Topic: Fly Fishers International (FFI) Mission
Berry will present on the future of FFI, focusing on the question many long-time FFI enthusiasts continue to ask: “What’s in it for me?” As the only organization focused on preserving the legacy of fly fishing for all fish in all waters, FFI has expanded its efforts in each of FFI’s focus areas of conservation, education, and community, and enhanced support for the FFI members who make it possible to achieve FFI’s mission. Berry will cover details on new membership benefits and opportunities, significantly enhanced support for clubs and councils, new education resources available through the FFI Learning Center and FFI Online, and FFI’s continued commitment to conservation and building the FFI community.
Bio: Fly Fishers International (FFI) hired Patrick H. Berry as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2019, the first full-time executive officer in FFI’s 60-year history. He is a lifelong outdoors enthusiast who enjoys hunting and fishing and is an expert fly fisherman who began his career as a professional fly fishing guide and commercial fly tier. He lives in Vermont with his wife and two teenage sons, as well as 3 spaniels he trains for hunting and field trials. Berry plays the guitar and banjo in a local band. He is an accomplished painter, and the brook trout he painted is featured on one of Vermont’s conservation plates.