May 15, 2009
Elk Foundation CEO Signs 5-Year Contract Extension
MISSOULA, Mont.—Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation President and CEO David Allen will remain at the organization’s helm at least through August 2014, following a new five-year contract extension from the RMEF board of directors.
Allen has held the position since late 2007.
“This was an easy decision,” said Joe Treadway, Asheville, N.C., chairman of the board for the Elk Foundation. “David has our organization headed in the right direction with strong endorsements from key volunteers, supporters and staff. He has rededicated us to our core mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. We’re pleased to have him on a new contract to keep the momentum going.”
Allen thanked the board for its confidence and passed credit to RMEF volunteers and staff.
“We have the best volunteers in the world and a staff of incredibly talented and dedicated professionals. Working together, we’re in a class by ourselves when it comes to conservation. I’m looking for great things from us over the next few years,” said Allen.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009, the Elk Foundation has helped protect or enhance over 5.5 million acres of elk country and restore elk herds to long-vacant parts of their historic range.
Allen brought a wealth of marketing and business experience to his position as RMEF president and CEO. He spent 33 years in marketing, media and events surrounding Professional Bull Riders, NASCAR, Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association and Wrangler Jeans. He served on boards for RMEF and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, and is a lifelong hunter and conservationist.
Born and raised in Deadwood, S.D., Allen studied journalism at the University of Wyoming and now makes his home with his wife and two sons in Billings, Mont.