer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

From January to December 2001, he served concurrently as the acting NOAA administrator/undersecretary and in 1999 as the CFO/assistant secretary of administration for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

In 2003, in recognition of leadership and achievements at NOAA, he received the Presidential “Distinguished Rank” Senior Executive Service Award.

“I’ve been a lifelong angler who started fishing with my dad on the piers and beaches in Southern California,” Gudes said. “Whether fishing offshore, inshore, on a lake or wading in a stream, fishing is very important to me and holds a special place in my heart.”

“I look forward to being part of ASA’s talented team in advocating with Congress and government for anglers, the industry, conservation and access to fishing,” Gudes added. “I look forward to this challenge and will put my knowledge and skills into seeing our sport grow, the industry prosper and working to ensure that fishing opportunities remain available for the next generation of anglers.”

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