The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) announced the election of veteran business leader and avid recreational angler Nehl Horton as its new president, effective September 1, 2017. Horton’s appointment is the result of an exhaustive international talent search to replace long-time IGFA President Rob Kramer, who is stepping down from the role after nearly 15 years of distinguished service.
“We are excited to put Nehl at the helm of the IGFA based on our strong belief that he has the passion, energy, skills and experience to take our association to the next level of success,” said IGFA Chairman Charles W. Duncan III. “Based on his broad business background, strategic leadership skills, deep experience in international markets, proven expertise as a public policy advocate and genuine passion for game fishing, we are confident in Nehl’s ability to enhance the rich legacy of the IGFA and increase its impact across a range of priorities.”
With more than 30 years of highly relevant experience in business, government, politics and the news media, as well as a lifetime of fishing experiences in waters across the world, Horton brings a unique blend of qualifications to the role.
“I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to lead the world’s most prestigious international recreational angling organization,” Horton said. “I am also indebted to the many captains, mates, guides and fellow anglers around the world who have helped fuel and focus my passion for fishing throughout my life. I look forward to working closely with the IGFA trustees, staff, international representatives, corporate sponsors, individual donors, philanthropic institutions, scientific partners and general membership to preserve and protect our precious marine and freshwater resources and species in the years ahead.”
As IGFA’s seventh president since its founding in 1939, Horton plans to build on the strong foundation set by the exemplary leadership of Rob Kramer and his legendary predecessors. Horton’s immediate focus will be on working with the IGFA Trustees to develop a new long range plan aimed at increasing the organization’s connectivity and relevance to anglers, better leveraging its strong network of international representatives and building new revenue streams, while strengthening its commitment to conservation around the world.
“On behalf of the entire IGFA family, I sincerely thank Rob Kramer for his long and distinguished service, especially his efforts to strengthen our focus and impact on a wide array of conservation issues,” Duncan concluded. “Recreational anglers around the world will continue to benefit for many years from the indelible mark Rob has left on all aspects of game fishing.”