Monday, January 30th, 2023
Monday, January 30th, 2023

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Wild Turkey Federation announces new leader

Edgefield, S.C. ’Äî The National Wild Turkey Federation has
chosen its new top official, agribusinessman George C. Thornton of

Thornton was named CEO of the conservation organization on June
2. He replaced Rob Keck, who resigned from the NWTF’Äôs top job
in’ÄàApril. Thornton was most recently president and chief
executive officer of Agriliance, LLC, a leading agricultural input
distributor in North America providing retailers and producers with
crop nutrients, crop protection products, seed and equipment. He
retired from Agriliance in August 2007

’ÄúWe are thrilled to have George leading this organization,’Äù
said Jere Peak, NWTF chairman of the board. ’ÄúHis background
heading up Agriliance, which became the largest agricultural
products distributor in North America under his leadership, and his
commitment to the same conservation principles and hunting heritage
values that the NWTF family holds dear, makes him a perfect fit to
take us to the next level.’Äù

Described as a lifelong hunter with a passion for restoring and
maintaining wildlife habitat, Thornton is looking forward to
leading one of the nation’Äôs largest single species conservation
organizations to even greater success.

’ÄúAs a conservationist and hunter, the NWTF’Äôs mission really
resonates with me, and I’Äôm committed to working with this team of
staff, volunteers and partners to fulfill the organization’Äôs
goals,’Äù said Thornton. ’ÄúThe track record of the NWTF is very
impressive. We can build from this foundation of success to find
new and exciting ways to enrich the experience of our

Keck served as CEO for 27 years and his departure is said to
have caused mild panic within the organization.

Longtime Chief Operating Officer Carl Brown and Sales and
Marketing Senior Vice President Dick Rosenlieb were previously
dismissed by the NWTF board, a move that sources said triggered
Keck’Äôs resignation.

The timing of the NWTF shakeup ’Äì at the height of the
organization’Äôs fund-raising banquet season ’Äì couldn’Äôt have
been worse. But Keck, whose duties ended June 1, and
NWTF’ÄàPresident Peggy Anne Vallery maintained that the
organization is moving forward.

Vallery praised Keck for his efforts in growing the NWTF ’Äúinto
one of the nation’Äôs premier conservation organizations’Äù and
noted that Keck ’Äúresigned his post under his own will.’Äù

Thornton has a bachelor’Äôs degree from the University of
Georgia and a master’Äôs degree from Fairleigh Dickinson

A Georgia native, he has lived in five states and four countries
in addition to visiting more than 50 other countries.

He currently resides with his wife, Beth, at Creekside Farm,
Elberton, Ga., with plans to relocate to Edgefield, S.C.

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