The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of leaders from the sportsmen’s community and allied industries. Each of these individuals has made a commitment of service to the mission, objectives and goals of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation.
* Honorary Board Member
- Mark DeYoung
- Paul Miller
- Jason Hornady
- Brian Linneman
- Laurie Aronson*
- Paul Babaz
- Jim Baker*
- Ben Carter
- Richard Childress*
- Bruce Culpepper
- John Doerr
- Chris Dorsey
- Brad Franklin
- John Green
- Christian Gullott
- Mike Helton
- John Larkin
- Walter “Wally” McLallen
- Thomas Millner*
- Jeanne Mitchell
- Phil Morlock
- John Paul Morris
- Pat Murray
- Simon Roosevelt
- Steve Sanetti
- Hon. Lindsay Thomas*
Mark W. DeYoung is Chairman and CEO of Vista Outdoor Inc., a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer in the growing outdoor sports and recreation industry. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has more than 30 well-recognized brands providing consumers with a range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for the outdoor enthusiast.
Before becoming Vista Outdoor’s Chairman and CEO, Mark served as ATK’s President and CEO from 2010-2015. As CEO of ATK ($4.8 billion in revenue for FY 2014), he completed the strategic acquisitions of Savage Arms and Bushnell. In 2015, he led the strategic transaction which spun off ATK’s Sporting business creating Vista Outdoor and merged ATK’s Aerospace and Defense businesses with Orbital Sciences Corporation. Mark previously led ATK’s Armament Systems group as President of the company’s largest business. In this capacity, he created the world’s leading munitions organization and oversaw the group’s expansion into new markets and capabilities.
Mark’s history with Vista Outdoor spans nearly three decades. He began his career in finance at Hercules Aerospace Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1985. Hercules was acquired by ATK in 1995. At ATK, Mark also held numerous leadership positions in Finance, Operations, Composite Programs, Human Resources and Munitions businesses.
As CEO, Mark emphasizes a culture of responsibility at Vista Outdoor by insisting upon environmental stewardship and a focus on safety in the assembly and testing of Vista Outdoor products – and in the responsible use of these products by customers. Vista Outdoor supports hunter education and firearms safety courses at the state level and produces educational materials for firearms safety instructors nationwide. Vista Outdoor also has a long-standing heritage of conservation, and the company partners with numerous wildlife organizations to support conservation efforts for both wildlife and the habitats in which they live. An avid outdoorsman, Mark enjoys spending time fishing and hunting. He is a member of numerous wildlife organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, Whitetails Unlimited, Wild Sheep Foundation, and the National Rifle Association. He has served on the Board of Governors for the National Shooting Sports Foundation and served as the Chairman of the Wildlife Management Institute. He understands the important role members of the shooting sports community play in funding conservation and supporting safety education efforts.
Paul Miller is President of Tech Exec, Inc., a management consulting firm and past Chairman of the Board of The Freedom Group, Inc. Previously he held executive positions in the telecommunications and aerospace & defense industries. In recent years, Paul has become an avid sportsmen, is a member of the board of the Remington Outdoor Foundation and is a life member of the National Rifle Association, National Wild Turkey Federation and Izaak Walton League.
Jason grew up in Grand Island, Nebraska, and as a teenager, he worked for the family business as an apprentice in the Hornady Manufacturing ballistics lab. Jason went on to college at the University of Wyoming, where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 1992. After graduation from college, Jason worked as a manufacturer's representative for Sportco Marketing in the Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana area. At Sportco, Jason represented numerous outdoor brands, including: Bear Archery, Shimano, Nikon, Thompson/Center Arms and several others. Following Sportco Marketing, Jason became Director of Sales and Marketing for Redfield Riflescopes in 1996, then went on to work for Dunkin-Lewis a manufacturer's representative agency, as Director of Key Account Sales. While working for Dunkin-Lewis, Jason represented Johnson Outdoors, Swarovski, Thompson-Center and Plano. Key accounts included Cabela's, Academy, and TSA. In 2006, after 14 successful years in the Outdoor Industry, Jason accepted a position with the family business at Hornady Manufacturing as Director of Sales, and currently serves as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He is an avid hunter and shooter, and has participated in regional and national level shooting competitions. Jason's passion for hunting/shooting is demonstrated by his pursuits both here in North America and Internationally. As a shooting industry sales professional, Jason has been fortunate to work with over 150 companies. He has served on several boards and is currently involved with the International Hunter's Education Association (IHEA), the Heartland Public Shooting Park, and also serves as the company alternate for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturer's Institute (SAAMI) boards.
An avid outdoorsman who spends every spare minute in the field or on the water, Brian Linneman is the Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer at Cabela’s. Brian was born and raised in South Dakota where he took up hunting and fishing at age 12. Currently, elk, deer and pheasant hunting and walleye fishing top his list of outdoor passions.
Brian, who earned an MBA degree from Bellevue University, is a member and supporter of numerous outdoor conservation and advocacy groups, including the National Rifle Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Pheasants Forever. He has been instrumental in kids’ fishing days and in building a fishing pond in a Sidney, Nebraska city park. Working for Cabela’s, which he joined in 1999, has strengthened his passion for protecting and advancing the outdoor heritage of the United States.
Laurie Aronson has worked in the shooting industry since she was 14, when she would spend her summers working in the family sporting goods store. A Louisiana native, Aronson is president of two companies: Lipsey's, a wholesale distributor of new firearms based in the Baton Rouge, and Haspel, a men's clothing manufacturer. Under Aronson’s leadership, both companies have grown tremendously.
Laurie is active in many Baton Rouge community services, philanthropic and faith-based organizations, serving on many boards and committees. In 2006, the Baton Rouge Business Report named her among the “Most Influential Business Women”. Laurie is also a Life Member of the NRA.
Georgia is home to Paul’s family, where he lives with his wife Renee and three daughters: Carter, Abigail, and Ansley. He grew up in South Louisiana where he developed a love for the outdoors at a very early age. Upon graduation from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a B.S. in Finance, he completed his military service in the United States Army.
Shortly thereafter, he moved to Atlanta and begin his career as a Financial Advisor. For the past twenty-two years, he worked at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management as a Senior Vice-President leading a group of financial professionals.
It is his passion for hunting and wildlife conservation that led him to become a dedicated volunteer for various organizations including Safari Club International (SCI) and Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF). He has also been involved with many organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Friends of the NRA. He serves on the SCI executive committee as SCI’s Deputy President-Elect and is the director of SCIF. He is a member of SCI’s Government Affairs Committee, Convention Steering Committee, SCIF’s Conservation Committee, National Fundraising Committee, among other assignments.
As a lifelong hunter and conservationist, he has had the good fortune of being able to hunt throughout North America and on three different continents. He believes the most memorable outdoor experiences are the ones shared with his children and strives to ensure that our natural resources remain intact for them and their children, through legislative efforts.
James Jay Baker is an attorney and lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Mr. Baker joined the National Rifle Association as a staff attorney in 1980, and moved to the NRA's lobbying staff shortly thereafter and was appointed to serve as the Executive Director of the NRA's entire legislative and political operation in early 1991. Prior to joining the NRA, James Jay Baker served as a prosecutor in Missouri. He is currently admitted to practice in that state and in Washington, DC. He is also a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Baker has served on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, the Jefferson Islands Club and also on the Board of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
Ben graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a BBA in Marketing. Ben owned and operated a very successful home construction company for many years before becoming the Executive Director of the Dallas Safari Club.
Ben is an avid outdoorsman and hunter having hunted all over North America. Ben has taken 27 of the 28 North American species of which 6 qualify for the Boone and Crocket Record Book. Ben has also hunted in Africa numerous times, South America, Asia, and New Zealand. Ben has served as a Director, Convention Chair, President and Past President of the Dallas Safari Club as well as a Director of the Dallas Ecological Foundation. Ben has also served as a Director of the Wild Sheep Foundation, Director of the Texas Bighorn Society, Steering Committee member of the Texas Outdoor Partners, and AWCP. Ben is also a professional member of the Boone and Crockett Club. He has also served on the Sovereign Bank Advisory Board and the Ursuline Academy Building Committee Board.
Ben has three daughters who all have hunted with him in Texas as well as Africa and New Zealand. Ben loves to shoot shotgun and chase whitetails in west Texas and work hard to preserve our hunting heritage and rights.
NASCAR racing legend, Richard Childress joined the CSF Board of Directors to bring the same level of enthusiasm and dedication he brings to racing to ensuring the rights of hunters and anglers. Calling himself an outdoorsman, Childress is as much about giving back to wildlife, hunting and fishing as he is about being a successful business man.
Childress is President and CEO of Richard Childress Racing (RCR), an 11-time NASCAR championship-winning organization. An independent driver who got his start in 1969, Childress climbed out of the seat in the 1981 season, handing over the driving duties to Dale Earnhardt. Together they made NASCAR history, winning 67 races, six Sprint Cup Series championships, and along the way established RCR as one of the premier teams in all of motorsports. Childress is also the proprietor of Childress Vineyards in Lexington, N.C., as well as the Yadkin River Angus cattle ranch.
Another great passion Childress has is big-game hunting and the conservation and preservation of wildlife habitat in the United States and throughout the world. His work with groups like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the North Carolina Wildlife Habitat Foundation, among many others, provides him the opportunity to make a difference in preserving wildlife habitats for generations to come.
Bruce is the Executive Vice President Human Resources and Regional Coordination for Shell in the Americas. He graduated in 1981 from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management, and shortly thereafter began his 30 plus year career with Shell at the Norco Manufacturing Complex in Louisiana. Since then he has progressed through series of increasingly responsible positions in Human Resources and line management in Shell's Downstream & Upstream businesses. Other positions held include: executive Vice President Human Resources Shell International E&P, Vice President Human Resources Global Downstream Operations, Vice President Human Resources The Alliance Companies (joint venture between Shell, Texaco and Saudi Aramco), General Manager Products Pipelines, and General Manager Products Distribution. Bruce is a member of the Center for Houston's Future Board of Directors, Board Member for Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, a Life Member and Committee Volunteer for the Houston Livestock and Rodeo, and represents Shell with various conservation organizations including Ducks Unlimited and Coastal Conservation Association. Bruce lives and works in Houston, and is married to Marguerite. They have two children, daughter Ashley, age 21 who is a junior at Auburn University in the school of Animal Science, and Addison, age 17 who is a junior at Memorial High School. Bruce is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, shooting sports, fishing and water-sports. He also has a keen interest in land and water conservation.
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.
Chris Dorsey is founding partner of Denver-based Orion Entertainment, a leading producer of lifestyle television with more than 20 series and specials in production for a wide range of networks including, History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, HGTV, DIY, GAC, Travel Channel, and Outdoor Channel.
He's also helped launch more than 45 outdoor television series--more than anyone in history. Dorsey's approach of fusing brand DNA with entertaining programming has made him a sought-after speaker in the television and marketing world where branded entertainment is an ever-growing genre.
Prior to his career in television, Dorsey served as a publishing executive running some of the largest outdoor magazines in America, including Sports Afield and Ducks Unlimited. His work has appeared in a wide variety of national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Television Week, National Geographic, Writer's Digest, and scores of outdoor periodicals. He's the author of seven books on outdoor, natural history, and business subjects.
Because of his connections to the celebrity community, Dorsey has been retained to assist in developing campaign strategies for a wide variety of political candidates ranging from those seeking the Oval Office to governorships, Senate and House seats. His ability to craft messaging that appeals to America's 50 million sportsmen--whether creating branded entertainment or highlighting the ties between political candidates and the passions and concerns of American sportsmen--has been at the core of his success.
Dorsey lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife Amy and twin sons Luke and Nathan.
Brad Franklin serves as government relations manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation USA and has been involved with the motorsports industry for over 25 years.
John Green has been active in legislative policy and politics on a national level for two decades. John began his career working in the United States Senate, holding several positions in the office of his home state Senator, Trent Lott of Mississippi. John began as an intern, became a legislative aide, deputy chief of staff and eventually became executive director of the senator's political action committee, overseeing all the political operations for the majority leader of the US Senate.
John was cofounder of Federalist Group, a multidisciplinary government relations firm, based in Washington, DC. He oversaw the growth of the company, prior to its sale of the company to Ogilvy Public Relations, a division of WPP. After the acquisition John acted as a managing director for Ogilvy Government Relations, a top ten lobbying firm in Washington.
John is currently chairman of Crossroads Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm in Washington, representing companies large and small with matters before the federal government, including several conservation organizations. He remains active in politics as well, having served as a senior staff member of the McCain for President campaign and finance chairman for the successful campaigns of US Senators Richard Burr and John Hoeven.
An avid outdoorsman, John is active in recreational activities and enjoys big game hunting and wing shooting. He is a regular member of Boone and Crockett Club, a life member of Wild Sheep Foundation and Safari Club International, as well as a benefactor member of the National Rifle Association.
John holds a Bachelors of Public Administration from the University of Mississippi. John, his wife Kate and their three young children reside in Oxford, MS. They are members of Oxford University Methodist Church.
Christian Gullott is the Director of State and Federal Government Affairs at Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Prior to joining to Bridgestone, he served as Vice President of State Government Affairs at the Rubber Manufacturers Association. In this capacity, Mr. Gullott served as the tire manufacturing industry's national representative and liaison to state legislatures and governor's offices. He has extensive lobbying and state legislative experience, having also worked on the professional staff of two New York State Assembly Minority Leaders. Mr. Gullott serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Fort DuPont Ice Arena, the Congressional Hockey Challenge, and has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Jefferson Islands Club. He also serves as the Co-Chairman of the L'Enfant Society of the Trust for the National Mall. A 1989 graduate of The Albany Academy, he holds a Bachelor of Arts from Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., and a Master of Arts from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. He lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Kristen and their two children.
The sport’s most visible leader at the race track, NASCAR President Mike Helton assumed that role in November 2000 when he succeeded Bill France Jr., who had served as president since 1972. He serves as a member of NASCAR’s Board of Directors and is also a member of the company’s Executive Council.
Helton was well-prepared for his new position, to say the least.
In February 1999 he had become the first person outside the France family to take over the day-today operations of NASCAR, when he was named senior vice president and chief operating officer. Prior to that, Helton had served as NASCAR’s vice president for competition since January 1994.
Born and raised in Bristol, VA., Helton’s motorsports experience is multi-faceted. In addition to working for a sanctioning body, during his career he has also been a track operator, and even raced a little himself.
Helton is well-known by NASCAR’s many fans as the man who presides in the “big hauler” on race weekends. He is the voice of authority – and reason.
Helton and his wife, Lynda, reside in Ormond Beach, Fla.
Raised in Connecticut, John Larkin attended Seton Hall University in New Jersey. After returning to Connecticut, John pursued his interest in government, working for the City of Harford and the City Council. Following city hall, John lobbied for a trade association at the state and federal level. He worked for one of the state's premier lobbying firms Rome, Smith and Lutz. In 2007, John began his own consulting firm, JC Larkin Company LLC. Today, John advises his clients at all levels of government in order to achieve their strategic goals. In 2009, he was recognized by the Hartford Business Journal as a "40 under 40" in the Greater Hartford region. In addition to his work with numerous local and national conservation groups, he also serves on the Board of Directors for Operation Fuel, Inc.
Walter “Wally” McLallen
“Wally” McLallen is an avid sportsman and outdoorsman and is the founder and a Managing Director of Meritage Capital Advisors, a financial advisory boutique engaged in corporate finance, private equity origination and asset management. He has been an investor and member of the Board of Directors of The Freedom Group, the largest firearm and ammunition company in the nation, and its predecessors since 2006 and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.
In April 2009, Tommy Millner was named president and chief executive officer of Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. Previously, Millner had worked for Remington Arms Company for 15 years, ten as Chief Executive Officer.
Jeanne O. Mitchell is Senior Director, Federal Relations in ExxonMobil's Washington, D.C. government relations office, responsible for contacts and advocacy with the United States House of Representatives across a vast spectrum of energy and business issues.
Prior to this role, she served as Global Communications Manager based in Irving, Texas, where she led the company's worldwide corporate communications including the first-ever Summary Annual Report and Corporate Citizenship Report.
Jeanne joined Mobil Corporation in 1986 and has served in a variety of managerial and professional positions in Mobil and ExxonMobil, and has worked with affiliates worldwide at various stages throughout her career. She has represented "strip mining in paradise" (phosphate mining in Florida) as well as all of the current business units.
Her public affairs expertise encompasses government relations, issues management, media relations, Foundation, community relations, and crisis response. She was awarded the 2001 Telly Award for "Regardless of Where" a documentary of the Hoover-Diana construction and in 1996 was awarded a Silver Anvil Award by the Public Relations Society of America for the "Friendly Serve Academy." She assumed her current role in 2002. She has been cited multiple times by Hill publications as one of the outstanding energy lobbyists.
Prior to joining Mobil, Jeanne worked as Public Relations Director for the Florida Sugar Cane League where she successfully lobbied state issues as well as the federal Farm Bill.
She obtained a BA and MA from the Institute of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida with major emphasis from the College of Journalism and Communications. After receiving her Masters degree, she was awarded an Assistant Professorship to teach classes and manage the Instructional Materials Service publishing books and curriculum guides on Low Energy Technology.
As Director of Environmental Affairs for Shimano in the U.S. and Canada, Phil Morlock oversees Shimano’s environmental stewardship programs in both the fishing and bike divisions, and represents the company in advocacy issues with federal, state and provincial governments and natural resource agencies in the U.S. and Canada. He is frequently in Washington working with the CSF on Capitol Hill and groups like the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) (serving as Chairman of the ASA Government Affairs Committee on Freshwater Issues) to advance and protect the rights and privileges of all recreational anglers.
In his ‘spare time’ he represents the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association (CSIA) in the same fashion in dealing with Canada’s Parliament. Mr. Morlock has dedicated countless hours to the issues facing sportsmen on both sides of the border and received the 2008 Chairman’s Award for his work to establish the Parliamentary Outdoors Caucus, modeled after the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.
John Paul Morris
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. He’s also firmly committed to increasing youth participation in the outdoors and conservation. 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 every day to protect and enhance them," said Morris.
Patrick Murray has worked for the Coastal Conservation Association for 17 years, serving in a variety of positions including both Assistant Director and Executive Director for the Coastal Conservation Association Texas, and as CCA’s National Communications Director, Conservation Director, Executive Vice President and now President.
Murray was a light-tackle fishing guide in the Galveston Bay complex prior to coming to CCA. He has been a lifelong advocate for marine conservation issues and serves on a number of Boards, including the University of Texas Marine Science Advisory Board, Texas A&M Harte Research Institute Board. He is a Board member and Management Committee Chairman for the Center for Coastal Conservation. Murray is also a member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation Board and Executive Committee, and is a founding Board member of the Building Conservation Trust. He is a published author and serves as consulting editor for TIDE magazine and Rising Tide magazine.
Simon Roosevelt is a principal of Olimpia Fund Management, Ltd., a multi-family investment group based in the U.S. and abroad. Formerly he was general counsel for the investment management fund KCM, LLC. Prior to that he was an attorney with the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.
Simon is an avid hunter and conservationist whose interests have involved him in a wide variety of conservation and environmental projects in North America, South America and Africa. Current projects include the Conservation Roundtable, a forum that brings together the CEO’s of American hunting, environmental, and land conservation organizations to discuss and act on larger issues of common concern. In addition, Simon is at work on a book portraying the essential connection between American hunting and conservation. Intended primarily for non-hunters, the book will be a tribute to American hunting- its conservation legacy, its crucial role in conservation today, and its integral part in the shaping of American character and heritage.
Simon is a Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the New York City Region. He is a member of the Boone & Crockett Club, and the Camp Fire Club of America; he is a trustee of the Scenic Hudson Land Trust and Scenic Hudson, Inc.; and he is a member of the President’s Advisory Council of the National Wildlife Federation.
Steve Sanetti is president and chief executive officer of the National Shooting Sports Foundation having served in the position since May 2008. He is well known throughout the firearms community, having spent 28 years with Sturm, Ruger and Company prior to joining NSSF.
Hon. Lindsay Thomas*
Serving in the U.S. House of Representatives (D-GA) from 1982-1993, Thomas was instrumental in the founding of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and served as the first Vice-Chairman. Following his 5 terms in the U.S. Congress, Thomas returned to Georgia where he represented the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games as the director of state governmental affairs. He then went on to serve as president and chief executive officer of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, leading the chamber through its largest membership growth in history.
Currently, he operates Lindsay Thomas Consulting, Inc. However, being a true Georgia native, he spends as much time as possible on his farm hunting and fishing with his two sons.