NWTF announces leadership transitions
Becky Humphries retire in 2023; NWTF Board of Directors appoints Kurt Dyroff and Jason Burchhalter to serve as co-CEO
EDGEFIELD, South Carolina, May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The National Wild Turkey Federation announced today that Becky Humphriesits CEO since 2017, will retire in February 2023 as the organization celebrates its 50and anniversary. To succeed him, the NWTF Board of Directors has appointed Jason Burchhalter and Kurt Dyroff, two of the organization’s most senior executives, as co-CEOs, effective immediately. Humphries will serve with them until she steps down.
“Building on Becky’s accomplishments and to prepare the NWTF for the future, the Board of Directors has decided, after careful consideration, to harness the unique experiences and energy of not just one but two of key leaders of the organization,” said Brian Perry, Chairman of the Board of NWTF. “Kurt and Jason have established proven track records as effective, forward-thinking executives and strong collaborators in managing the organization’s key operations. We believe Jason and Kurt will be an effective team to lead the NWTF.”
Under the NWTF’s co-CEO model, Dyroff will lead activities related to the organization’s mission, including custodial, finance and accounting, and general business support (legal, human resources and land properties). ). Burckhalter will oversee membership and fundraising duties, including field operations and development, marketing and communications, membership, information technology, and facilities management. Humphries will continue to serve on the NWTF’s leadership team, overseeing government affairs until his retirement, when those duties will be transferred to Dyroff.
Burckhalter has served as the NWTF’s Chief Information Officer for the past three years and prior to that served as Vice President of Finance and Comptroller. Prior to joining the NWTF in 2013, he held various leadership positions in for-profit entities, including as CIO/COO of a multi-site nationwide operation. Burckhalter graduated from Lander University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in finance/economics. He holds an MBA from Augusta University and an accounting degree from Auburn University.
Dyroff served as the NWTF’s Director of Business and Finance for the past three years and previously served as Director of Business Development, Acting Chief Conservation Officer and Director of Western Conservation Operations. Prior to joining the NWTF in 2014, he held various conservation-focused leadership positions at Ducks Unlimited for nine years. Dyroff graduated from The Pennsylvania State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a minor in environmental engineering.
In a joint statement, Burckhalter and Dyroff outlined their priorities for the organization:
“We look forward to building on the NWTF’s nearly 50 years of success. The future is bright and reminds us of how the NWTF got there: our mission and our people. The NWTF will place more emphasis on our members and their experience and will strengthen the research and provision of habitats in areas experiencing a decline in wild turkey populations.Our mission, as always, is to ensure robust wild turkey populations, while benefiting from forests, waterways and healthy communities, and championing the soul of the American hunting lifestyle. This requires an agile organization, built on a solid financial footing, capable of retaining and attracting the best and brightest minds.”
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
Situated at Edgefield, South Carolina, the NWTF is dedicated to wild turkey conservation and the preservation of our hunting heritage. In the early 1900s, there were only 200,000 wild turkeys across the country due to commercial harvesting and habitat loss. Although restoration efforts predate the start of the NWTF, turkey populations still numbered only about 1.3 million in 1973, the year the NWTF began. Thanks to the efforts of the NWTF and its state and federal partners, turkey populations today stand at more than 6.25 million, and wild turkey restoration is widely considered one of the greatest stories of preservation of the country’s history.
SOURCE National Wild Turkey Federation