NEW DIRECTOR AT FLY FISHING CENTER
Meet Glenn Pontier at Annual Summerfest on August 6 and 7
July 13, 2016
[LIVINGSTON MANOR] – The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) has hired Glenn Pontier as its new Executive Director. He will be introduced to members and the public at the 2016 Summerfest and Anglers Market on August 6 and 7 at 1031 Old Route 17 in Livingston Manor. A resident of Barryville, NY, Pontier was the long-time former director of Sullivan Renaissance.
CFFCM is dedicated to preserving the heritage of fly fishing, while enhancing the present experience and protecting its future. The center maintains a museum, gallery and workshops on its 53 acre property on the banks of Willowemoc Creek, the birthplace of American dry fly fishing. Located between Livingston Manor and Roscoe, facilities also include a gift shop, library, picnic area, nature trails and pond.
“The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum and its members, along with sister organizations around the country, do way more than ‘go fishing.’ These are the people who have taken the lead in protecting our streams and woodland environments, even while they are boosting our economy through tourism. I’m proud to be working with this great group of people,” said Pontier. “Plus, my hope is to learn fly fishing from the most skilled anglers in the world.”
Reporting to the board of trustees, Pontier will have general strategic, operational and creative responsibility for programs, membership expansion and implementation of the mission. He will help establish policies and priorities, oversee staff and volunteers, and represent the organization in the community.
“We are impressed by Glenn’s talents to lead our organization and his dedication to Sullivan County and the people who live here,” said CFFCM board President Kelly Buchta, “We look forward to him keeping our existing programs on track and organized, while taking our professionalism to a new level and helping us develop new ideas.”
Pontier replaces long time director Jim Krul, who retired in January.
While at Sullivan Renaissance Pontier oversaw the organization as it evolved to fund multiple community development initiatives in every town and village throughout Sullivan County. He is recognized as a community organizer, writer and journalist experienced in collaborating with organizations that have various and diverse missions – from government and non-profits to small businesses and corporations. He began work with the Gerry Foundation in 2000 as Director of Communications, helping to plan and create the music pavilion and museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, and handling press communications. Prior to that he was Director of Communications for the County of Sullivan; News Director for WVOS Radio in Liberty; and Editor of The River Reporter in Narrowsburg, where he established, built, managed and edited the award-winning weekly newspaper. He and his wife, Araceli, live along the Delaware River in Barryville.
For more information about Summerfest, museum hours and other programs, call 845-439-4810 or visit www.cffcm.com