State of the Industry Breakfast

Before the floor opens for the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, the industry comes together for the State of the Industry Breakfast – one of the most important business events for our industry.

Wednesday, July 20
7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Room S320

State of the Industry Breakfast tickets are $40 per. You may purchase tickets when you register for your badge. You may also go back to your registration profile to purchase tickets.

2022 Keynote Speaker Paul de Gelder

As industry professionals, our businesses and recreation are defined by the tides of consumer trends, production schedules and inventory levels that allow us to enjoy a life built around the love of fishing. But for Australian Navy diver and Discovery Channel Shark Week host Paul de Gelder, his life has become even more intimately defined by the creatures beneath the waves.

In 2009, de Gelder was on a dive off the coast of Australia when a bull shark took his right arm and part of his right leg—it was a life-changing moment that put him on a course to share his journey with others.

This year, de Gelder will tell his incredible story in-person as Wednesday morning’s State of the Industry keynote speaker during the fishing industry’s largest trade show, ICAST.

De Gelder will be joined by American Sportfishing Association President Glenn Hughes and Board of Directors Chairman Jesse Simpkins, VP of Marketing for St. Croix Rod during the breakfast, where the latest trends and events impacting recreational fishing will be presented in what has become one of the most important gatherings of industry professionals throughout the year.

Glenn Hughes
ASA President

Jesse Simpkins
ASA Board of Directors Chairman
VP of Marketing for St. Croix Rod