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NWTF Announces Leadership Transitions |

Becky Humphries to Retire in 2023; NWTF Board of Directors Names Kurt Dyroff and Jason Burckhalter to Serve as Co-CEOs

EDGEFIELD, S.C.—The National Wild Turkey Federation immediately introduced that Becky Humphries, its CEO since 2017, will retire in February 2023 because the group celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. To succeed her, the NWTF Board of Directors has appointed Jason Burckhalter and Kurt Dyroff, two of the group’s prime employees executives, as co-CEOs, efficient instantly. Humphries will serve with them till she steps down.

“Building on Becky’s accomplishments and to arrange the NWTF for the longer term, the Board determined, after cautious consideration, to faucet the distinctive experiences and vitality of not only one however two of the group’s prime executives,” stated Bryan Perry, president of the NWTF Board of Directors. “Kurt and Jason have established confirmed observe data as efficient, forward-thinking senior executives and powerful collaborators in managing the group’s key operations. We imagine Jason and Kurt will make an efficient workforce to guide the NWTF.”

Under the NWTF’s co-CEO mannequin, Dyroff will lead the group’s mission-related actions, together with conservation, finance and accounting, and normal enterprise help (authorized, human sources and land holdings). Burckhalter will oversee membership and fundraising-related duties, together with discipline operations and growth, advertising and communications, membership, data expertise, and facility administration. Humphries will proceed as a part of the NWTF management workforce, overseeing authorities affairs till her retirement when these duties will transition to Dyroff.

Burckhalter has been the NWTF’s chief data officer for the previous three years and earlier than that served as its vice chairman of finance and controller. Prior to becoming a member of the NWTF in 2013, he held varied government roles with for-profit entities, together with as CIO/COO of a nationwide multi-site operation. Burckhalter is a graduate of Lander University the place he earned a bachelor’s diploma in finance/economics. He obtained an MBA from Augusta University and an accounting diploma from Auburn University.

Dyroff has been the NWTF’s chief enterprise and finance officer for the previous three years, and beforehand held positions as director of enterprise growth, appearing chief of conservation, and as western director of conservation operations. Before becoming a member of the NWTF in 2014, he served in varied conservation-focused government capacities at Ducks Unlimited for 9 years. Dyroff is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University the place he earned a bachelor’s diploma in civil engineering with a minor in environmental engineering.

In a joint assertion, Burckhalter and Dyroff outlined their priorities for the group:

“We look ahead to constructing upon the NWTF’s almost 50 years of success. The future is vibrant and reminds us how the NWTF achieved it: our mission and folks. The NWTF will improve give attention to our membership and member expertise and bolster analysis and habitat supply in areas experiencing wild turkey inhabitants decline. Our mission, as ever, is to make sure sturdy wild turkey populations, whereas benefiting wholesome forests, waterways, and communities, and championing the soul of the American searching way of life. This requires a nimble group, constructed on a strong monetary basis, able to retaining and attracting the perfect and brightest minds.” 

About the National Wild Turkey Federation

When the National Wild Turkey Federation was based in 1973, there have been about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After many years of labor, that quantity hit a historic excessive of virtually 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. Today, the NWTF is targeted on the way forward for searching and conservation by its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Since 2012, this 10-year initiative has already eclipsed objectives of conserving or enhancing greater than 4 million acres of important wildlife habitat, recruiting or retaining greater than 1.5 million hunters and opening entry to greater than 500,000 acres for searching and different recreation alternatives. This vital work will proceed to influence wildlife habitat and our nice open air within the ultimate years of the initiative.



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