March 30, 2008 - Admin

Feathers Fly at NWTF

Rob Keck

Bob Keck CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation resigned suddenly Wednesday after the board fired two other senior officials with the organization. The NWTF Website is mum about the firings of Carl Brown, the former COO and Dick Rosenlieb the former Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Both their pictures have been removed from the Meet the Leaders page. However, their pictures were a part of the page when cashed by Google on Mar 19, 2008 at 18:02:57 GMT.

According to SouthernSporting.Com, sources said a move was made last October during the fall board meeting to oust Brown and Rosenlieb, but Keck threatened to resign should the Board go through with the firings of his long time senior staffers. Keck’s move apparently stalled the 18 member Board until last week.

The NWTF has issued a press release about Keck’s resignation. According to this release; Rob Keck has decided, for personal and family reasons, to step aside from his duties with the Federation as of June 1, 2008.

The NWTF has grown into one of the nation’s leading nonprofit conservation organizations with more than 550,000 members in 50 states, Canada, Mexico and 14 other foreign countries. It supports scientific wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands as well as wild turkey hunting and education as a traditional North American sport.

An email Friday from NWTF president Peggy Anne Vallery credited Keck for much of the organization’s growth. He worked for the group 30 years, 27 of those as CEO.

Several interesting comments came from Tammy Sapp, the group’s vice president for communications. According to an AgustaChronical.Com article, Ms. Sapp said:

The dismissal of chief operating officer Carl Brown and senior vice president Dick Rosenlieb occurred after a board inquiry into management practices.

Sapp would not elaborate, but said no allegations of criminal activity have been made.

The group maintains the highest rating (excellent) given by Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator. The excellent rating is described as exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its Cause.

The NWTF has not only been spectacularly successful in the restoration, expansion of and education about wild turkeys. The organization has also grown into other areas with programs to encourage women, youngsters and disabled outdoorsmen to spend more time outside.

They’ve also given money freely to state and federal departments of natural resources, whose meager budgets are often gutted by politicians and to smaller non-profits, such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Only time will tell if this fine organization will continue its legacy. I for one am very hopeful the vision will be maintained.

What do you think?

And don’t forget to pray for our troops.

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  • Dan Prosser says:

    This does not seem like a very good move for the nwtf. These two guys were with the organization a very long time. I am sure they established a lot of good relationships along the way. Relationships that might not exist much longer. nwtf could suffer from this bonehead move.

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