Hughes, a former chairman, has served on the Delta Board of Directors continuously since 1993.

Hughes’ business career includes ownership of companies involved in real estate development, securities investment and trading, construction equipment sales, and healthcare facilities. He also worked as a certified public accountant and management consultant.

Hughes serves on many boards and committees for his alma mater, the University of Mississippi. He has served as a director of the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, Delta Land Trust, Capital City Petroleum Club and Magnolia Speech School for Children.

Born and raised in a small town in Mississippi, he still considers the outdoors his playground. Duck hunting has been a passion from an early age. He hunts both close to home in the Mississippi Delta and far-flung locations such as Canada, and Central and South America.

Hughes enjoys golf, pigeon shooting, and college sports. Along with his real estate enterprises, he acquires farms and timberland seeking to conserve and enhance quality habitat for wildlife.

“Delta has grown impressively, but never changed its essential mission of conserving and growing the valuable habitat waterfowl require to thrive,” Hughes said. “Hen Houses and Predator Management are critically important programs, as are our efforts in affecting public policy. Equally important are the initiatives to create access for those who might otherwise never have the chance to try hunting.”