Co-founder of the American Knife & Tool Institute, CJ Buck was elected for the second time to serve as President of the Board of Regents. John Sullivan of W.R. Case named Vice President
CJ Buck, the fourth generation of his family to head Idaho-based Buck Knives, was named to serve as president of the American Knife & Tool Institute (www.AKTI.org) at the organization’s 2015 annual meeting.
Buck most recently served a two-year term as AKTI’s vice president while Rod Bremer, Chairman of CRKT in Oregon, was president. Buck was a founding member of the nonprofit advocacy group committed to ensuring that Americans will always be able to make, sell, carry and use knives and edged tools. He has served continuously on the Board of Regents since 1998, and has served two terms as vice president and was president from 2001-20013.
In addition to providing leadership as a Board member, Buck has focused on AKTI’s legislative work, chairing the AKTI Legislative Committee until this year.
“We have had some great successes partnering with policy makers to craft common sense legislation and eliminate restrictive knife laws. We want law abiding citizens to feel confident in the law to carry the tools they use for their daily and recreational lives,” Buck said. “AKTI will continue to focus on knife laws and regulations, and on solutions to the issues that face knife users and the entire knife industry.”
Buck will lead the organization as president for a two-year term. His term will run until 2017.
John Sullivan, Director of Marketing at W.R. Case & Cons Cutlery Company based in Bradford, Pennsylvania, was named to serve as vice president of the American Knife & Tool Institute
Sullivan will work closely with Buck on AKTI legislative, educational, membership, marketing and anti-counterfeiting programs
Since 2012 Sullivan has volunteered on the Board of Regents of the American Knife & Tool Institute. He has been involved in the knife industry for over twenty years.
“AKTI is vitally important to the industry and U.S. citizens who own and carry knives such as the hand-crafted traditional and collectible knives W.R. Case & Sons make,” Sullivan said. “We are eager to give back to the organization that has given so much over the years to protect our ability to make and use knives as well as educating and encouraging the next generation of knife users.”
AKTI is governed by a ten member Board of Regents that include a broad cross section of the knife industry. Regular input to the Board from Advisory members also adds to the knowledge, credibility and professionalism of the organization to represent a broad spectrum of issues for the knife community.