[Editor’s Note: As most of you surely know, Orvis takes conservation very seriously—check out our 2013 Commitment pages if you haven’t already done so—so we are especially proud to announce this great news.]
At its spring meeting, the board of directors of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership elected David Perkins, vice chairman of The Orvis Company, to chair the TRCP board.
“As one of the only conservation groups to focus on federal policy and funding that affects millions of acres to conserve habitat and access for hunter and fishers, the TRCP has the platform to make one of the biggest differences in preserving our natural heritage,” said Perkins.
Perkins joined Orvis, the family business, in 1979 and has held numerous positions in the company. Besides his executive duties, Perkins oversees the Rod and Tackle Product Development Group and the Sporting Adventures Department. An avid fly fisherman and wingshooter, he sits on the board of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as well as the TRCP. He also is past chairman of the Tall Timbers Research Station in Tallahassee, Fla.
“I am very proud to serve as chairman of the TRCP board,” Perkins continued. “I look forward to working with our very capable president and CEO, Whit Fosburgh, and our board to make TRCP the most valuable asset to all our conservation partners in changing policy and strengthening funding to benefit fish, wildlife, hunters and anglers.”
Perkins takes over as TRCP board chair from Katie Distler Eckman, a consultant who served as executive director of the Turner Foundation.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to see Dave Perkins assume leadership of the TRCP board,” said Eckman. “At both a personal and professional level, Dave’s commitment to conservation and sporting traditions is unsurpassed. He has been a steadfast supporter of the TRCP since its inception, and we are privileged to have someone with his talent, dedication and vision take the reins as the organization enters its second decade.”
“Dave’s unique experience in the outdoors industry, his leadership in the conservation community and his passion for hunting and angling make him an ideal leader for the TRCP board – and for America’s sportsmen,” said TRCP President and CEO Whit Fosburgh. “He knows the history of the TRCP and understands how to work effectively within the hunting, fishing and conservation community. Ultimately, his dedication to conservation, the outdoors and the TRCP mission is unequaled.”