Rob Keck has been a driving force in conservation for more than three decades, and during that time built one the most successful conservation organizations in the nation. His leadership, for almost three decades, as the CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation, fueled the return of the wild turkey in North America. He influenced conservation and natural resource policy issues, having been appointed and served on the Sporting Conservation Council under President George W. Bush, advising both the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture on conservation matters.
Keck has walked and talked conservation and hunting with four US Presidents, the President of Mexico, and the Premier of Canada. He has hunted with and discussed conservation with Vice Presidents, Cabinet members, Senators, Congressmen, and a member of the Supreme Court, as well as Olympic champions, country music stars, NASCAR legends, and other professional athletes. He has served on numerous boards, including his current position as Chairman of the Board of the Wonders of Wildlife Museum.
In addition to being a pioneer in outdoor television, producing and hosting award winning shows, he is a passionate big game hunter that has hunted from above the Arctic Circle to the South Island of New Zealand. He has been a US Open and World Turkey Calling Champion and was the first hunter to take a wild turkey in every state. In 2009, he was inducted into the “Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame” in Nashville, Tennessee. Keck served as the Grand Marshall for NASCAR’s Atlanta 500 in 2003, 04, 05, 06, and his dedication and leadership to our hunting heritage prompted ‘Peterson’s Hunting’ magazine to name him one of ‘Hunting’s 25 Most Influential Personalities of the 20th Century.’
Rob has served as vice chair of Deacons at Edgefield First Baptist Church and resides with the love of his life, Susan at their home, Willow Oak Farm. Their pride is reflected in two lovely daughters, their husbands, and three spoiled grandchildren as well as Molly, their Yellow Lab.