Sullivan was elected Vice President of AKTI
Three new representatives become involved on the Board of Regents
The American Knife and Tool Institute (AKTI) is proud to announce recent changes to its Board of Regents with three new company representatives and retaining proven leadership in the Vice President position. The nonprofit membership association is the credible, responsible advocate for the sporting knife and tool industry, representing all community segments from manufacturers to knife owners.
John Sullivan, Director of Compliance at W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery, was elected Vice President at the spring Board of Regents meeting. He joins Mark Schreiber, President of CRKT and President of AKTI, in leading the Board of Regents. Sullivan has been a veteran on the Board since 2012 and currently plays an instrumental role in the legislative initiative in Pennsylvania and is serving on several other committees for the nonprofit organization.
“It is such a benefit to have John and others so highly regarded in the knife industry working with AKTI,” said Jan Billeb, Executive Director of AKTI. “Time and again, John has been a tireless proponent of the work we do that allows Americans the ability to make, buy, sell, own, carry, and use knives and other edged tools. He is committed to our mission and dedicated to helping in any way that he can.”
Three new representatives for their member companies recently joined the AKTI Board of Regents, bringing their unique backgrounds and skills to solve common industry issues and advocate for knives as valuable, essential tools. They are:
- Matt Kinamore, Senior Director of Brand Management and Marketing with American Outdoor Brands.
- Chas Fisher, General Manager of Boker USA.
- Tom Rucci, Vice President of Engineering and Project Management for GSM Outdoors.
The American Knife & Tool Institute is governed by a Board of Regents that includes a wide cross-section of the knife industry. Member companies include American Outdoor Brands, Benchmade Knife Company, Boker, Buck Knives, CRKT, Gerber, GSM, and W.R. Case & Sons. Regular input to the Board from Advisory members also adds to the organization’s knowledge, credibility, and professionalism in representing the knife community’s broad spectrum of issues. The Board of Regents meets four times a year, and board members serve as the chairs on AKTI committees that hold monthly conference meetings.
AKTI and its members have helped shape multiple positive legislative outcomes, largely with bipartisan support, at the state and local levels across the U.S. The most recent success was Virginia’s repeal of a ban on automatic opening knives that takes effect on July 1, 2022.