Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have hired Aaron Williams to serve as regional field representative in eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa. In his new role, Williams will provide support for volunteers in the Cornhusker and Hawkeye states. Williams will oversee 35 Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters, 26 in Nebraska and nine in Iowa. In total, there are over 22,000 members between the two states, working to improve public and private lands conservation efforts for pheasants, quail and other wildlife.
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever empower county and local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent - the only national conservation organization that operates through this grassroots structure. As a result, chapter volunteers can see the fruits of their efforts locally, while belonging to a larger national organization with a voice on federal and state conservation policy. Williams will help guide local chapters to achieve the organization’s mission in both Iowa and Nebraska, while also fostering strong partnerships with state agencies, corporate supporters, donors and upland hunters.
“Our local chapters are the foundation of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, so making sure we have top-notch representatives servicing those chapters is imperative,” said Jerry McDonald, the Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever field service manager in Nebraska. “We believe Aaron is a great fit for this position and will dovetail perfectly with our membership.”
Williams is a lifelong bird hunter who comes to Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever from national retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods. He worked for Dick’s for over a decade, rising to the position of general manager at the company’s Omaha, Nebr. location. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
“I could not be more excited to get started with this great organization,” Williams said. “The idea of tying my passion for upland hunting to my career is just amazing. I’m looking forward to learning more from some great leaders and making lasting relationships with my chapters to further the mission of Pheasants Forever.”
Williams lives just across the Missouri River from Omaha in Council Bluffs, Iowa with his wife Alicia, their two sons Sam, 6, and Levi, 5, and a Brittany spaniel named Tucker.
About Pheasants Forever
Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 125,000 members and 760 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent $965 million on 560,000 habitat projects benefiting 20 million acres nationwide.