Nick currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Ducks Unlimited, Inc., a national nonprofit conservation organization headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to this work on the national conservation stage, he dedicated 30 years to conservation in the state of Florida working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). He served in several roles with FWC beginning as a wildlife biologist in the field and culminating as Executive Director for eight years. During this time, he was a strong advocate for connecting people with conservation by working with FWC staff, commissioners, partners, and stakeholders to improve and expand opportunities for hunting, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing. In recognition of his work in Florida, Nick was honored to receive the Fish & Wildlife Foundation’s Conservation Leadership Award in 2017.
Nick is a fellow of the National Conservation Leadership Institute, past president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, professional member of the Boone and Crockett Club, Noard member and past Chairman and member of the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports, and Board member for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
Nick is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Science Degree in Wildlife Management from Auburn University. He serves on Dean’s Advisory Councils for Auburn and Georgia Southern Universities. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and boating with family and friends.