October 8, 2015

CSF Appoints New Board of Directors Treasurer, Adds New Member

Recently, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) added Cabela’s Executive Vice President and CFO Ralph Castner to the Board of Directors and simultaneously selected current Board Member and CEO of Pure Fishing, John Doerr to serve as Treasurer. 

The CSF Board of Directors is comprised of 22 Members, including five Honorary Members, from across the sportsmen’s community. The Board consists of leaders from a variety of organizations and allied industries with a shared commitment in the mission, objectives and goals of the CSF. “The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation serves a vital function working with Congressional leaders, governors and state legislators to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping,” said CEO of Vista Outdoor and CSF Board Chairman Mark DeYoung. “As a lifelong outdoorsman, I respect and appreciate this mission.”

John Doerr, Chief Executive Officer, 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.

Ralph Castner, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Cabela’s

Ralph W. Castner has been Cabela’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since January 2010. From March 2006 to November 2010, Mr. Castner was Chairman of the Board of World’s Foremost Bank, Cabela’s wholly-owned subsidiary. From July 2003 to January 2010, Mr. Castner was Cabela’s Director of Accounting and Finance and Treasurer of the World’s Foremost Bank. Prior to joining Cabela’s, he was employed by First Data Corporation from 1990 to 2000, most recently as Vice President. Prior to joining First Data Corporation, Mr. Castner was a certified public account with the public accounting firm Touche Ross and Company.

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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