Kurt Smith

Director of Industry Relations

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Kurt joined the ATA in January 2017 to become its senior manager of retail programs and was promoted to director of industry relations in September 2018. He works with the rest of ATA’s outreach team to build partnerships between all members and community-based organizations.

Kurt's primary responsibility has been growing and enhancing the ATA’s Retail Growth Initiative. The RGI seeks to continually improve resources ATA can offer independent retailers to expand their customer base while making their businesses more efficient and profitable. He also manages ATA Connect and his service expands to all member types through the Member Services & Support Advisory Team.

Kurt discusses industry trends in his podcast titled "Beyond the Bow." It is designed to benefit all member types: retailers, manufacturers, consumers, and beyond. Be on the lookout for new episodes every month.

Kurt also serves as the staff liaison to the ATA's Retail Council, which strives to represent archery retailers no matter their size, location or business platform. The Council meets monthly to discuss pressing issues that ATA-member retailers are facing.

Kurt earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. He spent a few years working in public schools and also served as the director of an alternative school for at-risk youths. He began working at Kinsey’s Outdoors in 2009 as a retail associate, and became the customer service technical specialist for Kinsey’s Archery Products in 2012. He later coordinated the Kinsey University program, which provides technical and business training to retailers. Kurt uses all those experiences to help ATA-member retailers, while also building programs that benefit them and the entire industry.

Kurt resides in York, Pennsylvania with his wife, Emily; daughter, Morgan; and son, Weston. Kurt loves the outdoors and has shot archery since age 5. He enjoys all types of archery, whether it’s bowhunting, target archery, traditional archery or crossbow shooting. In addition, he enjoys golf, fishing and photography. Kurt spends as much time as possible with his wife and children. He also serves as governing-board secretary at their church.

January 11-13, 2023

Indianapolis, Indiana