RMEF Board of Directors Welcomes New Chair, Members

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to announce Fred Lekse has been elected its new chairman of the Board of Directors. A RMEF life member and avid hunter, Lekse is the 19th chairman to lead the organization.

“It is an honor and a privilege to assume this new responsibility,” said Lekse. “I am excited to work alongside my fellow board members in providing high level direction to better help accelerate RMEF’s mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.”

Growing up in Indiana, Lekse developed a deep appreciation for hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He later graduated from college, earned a law degree and is now president of KHI Management, a full service sports and celebrity-marketing agency representing some of the most successful and high profile professionals in the sports, broadcasting and music industries. In addition to his previous work on the RMEF Board, he also is a member of the Chairman’s Club of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

“Fred brings a wealth of business and life experience to the table,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “Most importantly, he is a long-time supporter of our mission and has a deep passion for elk, conservation and hunting.”

Lekse owns a ranch in Colorado where he recently placed a conservation easement permanently protecting habitat that serves many different species, including elk.

Lekse succeeds Philip Barrett.

“We appreciate Philip’s diligent service and are grateful he will continue on as a board member for one final year. We also thank outgoing board members Larry Irwin, Randy Newberg, Vicki Peltonen and Michael Steuert for all their time, effort and dedicated service,” added Weaver.

New RMEF board member biographies:

Timothy Delaney

  • Mayfield, New York & Bondurant, Wyoming
  • President & Shareholder, The Wesson Group, LLC
  • RMEF Life Member, Habitat Council Member

Scott Swasey

  • Alturas, California
  • Chevron Corporation Human Resources Executive (retired)
  • RMEF Life Member, Sponsor Member, Habitat Partner

Michael Wright

  • Canton, Georgia
  • Allstate Insurance Company Field Sales Leader
  • RMEF Life Member, Habitat Council Member, State & Volunteer Chair

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of nearly 235,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.4 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at www.rmef.org, elknetwork.com or 800-CALL ELK.