DEADLINE – Applications are due March 1, 2019 

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is accepting proposals from individuals/organizations to present business-oriented seminars at ICAST. We are looking for a wide-range of topics to help retail attendees with their business practices and the customer service experience.

Have you had success with creative sales promotions, social media campaigns, in-store events, partnerships, merchandizing and/or inventory control or other business strategies that have gained you more customers and increased sales and profits? If you can consider yourself an expert and are interested in “giving back” to your industry peers, here’s your chance.

The concurrent seminars will be held Wednesday, July 10, Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. in the Orange County Convention Center.

Why are We Adding Peer-led Seminars?

The sportfishing industry is full of talented and skilled individuals who can pass on what they know to their colleagues. It’s rewarding to know you made an impact on the sport you love.

Will you help the industry?

CLICK HERE for the application form.

Presenter Guidelines

Dates Wednesday, July 10, Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12, at the Orange County Convention Center
Time The concurrent seminars are from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. All presenters must be on time, keep to the schedule and provide for five to 10 minutes of Q & A.
Purpose ICAST Business Development Seminars provide educational opportunities for, primarily, retail attendees. Seminars should focus on improving business practices, engaging with new customers and diversifying their businesses.
Who can apply? Any individual, company, manufacturer or other entity may apply to present a seminar. Applications must be made using the “Call for Business Development Seminar Proposals” application form and be submitted electronically.

Each application will be reviewed by ASA staff. You will be notified if you are approved or not. Not all applications will be approved.

A/V Equipment All seminars rooms will be equipped with a projector, microphone, speakers, and screen. Please be prepared to bring your own laptop or other device if you plan on using a PowerPoint or other presentation.
Deadline to Apply To apply, please submit a completed “Call for Business Development Seminars Proposal” application form by e-mail NO LATER THAN March 1, 2019. All applications will be reviewed and evaluated for overall educational scope.

We will notify all seminar presenters no later than March 22, 2019 if your proposed seminar presentation will be included in the 2019 ICAST Business Development Seminar Series.

Proposals that are primarily “infomercials” will not be given consideration. There is no monetary compensation for providing these sessions.

How to Apply Please submit your application to Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson at

Applications must be submitted by email. No hard copy applications will be accepted.

Questions? Please call Mary Jane Williamson at 703-519-9691, x227