Trade Show

Archery Academy Off to Fast Start

Author: Patrick Durkin

The Archery Academy’s 10 seminars Tuesday morning attracted 475 archery dealers, the third highest single-morning attendance mark in the ATA Trade Show’s history for these popular sunrise classes.

Leading the way was George Ryals IV, whose seminar, “Professional Tuning and Archery Form Technique,” attracted 155 attendees, a record for an individual seminar in the Academy’s 15-year history. The previous seminar record was 137, which was recorded in 2014 (“Release Aid Execution from the Pros,” by Eric Griggs); and again in 2015 (“Sight Tuning Tips and Tricks,” by Brandon Reyes, Reo Wilde, Jesse Broadwater, Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski).

The Archery Academy’s one-day overall attendance record, 535, was set on Day 1 of the 2014 ATA Trade Show in Nashville. The second highest attendance was 516, set on Day 1 of the 2015 Show in Indianapolis.

Tuesday’s high total was achieved even though one seminar had to be canceled because the speaker had a personal emergency that prevented travel.

The Archery Academy features top industry professionals delivering insights on topics ranging from bow tuning, bow maintenance, shooting form, tax and patent advice, cashing in on social media, and many other secrets for building and growing your business.

Tuesday’s other top seminars were:

— Larry Wise: “How to Cope with Target Panic/Release-Aid Management Skills,” 88 attendees;

— Nicole Nash & Michelle Zeug (ATA): “Grow Your Business and Create Supplementary Income,” 80;

— Kip Adams (QDMA): “The State of the Whitetail: Trends in Harvest and Management Programs,” 53.

All Archery Academy seminars begin at 7:15 a.m. daily and run no later than 8:15 a.m. to accommodate the Show’s 8:30 starting time. Eleven more seminars will be held Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, with a continental breakfast beginning at 6:45 a.m.

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