Board of Directors

William M. Yandell III

William M. Yandell III

Chairman | Memphis, Tennessee

Yandell, 63, has been chairman of the board since 2017, and he has served on Delta Waterfowl’s board since October 2012.

He has a diverse business background with experience in agriculture, oil and gas, wireless telecommunications and real estate. In 2010, he became a partner at Heritage Land and Development, a company that redevelops historical buildings. Yandell holds degrees from Woodberry Forest School, Rhodes College, and the University of Mississippi Law School. He has been a member of the Mississippi Bar since 1981.

His hunting career began at age 6, taking a single-shot .410 afield for doves. He went on his first duck hunt two years later at a flooded timber club in Mississippi.

“I love any type of wingshooting, but duck hunting is my favorite,” Yandell said. “I like to hunt ducks in all types of environments – marsh, pond or green timber. When I as young, my favorite duck was the ring-necked ducks because they are so fast. I remember when hunting with my father, I would want to shoot the ringnecks and he wanted to shoot the mallards.”

Of his role on the board, he said, “With Delta’s strong commitment to duck production, conserving breeding duck habitat, hunter recruitment and retention, we are poised to make an even greater impact for duck hunters. Our goals for Delta are to increase membership, revenues and operational capacity to make more ducks and more hunters now and in the future.”

Michael H. Mooney

Michael H. Mooney

Vice Chair/Secretary | Chicago, Illinois

Mooney, 52, joined the Delta Waterfowl Board of Directors in May 2018.

An investment advisor for Goldman Sachs, Mooney is an avid waterfowl hunter. He spends several days each season at Swan Lake in Illinois and Heron Lake in Minnesota.

Mooney was introduced to duck hunting by his father-in-law in 1996, and has since become dedicated to waterfowl conservation.

“Delta has done so much for ducks and duck hunters,” he said. “Delta’s research on Hen Houses for mallards led us to install 100 in the Heron Lake area, and we want to install another 100 this winter. Delta also has invested the time and energy to introduce young people and women to duck hunting, an effort I am passionate about.”

In addition to joining Delta’s Board, Mooney currently serves on the boards of Footwear Unlimited Corporation and Catholic Charities of Chicago. He is a founding board member of the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools, and of the advisory board for Hindsight, which provides scholarships and mentoring for at-risk, inner-city youth.

“I have been fortunate to serve on the boards of many non-profit organizations, and I believe I can leverage my experience to help ensure Delta continues to be effective in its mission as The Duck Hunters Organization.”

 

Charles C. Hager Jr.

Charles C. Hager Jr.

Treasurer | Bozeman, Montana

Hager, 70, a past chairman, has been on Delta’s Board since January 2007.

A St. Louis native, Hager retired from Hager Companies, where he was vice chairman, president and chief operating officer. He was the 8th president of the company that has borne the family name since the mid-1800s.

Long an advocate for waterfowl and flood plain conservation, he has been on the Board of St. Louis’s Great Rivers Habitat Alliance since its founding in 2000.

Hager’s father introduced him to duck hunting when he was 8 years old, which is when he shot his first mallard drake. Hager has passed the passion on to his son, just as his father did for him. Moving to Montana upon retirement, Hager also became an avid big-game hunter and fly angler.

Hager was introduced to Delta by former president Rob Olson, and he soon became an ardent and constant supporter.

“It is clear to me Delta is The Duck Hunters Organization that supports local access issues, introduces women and youngsters to waterfowl hunting, and above all, works to raise more ducks for the fall flights,” Hager said. “We will never restore enough waterfowl habitat to offset our annual losses, but I know Delta can make the habitat we have more productive through its Hen House and Predator Management programs.”

Robert E. Bartels Jr.

Robert E. Bartels Jr.

Dowagiac, Michigan

Bartels, 58, joined the Delta board in spring of 2019. He is the former co-owner, president and CEO of Martin’s Super Markets. A South Bend, Indiana native and a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Bartels devoted his professional life to the management of retail operations, beginning by bagging groceries, moving across multiple disciplines and management roles and into executive roles then president and CEO for more than a decade. He focused on team development and company culture stewardship. He was the third generation of family leadership for Martin’s.

He is a board member of Lake City Bank, serving on the audit and governance committees, and serves on the Beacon Medical Group Doctor’s Board, and the South Bend Education Foundation’s Board. Bartels has served Sunnyside Presbyterian Church as an elder and officer as well as working within the youth program for more than 15 years.

An active outdoorsman, Bartels enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and skiing. He understands protecting, enhancing and improving our natural resources are important – especially through effective, science-based means. In addition to the Delta board, he serves on the Indiana Nature Conservancy Board.

He owns and manages 640 acres in Lake County Michigan, participating in the Michigan Private Landowner Stewardship Program, with a focus on soil improvement and biodiversity. He is a life member of the Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock Society.

Bartels is blessed with three sons Bobby, Andy and Will. He considers his noble purpose and greatest gift his mission as a father, sharing his own faith, vigor, goodwill and, above all, joy with his sons.

Dick Carmical

Dick Carmical

Monticello, Arkansas

Carmical, 63, joined the Delta Waterfowl Board of Directors in October 2018.  He was raised on and still lives on a cattle, timber and ag farm on the edge of the Mississippi Delta.

The Arkansas native is chief executive officer of The Price Companies, a diversified forestry and ag company. This includes FIREHUNT, known for sustainably managing land, balancing wildlife and agriculture.

“There are big challenges in agriculture that negatively impact ducks,” Carmical said. “These changes date back from the original clearing and draining of the nesting and wintering grounds to today’s precision land leveling, earlier harvest of crops, absentee ownership and high input costs.”

Good science, political savvy and committed people such as those at Delta Waterfowl are key to the future of ducks and duck hunting, he said.

“The right to hunt faces many challenges as people become more urban and less connected to the land. In the 1990s, loggers and farmers were unfairly viewed as environmental villains. Today, with the focus on sustainability and a clearer understanding, society accepts farmers and loggers as guardians of our natural resources,” Carmical said. “My hope is with time and clear messages we can affect a similar shift in the perception of hunting. No one has brought back, preserved and protected species better than wise-use conservationist/hunters.

“Delta Waterfowl gets it. More hunters equal more ducks.”

John W. Childs

John W. Childs

Vero Beach, Florida
Angus R. Cooper III

Angus R. Cooper III

Mobile, Alabama

Cooper joined the Delta Waterfowl Board of Directors in March 2019.

As president of Cooper/T. Smith, a leader in the maritime industry, Cooper is the fourth generation in his family to run the company, with his brother, Scott.

Cooper started duck hunting at age 8 with his father in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He hunted almost every weekend, which inspired him to get involved in conservation. At age 14, he put up six wood duck boxes at his family’s farm in Alabama. The population grew from 23 wood ducks to more than 400, and Cooper learned that people who care can make a difference. Cooper raises more ducks every year than he kills, and he has passed his love for duck hunting on to his sons and friends.

Cooper has served on the Alabama Wildlife Federation board for 20 years, including two years as president. He has also served as chairman of the board for UMS-Wright Preparatory School, a top private school in Mobile, Alabama. He is past chairman of the Alabama State Port Authority, the 10th-largest port in the United States. He serves on the Board of Alabama Power, Bryant Bank and other Mobile civil and mystical organizations.

John S. Dale

John S. Dale

Waubay, South Dakota

John is a self taught duck hunter, hunting the Dakotas and Canada extensively since he was in his teens. Over the decades he has witnessed the destruction of vast amounts of wildlife habitat. This is the destruction of breeding habitat,  without which no species can exist. John is determined to protect and enhance what good habitat remains and his support for Delta is part of that effort.

John retired in 2015 after a 47 year career in the institutional money management business in Minneapolis. He was a founding partner in Peregrine Capital Management where he founded and managed the Growth Equity portfolio management effort since 1983.

John and his wife Cheryl are also passionate fly fishers and spend a considerable amount of time at their ranch in Montana. Fall finds him at their place in South Dakota which is in the heart of the Prairie Couteau region,  a geographic wonderland of rich waterfowl habitat. John loves ducks, loves just watching them fly and hoping what remains of their habitat can be protected and enhanced so others can experience the same thing. Diving ducks, particularly canvasbacks and bluebills, hold a special place in his waterfowl activities. His idea of a perfect day is sitting with his lab, Skipper, watching flocks of ducks buzzing his decoys.

John H. Dobbs Jr.

John H. Dobbs Jr.

Memphis, Tennessee

Dobbs, 52, has served on the Delta Waterfowl Foundation Board of Directors since May 2013.

He is the CEO of his family business, Dobbs Equity Partners. The firm owns car dealerships, behavioral health companies, automobile parts companies and non-standard auto insurance companies.

Beyond the Delta Waterfowl board, Dobbs is a member of the International Order of St. Hubertus – a worldwide organization and knightly order of hunters and wildlife conservationists who promote traditional hunting ethics and practices. He’s also on the board of the Memphis College of Art.

Like most of Delta’s board members, Dobbs began hunting from an early age, nearly before he can remember. His primary passion is for duck hunting, but he also enjoys pursuing quail, pheasants, turkeys and doves.

Dobbs was introduced to Delta by fellow board member Will Yandell. He values increased duck production, which aligns well with the mission of The Duck Hunters Organization.

“My hope is to make a significant difference in the hunting experience for all duck hunters across North America,” Dobbs said.

George R. Eaton

George R. Eaton

Director at Large | Caledon, Ontario

Eaton, 75, has been a director at-large member of the Delta board since May 2018. He is an investor and entrepreneur from Caledon, Ontario.

His long and varied business career has included everything from professional race car driver to president and CEO of Eatons of Canada, the T. Eaton Company (a full-line department store with 35,000 employees), Eaton Acceptance and Eaton Realty among others. He currently manages family investments as vice-chairman of Weatons Holdings Limited.

In addition to his involvement with Delta Waterfowl, Eaton also currently serves on the boards of Metaris Inc., Weatons Holdings Limited and the John David and Signy Eaton Foundation, which delivers philanthropic grants to hospitals, arts, athletic, educational and conservation causes. These causes mirror his personal charitable interests including volunteer work for medical, political, educational and conservation organizations.

He enjoys hunting, fishing, collecting wildlife art and reading. Eaton has been married happily for more than 40 years and has three sons.

Charles A. Elcan

Charles A. Elcan

Nashville, Tennessee

Elcan, 55, joined the Delta Waterfowl Board of Directors in February 2019.

Currently, he serves as a partner in Frisco Partners, a leading global equity firm specializing in investments in technology and technology-enabled businesses. Previously, Elcan was the founder and president of China Healthcare Group organized in 2008 to build hospitals in China. He also served as executive vice president-medical office properties for Health Care Properties Investors, Inc.

In addition to Delta Waterfowl, Elcan is deeply involved with many charitable and conservation organizations. These have included board positions with the Frist Foundation, the Land Trust for Tennessee, the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Trust, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Foundation, YMCA of Middle Tennessee and others.

Elcan was introduced to Delta Waterfowl by fellow board members Will Yandell and John Dobbs, but his hunting history and passion go back much farther. At age 7, he was introduced to hunting by his father, and has been devoted to it ever since.

The Delta Waterfowl pillars of producing ducks and ensuring the future of duck hunting align with Elcan’s views.

“Association with Delta supports my passion for hunting by helping with wildlife conservation and habitat,” he said.

George C. Freeman III

George C. Freeman III

Richmond, Virginia

George Clemon Freeman, III, was born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1963.  He attended St. Christopher’s School (Class of 1981), University of Virginia (class of 1985) and Yale Law School (Class of 1989).  After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Richard S. Arnold, on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Honorable Lewis F. Powell, Jr., who was retired but maintained chambers at the U. S. Supreme Court.

He then went to work for Hunton & Williams in the fall of 1991 where he worked for the Corporate and Securities team.  In 1997, he went to work for Universal Corporation’s legal department.  George became General Counsel of Universal Corporation in 2001, and then in 2005 left the legal department of Universal to go into general management and served as Executive Vice President of Universal Leaf Tobacco Company.  In December 2006, he was elected President of Universal Corporation, and he was elected President & Chief Executive Officer of Universal Corporation in April 2008.  In August 2008, he was elected Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Universal Corporation.

George is currently a director of American Civil War Center, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Delta Waterfowl Foundation, Tredegar Corporation, Mutual Assurance Society of Virginia, and TowneBank.  He is also a trustee of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, Virginia Historical Society, and of the Virginia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

George is married to Louise Gilbert Freeman from Statesville, North Carolina, and has three children: Sara Presley Freeman, Katherine Colston Freeman, and George C. Freeman, IV. George is an avid duck and goose hunter, and he enjoys fishing, shooting and American History.

Thomas G. Henning

Thomas G. Henning

Lake Charles, Louisiana
Daniel C. Hughes Jr.

Daniel C. Hughes Jr.

Jackson, Mississippi

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.”

Kenneth M. LaGrande

Kenneth M. LaGrande

Sacramento, California
Thomas J. Landwehr

Thomas J. Landwehr

Shoreview, Minnesota

Landwehr, 64, joined Delta’s Board of Directors in February 2020.

He is the former commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, serving from 2011 to 2019 by appointment of Governor Mark Dayton. Landwehr’s role as commissioner put him in charge of the state’s public lands and waters, state parks and forests, timber and mineral resources, recreational trails and fish and wildlife. The Minnesota DNR’s annual budget is $600 million with a staff of 4,000.

Leading up to his appointment, Landwehr held numerous conservation positions including assistant state director (Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota) of the Nature Conservancy, Iowa/Minnesota conservation director for Ducks Unlimited and wildlife management roles with the Minnesota DNR.

Currently, he is the executive director of the non-profit Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness – a group committed to protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area from mining and development.

Landwehr says his passion for hunting was inspired by his father, but ultimately pursued by his own initiative.

“My father was a big outdoorsman, and duck hunting was his passion,” Landwehr said. “While he died when I was quite young, I was smitten early with a longing for the outdoors and a passion of my own for waterfowling. In high school and college, my pals and I learned by trial and error how to become efficient waterfowlers. Today, I hunt deer, turkey, pheasant and grouse, but I am especially keen on hunting divers. I love to chase bluebills, ringnecks, redheads and cans in Minnesota and Manitoba.”

Board of directors vice chair Michael Mooney invited Landwehr to participate in a habitat restoration initiative at Minnesota’s famed Heron Lake. They worked together to develop a plan and secure funding. Subsequently, Mooney invited him to participate in Delta’s strategic planning process and nominated him for a seat on the board.

“Because of my deep passion and commitment to the natural world and to the hunting heritage, I have spent my entire professional career furthering conservation, especially for the prairies and prairie wildlife,” Landwehr said. “Delta has an impeccable heritage of waterfowl research and conservation. It is a privilege and honor to help guide the future work of this fine organization.”

John A. MacQuarrie

John A. MacQuarrie

Director at Large | Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

MacQuarrie joined Delta Waterfowl’s Board as a director-at-large in February.

He has long served in Canadian government, working first in the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture before becoming the Deputy Minister of Agriculture from 2001 to 2004. From 2004 to 2011, MacQuarrie was Deputy Minister for the Department of Environment (which included fish and wildlife).  During this term, he facilitated Delta’s Alternative Land Use Services to become a province-wide program in Prince Edward Island, holding numerous meetings with Delta Waterfowl staff to develop and implement the successful ALUS program there.

MacQuarrie was again appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture in 2011, and held the post until becoming Deputy Minister responsible for transportation, infrastructure and energy in 2015. In 2017, he went to work for Cavendish Farms — a large potato processor — as director of environmental sustainability.

A lifelong hunter and angler, MacQuarrie enjoys pursuing these passions and sharing them with his children.

“Issues relating to the environment and wildlife have always been close to me, and I am fortunate that my working career has allowed me opportunities to provide positive influence,” he said. “Hunters and anglers share a deep connection to the natural world. I have looked upon Delta Waterfowl as an organization that has not lost sight of the importance of meeting the needs of hunters, and in turn, has influenced good public policy.”

W. Frank McCreight

W. Frank McCreight

Westworth Village, Texas

McCreight joined the Delta Waterfowl Board of Directors in January 2018.

The 63-year-old Mississippi native is the president of a private equity-backed oil and gas exploration and production company in Texas. He has been an oil and gas company executive since 1982.

An avid duck hunter since his childhood, McCreight fondly recalls those youthful trips with his father to hunt in green timber. Over the years, he has enjoyed a wide range of outdoor experiences, including hunting big-game on other continents. But he always comes back to waterfowl.

“My true passion is shooting mallards and running Labs,” he said.

McCreight became aware of Delta Waterfowl a decade ago through acquaintance with Will Yandell, who is now Delta’s chairman of the board. McCreight said he appreciates Delta’s values and mission as The Duck Hunters Organization, so he wanted to get more involved.

“I’ve met a lot of people in the south and southeast, so I think I can help raise Delta’s profile as we grow the organization,” he said. “I’m a true believer that Delta’s work to raise more ducks is good for every duck hunter.”

G. Ruffner Page Jr.

G. Ruffner Page Jr.

Birmingham, Alabama

Page, 60, has served on the Delta Waterfowl Board of Directors since fall 2016.

Page is president and CEO of McWane, Inc., which manufactures and sells water infrastructure materials and technology solutions and support. He has been with McWane since 1999. Previously, he held management positions at National Bank of Commerce, the Remington Fund and Bankers Trust Company in New York and Atlanta. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville and holds a graduate degree from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Beyond Delta Waterfowl, many causes benefit from Page’s board participation. He’s especially supportive of local causes in and around Birmingham, including Birmingham Museum of Art, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Birmingham Education Foundation and the Independent Presbyterian Church Foundation, among others. He’s past chairman of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra board of directors.

Page grew up duck hunting near his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. He remains active in two duck clubs in the Mississippi Delta: Walnut Bayou and Snow Brake.

“Being part of a truly science-based effort to understand and increase duck breeding success is of great interest to me,” he said.

Dr. Scott Petrie

Dr. Scott Petrie

Bismarck, North Dakota

An avid waterfowler and renowned biologist, Dr. Scott Petrie, 53, was named Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientist of Delta Waterfowl in 2015. He came to The Duck Hunters Organization as an accomplished and respected leader in the waterfowl conservation community, having served as executive director at Long Point Waterfowl in Ontario for 18 years.

Relying on his experience and strong connections in both the waterfowl management and hunting communities, Petrie’s notable achievements include leading Delta’s development and events staff through a period of rapid growth; overseeing the organization’s expanded conservation and leadership roles in the Atlantic and Pacific Flyways; placing renewed emphasis on and raising public awareness of Delta’s waterfowl research legacy; and advancing Delta’s hunter recruitment/retention efforts and programs such as Hen Houses and Working Wetlands.

As a young man, Petrie worked on a family dairy farm in Atwood, Ontario, where he also began hunting ducks and geese. His passion for waterfowl grew out of research as a “Delta student” in 1986 and 1987, when he worked on the Marsh Ecology Research Program and Minnedosa Canvasback Project. He completed an undergraduate degree in wildlife biology at the University of Guelph in Ontario in 1990, and earned his PhD at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1997, where he studied the wintering and breeding ecologies of the white-faced whistling duck.

 “It was very exciting to return to the organization I started with as a student,” Petrie said. “It’s been a pleasure leading an excellent team that’s increasing the impact and delivery of Delta’s conservation programs. Delta is gaining recognition as a key contributor to waterfowl conservation and as the premier organization supporting duck hunters across North America.”

When he’s not in the office, you’ll find Petrie hunting waterfowl and pheasants with his English springer spaniel, Boone, attending his sons’ hockey games or spending time with his wife, Val. He lives in Bismarck, North Dakota.

spetrie@deltawaterfowl.org

Timothy B. Robertson

Timothy B. Robertson

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Robertson, 66, joined the Delta Waterfowl board in spring of 2017. He lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia and currently serves as Chairman of Bay Shore Enterprises, LLC, an investment holding company with activities in international media, real estate and private capital ventures. He previously served as President and CEO of International Family Entertainment (NYSE-FAM), which was best known for its flagship cable network, The Family Channel.

Following the sale of FAM to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., Robertson has pursued educational, charitable and public service activities. In addition to the Delta board, he has served on the board of his alma mater — the University of Virginia — as well as the Virginia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Museum.

He first developed an interest in hunting through his grandfather, U.S. Senator A. Willis Robertson, who was the co-author of the Pittman-Robertson wildlife conservation bill. This law remains an historic legislative high-water mark in the funding of conservation in the United States.

Later in life, Robertson became a truly avid waterfowl hunter in order to share quality time with his son, Willis H. Robertson. He primarily hunts in Virginia’s historic Back Bay region, as well as North Carolina’s Currituck Sound.

“I love the fact that Delta Waterfowl is committed to science-based solutions to increasing duck production,” Robertson said. “Through all of our efforts, we will preserve this great sport for many generations to come.”

John Robinson

John Robinson

Director at Large | Calgary, Alberta

Robinson joined Delta Waterfowl’s Board as a director-at-large in February.

As an active third-generation rancher west of Calgary, he has always been interested in the outdoors, animals, wildlife, fish, upland game and especially waterfowl. Robinson lives and works on the ranch with his family, son, grandchildren and staff.

He enjoys annual hunting trips in Europe, Mexico, Canada and the United States. Robinson was introduced to Delta Waterfowl by board member friends Don Morrison and Don Douglas.

Robinson’s interest in Delta has resulted in hosting 13 very successful fundraising dinners at his ranch. The events include an afternoon of shooting clays, fellowship and gourmet dinners. Funds raised are well into the seven figures to help support Delta’s mission.

“I have a lifetime passion for hunting — particularly waterfowl,” he said. “I’m honored to contribute to Delta Waterfowl for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Robinson belongs to and supports several organizations that encourage youth, gun safety, hunting, fishing and conservation.

Patrick J. Rothwell

Patrick J. Rothwell

Chevy Chase, Maryland

Rothwell, 42, brings to Delta’s Board of Directors an extensive background in legislation and governmental affairs at the federal level.

Since 2012, he’s been the managing director of federal government relations for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Rothwell’s resume includes senior staff positions for a who’s who of U.S. legislators.

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Rothwell is the son of a successful flour miller. His father’s career took the family to Arizona and Minnesota before settling in Norfolk, Massachusetts, where he grew up playing hockey, baseball and golf. There, in high school, he also learned to bird hunt and fly fish alongside his brother.

In 1997, Rothwell enrolled in Hobart College, where he majored in political science. Upon graduation in 2001, he moved to Washington, D.C., and began working on Capitol Hill as a paid intern with the office of Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. He quickly moved up to a full-time role with U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood of Georgia, then became legislative director for U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan, followed by serving as chief of staff for the House Republican Policy Committee, and finally, as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania.

He joined NSSF to combine his love of hunting with his experience as a senior congressional staffer.

He and his wife, Catherine, have twin girls, Jane and Charlotte.

Robert D. Sopuck

Robert D. Sopuck

Sandy Lake, MB

Sopuck, 67, joined Delta’s Board of Directors in May 2019.

He is a member of the Canadian Parliament, first elected in 2010 to the House of Commons representing the Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette District of Manitoba. Most recently, he was appointed Parliament’s Critic for Wildlife Conservation and Parks Canada.

Sopuck currently farms in central Manitoba, but previously has held numerous positions related to environmental management. These included fisheries biologist, director of environmental programs at Pine Falls Paper Company, vice president of agricultural policy for Delta Waterfowl in Western Canada (2000 to 2009), and environmental consulting for several industries and organizations, including Exxon and the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.

In 2014, he became a published book author. “A Life Outdoors: Essays on Hunting, Gathering and Country Living in the 21st Century” is a collection of columns written for the Winnipeg Free Press.

Sopuck also serves as chair of the Fish and Lake Improvement Program for the Parkland Region, and a is board member of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.

Sopuck’s father introduced him to hunting at age 10, and he has been afield ever since. He enjoys duck, goose, and upland hunting with his yellow Lab, and big-game hunting.

“Delta Waterfowl combines the best evidence-based waterfowl management along with a passionate advocacy for waterfowl hunters and waterfowl hunting,” he said.

Robert B. Trainer Jr.

Robert B. Trainer Jr.

Houston, Texas

Trainer joined the Delta Waterfowl Board of Directors in February 2019.  

 He was raised in Milwaukee and has lived for the past 22 years in Houston. Trainer is retired from Gyrodata Inc., an oil service firm based in Houston which provides down-hole surveying and directional drilling services to the worldwide oil and gas industry. He serves on the boards of both Gyrodata and Schroeder-Manatee Inc., a real estate development company in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. He holds a registered representative license with Carl M. Henning Inc., a securities brokerage firm in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  

 Trainer was introduced at age 10 to duck hunting on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin by his grandfather, and has been an avid enthusiast of hunting and conservation ever since. As a young man, he frequently hunted with his uncle, David Uihlein, a former Delta director. Uihlein introduced him to Delta Waterfowl, and Trainer has been a member since he was in his 20s.  

 I feel strongly aligned with and supportive of Delta’s mission to boost duck production through through research, Predator Management, Hen House expansion and advancing Working Wetlands in North America,” Trainer said. In addition, I fully support protecting the tradition of waterfowling through hunter advocacy and recruitment.” 

 

William G. Turnbull

William G. Turnbull

Director at Large | Calgary, Alberta

Turnbull70has served on the Delta Waterfowl Foundation Board as a director-at-large since of spring of 2018. 

He is the vice president/general manager of Pollyco Developments and president of W.G. Turnbull & Associates Real Estate Development. 

Amassing an impressive resume of philanthropic accomplishments, Turnbull has been an avid and active conservationist of fish and wildlife for more than 40 years. His efforts have been recognized in Canada with “Order of the Bighorn” and a “Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.” 

For 10 years, Turnbull served on the board of directors of the Long Point Waterfowl Wetland Research Center for Great Lakes in Ontario, Canada. That’s where me met Delta Waterfowl CEO Dr. Scott Petrie, who was then Long Point Waterfowl’s executive director. 

Additionally, Turnbull has the distinction of having co-hosted one of the largest conservation fundraisers in North America. The 2007 event in Calgary raised more than $2 million in one evening.