Bechtel served on the Delta Board of Directors from 2007 to 2012.
He became a duck hunter alongside his father in his early teen years and continues to be a passionate waterfowler today. He was introduced to Delta Waterfowl at a conservation event, where he met Delta volunteers and staff, and was impressed with The Duck Hunters Organization’s work and vision for the future.
Following his professional career working for Bechtel Corporation in various locations across the United States, he was elected to serve on the board of directors of Bechtel Group and Companies. He began his retirement in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he owned and managed a NASCAR Cup Team and two Busch Teams, and also formed Diamond Ridge Motorsports. He later sold the entire operation and moved home to California to become more involved with his true passion: outdoor conservation.
Bechtel worked for the California Conservation Fund and served as chairman of the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance. He is currently on the board of the California Department of Wildlife Officers Foundation and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s advisory board.
He is also president of Foothill’s Foundation, where he is committed to philanthropically supporting wildlife and natural resources management, conservation projects, civic needs and education.