October 3, 2013

CSF Appoints Leaders from the Sportsmen’s Community to the Board of Directors

October 3, 2013 (Washington, DC) – The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) will add five notable leaders from the sportsmen’s community to its Board of Directors in January 2014. Approved by current board members during CSF’s September board meeting, the newly elected members of the CSF Board of Directors bring unique expertise from various areas of the sportsmen’s community.

Jeff Crane, President of CSF, showed his appreciation for the incoming board members’ commitment to the mission of CSF. “We are excited to welcome this year’s recently elected board members. They bring a diverse background of experience to the organization and a shared passion for protecting and advancing sportsmen’s traditions.”

The elected board members will begin their three-year term in 2014. The members include:

John Doerr, Pure Fishing

As CEO of the world’s largest fishing tackle company, Pure Fishing, John Doerr is a business expert in the sportsmen’s community. Doerr also serves on the board of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP). Doerr’s experience proves his passion for outdoor recreation. Doerr has worked at a senior level not only in the angling industry, but also with Kurt Salmon Associates, Cobra Golf, Bell Sports, and Cannondale Bicycle Company. “My exposure to CSF has impressed me with the depth of the relationships and the bipartisanship that the organization fosters,” said Doerr.

Phil Morlock, Shimano American Corporation

Phil Morlock has supported the CSF Board since 2004. Morlock is the Director of Environmental Affairs at Shimano American Corporation, where he is responsible for advocacy issues regarding natural resources in the U.S. and Canada. Morlock is a member of several boards in the outdoor recreation industry, including the Center for Coastal Conservation and the American Sportfishing Association’s Governmental Affairs Committee. His recognition is outstanding, having received a great deal of outdoor industry awards including the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) Brad Rowse Leadership Award in 2010. Morlock stated, “Our longstanding corporate support of CSF /NASC is a testimony to the outstanding accomplishments and importance of the organization to the future of fishing, hunting, shooting, and trapping in America.”

John Paul Morris, Bass Pro Shops

John Paul Morris is the General Manager of Bass Pro Shops’ online store and member of the RedHead Pro Hunting Team. From the Missouri Ozarks, Morris has become an avid outdoorsman and a passionate conservationist over the years. In addition to joining the CSF Board, Morris serves on the national Board of Directors for Quality Deer Management Association. “I am very enthused about the future of our favorite outdoor pastimes with great partners like CSF working everyday to protect and enhance them,” said Morris.

Pat Rainey, Proof Research, Inc.

Pat Rainey is the CEO of Proof Research, Inc., a cutting edge firearms company. Throughout his career, Rainey served as a Naval Officer, Flight Pilot, and Blue Angel, as well as a leader in the financial services industry. Today, he works to serve sportsmen and women and service members with state-of-the-art firearms. Working and living near Glacier National Park, Rainey enjoys the fine outdoor recreation of Montana. “I feel that my passion for our sportsmen’s traditions is directly aligned with the goals of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation,” Rainey stated.

Simon Roosevelt, Olimpia Fund Management, Ltd.

Simon Roosevelt is a principal of Olimpia Fund Management, Ltd., an investment group. He has worked in the investment management industry and as an attorney for many years. In addition, Roosevelt portrays an outstanding record in hunting and conservation. He is co-founder of Friends of the Elkhorn Ranch and is currently authoring a book on the connection between American hunting and conservation, which is scheduled for publication in 2015. In 2012, Roosevelt began the Conservation Roundtable, an initiative bringing together more than a dozen of America’s leading hunting and environmental groups to discuss areas of common interest. In addition, Roosevelt is a Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for New York City, a member of the Boone & Crockett Club and the Camp Fire Club of America. He is a trustee of the Scenic Hudson Land Trust, a member of the President’s Advisory Council of the National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. delegation to CIC (International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation). Now, Roosevelt is joining the Board at CSF because, “The Foundation’s success in the policy arena, and the practical impact of its work, has safeguarded and enhanced the legacy for us all.”


Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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