EDGEFIELD, S.C.—Today, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation announced the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors who are committed to CSF’s mission to work with Congress, governors and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping.
Joining 19 other board members and seven honorary board members, new additions include: Becky Humphries, CEO, National Wild Turkey Federation; Joe Bartozzi, president and CEO, National Shooting Sports Foundation; and Tim Phillips, owner and president, P&S Paving.
“I am honored to join the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Board of Directors," said Humphries. "The NWTF partners with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation on national legislation as well as state priorities. At a time when there is little agreement in Congress, conservation is an area where we can come together, agree and pass legislation to help our nation and our quality of life now and for our future. The Foundation’s bipartisan efforts do just that!”
Additionally, CSF announced that the 2022 Board of Directors Executive Committee will consist of Chairman Simon Roosevelt, principal, Olimpia Fund Management, Ltd; Vice-Chairman Richard Childress, chairman and CEO, Richard Childress Racing; Secretary Francisco Bergaz, managing director, Bekun LLC and Bervest LLC; and Treasurer Ken Eubanks, CEO, Rather Outdoors, LLC.
“As we begin the new year, I am delighted to welcome Becky, Joe, and Tim to the CSF Board of Directors. The experience Becky and Joe bring from the policy and advocacy world, along with Tim’s business insight, all will be strong assets for the organization. They are joining a devoted group of individuals dedicated to protecting our great American outdoor legacy. While 2021 was a challenging year for our country, there was also opportunity and success for our sporting and conservation community, and I am proud to say that CSF continued its rich tradition as the leading voice of sportsmen and women on both the federal and state policy levels,” said CSF Board of Directors Chairman, Simon Roosevelt. “There has been and continues to be an inherent and essential connection between hunting and angling and conservation. They were the first to understand the impact of the over exploitation of natural resources; and today, hunters, anglers, recreational shooters, and trappers are still vitally important to our system of conservation.”
Board members who completed terms of service in 2021 were Lawrence Keane and Ralph Castner. Honorary board members Jeff Paro and Robert Model also completed their terms of service.
“On behalf of CSF, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Larry, Ralph, Jeff and Bob," CSF President and CEO Jeff Crane said. "Their sacrifice of time and resources has allowed us to continue to reach greater heights and positioned us to continue to lead the conservation community going forward."
In 2021, CSF had one of its most productive years, thanks in part to the vision and leadership of the Board of Directors, in congruence with the continuing commitment of long-standing partners and the establishment of new partnerships. As 2022 dawns, CSF will continue to work toward the conservation of wildlife habitat, the protection of sportsmen's rights and the access of public lands.
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters' rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Since 2012, this 10-year initiative has already eclipsed goals of conserving or enhancing more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruiting or retaining more than 1.5 million hunters and opening access to more than 500,000 acres for hunting and other recreation opportunities. This critical work will continue to impact wildlife habitat and our great outdoors in the final years of the initiative.
About Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Since 1989, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen's organization in the political arena. CSF's mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America's hunters and anglers.