Delta Waterfowl Appoints Howell, Davis as Vice Presidents of Development

BISMARCK, N.D. — Delta Waterfowl has bolstered the organization’s fundraising leadership by promoting Jeffrey Howell to vice president of development – individual and major gifts, and hiring John Davis as vice president of development – corporations and foundations.


Howell, 45, of Memphis, Tennessee, has represented Delta’s development team as a director since November 2015 in the Mid-South.

“I want to see Delta grow substantially in the next couple of years,” Howell said. “I want to bring in new people who are interested in conservation so Delta can produce more ducks and secure the future of waterfowl hunting.”

Davis, 39, a Texas native, now lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

He’s an avid duck hunter who completed an undergraduate degree in wildlife and fisheries science at Texas A&M. In 2000, Davis served as a Delta Waterfowl research assistant in Erickson and Minnedosa, Manitoba, working on lesser scaup.


After college, Davis found work in the health care industry, where he spent more than 12 years raising funds for a non-profit foundation that assisted people in great medical need.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to come back to Delta,” he said. “I want to use my experiences with capital campaigns and planned giving to build on the recent impressive growth of Delta Waterfowl. Ultimately, we want to fund Delta’s mission and initiatives, and continue to grow the organization.”

Dr. Scott Petrie, chief executive officer of Delta, said strengthening the fundraising team is a key step for The Duck Hunter’s Organization.

“The promotion of Jeff Howell and the hiring of John Davis will facilitate our rapid organizational growth, and will ensure that Delta continues to make significant contributions to conservation, research, hunting advocacy and wetland protection throughout North America,” Petrie said.

Delta appreciates each one of its many donors, Howell said.

“If you find a cause you believe in, support it,” he said. “Take a stand. Help support it and leave a legacy for the next generation and the one after that.”

To discuss donation options or planned giving, please contact Jeffrey Howell at (901) 230-6203 or; or John Davis at (903) 490-3905 or

Delta Waterfowl Foundation is The Duck Hunters Organization, a leading conservation group working to produce ducks and ensure the tradition of duck hunting in North America. Visit